In being stunned at the price of the Playmobil Take Along House?

(81 Posts)
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 14-May-13 07:41:38

I have 2 DDs and we've never bought any Playmobil for them...just not really been attracted. But yesterday I saw the ad for the Take Along House and thought it looked lovely for DD aged 5...looked at the price a HUNDRED pounds! shock It's not massive or anything so why so expensive!?

Here it is Do you think it's worth the price?

pictish Tue 14-May-13 07:43:02

Um...my dd got one of those last year...it was £40!!

pictish Tue 14-May-13 07:43:21

From John Lewis. x

PoppyWearer Tue 14-May-13 07:45:08

I see others on Amazon for £50 and less, or am I missing something?

pictish Tue 14-May-13 07:45:55

It's not all that good. The house keeps coming apart and needing to be fixed. The hinges are useless.

SoMuchToBits Tue 14-May-13 07:47:04

This similar one is only £25.47.

mousetours Tue 14-May-13 07:48:17

There's one on eBay for £27.89 new with £3.49 postage! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PLAYMOBIL-Take-Along-Modern-Doll-House-My-Take-Along-5167-/390540052552

Like SoMuchToBits I was going to suggest the Playmobil site. They often give free gifts if you order, the gifts get better the more you order.

Playmobil is fabulous, my parents still have ours from 35 years ago. My DD loves hers.

JollyOrangeGiant Tue 14-May-13 07:51:28

I got about £450 of playmobil stuff second hand for £55 at Christmas. There was so much that DS got it for his Christmas, his birthday and there is some left for next Christmas.

eosmum Tue 14-May-13 07:52:57
SoMuchToBits Tue 14-May-13 07:53:16

You can quite often buy Playmobil second hand on eBay too. But I think the seller on Amazon on the OP's link is trying to rip people off. The Take Along House shouldn't cost that much.

AnneEyhtMeyer Tue 14-May-13 07:54:56

House of Fraser seems to have the same one for £27.99 here

They sometimes out the prices right up on amazon when the seller has low stock. It's not really £100. I second (third?) the actual playmobil website, it's often cheaper than elsewhere.

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 09:12:06

I still have my Fisher Price house like that from 35 years ago grin

Tk Maxx is good for PM.

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 09:15:31

When amazon has 'new and used from £xxx' it means it's a marketplace seller rather than Amazon itself and sometimes that is because the product is no longer being produced (for example old Lego sets that were limited edition) so they hike up the prices as it is 'rare'. Can't say if that's true of this product though.

Hope you find one!

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 09:17:12

Hadn't actually thought of using the playmobil site (DCs have the castle which was from amazon as we had a gift card) but we are thinking of getting the pirate ship for DS' birthday, thanks for the suggestion!

MiaowTheCat Tue 14-May-13 09:19:53

My husband's adamant he HAS to buy the castle for the girls when they're old enough (yes daddy's a sucker for anything containing dragons) - I've told him no fucking way are we paying that price for it!

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 09:20:09

Also OP, if you don't already, I would heartily recommend having a wish list on amazon for stuff like this - prices can change regularly so if you keep an eye on the wish list you may find it suddenly reduces in price (say because another marketplace seller has added theirs to the listing) and you can snap it up.

It's bizarre how often prices change on amazon. For example there is a rare(ish) DVD I've got my eye on that keeps changing between £19 and £7 confused

melodyangel Tue 14-May-13 09:22:44

Phone Playmobil the Customer Service Department on 01268 490184.

Ask to be put on the damaged box list.

Enjoy!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 14-May-13 09:24:22

Oh thanks everyone! Melody that sounds great! Thank you!

Blueskiesandbuttercups Tue 14-May-13 09:43:54

Erm it's £22 from Argos.

I think you're getting confused with the suburban or Victorian dolls house which are worth every penny imvho.

