We Love The My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

The My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle.

Olivia loves playsets. Dolls, figures, playsets anything that allows her to create worlds and expand her imagination. A few years ago I bought a unit from Ikea especially to house her ever growing collection of dolls and accessories. Now, well now we have one more set to add to the collection.

The My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle is home to Princess Cadence and baby Flurry Heart. Cute right! It managed to stay in the box for 2 whole days before I let Olivia open it. She genuinely couldn’t get it open quick enough, kids hey!

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What Do You Get In It?
Features a variety of play areas of the castle playset
  • Light-up castle reflects cutie marks when heart-shaped button is pressed
  • Playset features 2 staircases, a baby swing, and 2 closets that have spinning shelves
  • 16 accessories include a throne, crystal vanity, cradle, dress, and jewelry
  • Includes Princess Cadance and Baby Flurry Heart figures
  • 3″ figures

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Coming unassembled with instructions to to help you build the castle it looks quite simple. That is, if you are a 10 year old! Being the eager beaver she is, Olivia took charge of building the castle swatting me away every time I came close. Now I’m not going to lie, I may have had a teensy bit of trouble figuring out the instructions. So parents, if you are anything like me, steer clear, leave the tricky stuff to the kids! I was however allowed to put the stickers on! It was a very important task and I am pleased to say I didn’t let her down.

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It literally took Olivia about 10 minutes to get it all set up and running. She had all her My Little Pony figures ready, set up and waiting to see the castle and greet Princess Cadence and baby Flurry Heart to the family. I have to admit it looked pretty darn great when it was all set up. But the best bit, well that was the lights. It took it from pretty to fabulous as quick as it took me to pop in 3 batteries (AAA).

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Cute right!


The end result is a pretty blue castle set with purple flecks that will provide hours of entertainment for your My Little Pony Fan. With plenty of accessories to get started it is great as a stand alone toy or as a an addition to other sets. The only issue I have is that the stairs. To me they don’t feel like they will hold a lot of pressure on top. We built the castle on a glass top table and it will be stored on a high gloss unit. This means it won’t have the friction to keep it as stable as it should be. With Olivia being older this really isn’t a problem but worth bearing in mind if you have it on a similar set up for younger kids.

Other than that, no problems at all. It is a great size and actually bigger than I thought it would be too. As it is designed like a bridge it increases the play area and lets you bring different sets and accessories in too. Olivia seems pretty pleased with it and I am sure she will be creating adventures within the castle for months ahead. Plus baby Flurry Heart is as cute as!

Would I Buy It?

Oh, absolutely. Currently available for £33.74 in Toys R Us or in Argos for £42.99 at the time of posting, this playset is at a price I would be happy to pay for a present for Olivia’s birthday or Christmas. Recommended for ages 3-8 but suitable for any children who are love sets like this.

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*Disclaimer: We received The My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle playset to review as part of our Hasbro Toy Tribe Duties. All thoughts and opinions are our own and formed after assembling and playing with the set*
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  1. My five year old daughter loves mlp so when I saw this I got it. She has had other castles and playsets but after a few months parts always end up broken or missing so they get thrown away after awhile. She really enjoys this playset.

  2. Ohhh that is so pretty. I would have loved that as a child. My Littlest is a bit small yet but I reckon it will be just her kind of thing too! #KCACOLS

  3. Oh this is the lovely one I saw on Twitter from you. It’s a good price in ToysRUs too, isn’t it? My niece would love this for Christmas I’m sure. #KCACOLS

  4. My daughter would love this, and I think it’s on her Christmas list. She is mad on My Little Pony, as was I when I was a kid #KCACOLS

  5. My daughter would love this, and I think it’s on her Christmas list. She is mad on My Little Pony, as was I when I was a kid #KCACOLS

  6. I had My Little Pony when I was little but it was nowhere near as spectacular as this! Olivia looks so innocent in these pictures 😉 Gorgeous girl! #KCACOLS
    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  7. It’s looks great, wish it had been around when I was smaller as I loved My Little Pony! Really good value too. #KCACOLS

