Freddy's latest goodies from Playmobil have made him an incredibly happy little Playologist! He received an incredible Pirate Ship and a fabulous Wildlife set. Both sets required some construction helped by daddy, but the toys were soon ready to be played with.
The Playmobil Pirate Ship is an absolutely fabulous toy. It is big (68cm x 22.5cm x 56cm) and is buoyant (so it can be floated on water and upgraded with an underwater motor). It comes with four pirate characters, two fully fireable bolt guns, assorted weaponry and accessories, a parrot, treasure map and treasure chest. The upper deck is removable, giving an area for the pirates to sit and discuss their pillaging plans!
The detail of the pirate ship is simply exquisite. From the crow's nest to the wind-up anchor to the rigging that the pirates can hang from, everything is geared to inspire a child's imagination. There is a storage place under the deck for keeping all the weaponry and the pirate's booty. There are lots of places for the pirates to hold on to, swing from and stand on. They can even do handstands! The play value for creating imaginative scenarios is huge.
The sails billow and look so realistic as the ship is pushed along. They are made of a stiff material which holds its shape. Freddy was very impressed that the cannons fired out real ammo and enjoyed firing them from the ship. There is a gold coin at the back of the boat which is compatible with the puzzle in the Adventure Island set, which helps to open the secret cave. The detail of the pirates is great. The chest tattoo on the captain is so cool and the others hairy chest and stubble if very rough and ready!
The pirate ship is an excellent stand alone toy that can be added to over the years with other items from the Pirates range. The pirate characters from Freddy's Playmobil advent character have joined the crew and have added to the pirating fun.
It is available from good toy retailers or from Playmobil.co.uk for £44.74.
If your little one prefers animals, then the Wildlife Range is a great choice. Freddy received the Jungle Animals with Researcher and Off Road Vehicle set to try out.
The set includes one male researcher, a 4x4 vehicle, a jungle scene, which includes an Orang-Utan with two babies and a tiger and her cub, plus a host of accessories. The jungle scene includes a lift up rock hiding some deadly scorpions and a huge snake who basks in the sun. The off road vehicle has a removable roof and boot and has storage space for all the researchers equipment. He has a table, a laptop, a microscope, a map, plus a lantern, stove, food and tools.
Again, it's the detail which puts Playmobil toys in a league of their own. The tree's foliage is the perfect place for the Orang-Utan family to play as they swing from branch to branch. The creeping vines and flowers add to the scenery's detailing. The tigers perch on the rocky outcrop as the researcher views them in their natural habitat. The car is very detailed with spotlights, a tow bar, a grill on the front and a spare wheel. It is decorated with a camouflage foliage pattern and has the zebra emblem on the doors.
I love the tiny little microscope and laptop that the researcher uses to identify his discoveries. The small bits fit into a trunk, which fits in the boot of the vehicle. There are lots more sets in the Wildlife range so you can add other animals, scenery, vehicles and researchers to games. Budding zoologists will love unleashing their inner David Attenborough and play some fabulously imaginative games as they track down animals and study them.
The Wildlife jungle animal, vehicle and researcher set costs £29.99. You get a lot of bits for your money. It can be purchase from playmobil.co.uk
This summer, if you want to give your little Playmobil fans an amazing family break in London, check out the Playmobil Suite at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. For 40 days (until August 20th 2014), to celebrate its 40th birthday, Playmobil is taking over and families can immerse themselves with books, games, toys, accessories and giant Playmobil figures when they book a stay in the spacious suite. Kids can run riot and indulge in lots of Playmobil fun while parents relax in the executive room.
It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that children will remember for years to come! What child wouldn't want to have fun with these amazing toys!
To book the ‘PLAYMOBIL Suite’ at The Waldorf Hilton, London, visit www.playmobil.co.uk/playmobilsuite
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