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Playmobil Hospital

Submitted by on May 23, 2010 – 10:59 pmNo Comment

“You’ll feel the will to live slowly ebbing from your body when you realise the Playmobil Hospital has two floors.”

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Price £99

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playmobil hospitalInitial thoughts: Flea begged for this toy for almost six months before we relented and bought it for her. And I don’t blame her for coveting it – it’s a proper hospital with operating theatres, wards, a reception, treatment rooms and even an on-site clown. What’s not to love, you’ll think? Then you’ll open the box.

Holy God in Heaven, there are about a million tiny pieces, 75% of which appear to be identical. Seriously, you’ll spend three hours painstakingly building the walls and floor and get all excited about the roof. Then you’ll feel the will to live slowly ebbing from your body when you realise there are two floors.

We liked: It’s really nicely made and has typical Playmobil attention to detail. A drip bag to attach to a hook over the bed? Check. A teeny tiny flower to go in the clown’s bowler hat? Check. A teeny, teeny tiny bottle to go in the teeny tiny bottle incubator? Oh yeah.  Flea loves the working lift, and she loved combining with her playground Playmobil set, where a freakishly high proportion of children fell off the slide and had to be rushed to hospital for urgent treatment.

We weren’t keen: Apart from the Hell that is putting it together, the Playmobil Hospital is almost too detailed. With so many loose pieces and no way to close the hospital (it’s got open sides) it’s only a matter of time before the dog eats the teeny tiny bottle warmer or the teeny tiny computer from reception. I’m sure it’s a great toy but a lot of the time it’s just millions of bits on my floor. And it’s HUGE – it’s too big to fit on a shelf or in Flea’s cupboard – so it lives on her bedroom floor. People who know me will know that this does NOT make me happy. Also, most of the bits have migrated down to the playroom and get played with all the time, while the hospital is pretty much ignored. Finally, it has a funny, overhanging roof made up of segments that fall off if you lean on them.

Overall: Sometimes when you hate assembling a toy this much, you’re pre-disposed to hate it. That’s how I feel about this hospital. If someone else had built it, I’d probably overlook some of the flaws. But me and the hospital? We’ve got history. So I’d only recommend the Playmobil Hospital for older kids (it’s recommended for 4+ but I’d say more like 6), and I’d leave someone else to assemble it while you leave the house for at least eight hours.

[By Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]

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