  8. Looks great if not a little flimsy. I can’t believe how expensive these plastic playsets are #KCACOLS

  9. Looks great. I’ve found the My Little Pony show to be surprisingly decent. I like the messages they are sending #KCACOLS

  10. these toy reviews are great because it really helps make my Christmas list for any kids super easy haha! although more tiny bits to get lost – argh! I would say thank goodness I have a boy but his toys seem just as bitty too!! #KCACOLS

  11. My daughter has just outgrown my little pony *sobs* but this looks amazing! I bet she would still LOVE this. #KCACOLS

  12. My daughter is a pony addict, and this is one of two of their castles she has one her christmas list. Nice to see it looks to be sturdy and really pretty, maybe we will go with this one this year. #KCACOLS

  13. My daughter is all about mermaids, unicorns and rainbows (her own words), she would LOVE this. It’s so cute! #KCACOLS

  14. I used to love My Little Pony when I was little, but I don’t remember there ever being anything quite this fancy. Looks like a lot of fun. #KCACOLS

  15. I used to love My Little Pony’s when I was little but they’ve changed quite a bit since then. My daughters not caught the MLP bug yet but she does love a good castle. #KCACOLS

  16. i think my daughter would love this. is it just me thought or were my little ponies much cuter in the olden days? #kcacols

  17. This looks fab. My youngest would love this – I think it’s all the little parts! Lovely colours as well! #KCACOLS

  18. Oh wow I know someone who would absolutely love this! I am impressed she managed to set it up by herself though – normally these things take up evenings of assembly! #KCACOLS

  19. This looks so cute, I used to love My Little Pony. Can’t wait for L to get a little older so I can play with them again!

  20. My 5 year old is My Little Pony mad! She hot the bigger castle last Christmas and it’s one of the few toys that has been played with a lot! #KCACOLS

  21. These things are never my cup of tea, but of course, as the parent it’s not about us is it! It does look pretty sturdy though, and if the kids love it, then it’s a winner! #KCACOLS

  22. I am so jealous! I used to LOVE My Little Pony when I was a girl. This set looks awesome and reasonably priced too. Shame my boys would not be interested in it in the slightest lol!

  23. I am slightly excited for Little R to be able to properly with toys like these, I think they are amazing! I love My little Pony, I used to be obsessed so it will be amazing for it to be acceptable to play with it again! 😉 This looks amazing! #kcacols

  24. Oh my goodness, I have a little girl that would crazy for this! I wonder if Santa will bring her one.

  25. My girls have circled this in the toy catalogue for their Christmas lists and I did think it looked a little cheap and pointless to be honest! BUT this has changed my mind to the point where I will probably buy it for them, unless they change their minds between now and then! They love my little pony and I did too, it’s actually a lot better than I thought! #KCACOLS

  26. Oh I loved my little pony when I was younger – they were so much fun. This looks amazing and a lot cheaper than I had guessed too! #KCACOLS

  27. My oldest babe was a pony ADDICT! Right now we are in between the pony phase- two are about out of it, two are still very little. Cute playset though- I would play with it 😉

  28. I love anything that lights up lol. The playset looks so beautiful, I am sure she will have hours of fun with it.

  29. Aw this brings back memories. I am glad to see My Little Pony is still around. Cute set and looks like she is enjoying it. #KCACOLS

  30. I loved My Little Pony as a child. It is so different now though! The ponies even look different! This looks very pretty and I like the lights. #kcacols

  31. I tried to encourage my sons to like My Little Pony but it didn’t happen. I did used to enjoy brushing the manes on my cousin’s ponies – my parents didn’t like them! Destined to forever miss the pony love! #KCACOLS

  32. This looks absolutely fabulous and I just know my girls would love it too. We’ll done Olivia for assembling it so quickly. I’m off to find a picture of baby Flurry Heart now.xx #KCACOLS