Playmobil Expedition Ship
“For us, the Playmobil Expedition Ship would be an expensive set as it’s mostly used as a bath toy – and there are far cheaper bath toys around! But if you have a child who is keen on boats and fixing things, this is a good option.”
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Initial thoughts: The Playmobil Expedition Ship is a substantial boat, that Flea was really excited to play with. It comes with three crew figures, and a massive amount of accessories, including a chest of treasure, various bits of safety equipment and a toolkit (how random?).
The boat itself features a cockpit, anchor, a compartment for fish (or treasure) to be kept, and a transparent plastic base. At the back of the boat, there’s a winch and also a hatch that opens, where you can store treasure, or fish, or people (in Flea’s case)
We liked: Flea liked the Playmobil Expedition Ship immediately – she loved the crew member kitted out as a diver with flippers and mask, and the “secret chamber” in the boat’s deck was another big hit. Most of the tools went over her head – boat repair not being one of Flea’s favourite pretend games – but she does enjoy playing with this set using her pirate figures.
What really made this set special for Flea was discovering that it would float – she loves to play with it in the bath; it even has a transparent base inside the chamber so she can see her toes through the boat.
We weren’t keen: There’s a winch on the back of the boat, which is (I think) for lifting things out of the water onto the deck, but I found it slips out of its housing very easily and needs fixing regularly. Also the boat’s anchor and winch use the evil Playmobil string (not really, that’s just what I call it) that never stays tied for more than two minutes.
Overall: For us, the Playmobil Expedition Ship would be an expensive set as it’s mostly used as a bath toy – and there are far cheaper bath toys around! But if you have a child who is keen on boats and fixing things, this is a nice set, which is fairly robust and has some nice details.