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 09:45:29

Damaged box list? <intrigued>

plainjaney Tue 14-May-13 09:59:44

IMO Playmobil is worth every penny. I worked part time in a toy shop when DD was small before I went back to Uni. I think I spent more than I earned most months in Playmobil but DD built up an enormous collection worth thousands of pounds with the Victorian House, Modern House, Zoo, Airport etc etc. I spoiled her really but she loved it.
She's coming up for 16 now and refuses to part with any of it. It's all boxed in the loft and she tells me that one day it will be passed to her children.
The Victorian Mansion is on display in her bedroom, that is one of her favourite things (mine too actually), original mansions like hers with the extra floors can fetch upwards of £400 around Christmas time and parts of the original mansion like palisade fencing and street lights can also sell for £100+ on eBay.

You can't really go wrong with it, years of play and holds it's resale value.

SoMuchToBits Tue 14-May-13 10:57:30

I quite agree. Ds is 12 and still plays with his all the time. We have a whole world of Playmobil in our house. NormanTheForeman is the Playmoland Prime Minister, and generally keeps everything under control on behalf of King Athelstan! smile

thegreylady Tue 14-May-13 11:05:27

Playmobil is wonderful-worth every penny.I still have bits from when my dc were little nearly 40 years ago.

squiddle Tue 14-May-13 11:06:55

Dd wants the Grand Hotel for her birthday - that's £100, but having seen how much they play with the surburban house I think it is worth it.

squiddle Tue 14-May-13 11:07:56

Oh and Amazon is out of stock so the one seller has put the price up - Amazon's own prices fluctuate like this. Discover uk.camelcamelcamel.com/ and you won't get caught out.

Lovely stuff! You just can't beat it! wink

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 11:24:32

I agree, it's bloody brilliant. My DCs (nearly 6 and nearly 4) still play with their vast Happyland collection (also brilliant but for younger DCs) but we are moving onto playmobil now. Their faces when they saw the castle on Xmas day was a picture (we didn't do Xmas lists so they had no idea).

I don't know if I could bear to sell it in the future I always wanted a toy castle when I was younger, you see

I hope SoMuchToBits will never sell me! shock sad

It's £100 because it's discontinued. I paid £39.99 for it three years ago. Well worth every penny of the forty quid

libertarianj Tue 14-May-13 12:59:00

Playmobil is brilliant, it's really improved from the days i used to play with it (so much more detailed).

Certain sets do seem better value than others, especially from the Playmobil web site direct. We have also got some good bargains from Toys r us too, who quite often have sales on.
Also does anyone collect the mini figures? I think for £2 they offer better value than the Lego variety. wink

kelda Tue 14-May-13 13:00:58

The first link is to an old version which is no longer made.

5Foot5 Tue 14-May-13 13:02:21

We got the fairy tale castle and loads of furniture etc. to go with it.

It is brilliant stuff. Almost makes me wish I was German!

We have some of the Figures! I am quite envy of them, because they are take-apartable and I am not (apart from my hair).

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 13:40:51

I didn't know playmobil did minifigures too! Lego ones are £1.99 in our local independent toy store but they do the loyalty card thing so every 6th one is free. Not that we've bought any yet.

I think we will be getting more playmobil for xmas (the DCs I mean, not me and DH, honest...) but DD is getting Spongebob lego for her birthday grin

Savoytruffle Tue 14-May-13 14:00:13

I'm loving the carry away house- has anyone bought it? Theyre a bit vague on what accessories ie furniture you get as part it...

This is what you get in this take-along house (5167).

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 14:26:04

When I'm looking at duplo/Lego/playmobil type sets for my DCs I always look at how many pieces and cost to see what's best value in terms of 'cost per brick' <maths geek> blush

Savoytruffle Tue 14-May-13 14:29:54

Thanks norman, that is a really good buy!
I know playmobil is 'premium priced' but it really is fantastic, so much detail, hopefully many years of interest for children, and a good keeper - my dc is plays with my nearly 40 year old playmobil hospital at my mums house-!

kelda Tue 14-May-13 15:49:56

fuzzpig I don't look at cost per brick, I look at the number of original or unusual bricks in the set. Those are the pieces that will retain their value the best or even increase in value <collector geek>grin

melodyangel Tue 14-May-13 16:39:05

Argos some times have the Figures on sale for £1.50.

The DC's have a few most. The girly ones are in the kitchen to keep me company!
DS2 has the kick arse girl ones.

melodyangel Tue 14-May-13 16:41:20

Norman You should come apart you just need to be a bit more forceful!

