For toys to be awesome hits for kids and parents alike, they must be fun to play with right out of the box, but also having staying power to last as well. It’s also important for toys to educate, entertain, and hold a child’s attention for a good length of time. Most of this year’s toys will also appeal to adults, so join in on the fun and enrich your child’s playtime. Understanding the importance of imaginary play, Playmobil, a leading toy manufacturer, has launched several new toys for children this season.
Children are so anxious for the holiday to occur, they seem to ask “when” almost everyday. Using an advent calendar is a fun way to countdown to Christmas. Playmobil has several themes for Advent Calendars that will appeal to both boys and girls and specific age groups.
Advent Calendar “Dragon’s Treasure Battle” (pictured)
Protect the royal treasure from the fierce dragon! The Advent Calendar “Dragon’s Treasure Battle ” contains twenty-four surprise items for each day of Advent to form a gift that will keep on giving long after the holidays have passed. Set includes backdrop, three knight figures, one dragon, horse with armor, cannon, shields, swords, bow and arrow, treasure chest with ancient treasure, fire pot, lifesize ring with red gemstone, and other accessories to play out an epic dragon battle. Once all the pieces are revealed, experience even more fun with the bonus dragon card game. Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $28.99. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Other titles include “Santa’s Workshop”, and “Unicorn Fairyland.”
Playmobil has the 1-2-3 play series for the younger set. These pretend play sets include “My Take Along Train,” “Suburban Home.” “Christmas Manger” and “Santa Claus with Reindeer Sleigh.”
My Take Along Train (pictured)
Cruise down the tracks on the My Take Along Train. With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. The train station doubles as a carrying case, making it the perfect set for toddlers on the go. Simply unlatch the side two reveal storage space for the three figures, two train cars, tracks, bench, suitcase, and traffic sign. Dimensions of Oval Track: 19.3 inches wide. Recommended for ages 18 months and up. Suggested Retail Price: $64.99.
Suburban Home (pictured)
Make yourself comfortable in this warm and cozy Suburban Home. With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is also ideal for toddlers. The two-story home comes with a fully furnished kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and has a grid layout that makes securing furniture to the floors easy. Plus, kids will love the functioning doorbell and sound effects. Set includes three figures, bed, cradle, dog, doghouse, table and chairs, oven, sink, shower, toilet, and additional accessories. Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.2 x 9.4 inches (LxWxH). Recommended for ages 18 months and up. Suggested Retail Price: $54.99.
Playmobil is noted for their pretend play sets that bring real life to children through hands-on interactive play. They have a variety of City Life themes to choose from including Asian Dragon’s Land, Secret Dragon Fort, Dragon Battle Ship, and other sets to enhance this theme. They have a shopping mall theme that starts with the Furnished Shopping Mall, then a Clothing Boutique, Beauty Salon, Toy Shop, and Clothing Display. The next pretend play theme is the Construction Site and other play sets to enhance the site including a Heavy-Duty Flatbed Trailer, Industrial Dump Truck, Large Front Loader, and more.
Here is a detailed blurb on the City Life Furnished Shopping Mall (pictured).
It’s 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 Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. -#5491). Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 15.4 inches (LxWxH). Recommended for ages five to twelve. Suggested Retail Price: $199.99.
What a fun year for the toy industry and for the entertainment of your children. Take time to enjoy your children’s company and play with them. You’ll be directing their development and absorb the thrill and amusement in their playtime activities.
Note: Samples were provided for information about these toys. I was not compensated to write this article by the manufacturer.