“ Manufacturer: Playmobil / Theme: Farm „
I decided that I wanted to get this for my son's birthday, but was worried about paying such a large amount of money for one toy and would have to get other relatives to chip in. Was it going to be worth the large price tag? I have never had a playmobil toy before.
RRP is supposed to be £199 - but I have never seen it for so much. I found out that the toyshop.com had it on offer for £80 before Christmas, but this was no longer on offer or stocked. The cheapest I could find it was £100 at tesco.com - didn't I wish I swapped my clubcard points for double toy vouchers before Christmas. Then one of my moneysaving expert friends told me that playmobil often do damaged box sales a few times a year. I checked, but their were no sales on, so I thought it would be worth contacting them direct. I sent them an email telling them what I wanted and 2 days later they replied to say one had just come in, did I want it for £50? Yes, Yes, Yes!!
They told me that if any of the parts in the box were missing or damaged to let them know and they would send out replacements free of charge.
Before buying this product I look at various reviews on a number of website that said you need about 1-2 hours to put it all together. My husband and I put aside the evening before my son's birthday to put it together for him so that it was ready to play with straight away. 1-2 hours? They must be joking we spent 4 and a half hours and all we had managed to put together was the main house. On my son's birthday I spent 6 hours putting the rest of it together. The length of time could have been significantly reduced if Playmobil grouped the parts that went together, but bits were all over the place.
Once built, the set was surprisingly sturdy, particularly the buildings. The smaller things were less so, flowers kept falling off the trees and bits are easily knocked off the vehicles.
The set consists of a main farm house with two rooms downstairs and an open hayloft upstairs, an outbuilding, a tree, a combine harvester, a tractor, a milk tanker, a trailer, a plough and rake attachments for tractor, fencing for animals. There are lots and I mean lots of smaller items in this set the most interesting for the kids were the farmer and his wife, fours cows, chickens, duck, various birds, spades, rakes, forks, 2 beds, a table, 2 chairs, cutlery and cups, a chest, vegetables, bench, sink, oven, wheelbarrow, milk churns etc. etc.
My children have the most fun with the tractor and combine harvester - you can load the combine harvester up with hay bales and it spits them out as you push it. The animals are really good - you can position the heads, legs and feet of even the really small birds. The house is a bit of a let down it comes with so many accessories, but there isn't enough room to play with them in the house, or even fit them all in the house.
Value for Money
You get a lot in this set, but I think like all Playmobil you are paying for a brand name and not getting value for money. I would not have been happy to pay more than £50 for it and I would say the price would need to come down to £30 or so to be real value for money.
Having an extensive playmobil collection, we had sworn "no more", and meant it, but then Christmas came, and we decided that this Mega Farm set could be our last hoorah - at £80 at the time (this set is generally priced from £80-£250) for the biggest toy box you have ever seen- it's literally the size of a small child being about a metre long - we couldn't resist. We knew our 4 year old will play imaginatively for hours with playmobil and were pretty sure she would love it - luckily she did!
What you get:
The first thing to say about this set is you get a lot - but in playmobil style much of it has to be assembled. There is a clear to follow booklet, but still you should allow at least 2-3 hours to put everything together - no exaggeration. The instructions are straightforward, though the barn did involve rather too much need of studs and a tool in my opinion, and there are a lot of different little bags and sometimes no logic as to where that tiny piece is.
In the set you get a barn, a two floored farm house, a tractor, a trailer, a combine harvester, a plough and a water trailer and some fencing. There is also a herd of cows, complete with a fenced field and lots and lots of accessories for the house and farm (about 70 or so) as well as two figures. We spent two evenings constructing it prior to Christmas, and were very pleased we hadn't tried to put it together on the day itself - the look on my daughter's face when she saw the finished product is something that will stay with me for ever. You can spend a long, long time discovering what all the little bits and bobs in this set are, there's just so much to it.
Everything is very realistic looking, in muted colours - you can even put water into the little trailer and there are lots of little details. The farmhouse is well equipped with opening doors and all that the modern farmer would need - there's even a little dishwasher into which you can put the plates and cutlery that come with the set. There are also lots of little items such as saucepans, a tart, a table, chairs and beds complete with covers. The house and barn in themselves are not too huge when made - I make the farmhouse 30cm high by about 47 long, and the barn a little smaller. I find all the items can be stowed (including the 18 animals) can fit inside the house and barn for storage. Everything is big on detail - there is a little tree that has a nest and eggs, there's a stork on the roof, and the little window boxes have flowers. Lots of little things like the tools and mini vegetables are quite small, so this really is for a child that is well past the "putting things in mouth" stage - though you could always remove smaller bits for a younger child.
