The folks over at PLAYMOBIL were kind enough to send Milo a new toy to play with in exchange for a review. Much to Milo's delight we opened up the large, colourful Playmobil 1.2.3 Take-Along Fire Station box and got to....ahem....work....kind of!
When I first saw the picture on the box, I was a little unsure as to how appropriate it would be for an active 3 1/2 year old who is used to playing with the PLAYMOBIL range for slightly older children (the 1.2.3 range is specifically designed for toddlers between the age of 18-36 months.) This didn't seem to bother Milo one bit however and I discovered that there are some discernible advantages to the 1.2.3 range. This primarily being the fact that the pieces are built to withstand a toddler and can therefore hold their own when Milo is bashing and crashing them around (everything absolutely must crash according to Milo!) I like the sturdiness of each of the pieces and even when the ladder was taken off the top of the fire engine (he'd decided it was unnecessary for our emergencies), you can see that it wouldn't easily break.
Milo loved the firemen and the fire engine. We named the men 'John' and 'Edward' and I was sternly told that John takes the seat and Edward gets to sleep in the bed. John knew his place! The fire engine was driven to various emergencies, we saved many a life and then the men came back to have a rest. All in a days hard work for a firefighter!
My favourite part of the toy is the 'Take Along' aspect. All of the pieces can be tidied away in to the box which closes and you are then left with a very nifty little carry case (as shown in the photo below). It's fun for the children to walk around with and it also means packing away the toy at the end of the day is neat and easy, so good for the parents too!
The 1.2.3 Take-Along Fire Station (Meine Mitnehm-Feuerwehrstation) can be bought from PLAYMOBIL here for €34,99.
PLAYMOBIL UK can be found here
PLAYMOBIL Germany can be found here
Below are some more pics showing how much fun Milo had playing with it...
Check out the funky lift!
(the string dangling down the side is how the lift manoeuvres up & down. Super easy for small hands)
John patiently sitting whilst Edward takes a nap (Mine & Milo's name choices!)