Disclosure: I received a Super Fan membership to facilitate this Pley.com review. No other compensation was received.
I shared with you last month that we signed up for Pley.com, a Lego rental service. For a monthly fee, you can rent sets one at a time, keep them as long as you'd like, then send them back for another on your list (called a Pleylist). Think of it as Lego + Netflix. It's a great idea! There are three tiers of service: Fan, Super Fan or Mega Fan. I received a three-month trial of the mid-level tier, “Super Fan,” to test it out and share my findings with you in this Pley.com review.
The set doesn't come in its original Lego packaging. It comes in a fine mesh bag, with instruction manuals included, in a bright blue box. There's a return address label in the bottom of the box, which I adhere right away to the top so I don't misplace it.
The box seemed tiny, but once you take away all the baggies that separate the pieces in a new set, it's so compact. Our first set was Treehouse Creator, which came with all three manuals (and was a great pick for a family with three kids, so they each got to build their own house).
Each time you receive a set, you're asked to report the set status–if there are any missing pieces or problems. We've only had one of the five sets that was missing any pieces, and it bothers my son when there are pieces still stuck together from the last user. We've been careful to take everything apart before returning it to the bag, and while it's hard for the kids, we only put our sets together at the dining room table so there's no chance to mix them with our own (many) Lego pieces.
When we're done with a set (after all three kids have built it, sometimes more than once), we take every single piece apart and put them back in the red mesh bag. Since there's a pre-printed label, I just hand the box to my mail carrier. Easy peasy!
From the Mom side, I've been really happy with the service, though we're not paying too much attention to which set on the Pleylist we're receiving (sometimes it's #5, sometimes it's #19). It's been great timing with school out, because when that blue box appears on the doorstep, it's very exciting! My kids have been taking turns with who gets to do the set first.
Give Pley.com a try with their Free Trial. You'll get to see how it works and what sets are in the program. Then you can choose to upgrade to Fan (small sets, $15/month), Super Fan (medium sets, $25/month) or Mega Fan (large sets, $39/month) subscription. I've just paid for the Mega Fan membership (the BIG sets, like Star Wars, etc.) for my son's birthday in August, and I'm eager to see what we get. The list is all huge sets that we would never normally buy ($200+), so it should be a great value to us.