I needed a larger platform for some of my dies.I looked at other brands and decided sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS was the one. I already have the BIG KICK and love it so it wasn't a hard decision on my part. I even own the SIDEKICK and love it. It's great for the sizzlits and can be easily taken to crops. If you're on the fence my suggestion is buy it you won't regret it. You can use just about any name brand dies. I LOVE MY BIG SHOT PLUS!!!