Thanks to PLAYMOBIL for providing us with these sets for review.
One of the activities my older kids really enjoy is PLAYMOBIL. We tried our first PLAYMOBIL set about two years ago and it became an overnight sensation at our house. From that point on, my kids were begging for more and more PLAYMOBIL, and we have slowly added to our collection from birthdays, holidays, and great finds at yard sales.
My younger kids always want to do whatever their older siblings are doing. Sometimes they can all play together but sometimes the toys have little pieces that just aren’t suitable for them. That was one of the issues we ran into with Playmobil. While most sets have larger pieces, many of them had small pieces as well that just weren’t suitable for younger hands (and mouths). That’s why I was SO excited to learn about PLAYMOBIL’s 1.2.3. sets, which are designed with toddlers and preschoolers in mind! That’s right, PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. sets are designed for children ages 1.5 and up!
My children recently received 2 of the newest 1.2.3. sets to check out, the Zoo and the Castle with Stackable Towers. They were all eager to try out these new sets!
PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. Zoo
Take a trip to the Zoo to see the monkeys swinging from the tree and the penguins sliding down the slide! With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. The zoo has a large rock structure, which, when combined with the six fence pieces, creates separate monkey and penguin enclosures. The monkeys can find shady resting places inside the cave or play in the sun with the functional tree swing. The zookeeper uses the wheelbarrow to bring bananas to the monkeys or fish to the penguins, while zoo visitors excitedly watch the feeding sessions. For even more playtime fun, connect this set with the Lion Enclosure (#9378 – sold separately) to create a larger zoo setting. Set includes one woman, one animal keeper, two child figures, monkeys, penguins, pigeon, rock with tree and slide, fencing, wheelbarrow, bananas, fish, and many other accessories.
PLAYMOBIL 1. 2.3. Castle with Stackable Towers
Create a fairytale adventure as the king rides to the Castle with Stackable Towers to find his queen! With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. Use the stackable round tower pieces to build either two different-sized towers or one castle tower up to three stories high, for a view that looks out over the entire kingdom. Once built, the towers have room for the figures and the included animals. When ready to explore, the king can saddle up his royal steed and head out to explore through the castle’s double doors.
PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. Sets Review
What fun sets these were! While 1.5 years of age would still be too young to build these sets without an adults help, they are certainly much easier to build than the original PLAYMOBIL sets. My 3-year-old did a great job building them with my help and our almost 5-year-old can build them without any help.
The pieces, as expected, are larger and perfect for children who might still attempt to put things into his or her mouth. (It’s so nice when they grow out of that phase!)
One of the things I dislike about most toddler toys is that they are outgrown so quickly. That’s not the case with these sets from PLAYMOBIL. Since they look just like the classic sets for older kids, as your child grows into the original PLAYMOBIL series, he or she can continue to use these 1.2.3. sets! In fact, the 1.2.3. Zoo set we received has been used with our regular PLAYMOBIL Zoo set as additional animal enclosures.
My children, especially the younger ones, have thoroughly enjoyed playing with both playsets. The Castle with Tower set does not have as many accessories, but still enough for 2 children to enjoy playing it together. The Zoo playset has a lot of accessories, enough for 3-4 children to share happily!
As with other PLAYMOBIL sets, these are clearly well made, so I know they will last us for years to come. If you have a toddler who is eager to play PLAYMOBIL with his or her older siblings, you MUST check out the 1.2.3 sets from PLAYMOBIL. There are so many cute ones available! My little ones are eager to add to our collection! Check them out on the PLAYMOBIL website or you can purchase them from Amazon.com as well.