The American Girl Girl of the Year Luciana's Maker Station is a part doll accessory set/part maker set for fans of both space and, of course, the 2018 Girl of the Year Luciana Vega. Luciana is a creative, confident 11-year-old girl of Chilean descent and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. She loves science and space, and her story begins after she wins a scholarship to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. This playset taps into that storyline as well as Luciana's love for science in unique ways. Kids can pretend to join Luciana to design and build a robot for her big robotics competition. The set includes a robotic arm that can pick things up; a workbench with two shelves and two bins; posters featuring a goals list and image of Orion; photo of female astronaut Dr. Megan McArthur Behnken; measuring tape, screwdriver, and set of screws for building; safety goggles and apron, which can be worn by your Luciana doll or any American Girl doll; three graph papers and papers for ideas and sketching; a miniature model of the solar system; a pretend terrarium for plants; and a sticker sheet for added customization to your work bench. The set also comes with two small MEGA CONSTRUX construction sets for a satellite and a rover.
*The Luciana Vega doll is not included.
The real highlight of this kit, in our opinion, is that it also comes with the two MEGA Construx kits. While the builds themselves are fairly simple and took us only about 10 minutes each to put together, we love how it gives added play value to the set and helps inspiring new storylines for pretend play with the playset's other components. So, in a sense, kids are really playing out the life of a tinkering, aspiring scientist and space explorer.
Parents will also appreciate all the built-in storage on this playset, making it easy for kids to store all the little pieces included for use later.
The American Girl Girl of the Year Luciana's Maker Station is for ages 8 and up. This will appeal to fans of the American Girl collection and the 2018 Girl of the Year Luciana Vega's storyline. It will also appeal to kids that like the space and science/STEM theme of this set.
While you don't need to have this American Girl doll to enjoy the set, having a American Girl doll or other large-scale/toddler doll certainly adds to the fun of using this set.
*The Luciana Vega doll is not included. Looking for this doll and other American Girl dolls and accessories? Click here to see more of our reviews.
The Maker Station does have a working lights feature. Batteries are included.
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