Friday, May 22, 2015

BAK Gear: Playmobil Superset 4013 Penguin Habitat

I've been absent from the blogging for a while, mainly because business has been pretty busy with renewed interest doing bad things to bad people in bad places. But, also partly because as my girls are transitioning from toddler into pre-school, the "gear" that BAD and BAM needs to haul around seem to be less and less - we can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The girls are really into the Lego, Playmobil, anything shark, and anything Superman right now. They have interests in other kinds of toys, usually the flavour of the week (Rainbow Loom, now its Shopkins...); however, their core interests lie in the aforementioned.

So today, I will review one my youngest's favourite toy, the Playmobil Penguin Habitat Superset. Out of the box, there is some assembly required, but its fairly simple, and if your 2 or 3 year old is good at puzzles, they'll be able to figure it out. This particular set is meant to contain water in the penguin splash pool so it's a fun toy for the kid. I like that this playset is relatively compact, not like the Princess ones, where the castle takes up the entire Ikea table.

We have a couple of Playmobil playsets so all the pieces have merged together, but as far as I know, it is suppose to come with 2 figurines, a couple of penguins, a pail of food, eggs, and a tree.

Just a note, that there are quite a few small pieces (penguin eggs, baby penguins, and fish) that have a super interesting texture and shape that are just the right size for curious mouths. So beware - hence the labelling for 4 years +.

For some reason, this set seems to get the most play, and I think its because there's a slide, water, hidden nesting area and animals. Alot of scenarios can be had from it, plus after seeing live penguins at the zoo, there's some context and the kids can relate and make their own stories.

This is definitely a toy I would recommend if your kid is already into Playmobil and animals. If your kid is anything like mine, they will start introducing sharks into the tank, and start eating the penguins and zoo keepers (Jaws 3 anybody!?!)

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