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 16:42:19

Ooh Kelda I like your style grin

I'm not sure I want to try! shock I don't want to end up broken confused...

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 16:44:05

I was a bit miffed when I searched playmobil mini figures on amazon, the top results were labeled 'for boys' and 'for girls'... is that actually on the packets? [Supporter of 'let toys be toys' emoticon]

melodyangel Tue 14-May-13 16:51:08

fuzzpig I know what you mean. I like to think of it as telling me the gender of the playperson inside not as a gender specific toy.

LimeLeaffLizard Tue 14-May-13 16:55:07

<blows kiss to Norman> I voted for you and the brew!

Agree Playmobil is great.

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 16:55:44

Good plan. smile although if I was giving them as stocking fillers I would unwrap them anyway (stockings are from Santa so things are unpackaged)

MrsHoarder Tue 14-May-13 16:58:47

fuzzpig: the Playmobile website doesn't have exact "boys" and "girls". Two (out of about ten) categories are pink princess type, but the rest are fairly unisex.

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 17:10:53

Thanks mrsh, will have a look on laptop later smile

Aww, thanks, LimeLeaff! smile

I think the Figures are labelled as girls and boys because the contents are female figures in the girl packets and male in the boy packets. My owner has some of both though, even though he is a boy. We need women in Playmoland too you see.

MMollyMum2 Tue 14-May-13 17:12:28

A hundred pounds?!!!! We have one and it was nowhere near that much. About 25.
Playmobil is absolutely worth every penny usually (not 100 pounds though and Mum has tons from when I was small. Whole hospital, parks, old houses everything.

mrsXsweet Tue 14-May-13 17:43:25

We (well dd) paid £35 for the take along house. It has been worth every penny, she loves it and is so proud of having bought it herself.
Playmobil is fab and the attention to detail is excellent.

We love the attention to detail too. We had a great scene in Ruggington at the weekend - it involved a gang of unsavoury looking characters robbers armed with beer bottles, advancing towards a line of riot police. Behind the riot police was a back-upline of heavily armed knights...

libertarianj Wed 15-May-13 05:08:17

Yeah both of the girl/boy varieties have some great figures that will appeal to anyone.
Our favourite is the really tall clown guy. He's also quite easy to feel through the packet too as you can pick out his long legs.

www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/mar/18/buy-of-the-day

Norman that riot scene sounds epic!grin

SoMuch is getting very good at feeling through the packets! grin We very rarely get a duplicate these days.

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 07:46:49

That clown is awesome. My DH and DSS would heartily disagree though, they are scared of clowns!

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 07:49:43

Daft question, but with Lego and Playmobil, are the minifigures in the packs the same size as normal Lego/Playmobil people? Or are they minier smaller?

With Playmo they are the same size (except for the clown with the long legs, and there was a short knight in one set). Not sure about Lego, as they are another species SoMuch has never bought any Lego Minifigures.

kelda Wed 15-May-13 08:09:48

The Lego minifigures are the same size as in the regular Lego packets ie. NOT Lego Friends and NOT Duplo.

kelda Wed 15-May-13 08:10:19

The Playmo Clown on stilts is very cool. One of our favourites.

LegArmpits Wed 15-May-13 08:11:22

Erm...I bought an immaculate one a few weeks ago from eBay. Less than a tenner. Most definitely not worth more than £20 IMO although it is nice.

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 09:24:06

Thanks for info thanks smile

PoppyField Wed 15-May-13 09:45:34

Does anyone ever glue their Playmobil together? I seem to spend a lot of time trying to put it all back together (fire stations, pirate islands) with increasingly tatty instruction books- and then there's always bits missing.

Is it just me? I don't know how people keep track of the bits.

LimeLeaffLizard Wed 15-May-13 09:56:33

Poppy I've thought about glueing them, but have hesitated in case I make a mess of it and because then they won't dismantle to fit back in the cupboard.
Must admit the knights castle drives me batty sometimes. Children lean over the edges to reach the bailey and gradually wall sections come away. They've also pulled a leg off the T-Rex.

