Reviewed by DT (initials used to protect my childrens’ privacy)
My twin sons had their 9th birthday during the summer and I wanted it to be extra special for them this year. I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity of being sent the Playmobil Fire Engine to review. The product arrived quickly in perfect condition and I was happy to discover that it was not excessively packaged. The box itself was so bright and interesting to the eye that you just want to open it and get stuck in. What struck me first of all was what a good size the fire engine was. I felt very daunted at the thought of putting the fire engine together but I needn’t have felt that way as the instructions booklet was clearly laid out and easy to follow. The whole playset oozes quality and I think this will be a toy that my sons will be able to pass onto another child so that they too can experience all it has to offer.
The box contained (according to the Playmobil website): 2 x fireman accessories, 1 fireman, 3 storage drawers, 2 flames, 3 water arrow projectiles, 5 hoses, 1 hose winch, breathing apparatus with hose and more….
I love how true to life the playset is. It is suitable for age 4+ and does have a lot of small parts. This playset is fun to play with just by itself but there is also scope for it to be played with alongside other toys and playsets. The fire fighters could, for example, rush to put out a fire at the local zoo or at the local train station. The various characters from other Playmobil playsets could go down to the fire station open day and the children get to see the fire engines. Perhaps the situation also needs a police squad car to attend. I think that the playset could help with so much learning and development wise – motor skills, hand eye coordination, problem solving skills, bringing out the imagination and more…
I think that this is a toy which my sons will go back to again and again. It keeps their attention for a decent amount of time and I think that the act of putting together a Playmobil playset is such a lovely family activity to do together. I love seeing my sons’ faces light up when they are playing with their Playmobil playset and how much they bring out their imagination. Yes, some parts of the playset can be hard to figure out, but I think that a toy that encourages problem solving is such a good thing.
I think that this playset could also work well alongside a discussion about the amazing work that keyworkers do as well as the emergency services.
In my opinion this Playmobil fire engine would make a great birthday gift, ‘just because’ gift or Christmas Gift idea. I think that the RRP represents excellent value. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this toy itself as well as Playmobil in general to others.
For more information please visit the Playmobil website here.
This product can be purchased from Amazon here.
This review has been written as part of a wider piece of coverage about a Summer Birthday Celebration. Do have a look out on the website for the other reviews that are a part of this coverage plus the main review-led article. At the time of writing this review, the review-led article is not yet online.