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To ask you Playmobil veterans whether there might actually be such a thing as...

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vikjul Mon 03-Nov-14 17:43:04

...(gasp) too much Playmobil?

I really do believe in less is more as far as toys are concerned, but have never applied this to Playmobil and Lego, where it seems that more options rather add to the play value and longevity. But looking at my dd's substantial collection, with Christmas coming up, I am wondering how to gage whether there might be a point where I should stop indulging my own desire to acquire buying her more Playmobil.... So, anyway, I am a playmoholic and have my dd (6) loves Playmobil and has acquired the following over the past few years:

- Egyptian temple, camels, loads of Egyptian people & accessories (LOVES)
- royal furniture and loads of figures and every conceivable fantasy accessory (uses all the time)
- various babies, (uses a lot)
- lots of dollhouse furniture (uses a lot)
- loads of forest animals, trees, landscape pieces (uses often together with above)
- pirate dungeon (likes and uses now and then)
- huge play park and car (close to zero interest)

(In addition to this we have a lot of Roman figures and her older brother's dragon tower with dragon and various knights, used by dd occasionally.)

For this upcoming Christmas, I have already bought (but obviously need to hold back some of it):

- Pool (this is the one item she has asked for year after year, but considering her preference for fantasy/animals over eg the play park, I am not sure she would actually play with it.)
- Harbour café (would add to the pool & go with the park)
- African safari sets (discontinued, have picked up gigantic waterhole set & three smaller sets, I know she would love and use these)
- Monkey climbing tree (this I know she would love!)

So, Playmobil veterans, what would you do? Have you happily continued to expand your dc's collections, or found that eventually there is a law of diminishing returns here too? I see three options:

A. Give her the monkey climbing tree and the pool that she always points out in the catalogue, knowing that it will make her very happy but that she will probably not use it much in her usual eclectic scenarios. (And keep the African safari sets for another year.)

B. Give the pool to my MIL who never knows what to buy, enabling me to give dd the whole humongous series of African safari sets --that I can't wait to open--and the monkey tree - at the risk of overwhelming dd...

C. Just give her the monkey climbing tree and a few smaller safari sets that she will use alot and probably appreciate all the more for not getting so much...

(Other than Playmobil, she will be getting some lego, a board game or two and books.)

Sorry for long post, but as you will appreciate these are very important decisions and my DH is sick of hearing me talk about Playmobil.

Vinomcstephens Mon 03-Nov-14 17:53:19

There is never EVER such a thing as too much Playmobil!!

As a child I was obsessed with it and my parents indulged me - I spent all my pocket money on it and every birthday and Christmas they would buy me a large item - something like another building for my farm set. I genuinely adored it - when I was about 12 (so...over 20 years ago) my horrible father gave it ALL away to family friends for their children (without asking me!) and I still pine for it grin

Honestly, some of my happiest memories from my childhood involve playing with my Playmobil so go mad and buy as much as you can grin

JackShit Mon 03-Nov-14 18:03:51

We have the pool and it gets played with a fair bit.

You don't have the camper van shock

I would definitely put that on the list wink

BoysiesBack Mon 03-Nov-14 18:04:51

Oh, I hope NormanTheForeman doesn't see this. Too much Playmo?! Never! shocksadgrin

123Jump Mon 03-Nov-14 18:06:14

We have the Playmobil pool and it is one of the most popular toys we have. Visiting DC ask to have it out time after time, DS2 aged 7 still loves it, and toddler adores it too.
Get it!!

InfinitySeven Mon 03-Nov-14 18:07:44

I'd give her everything and let her play with it. Playmobil is amazing.

Piffpaffpoff Mon 03-Nov-14 18:08:58

I'm getting me DD the working cable car for Christmas.

MissPenelopeLumawoo2 Mon 03-Nov-14 18:09:47

Does anyone remember when it was called PlayPeople? Then it suddenly got re-branded Playmobil. I could never get my head around that. Disclaimer: I am old.

skylark2 Mon 03-Nov-14 18:10:19

DD absolutely loved Playmobil. We have boxes and boxes all put away for the next generation, and there were tears when it was packed away. She was 17.

I have promised not to give it away.

Also shock that you don't have the camper van - and how about the house for all that furniture? Those two were DD's absolute favourites.