I'm also quite good at feeling through the packets! Have bought a few girl characters for myself to balance all the boys ones.

leeloo1 Wed 15-May-13 10:18:23

Aw playmobil is great. DS got the takealong police station when it was half price in mothercare (£25 instead of £50 - although not sure if it actually ever retails at £50! We had vouchers so it was freeeeee! grin) and there's a lot of play value in it. smile

We don't glue ours together (unless you count Bossy Ross's leg after Grandad stepped on him), but my owner is a dab hand at putting together buildings which come apart.

We have the take-along police station, it sees a lot of use!

leeloo1 Wed 15-May-13 13:44:42

I'm not surprised Norman it sounds like you have some dodgy characters around your way. wink grin

daisydoodoo Wed 15-May-13 14:03:39

Do not buy the princess castle, it drives me mad. Unless of course you have a specific playroom and an area where the castle can be set up and left.
DD1's has to be pulled out to play with and its constantly falling apart, minus balcony and other bits that come apart easily.
It was £100 for the castle alone and £15ish per room set.

The house in the op's link is always on offer in The Entertainer toy shops for £25-30, we have it and it does come with quite a few items and unlike lots of other playmobile does not take hours and hours to build.

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 14:49:33

Can anyone here remember what year DCs study Ancient Egypt in school? Itching to get the playmobil pyramid... (although TBF they would probably recognise it from a cartoon they watch anyway) grin

melodyangel Wed 15-May-13 20:40:12

Year 3 here

kelda Thu 16-May-13 06:47:01

fuzzypig if you want the pyramid, buy it as soon as poosible because it has been out several years and I don't know how much longer you will be able to get it.

Once it's stopped being made it will treble in price. It's not sold any more in Belgium.

We haven't got it because we made our own Lego pyramid, using the normal blocks and a few Lego minifigures - Cleopatra, Pharoah and a mummy

Blueskiesandbuttercups Thu 16-May-13 07:17:33

I second that.

It's in Toysrus for £39 I grab one tbh.

My dc are 9,9 and 8 and still love their pyramid,it's one of the sets older children play with for a long time.

Rock Castle was a very good buy and is still being played with.It's so sturdy and better than some of the newer versions imvho.

fuzzpig Thu 16-May-13 08:01:38

Thanks for the advice. I shall tell DH that it is essential for educational purposes! grin I'm assuming toys r us have a website as there isn't one near us.

Love the idea of a Lego pyramid too, although Lego doesn't stay built for long in this house before being dismantled into something different (apart from DH's hobbit scene on top of the piano... now there was a Father's Day gift that went down well!) - I know some people superglue Lego together but surely that should be against the law wink

Blueskiesandbuttercups Thu 16-May-13 11:29:20

Yes there is,think there is some offer on too atm.

We got ours for a bargain from Argos who are one to watch near Christmas.One year it was the zoo half price,last year it was the pyramid.

They play all sorts with it,not just Egyptians- spies,holidays etc.

The Sylvanians have been known to holiday in Egypt!

libertarianj Thu 16-May-13 12:49:04

Love the idea of a Lego pyramid too, although Lego doesn't stay built for long in this house before being dismantled into something different (apart from DH's hobbit scene on top of the piano... now there was a Father's Day gift that went down well!) - I know some people superglue Lego together but surely that should be against the law

super gluing lego! confused now that's Just wrong, yeah i agree it should be against the law.
Watching our kids breaking lego apart and building new things is all part of the fun and surely has to be good for developing creativity and design skills.

Levantine Thu 16-May-13 17:26:31

THe pyramid has been around really cheaply, I think ours was £29.99 from toys r us before Christmas so I would have a google soon.

I love the spy headquarters best of all, that has been played with nearly evey day since christmas 2011

fuzzpig Thu 16-May-13 17:46:11

Every time I click on this thread my wish list gets longer!

Blueskiesandbuttercups Thu 16-May-13 17:52:46

Just pray they don't get into Sylvanians<whispers> there is now a Sylvanian supermarket and I want it!

MysteriousHamster Thu 16-May-13 17:59:14

I go Playmobil crazy on eBay - have got way more than my son needs but I am saving it up for birthday/Christmas. It keeps really well, is suitable for quite a wide age group, and is just a brilliant toy for imaginative play.

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