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Playmobil Noah’s Ark

Submitted by on March 23, 2010 – 9:44 pmNo Comment

“The Playmobil Noah’s Ark is gorgeous – beautifully made, robust, and enough animals to keep the fussiest customer happy. Destined to be a classic.”

£53.99

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*****

Playmobil Noah's ArkInitial thoughts: You’d have thought Playmobil would have made a Noah’s Ark years ago, but I’m told it took a long time how to fit all those animals onto an ark without creating a toy that was too big – the solution, apparently, was to stock the ark with smaller, baby elephants – along with lions, zebras, giraffes, monkeys and – of course – Mr and Mrs Noah.

The set snaps together in under 10 minutes and the result is a nice sized ark with a ramp for the animals to walk up (which slots away when you’re sailing the ark) and lots of little compartments for the animals to sleep in.

We liked: I thought this was a great quality set with a fantastic range of animals, and no annoying little bits to break or snap apart, as is sometimes the case. I liked that the ark, like the large Playmobil pirate ship, is on rollers so that children can easily ‘sail’ the ark across the floor.

Flea’s favourite animals are the monkeys, and she enjoys telling them off and putting them into the cages on board. The ark itself floats thanks to a foam insert between the hull and the base of the boat – but having a normal sized bath and a wriggly child, we haven’t tested this one out yet.

We weren’t keen: Be aware you’ll need a teeny screwdriver to attach the base of the boat to the hull, and it’s a fiddly job. Apart from that, we really like this set – it’s simpler than many Playmobil sets but it’s a classic toy and has bags of play potential. There are lots of animals but some of them won’t stand up unless they’re perched on something, which Flea found frustrating. And in our house, a small chicken that can’t stand up does not equal ‘fun’.

Overall: The Playmobil Noah’s Ark is a great set and has some nice touches if you recognise what they are (we didn’t) – a working crane, for example. It’s around 50cm long, so not too big, which is great when it comes to storage. There aren’t as many accessories as you’ll find with some Playmobil sets but how much do animals need? All the basics are provided – hay for beds, food to eat, boxes to put things in. The Playmobil Noah’s Ark is, I’d say, a good quality take on a classic toy.

[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]

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