Ebay is a great source if you're not desperate about complete sets. It dishwashes beautifully.

londonrach Mon 03-Nov-14 18:11:56

Sorry you can never have too much playmobil.....i dont understand the question (curls into a ball clenching her personal collection pre 1990s- rescued from the loft to prove op wrong)

Lepaskilf Mon 03-Nov-14 18:15:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Piffpaffpoff Mon 03-Nov-14 18:19:50

Were Playpeople not different? Like taller with jointed knees and feet and legs that moved independently of one another? We still have some at my mums, bits of Winter Olympics and a King and Queen.

Sizzlesthedog Mon 03-Nov-14 18:19:59

MissPenelope yes! I always called it playpeople, but I thought that was DM's name for it. Happy to know it was really called that.

londonrach Mon 03-Nov-14 18:26:19

Playpeople Are the same as playmobil pre 1970 something (clutches the one playpeople i had which i bought for 5p at a jumble sale in 1980s ( he green with a bit of white and only the arms and legs move in basic way but he was played with every day for ten years) and might be first item i ever bought on my own)

Piffpaffpoff Mon 03-Nov-14 18:31:09

This is what I'm thinking of, big black feet and slightly taller than playmobil. This is the ONLY pic I can find of them on Google!

northernlurker Mon 03-Nov-14 18:32:52

I would give her it all and then evaluate again for next birthday etc. Personally we have:

the ferry
the campervan
many safari bits
the café
the penguin pool
endless animals
Some of the western stuff
Quite a lot of romans - bought from ebay.

It all gets played with.

TorianaTollywobbles Mon 03-Nov-14 18:33:35

I really want to buy the new shopping centre set for me dd but she is 10 now and doesn't really play with Playmobil anymore, so sadly I can't justify it. It looks fab though!

londonrach Mon 03-Nov-14 18:35:25

Piffpaff can i be your grown up child...cable car!! Children nowadays dont know how lucky they are. In the 1980s our limited playmobil meant we had no dogs. Dsis and i made them out of pipe cleaners and bluetac. Seriously op playmobil is the best toy ever you can give a child. My imagination soured with this toy, we played with it daily, i can still tell you the stories my sister and i made up. Seeing my sisters children now playing with the pool and school (would my dn miss it if it went missing!) back so many happy memories. Can i say the camper van was the best toy my parents ever gave us. We didnt have much but that camper van was the one item for ten years was used! I admit to being a plAymobil addict in the 1980s. Is there any chance of recovery!

Frogme Mon 03-Nov-14 18:36:31

I thought they were called busy bodies.

Give her everything. She might not be into it next year you'll have to come clean you want it

vikjul Mon 03-Nov-14 18:36:39

vinomcstephens and infinity Rejoicing here at the wise advice "give her everything" and "go mad and buy as much as you can" smile!

Thanks all for response about the pool, definitely going with that (and probably lots of the rest grin) then.

Jackshit and Skylark - I would personally LOVE the campervan, but dd is lukewarm to all contemporary/city type Playmobil, apart from the pool in the catalogue that is. In fact I DID buy the campervan one year, but ended up giving it to my god daughter instead, who loves it (over the years I have also given her the ambulance, hospital room and the take-along house, stuff I love but that my dd is not interested in.)

vikjul Mon 03-Nov-14 18:40:31

Toriana I did actually buy some Playmobil for me last year (the Alpine lodge and some lovely mountain goats and Swiss cows), but it felt a bit weird so it has been relegated to the loft (dd not interested in those sets, other than some landscape pieces that I happily transferred to her).

vikjul Mon 03-Nov-14 18:42:57

Frogme I know, that's just it. I have to act while the window of buying Playmobil is still open. Hopefully it will last for many years to come though...

londonrach Mon 03-Nov-14 18:44:18

Have you seen the new campervan? It has bits my sister and i dreamed of. (Steals campervan off 5 year old niece). Also you can buy bits straight from germany so you can get a house which looks german. (Look in your local toy shop for catalogue and inside that is the extras!!!!!!). My dm has one (sisters children allowed to play with it) which might out me. Hi sister x.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 03-Nov-14 18:48:36

My 3yo keeps asking for the swimming pool.for Christmas so I am happy to see how well.played with it is on here. This year is the year we start her collection amd in addition to the pool she is getting the school (christmas) and a wooden dollhouse furnished in Playmobil (birthday six days before Christmas), a car and a selection of people and animals.

Im very excited!!!

You can definitely have too much. I collected it - bought almos all sets available up until three years ago. My kids never play with any of it as it is too much and hard to sort. Tried separating into separate boxes - takes up so much space; the full ran amphitheater is about 3ft round and got smashed in its first use as they tripped over it. I was gutted they don't use it like I hoped - but can't bring myself to sell it on. Less is more

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