The thing my child has played with most is the combine harvester of all things - this is well made, the top flips open to put the driver in, and also it has little hay bales that slot into it and fall out when you move the whole thing along, it really does look like you are harvesting. The little house does promote plenty of imaginative play, however it is a bit of a pity there were only 2 figures included - we have had the farmer and his wife adopt a couple of children we already had. As the front is open I find that my child really enjoys setting everything up and also loading up the tractor with tools, produce and even the odd cow or two. There could have been more of a range of animals, apart from cows there are only hens and ducks and a rat or two - some pigs would have been nice or some sheep - but this is firmly a food producing farm, with some cows and chickens. The plough and tractor are very realistic and so have been much played with - luckily we live quite near to a corn field so my daughter is familiar with how the field is ploughed, seeds are sowed and the crop harvested.
Everything is, as you would expect from playmobil, very well made and has held up to extensive play so far. We do find the handle on the trailer is prone to coming off, but nothing (even that begrudgingly built barn) has broken thus far, and the detail in this set is amazing. The parts on the animals move, and little details like the pulley for hauling up corn bags onto the top floor of the farm, the milk churns and the little tools (there's even a chainsaw and a log complete with a little axe), really add to this set.
This is a really amazing toy and one that, in my opinion, can not fail to please the type of child who enjoys making up stories or pushing things around. It's had hours of use and I'm sure will be played with for a long time to come. Though this set is expensive, you get an awful lot for your money and so, in my opinion, it is well worth it. It's the kind of item that can be played with for years and still will be in good enough condition to pass on. Though there are no bells and whistles on this set (well bar those hay bales which are a continual source of fascination), or any electric noises or gimmicks, it is just a lovely old fashioned toy that children actually like. On that basis I would really recommend it - just make sure you shop around and are prepared to spend some time building it and hunting down little bits. This is a great toy for playmobil fans and those starting their collection alike!
My 8 year old is completely mad out the Playmobil toys, he has tones of them, and for some weird reason, doesn't seemt o be getting sick of them any time soon. My parents decided to buy him this for he birthday a couple of months ago, and if they had told me before hand that they were going to buy it, I would have told them not to, as I considered the item for him for Christmas but told one look at the price and thought no chance. But they ensured me that they paid under £100 so I thought that is wasn't too bad.
When he opened IT, he was overjoyed, and had great fun putting everything together, it kept him busy for hours and hours. There were so many pieces and things to build. The only problem with this item is the amount of space that is took up, and once he had finished playing with it, he had to put I all back in the box again as his bedroom floor just didn't have the room. But I suppose that this was also an advantage as it meant that he would be able to enjoy putting it together again.
You get so much with Mega Farm Set, farm houses, trackers animals, other small building, a complete farm to be honest. I wouldn't recommend buying this for younger children and there are some small parts which could be swallowed by such a young child, there is actually a warning on the box explaining this. Mu husband usually enjoys spending time with my son with this toy, it rather creeps me out, and keep thinking whether he wants to a farmer or not... I just hope my son doesn't grow up to be one...no offence to farmers though.
Anyway, I definitely recommend buying this toy, however not at the price some retailers sell it at, with some selling at over £199, which is just ridiculous. Great overall activity.
The Playmobil Mega Farm Set is absolutely huge. It originally retailed for an amazing £199.99, though most stores had reduced it to £99.99 on the run up to Christmas. We got it for our grandson at the even better price of £74.50 delivered though! That was thanks to an offer at The Entertainer online, which has now unfortunately expired. In fact the product no longer even appears on the website, which suggests that this product is possibly being sold off for good.
The box that this set comes in is absolutely massive. It required the complete span of my arms to safely carry it up our stairs and hide it away ready for Christmas. Fortunately, I thought to assemble this and wrap the pieces ready-made for Christmas day - and I am exceptionally glad that I did.
