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So today we have found a toy from Star Wars we thought our son might like when he is older, so we decided to get one and see just how cool it is. Normally when it comes to Star Wars things, I love them they are awesome. This one however was a bit of a letdown but still awesome in it’s own right. It’s kinda on the confusing side of things.
Let me start by saying I have always loved the excavation kits that I have seen in stores. I have never gotten them because, I mean I’m an adult and adults don’t buy toys right(ok so this one does and I’m not ashamed and not gonna apologize for it…I honestly just never got around to it with these types of toys!) I always thought these little science kits to be cool though as you were supposed to find dino bones and such in the kits and use mini tools to scrape away the hardened sand and be like a real archeologist digging up fragments of the past on your kitchen table. Well this looked to be something of the same thing as it is a Star Wars Science Xcavation set. Looking at the label it looks like you dig up skulls of different Star Wars species which is pretty cool! For a whole $5 I think it was that’s not too bad a price unlike some of the other bigger kits that usually cost $10 or more so we thought why not give it a try?
So, upon opening it you can see from my pictures there are a few oddities right off. First it didn’t come with any tools. You need tools to excavate things right? So as you can see in the pictures I found a travel toothbrush and used that. This made for a good pick and a good brush though the first part wasn’t used at all. In the picture you see the block of blueish grey “rock” with some bones already sticking out of it. Well that’s not rock, nor is it even hard sand that needs to be chipped away. Nope it’s just a firmly packed kinetic sand. I didn’t need my tool at all to get the bones out I just picked them up with my fingers and they pulled right out letting the block lose its shape. The brush part did come in handy though as some particles were sticking to the bones, it also came in good for cleanup of my TV table.
To me, this was a bit of a let down. I mean I love the skull. You can see the Zabrak skull is pretty cool looking and the crate is kinda interesting. What sucks though is this Xcavation kit required no real excavation. It was sand packed around a bunch of plastic and packed into a box. The only reason it kept the block shape was because it’s kinetic sand but the moment you break the form by removing things t just crumbles into a pile. You can get this same reaction by going to the beach with some toys and a paper cup and you’ll get the added bonus of a beach day that way!
Now I’ll probably go and buy some more just to collect the skulls as they are pretty cool and a good build if they all compare to the Zabrak one. And my son will likely find the kinetic sand cool so I am sure we will get at least a little play time out of that. However to use this as a science toy with a kid…not even close!
What do you think? Have you tried this or similar excavation kits? What has been your experience with them? We would love to hear your thoughts!