We are so lucky to have been sent some of the Playmobil Dinos sets to review and it was fair to say from the moment they arrived L was rather excited, but due to some less than desirable behaviour he had to wait a little while until he could open them. Not great for me as I like to crack on with reviews but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do as a parent.
Behaviour vastly improved and following a trip to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, the weekend seemed liked the perfect time to get some Dino toys out. We’ve never had Playmobil before, not really sure why, I never had it as a kid either so I think it kind of just passed us by. So I didn’t know what to expect from the sets. I guess I thought they were for younger children and might not be quite right for L, but boy was I wrong.
L was in full dinosaur mode from the moment we opened up the first set and I loved that parts of it didn’t need making up, like the people and the dinosaurs, this meant there was something for him to play with straight away whilst I got on with building everything. I also liked with the Playmobil L could really get involved with building the sets, parts were tricky and he needed a hand but most was pretty straight forward and the finished articles are detailed, interactive playsets filled with fab features.
I cannot believe we have only just discovered them because I love them. Quick and easy to put together. Sturdy when built and easy to put back together if walls do get knocked down, though that’s hard. Incredibly detailed and super easy to make suitable for a wide range of age groups. If his cousin pops over and wants to play, we can just remove the smaller accessories and pop them out of the way, the knives and cameras and cones etc. But with it only being the characters accessories that are tiny, not the materials used to make the playsets, that’s really easy to do.
L was given a really cute Motorcross with Raptor kit, this is a bargain at £9.00 and L made it all himself apart from adding the kickstand to the bike, which to be fair even I found tricky. He had this made up in only a few minutes and was immediately roaring around the room with both the bike and the dino in hot pursuit. The little velociraptor is jointed and moves his arms and legs and the motocross bike even has suspension! The details on the character are superb too.
He also got the Playmobil Dinos Enemy Quad with Triceratops set, this came with an adult and baby triceratops ready to go, a very detailed cage to trap them in complete with sliding door opening and a 4×4 vehicle to chase them down complete with a missile launcher that can also fire a net over them. L adores this. It ticks off all his favourite things, vehicles, things he can shoot with and dinosaurs.
Whilst we did find the missile mechanism a bit tough to start with it has softened with use and easily detaches from the vehicle so little hands can get a better grip on it. This set is a bit more expensive at £33.00 but it comes with so much and is so well made I don’t think you’d be disappointed, I would certainly buy more myself and think they make fabulous gifts. I’m already thinking of getting some more for L for his birthday in October and dare I say it Christmas will be here before we know it.
The final set he was gifted is truly amazing and did take me a little while to get built, I wish I’d timed it, but I would say around an hour. It is the amazing Dinos Hidden Temple with T-Rex, the largest and most expensive set on the Playmobil Dinos range at £50.00 but I haven’t been so impressed with a toy in a long time.
There is so much to this set I’m bound to forget something so please accept my apologies, but I’m going to try and cover the main features that L was most impressed with.
Obviously you get a T-Rex, he is large and chunky and just fabulous. Then you get the temple, which took the building, lots of it is pre-formed so the bulk of it is quick and easy but then there are the little details, like vines and trees and traps and guns to add, this is what added the time. The temple has different layers and areas to explore, maps, glowing red eyes, a door that crashes down at the touch of a hidden button, a gun with lights and sounds, a pulley system to move things up and down, glowing red eyes, idols and many of the plants glow too with the help of the UV torch that comes in the box.
Then there are all the other little added touches, the accessories for the characters to play with. They have cameras, laptops, equipment boxes, light rigs, weapons and just so many little added touches that makes this a really immersive and interactive toy and you can just see the stories being created right before your eyes. This gives a great base for play and it is your child’s imagination that takes it deep into the jungle to find all manner of adventures.
I am smitten with the new Playmobil Dinos range, which is exclusive to Argos if you are as excited about it as we are.
L has been having a jolly good look at the other Playmobil ranges too, so I think we are going to have to make some space!!
Disclosure – we were gifted our sets in return for a review. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own.