Once you open up the box, you're met with a huge assortment of really tiny pieces. Most of them are bundled up in small plastic bags, with some pieces bagged up and then put into larger bags (for some reason). There are also quite a few larger wall and base pieces which are held together in groups using elastic bands. Then of course there are a few bags of connectors, though I'm not sure why they're split between several different bags, a tool which helps to push the connectors into place, and the instruction leaflet and sticker sheet.
Sorting out which bits I needed at each stage of the assembly process was nothing short of a nightmare. I just don't understand why Playmobil packed the pieces, of which there are several thousand, in such a haphazzard and illogical manner? Perhaps that explains the fall in price. To put this set together, you have to sit in the middle of a very large, clear room and empty out every single bag of at once. With Lego sets, they number the bags in accordance with the stages of building the model, but there is no obvious reason why the pieces in this set have been bagged up as they have. They don't belong to certain parts of the model, they're not the same sizes or colours, it's just ridiculous.
This set took me over an hour to partially assemble. By partially assemble, I mean that I built all of the main models, but left out the extras which contained fiddly bits such as bits of shrubbery. It was probably the longest hour of my life, and I really didn't enjoy doing this much at all. Normally I love building the toys even more than the grandson likes playing with them.
Once (finally) built, this is a good toy though. The farm house is a little on the small side, and could do with an extra floor, but it's stury, easy to access and well designed for the most part. There are two rooms downstairs, which you can furnish with the furniture that's included (kitchen items, table and chairs, 2 x beds and a few accessories). Upstairs is supposed to be a barn for storing hay bales in, as it comes complete with barn doors and a lift. But if you use it as a barn, you have nowhere to put the poor farmer's beds. So the grandson has decided that this is actually a bedroom. I suppose it's nice in a way that kids can alternate between the uses depending on their mood if they want to. The other design floor here is that the window boxes, if fitted, will prevent the windows from being opened outwards. For this reason, as I knew the grandson would love opening and shutting the windows, I left the flower boxes off the model.
The other large building that's included is a giant machinery shed, and this is just three walls with windows in and a roof. It's a bit tricky to move around because it doesn't have a base, and the roof tends to come slightly apart if you lift it holding that. But it's made of pretty thick plastic, so at least it's not likely to break properly. You can fit most of the vehicles and machinery parts in the shed, so they've obviously sized it quite well.
The vehicles that come with the set include a large combine harvester which will impress most young boys in particular. It was a nightmare to assemble this, and the spokes regularly come out of the red harvesting bit at the front, but the actual body of the vehicle is really quite robust. There's another annoyance with this one though, and that's that the window box which is supposed to just rest over the top once you've sat the farmer inside, doesn't really rest easily at all. In fact it tends to fall off about every two minutes, and has to be perfectly aligned by an adult to go back on. This is frustrating for little ones, so I'd recommend just removing this 'lid' feature before giving the child the toy.
The other large vehicle is a tractor with inter-changable trailers. You can hook it up to the trailer which tips up, and transports crates of produce around, or you can hook it up to the milk storage tanker. The milk storage tanker has a little hose on it, so you can fill it up with water in the top and really use the hose. This is only really good if you're going to have the toy outside in the summer though I think, as you don't want your kids watering the carpet do you?!
The other bits included are the farmer couple, a selection of tools, crates and baskets, and a small selection of plastic vegetable crops and bales of hay too. Then there are a few cows, a cow pen (which can be easily pulled apart and fixed anyway a child wants it to go), a chicken and rooster, a little duck, a few birds, a tiny mouse and a cat. I'd expected a few more animals actually, like a couple of sheep and pigs, but no, there are none of those included. There's also a bit of shrubbery and foliage of varying sorts for kids to use as background, but the flowers are very tempting to pull off one-by-one when you're three feet tall, and they're quickly lost in the carpet pile. So we've left those in the box, but of course it's each to their own.
There are a lot of drawbacks to this set, especially when considering the standard, design and contents compared to the usual high standard that you get from Playmobil. I realise now why we were able to buy such a large set for such a low price. It's a nightmare to assemble, there are a lot of small oversights regarding the general design of the models, and there is only so much play that a child will get out of this toy before they want a bigger variety of animals and animal pens to add onto their farm. If your child wants a playmobil house, and you see this available at a lower price than the Suburban House, then it's worth considering. Equally, it's good as a boy's version of a doll's house. As a farm it's a bit poor though, and what you save in pennies, you will spend in time assembling and repairing this set.
Model: Mega Farm Set