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Playmobil was always a favourite of mine as a child, I can remember having boxes and boxes of it and used to love it each year when the new catalogue came out with all the new releases and I would circle all the new, exciting sets I wanted. Although not my main job I work one day a week in a toy shop that happens to stock a very large range of Playmobil and to this day it's still as popular as ever, especially at Christmas as Playmobil has built up a great reputation for good quality products which never seem to break or have any problems as there made very well. Although from working in the toy shop I know that Playmobil customer service is very good and if you ever were to have any problems with any of their products they will do their best to help.
Another great thing with Playmobil is they do large and small sets so something to cater for every pocket, that's how I started off just buying one of the boxed figures with pocket money.
==About the product==
The theme of this set is a family have gone away on their summer holiday and are staying in a holiday home/ chalet. It must be a sunny day as they have got a table and chairs outside and are having a barbeque.
The chalet has a large blue roof with an open side so you can get into the chalet and the other side has a window on it. It has large opening doors to the front and a high window on the back wall which has lots of shelves and a roof level on the inside. The chalet measures 29cm by 27cm by 24cm tall.
The set includes Mum, Dad, a son and daughter, a ball, as well as a brilliant barbeque set with utensils, a crate of bottles, a sofa and a chair which both convert into beds, a coffee table, a TV and hi-fi with speakers, two sets of books for shelves, a vase, a plant in a pot, a table lamp, a patio table with folding chairs, umbrella, a picnic rug, a basket with jars, cutlery plus a coffee pot with cups and plates, and a ladder up to the bunk beds. There are flower trellises and trees for the outside too.
The item was originally release in March 2002 and as far as I know is no longer manufactured although if you were to buy this set brand new, the original retail price was £30.
There is not a terrible lot of assembly to do with this product, just the main chalet and adding the inside interior as it comes flat packed in the box, the instructions that come with this box are very clear and easy to follow and include pictures so if you can't understand the writing then the pictures are of a good quality. When I opened the box there were no missing parts and everything was as it should have been, as far as I was aware there were no design faults with this product and was exactly as it should have been.
I would not suggest this product for anyone under the age of 4, purely because there are lots of small parts like cups and plates to go on the table and chairs and by small I mean about 1cm tall.
I believe this product is good value for money as although it may seem expensive it's a product that's going to last for a very long time if not forever because the quality of the plastic is very good and would not break easily. I no longer own this product as everyone if my family has outgrown it although we passed in onto my cousins who and 6 and 7 and they have had great fun playing with, a little imagination can go a long way with this product.
Although for anyone who enjoys Playmobil this is a lovely set which will provide hours of fun!
Model: Family Vacation Home / Includes: picnic table, chairs, umbrella and barbecue pit & utensils / Approximate size is 10.6 inches long and 9.45 inches high. / Dimensions: is 10.6 inches long and 9.45 inches high. / SystemX compatible / Couch and chairs convert to beds / Terrace doors open / Large skylights provide easy access during play / Set