This is one of a series of Playmobil advent calendars, and I think that these earlier calendars are far nicer than those produced in the last few years. In the more recent calendars, Playmobil have followed the trend in toys and clothes, away from items which could be used or worn by either boys or girls, into items more likely to appeal to only one gender. I can only think that this is a cynical ploy to try to sell more, however I have a boy and a girl and like to encourage them to share, so a calendar like this would get my vote. In fact it did, we now have six or seven of these different advent calendars (they're irresistible, so much nicer than chocolate), and every year the children choose one each to be their calendar for the year.
The little picture above gives a fairly clear impression of how the calendar looks when set up. There is a cardboard scene, which you assemble, with floor, sides, back and a garland overhead which holds it together. There is always a large cardboard background upon which you can hang all the boxes holding the items to add to the scene. BE AWARE this is a bit bulky and you will need to assemble all of this before advent.
The playmobil pieces come in a range of little plastic bags, you will need to assemble things and put them in the right boxes before the calendar can be used. This can be a bit fiddly, but there is a guide on or in the box to show you what goes where. Give yourself plenty of time before December 1st, to get to grips with this. Now that my children are older, hunting down the pieces, and assembling the advent calendar, in anticipation of the scene to come, is part of the thrill for them.
As the days of Advent go by, you gradually build up the scene of a house at Christmas, complete with children, gifts, and a decorated tree, and Father Christmas arrives with his sack on Christmas Eve.
I really like the Playmobil advent calendars, this one builds up a bright, festive scene, and the items can all be used in play throughout the year, and like all Playmobil it is very high quality.
Model: Advent Calendar VIII - Christmas Eve