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To think that Playmobil is a bit......well, shit really?

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TaperJeanGirl Thu 30-Dec-10 12:49:43

So, I was a complete Playmobil virgin until christmas day, I had held off buying it for about 2 years as my eldest was only 3 then, but now at 5 she has been going on about it, and my friends buy it for their much younger children, and love it, have seen threads on here where people rave about it and say it lasts forever and gives hours of fun...so into the world of playmobil I plunged....

Now despite being initially reluctant to start with it, I admit I got sucked in and ended up getting ds (18 months) the dump truck, I just superglued the hat to the drivers head and tools into his toolbox to avoid any christmas day A&E trips due to swallowing, I got dd2 (3) the campervan, and ghost pirate ship, and dd1 (5) the african animal ranch and ranger truck, now what I didnt expect was needing a sodding degree in engineering to assemble the bastard things, AN HOUR I spent just on the dump truck!! I have still not had the courage to even open the pirate ship.

My next complaint, its cheap and flimsy, and falls apart every time its so much as looked at, and I think most of the tiny bits are already residing inside the hoover, I mean, WHY so many bits? I have stuck some together, but really not having any luck with it, am I missing some playmobil golden rule? Or do all the Playmobil enthusiasts on here just have it as ornaments, or do you all have super careful children that dont eat tiny cups and stick tiny cutlery up their noses,are my kids a bit young? (I know ds is but his truck isnt a problem) I WANT to like it I really do, I had hoped that by starting them off on these smaller sets I could get the house/hospital/school for their upcoming birthdays, but dont think i'll be getting anymore at the min....

GypsyMoth Thu 30-Dec-10 12:52:54

the bits make it more realistic and yes,18 months is way too young!!

TheBolter Thu 30-Dec-10 12:53:24

Agree. I got dd2 the dragon castle for Christmas, after much pestering, and two of the bits snapped within an hour of it being opened.

Thankfully my dad (who funnily enough has a degree in engineering!) was there to assemble it for us. Phew!

GypsyMoth Thu 30-Dec-10 12:53:33

and as far as toys go,i find the playmobil instructions amongst the most straightforward to follow

TaperJeanGirl Thu 30-Dec-10 12:53:38

I am also nursing a very sore patch on my finger, from ripping off a tiny handgun that I superglued to my finger sad grin

And, if anyone can tell me the best way to store all the bits, that would be a help, at the min its all up very high to stop ds from munching his way through anymore....

Bue Thu 30-Dec-10 12:53:43

Sacrilege! shock

Playmobil was probably my favourite toy as a kid. I do agree it has far too many little bits though, the little bouquets of flowers and plates and cutlery are teensy tiny and annoying. And I think the vehicles do have some problems - my carriage would never stay attached to the horses.

TheBolter Thu 30-Dec-10 12:54:06

P.S. Tiffany - dd2 is 5, which is the age they recommend. It's still flimsy.

DrNortherner Thu 30-Dec-10 12:55:43

I'm with you sister! My ds has had the pirate ship and the police station, both of which currently reside a box in his room that looks like a box of rubble. Dh built the police station 4 times and each time ds played with it it completely fell to pieces. I am loathe to chuck it out as cost so much bit all we have left is a box of walls, windows, random trees etc etc. And how are kids meant to keep track of the tiny handcuffs and stuff?

Dh practically had a coronary building them and has told me not to buy any more!

Goblinchild Thu 30-Dec-10 12:56:20

Yours are a bit young, we love playmobil and it lasts forever. Ours has been in the bath, in the garden, played with on a daily basis and looks good a decade on. The bits are part of the delight.
It does tend to say 3+ on the boxes for a reason.
But if you don't like it, there are hundreds of other toys to spend money on.

raspberryroo Thu 30-Dec-10 12:56:26

my 8 yr old put all my 6r's old together with no problem

dessen Thu 30-Dec-10 12:56:45

You need a teenager to build it. My eldest loves constructing playmobil - in training for ikea things later!

