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Justanothermumneedinghelp Thu 20-Nov-14 13:18:06

Hi, dd who was 8 in the summer requested playmobil fairy/unicorn sets for her birthday which we didn't get her as being a summer baby it was the perfect time for a new bike. (she had seriously out grown her last) it's appeared back on her Christmas list, so I have a couple of questions if you know the answers.
1. Is playmobil to babyish for an 8 year old? It seems to be in the toddler section of most toy stores.
2. Is it similar to lego? She has lego friends which gets played with loads.
That's all really apart from she does have a younger sister who's 5 and they tend to play together with their toys. Thank you

sleepyhead Thu 20-Nov-14 13:23:31

I'd say that if it's come up twice on lists of things she wants then that's as good a reason to get it as any.

Playmobil really isn't for toddlers - too many tiny pieces. It's very detailed, doesn't have the construction/flexibility of Lego, but it's great for imaginary play, story telling etc so if that's how she plays with her Lego Friends then it's ideal.

I had a similar dilemma with ds1 and his love of Octonauts toys. In my mind I was saying no because it seemed a bit young for him now, but then I reasoned, if it had been Transformers or Action Man there wouldn't be any problem. They're just characters and if they're the characters he likes then what's the problem?

However, I'd say for Playmobil that 8 is well within the appropriate age range.

nilbyname Thu 20-Nov-14 13:24:35

I love it! It's reat sturdy and my ds has his uncles which is years old.

Ds is 6 and loves it and his older cousin is 9 and loves it.

We have the Knights castle, camper van, various Knights and firemen. We don't tend to mix playmobil with other toys

Justanothermumneedinghelp Thu 20-Nov-14 13:31:41

Lol I'm not a fan of mixing toys up either! Hate having to sort out all the small pieces when it's time to put them away. Your right she clearly does want it to be mentioning it neatly 6 months on! Think I'll get her the unicorn castle and magic fountain she's asked for and see who we get on. Do the sets come with figures ornate they sold separately?

Justanothermumneedinghelp Thu 20-Nov-14 13:34:15

Are they sold separately. Sorry posting from phone while in toy shop.

sleepyhead Thu 20-Nov-14 13:35:07

The sets come with the figures - if you look on Amazon they usually have a picture that shows you everything that's in the box. There's also a list of all the pieces on the sides of the box.

Justanothermumneedinghelp Thu 20-Nov-14 13:36:34

Thanks did think to check box

sleepyhead Thu 20-Nov-14 13:38:07

Unicorn castle comes with 2 princesses and a dog.

Playmobil Princesses Fairy Fountain comes with 2 fairies and a unicorn.

Justanothermumneedinghelp Thu 20-Nov-14 15:08:07

Thanks for that, to anybody that has these sets are the figures it comes with enough for 2 dc to play with, or possibly up to 5 with cousins visiting over Christmas? Or.is it best to buy a couple of extra packs to save arguments?

JohnCusacksWife Thu 20-Nov-14 15:42:03

I'd buy a few of the single figures you get in the blind packs as extras. You don't know what you're getting but my DDs love the surprise element of that. For info they are 10 & 8 and still play with their Playmobil loads....definitely not just for younger children

skylark2 Thu 20-Nov-14 15:49:41

You want "real" playmobil. It's 1-2-3 which is for toddlers.

We had tears when we packed DD's playmobil away in the loft this summer, and demands of promises that we wouldn't throw or give it away (no chance I'd do that).

She's 18.

thegreylady Thu 20-Nov-14 15:54:38

We still have some of the vintage playmobil from 40+ years ago. It has been added to with lots of new stuff and it is a big favourite with younger dgc. Even the teens play when they visit but the 11 year old really loves it.

vikjul Thu 20-Nov-14 16:03:31

If you want to add something I would suggest a set either with lots of accessories (eg 5145 royal banquet room would go great with the castle and also has 4 extra figures), or a set with some extra landscape/plants/animals (eg 5451 music fairy with Woodward creatures seems to include lots of nice things, or 5447 healing fairy in animal forest ).

NormanTheForeman Thu 20-Nov-14 16:10:23

Playmobil??? Any good???? shock

It's the business! You can't get better than Playmobil! smile

Normy xx (Plastic Playmobil builder)

IrianofWay Thu 20-Nov-14 16:13:44

I am a little embarrased to say that my 11 yr old DS is getting MORE playmobil for christmas blush. His choice. It is pretty good stuff!

NormanTheForeman Thu 20-Nov-14 16:15:14

My lovely owner is almost 14 now, but still plays with us Playmo dudes (when his friends aren't looking!) grin

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Thu 20-Nov-14 16:18:22

I'd go for it! Great quality and have bought it for a friend's 8 year old and she apparently raved about it!

Toys r us have an offer on if you spend over £45 on Playmobil you get a free 'super set' for free. Again only a bargain if you're getting something expensive like a castle but the best deal I've found out there!

(also I got £5 off using code BIRTHDAY10 - but this was over a week ago so hopefully will still work! And it's free del and I went through topcashback and got cashback ontop!)

smile

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Thu 20-Nov-14 16:20:22

Forgot to say supersets are worth about £20!

IssyStark Thu 20-Nov-14 16:45:59

Just to let you know, this discount code worked on the Playmobil website last week - gets you 20% off so worth a try: B4A9UK2A

Justanothermumneedinghelp Thu 20-Nov-14 17:14:03

Thank you for all the codes I'm definitely going to give it ago. Dd loves the lego blind bags so that's a good idea for her stocking. Didn't realise there was so much choice, some of it looks like I might like to play with it. Getting excited now about buying it, finished the bulk of the Xmas shopping just this left as was undecided

SingingSands Thu 20-Nov-14 17:18:33

Playmobil is the best thing ever, along with Lego. We have buckets of both and at 10 and 6 my kids are still a long way off growing out of. I'm 36 and I've still not grown out of it smile

JohnCusacksWife Thu 20-Nov-14 20:29:59

Don't tell anyone but I have been known to have a wee play with it myself when I'm tidying it all up. I love it. My favourites are the campervan and the vet's surgery!

Nearlyadoctor Thu 20-Nov-14 21:05:53

Playmobil Fairies Magic Crystal Lake - if that's the one you're referring to is on Amazon today at £29.99 has been £36.69 recently.

Justanothermumneedinghelp Fri 21-Nov-14 06:46:38

Yes thank you it was the crystal lake and the jewel castle. I purchased them both last night from John Lewis as I had loyalty points to use. Thank you everyone for your help

Loulou000 Wed 26-Nov-14 20:20:08

Sounds like you have bought already, but I just wanted to add my tuppence worth. I don't think Playmobil is for toddlers. In my mind 5-6-7 might be the best age. Having said that, my nearly 8yo still plays with it when she's in the mood. I generally love it, it's so great for imaginative play, so many worlds to choose from, and unlike Lego sets, it actually stays together (ish) so they can play with it for a long time.

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