I am disappointed with this purchase. The two dowel rods are an inconvenience, but more importantly, the pieces fall off the backing, even when placed on the grass or mountains. I tried adding more velcro to the pieces, but they still fall off. It's like the backing doesn't have enough grip to hold them in place.
This has been a huge success with my family. I have 4 girls (ages 7, 5, 2 and 6 months) and each night they alternate who gets to put on the next figure. They look forward to it every day and love having it! The quality is great and its beautiful colors and size are perfect for displaying. It gives a little guidance by only allowing the figures to be placed on the 5 stars, hills and grass but has worked out perfectly for our family. The baby Jesus in secured in the manger. Definitely recommend!
This is the first Advent calendar we have had. It was fun for the kids. There were pieces in each pocket to add to the Nativity scene. The only thing i didn't like was the wooden bar that was supposed to support the top came in two pieces (for easier shipping, I suppose) and it was very difficult to hang. I ended up replacing it with a dowel. but otherwise I was very pleased by the product.