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Playmobil Take Along Knights Battle Chest

Submitted by on October 10, 2009 – 1:06 amNo Comment

“I have to be honest – the Playmobil Take Along Knights Battle Chest fell apart really easily. Very irritating”.

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Price £29.99

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Initial thoughts: For a Playmobil set, the Take Along Knights Battle Chest is a lot simpler than average. It’s a castle that folds closed like a doll’s house. Inside there are four knights with hats and armour and an insanely large amount of weaponry with swords, daggers, spears and goodness only knows what else, along with one of those catapult things that fires ‘flaming’ stones. Or something. There are a couple of horses, too.

We liked: Flea liked the knight figures and was initially pretty interested in the castle. Inside it has four sections, two of which have closing gates – so Flea liked locking her prisoners in the castle dungeon. There’s also an opening drawbridge and a secret entrance that opens when you fire flaming cannonballs at it, which she thought was pretty cool.

We weren’t keen: Have to be honest – the Playmobil Take Along Knights Battle Chest fell apart really easily. At first, it was the drawbridge that was the problem, because it kept falling open. Then the castle sections started to fall apart – and I spent one frustrating afternoon repeatedly putting it back together – the very action of putting one piece back in place seemed to dislodge another piece. The two inner gates also came out of their fixings quite regularly. Very irritating.

Overall: One of the more disappointing Playmobil sets and I personally wouldn’t recommend it. I think it’s quite small – I’ve seen much nicer wooden castles, which you could play with using Playmobil or other figures, and which would probably last longer and stand up to a bit more rough handling.

[By Sally]

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