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*Panics* do I need to make up the playmobil?!?

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FreeButtonBee Thu 15-Dec-16 20:11:53

3yo twins. They are getting the fire engine and the play house. They do have some patience and other toys coming too. But also have a (crazy) 16mo. And hosting. 😱😱😱😱😱

Shurelyshomemistake Thu 15-Dec-16 20:13:39

Yes yes yes. Nothing worse than playmobil assembly on Christmas day!

ChippyMinton Thu 15-Dec-16 20:15:41

Yes. And remove all the small accessories before they get lost/swallowed/stuck up noses.

PhilODox Thu 15-Dec-16 20:16:58

3yo? Definitely... otherwise they'll never let you get the stickers on straight. The fire station is awesome grin

lapsedorienteerer Thu 15-Dec-16 20:19:07

Yes!

TweeBee Thu 15-Dec-16 20:20:18

Oh dear me yes! I had a vomiting bug when DD got the fire station which DH had been adamant that we should all assemble together. It was NOT part of the fun.
Mind you we put it away for a while last year as DD treats everything like Lego and takes it to pieces all the time and we thought loads of it would get lost. If yours are similar I would suggest not putting all the accessories out.

WeeMadArthur Thu 15-Dec-16 20:20:37

Unfortunately yes, but it's better to spend the time now rather on Christmas Day! You don't have to completely make them up but there are always bits that can be put together to make larger sections so that they still fit in the box, but then you have less of a job on the day. Definitely stick on all the stickers before and hide any tiny accessories that will only get lost within five minutes.

WeAllHaveWings Thu 15-Dec-16 20:39:16

Age 3 yes you need to build and be prepared for it to take hours.

BonjourMinou Thu 15-Dec-16 20:58:41

I didn't know this! I have bought and wrapped my 20 month old a playmobil farm. I will have to unwrap and assemble Christmas Eve!

milkjetmum Thu 15-Dec-16 21:00:31

Yes to pre-assembly, we got the hotel last year and my dh stopped me when I'd been working on it for 3hr Christmas day...

SpringerS Thu 15-Dec-16 21:01:05

Is Playmobil a bit of a pita? I've always thought it looks fab but the thought of it all coming apart like Lego puts me off it. We're a big Imaginext house here and that stuff is so rubust it could probably survive falling out a second floor window intact.

shakemysilliesout Thu 15-Dec-16 21:08:50

We had the park last yr, assembly is part of the fun, creating the world. Got the fire engine for a birthday, read Amazon reviews and set aside an hr the night before. You need at least an hr to yourself for the fire engine but it's good!!

JoyceDivision Thu 15-Dec-16 21:10:51

The school took dh from 9pm to 3am... I took overat thattime to finish off.

Build in advance!

OhFuds Thu 15-Dec-16 21:12:49

Last year I got the playpark for my 3yr old, this year he's got the water park and I'm dreading it already fgrin

FreeButtonBee Thu 15-Dec-16 21:13:18

Arghhhhhhhh! Shit. Okay, good to know. We've just got the fire engine, not the station. Good call on the small bits. Baby is pretty good but might be safer to save them for a bit down the line.

soupforbrains Thu 15-Dec-16 21:14:05

Yes. Definitely. Also, the box will give a suggestion of how long it will take. Something along the lines of 1 adult, 1 hr. THIS IS A LIE. My sons pirate galleon took 2 fully grown men 3 hours to put together.

Good Luck see you on the other side.

FreeButtonBee Thu 15-Dec-16 21:15:25

Bonjou if it's the playmobil 123 stuff, the farm doesn't need any assembly. No stickers. It's really good actually and still gets quite a lot of play here.

Lazybeans50 Thu 15-Dec-16 21:16:32

I agree - yes assemble beforehand if you want to have Christmas dinner. I do love playmobil though....

lapsedorienteerer Thu 15-Dec-16 21:16:39

The finished product is worth it. Playmobil is great grin

Sunshine59 Thu 15-Dec-16 21:17:14

Oh god the amount of time my DH has spent building playmobil, one thing he built he took about 4 hours on it, good luck

soupforbrains Thu 15-Dec-16 21:20:11

Oh and springer playmobil is fabulous. Once you've done the initial assembly it doesn't really come apart. It's only the initial assembly that's the PITA. I love playmobil, my son got that pirate galleon I mentioned for his 4th birthday. He loved in then and still loves it at 9 and a half. I'm now buying playmobil for my nieces who adore it as does my sister.

Would recommend 5 star

ijustwannadance Thu 15-Dec-16 21:21:11

I find it a massive pain in the arse. They should just sell it built. At least lego can be made into other things and the bricks are useful.

PhilODox Thu 15-Dec-16 21:50:19

Sorry- I misread- the fire engine is awesome too!
I love playbill, it's the bee's knees!

3yo twins, eh? Your Christmas is going to be crazy fantastic! grin

MsHybridFanGirl Thu 15-Dec-16 22:05:43

Pre build! My DD is 11 and still loves Playmobil - is getting the City Life hospital for Xmas and I'm going to pre build (if I can find a spare evening) as the luxury mansion took us 2 hours on her birthday

1stTimeMama Thu 15-Dec-16 22:37:50

Oh my goodness, I've bought masses of playmobil for my 2 boys this year! Should I start now?! How do you wrap it once it's assembled?

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