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Playmobil Pyramid

Submitted by on September 2, 2009 – 11:19 amNo Comment

“Flea absolutely adored this Playmobil Pyramid set, and the secret rooms and booby traps add another dimension to her play”

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Price £51.99

*****

Initial Thoughts: Flea was unbelievably excited when this one arrived in the post for review – as was I, right up until the moment I saw the writing on the box that said: “time for assembly: 120 minutes”. Argh! I thought this was a gross exaggeration that applies only to people with one arm, perhaps, until I unpacked the box. This is what it contained:


Unbelievable. Since I’d made the foolish mistake of opening the box during daylight hours, I had to put together the thing IMMEDIATELY, while Flea asked “Are you finished yet?” approximately every eight seconds.

We liked: Actually, it wasn’t too bad to put together at all – 90 minutes, and it was very straightforward. What you end up with is a pyramid with 3 removable side walls, complete with various secret rooms, hidden entrances, rotating doors, booby traps and even a skeleton. Flea absolutely adored this set – the secret rooms add another dimension to the play, and it’s captured her interest as she keeps discovering new things she can do by pushing different buttons and moving various walls.

It’s also pretty educational – there are lots of pictures, figures and items that we talked about, so she’s learned a lot about Egyptians in the process of playing with this set.  Playmobil tells me that Egyptians are now on the National Curriculum for 5 year olds so this would be a great way of supporting that learning.

We weren’t keen: The only small complaint I have with this set is that on each wall there are some “stone” panels with pictures of a Pharaoh on them – each panel is made up of eight slabs. They don’t click into place, so each time Flea takes a wall off the pyramid, the eight pieces scatter across the floor. Similarly the walls only stay in place with balance, so moving the pyramid from one room to another invariably means 30 pieces ending up all over the floor.

Overall: A fantastic play set with a bit more to explore than is sometimes the case – the hidden rooms and traps added a lot of fun to the toy, and I think Flea will play with it for a long time because of that element. We’ve already added a couple of robbers and camels to the set, and I can see us adding more over time. I’d also add: shop around because I’ve seen this priced anywhere from £51.99 to £70.

[By Sally – Who’s the Mummy?]

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