I received the Playmobil Furnished Shopping Mall for review, however all opinions expressed are my own.
I was already a big fan of Playmobil as we already own some of the Pirates and Knights lines. The quality and detail of their product is unlike any other- beautiful colors, well made figures, buildings, and accessories that leave a lot of room for open ended play unlike other popular character toys that children outgrow from one season to the next. That is another thing I love about their toys, since they are open ended and the themes are more general and true to life they are something that have a long play life in them. They keep kids busy and their imagination fueled for hours.
The mall comes unassembled and including all figures and accessories it is over 500 pieces, they do include great, simple instructions and a special tool for assembly and to take it apart as well. Each section is divided nicely into marked bags to make it much simpler to put together. Here is where I want to offer my most important piece of advice for assembly- DO NOT walk out of the room and leave said bags unattended with your children for longer than 30 seconds or you may return to find every single bag has been ripped open and poured into a big pile of pieces by these “helpful” children- this will result in a much longer and more frustrating assembly time. Follow the instructions and put it together bag by bag as Playmobil intends and it will be a snap-literally. My 6 year old even did a good portion of the assembly as well.
This photo was taken pre parts and assembly apocalypse. See how nicely everything is separated for you?
Now onto the review portion… The Playmobil Furnished Shopping Mall is recommended for ages 5 to 12, my daughter is 3 1/2 and my son is 6- they both loved it and literally sat playing with it for hours on end the first time, after the first two weeks of play it hasn't lost it's appeal and is still a favorite toy. It is large enough and there are so many features to the mall that they are able to play simultaneously without (much) arguing. There are 4 main shops, a working elevator, dressing room, an entry way (with an adorable ATM machine that holds actual play money), and an upstairs window to display items in (or you can purchase some add ons and put in another shop. There are registers, counters, and shelving to hold items from wedding cakes and veils to tennis rackets and purses. The clothing is snap on can be changed over and over to make new outfits- the fitting room is a favorite place where the figures can try before they buy. If they work up an appetite shopping they just take the elevator down to the Cafe- so cute! A coffee pot, cups, and ice cream in a cup or cone.
If I had to say anything bad about the mall it would be that there are soo many parts, but I am not going to complain because this is really a testament to Playmobil's quality and quantity- I have designated a special basket for the little pieces when the mall is not in play and it has worked pretty well so far. As a matter of fact you can purchase additional add on pieces to create more stores, or add cute figures like a mom with baby in a buggy, a hair salon, or even a mall fountain. Several of these have found their way onto our Christmas list for Santa.
If you are looking for a high quality, open ended toy that your child will not outgrow within 6 months then the Playmobile Fully Furnished Shopping Mall or any of Playmobil's other sets are perfect for Christmas, or birthdays. While my son loves this mall even though it is largely pink he has requested Knights, Top Agents, and Summer Fun themed sets for himself.
Product Description: Find new and exciting fashion favorites at the Playmobil Furnished Shopping Mall. The perfect place for some retail therapy, the mall features a variety of fun shops. As kids visit each store, they’ll love the interchangeable outfits, allowing them to try on different outfits and choose each figure’s personal style. Before checking out the stores, stop by functioning ATM in the mall lobby for some spending money. In the bridal shop, try on the stunning wedding dress with jewel detailing and floor-length lace veil. Then, head across the lobby to find the hottest new bags , including purses, clutches, rolling suitcases, and more. After finding the perfect purse, take the functioning elevator to the second level for even more stylish boutiques. Get some inspirations from the chic mannequins in the upstairs foyer before trying on an outfit in the changing room or picking out some cool sports gear. Once the shopping adventures are complete, visitors can relax and enjoy a refreshing treat in the café area. Set also includes seven figures, five mannequins, various dresses, skirts, handbags, cash registers, ATM with money, full-length mirrors, hats, water gear, sandals, flowers, potted shrubs, ice cream, and tons of other accessories. Outfits are interchangeable and can be switched with outfits from the other Shopping Mall sets (#5485-#5491). Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 15.4 inches (LxWxH). Recommended for ages five to twelve.
Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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