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Playmobil Pirates Lagoon Advent Calendar

Submitted by on December 20, 2009 – 8:04 pmNo Comment

It is meant to be an advent calendar which is a countdown to Christmas, however nothing at all reminds you of Christmas. The scene is a hot desert island with pirates!

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Initial thoughts: The Advent calendar we got to try is the Playmobil Pirate Island. It comes flat packed in a box and requires that you set it all up yourself. Once you have put together there are 24 compartments and you can place the toys in each one of them. When it is all assembled, children will be able to open a window a day to discover a new toy.

The time they recommend you allocate to the setup is around 15 minutes but it took my husband  half an hour! He blamed it on the instructions that weren’t clear enough and (for this once) I have to agree with him. The pictures to follow are designed to be universal but we felt we could have done with a written back up too. The drawings are a bit confusing and after cutting the wrong pieces and sticking them back together we finally managed to have the advent box ready to receive the toys in the set order specified.

It is aimed for ages 4+ and has very tiny bits like coins smaller than the size of a pea which makes it slightly awkward if you have younger children sharing the playroom.

We liked: The quality of the toys they discover every day. They are really good and make the discovery very exciting for children. One of the toys is a canon that fires balls!

We weren’t so keen: It is meant to be an advent calendar which is a countdown to Christmas, however nothing about it at all reminds you of Christmas – the scene is a hot desert island with pirates! There are a couple of snowflakes on the packaging but they are not reproduced on the advent calendar itself. Perhaps religious images or winter scenes would be more appropriate for an advent calendar… For this reason the calendar could be used as a countdown to any event like a birthday for example.

The play scene is made of cardboard which will probably find it very hard to stand the test of time, especially in our household, and as mentioned previously we felt that the instructions could do with being reviewed to make them more easily understood.

Overall: We do not feel that it should be called advent calendar as it is not clear on what it is counting down to. The toys are displayed in a really random manner with nothing extra special on the last one being discovered on Christmas day, which we felt would make a difference. But, despite our reservations it would add fun and excitement to this time of the year for a young child.

[By Peggy at Perfectly Happy Mum]

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