Pley Subscription Box Review – March 2015
Pley is a Lego rental service that allows your children to build as many Lego sets as they can return every month! My kids are just at the right age to start going crazy for Legos, so we had to give it a try!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: Pley
The Cost: $9.99 / month, shipping both ways is free
The Products: Lego sets (rental basis)
Ships to: US only, although their website states that they plan to expand globally soon
Ships via: UPS
Since this was our first box from Pley, they sent my sons this membership pledge, asking them to “pley nice” by not losing any pieces, and by making sure we separate all the pieces before returning. It also includes this awesome bracelet that you can attach Legos to!
Pley also included a postage-paid return bag to ship the set back when we finished with it, and on the left is a Lego separator to make breaking down our creation easier. I love the convenience!
Our first set was The Bat vs. Bane, which is Super Heroes #76001-1 with 367 pieces for those of you who have confessed to being Lego nerds! That’s a lot of pieces! The pieces came in the red mesh zipper bag on the left.
If you decide you would like to keep a set, you can purchase any set you are currently renting. The cost at Pley for this set is $39.99. The cost at Amazon for the same set, new, is $55.40.
Here’s our finished product: three minifigures, a vehicle, and a hovercraft. I’m sorry to be a little vague, but I’m not very knowledgeable about Batman!
Here are the minifigures that were included: Bane, Batman, and Commissioner Gordon (I think).
This is Bane’s vehicle. This one turned out great! It shoots fire out of its exhaust, which is always cool, and it shoots little pegs from the roof!
This is Batman’s ride! Unfortunately, we were unable to finish it because it had several missing pieces. Sadly, this affected its functionality and it wasn’t able to do all the shooting it should have. My kids didn’t care and still played with the finished pieces all afternoon, but I can imagine that for real Lego fans, this would be a major deal breaker.
These are all the leftover pieces we had since we couldn’t finish the hovercraft.
Verdict: We had a fun time with our first set from Pley, but I can’t recommend this Lego subscription at this time. The missing pieces would be a big deal to anyone who is really into Legos. I think my kids are sweet for not minding that the set was incomplete, but I want better for them. Additionally, part of the draw is that you get a new set sent to you every time you return one, so if your kids were complete Lego nuts, you should be getting maybe 3 or more per month. In our case, we signed up for Pley on March 3 and did not get our set until March 12. If this shipping time persists, we would only be getting about 3 sets every two months. The cost is fantastic, but I don’t think the cost to keep is discounted deeply enough for a used set, even if it did include all the pieces. I hate to sound harsh, but I would love to see Pley work out all their issues and become great. I would prefer to pay $12-15 a month for complete sets with a reasonable shipping time.
I think we will see how this “pleys” out for another month so I can get a better idea of the shipping times. I’d also like to see if several missing pieces is normal for Pley. If there’s no improvement, then we will probably have to discontinue.
What has your experience with Pley been like?