DrNortherner Thu 30-Dec-10 12:57:10

Lasts forever?! Where are we going wrong then....

Goblinchild Thu 30-Dec-10 12:57:26

We've got pirates, knights and vikings.

GypsyMoth Thu 30-Dec-10 12:57:27

oh,i was replying to op's post,thought she said one of dc's was 18 months??

they used to have playmobil out at oldest ds nursery,but i think the tinier pieces were kept aside

TaperJeanGirl Thu 30-Dec-10 12:58:58

The bolter, send your dad this way please grin

Ilovetiffany, I knew he was too young but he has had the most play out of his truck, the other 2 just keep getting frustrated as it keeps falling apart, maybe I am just a bit dim but I found the african ranch especially quite tricky blush maybe I need to persevere with it....

GypsyMoth Thu 30-Dec-10 12:58:59

my gripe with playmobil was the boxes they came in! had to rip them to get in and i wanted to keep the boxes for storing the little bits!1

maclover135 Thu 30-Dec-10 12:59:11

I feel your pain. DS was given the safari ranch from Santa and the Knights Castle from MIL hmm. There are hundreds of bits. We are using these for storage, which are really helpful. TBH DS doesn't seem too bothered by the small details at the moment - it is DH who keeps getting the blasted things out confused

grendel Thu 30-Dec-10 12:59:20

We got DD the horse ranch thing when she was 5. Was a bugger to assemble the building but once it was done she has had a HUGE amount of fun with it and all the pieces. I'm sure a few small bits have gone up the hoover over the years, but most have survived. Still occasionally catch her sneakily playing with it even now (aged 11).

Good present as you can grow it over the years by buying more bits.

Really not great for younger kids though as it's very fiddly. You need to be quite dextrous and not inclined to stick stuff up your nose!

noblegiraffe Thu 30-Dec-10 13:05:38

I got my DS the 123 Zoo for Christmas and I think it's lovely. He loves all the animals.

Obviously the stuff for older kids is a bit more complicated then!

TheBolter Thu 30-Dec-10 13:05:41

Yeah I bought a load of stackable plastic boxes from Sainsbury's yesterday for all the playmobil, Lego, Sylvanian stuff that has flooded our house over Christmas!

Toughasoldboots Thu 30-Dec-10 13:07:34

I gave away all my dc's Playmobil- collected over the years, probably about £800 worth.
They were furious and I have had to buy a load more ( despite youngest being 8) they all still play with it and I have given up trying to keep the sets together.
It all gets chucked into a big wooden toy box together- kills me as I like order but I have given up.

scouserabroad Thu 30-Dec-10 13:11:46

Way back when I was a child there weren't any Playmobil houses & large buildings etc. there were just people, horses, vehicles etc. and they were all indestructible - in fact, my own DDs still play with my old Playmobil 20 years later

I think it's just the buildings etc. that fall apart!

That said the tiny beer bottles have been lost a long time ago wink

SarahStrattonsBaubles Thu 30-Dec-10 13:12:27

We have the Palace, the Farm, lots of the fantasty/fairyland stuff like unicorns and dragons, lots of the horse stuff etc.

DDs are 13 and 17 and they still have a sneaky play with it.

Playmobil rocks, it is the best toy ever.

TabithaTwitchet Thu 30-Dec-10 13:16:01

grin I loved Playmobil as a child, probably my most played with toys.

DD has just turned 3 and got some Playmobil for Christmas.

She has played with it with great imagination every day since, and she absolutely loves it too. But the constant exclamations of "Oh no, I can't find the slippers/hairband(the hairband is truly tiny)/hat/flower etc" which necessitate a fine-tooth-comb search of the whole room until the missing object is restored, are starting to sap my patience just a little.

Once she is older, she will have to take responsibility for the little pieces herself!

I agree.

Found some of my old playmobil in mothers attic when she died, it's wayyyy better than the over produced crap they churn out these days.

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