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Being a Playmobil fan, my daughter was very pleased when she recieved this for her birthday last year. The Playmobil vet surgery cost £19.99 from WHSmith. In the box the peices are all in sectioned bags ready to be constructed. Having being used to constructing much larger Playmobil sets (spoilt!), this one didn't take long at all to put together. The largest piece being the surgery floor with all the other peices attaching to that as a base, locked in place by the usual snap connectors as favoured by Playmobil. The set comes with a little tool which makes it very easy to clip the connecters in. The vets surgery comes with a doctor and a nurse and four animals; a dog, a cat, a puppy and a tortoise. The surgery features two cages and examination table with a movable plastic examination light. The light doesn't actually light up, it just has silver stickers on it, perhaps i am asking too much? This area is where the animals can get 'checked over'and has little drawers that pull out with a few tools inside such as a syringe, tweezers and a scalpel (!!). There is also an xray scanning machine with a sliding panel for the animals to sit on. This my daughter really likes and therefore we have had all sorts of other toys going in for a scan! After the 'xray' the pet can move over to another machine where the vet has a choice of 3 different xray slides to look at. Once diagnosed, the Playmobil vet surgery has many bottles of medicine that can be given to the animals to make them better. As well as this, the set comes complete with a small sticker sheet of plasters and bandages which can be applied to the animals. Needless to say, we got through these in about 5 minutes flat at our house, with the poor tortoise plastered from head to toe. This set is recommended for children age 4+ and not suitable for children under three years due to the smaller parts causing a choking hazard. I would recommend this to children who like animals or perhaps as a gift. There is quite a bit for your money (for playmobil prices) but perhaps not as much fine detail as what some sets have. I think this does have a certain novelty about it and my daughter initially loved this, but within a week or two it began to fade off a bit (like i said spoilt!) and she wasn't so interested anymore. I suppose theres only so many times you can take a poorly pup/cat/tortoise to the vet before it starts getting a bit 'samey'. I believe there are other attachments that can be bought to go with this that would make it bigger and give more scope for imaginative play. This i will have to look into. But for good quality and reasonable price, i will give this play set 4 stars. Also on Ciao under the user name of Supersweep.
This set was bought as a gift for my son and it is a very nice playmobil set. This set can be used alone or with the other sets in the range, that complete a vetinary surgery. The Box is a nice size, and when wrapped up looks like a substantial gift, the scenarios on the box give you a good idea of what to expect and some play ideas for the child. Inside the box, there is a more sturdy cardboard box that holds all the bits and pieces, and these are well packaged in individual plastic wrappers. The strange thing that I have noticed about playmobil is that pieces that go with eachother are all wrapped up in seperate bags, so in order to put one sectio together, you have to open several bags. Does anyone know why this is? The biggest part of the set is the base, which is strong plastic designed to look like a tiled floor. Using the standard playmobil connectors, and following the good clear instructions, there is a shelf, and a telescopic examination light, an examination table and a scanning machine. There is also a really nice X ray machine, that has an area for the pet to stand, and four interchangable slides, each with a realistic animal xray on them. The children love to slide the xrays in and out of the machine. With the set come a Vet and a vet nurse, the vet is complete with a white face mask and hat. The animals that come with the set are a small turtle, a kitten, puppy and a dalmation. There are two cages that the animals can wait in before the examination. There are also several nice little features, bottles, a thermometer, different pet food and medicine. There are also lots of bandages. Some are the usual hard plastic playmobil bandages thatt can be used on the human characters too. There is a roll of flexible white tubing bandage, that can be cut to put on the animals and also several sticky sticker bandages that are single use only. There are some nice little touches here, and although when assembled, the set does not seem to be very big, this is made up for by the different play options and the amount of accesories. The good thing about this set and most playmobil sets is that it enables real life play and having recently taken the cat to the vet, this was a good set to teach the children. I would recommend the set, and as it is not an enclosed set, we will hopefully be upgrading it with the pet clinic, so that we can have a more realistic enclosed feel to add to our town.
We got the Playmobil Vet Operating Room for a bargain price during the October pre-Christmas toy sales. The retail price is £17.99 as standard though, and I think that this is a reasonable price for a good quality and versatile play set like this is. If you look around, you'll find it on sale slightly cheaper than the RRP from lots of popular online shops like Amazon and John Lewis. Inside the box for this set you've got a bit of assembling to get out of the way first up. There are clear instructions on how to assemble the base and add the fixtures to it, and the only word of caution I have about this process is that you need to pay attention to which way up the joiners go in. I put one in the wrong way up and then had to spent a good ten minutes trying to prise it out again with the wife's tweezers! On the plus side, at least the pieces aren't going to fall apart during play. Included in this set is everything your child needs to play a variety of vet role playing scenarios. There's an x-ray machine, with little x-ray slides that you can change depending on which animal you've got on the ledge. The slides move quite easily in and out of the machine, and there's a little storage pocket for the slides that aren't being used at that time too. Then there is the cabinet which holds a little assortment of trays, bottles and realistic tools. Plus there is an examination table, a little waste paper bin, two animal cages with doors which open out and a moveable operating/examination spot light as well. Finally there is a machine that I can't actually identify! It's like an examination table with a sliding hood over the top of it. It looks great and has the fun sliding function on it though, so I doubt most kids will care what it's actual purpose is. They can just pretend it's a bone scanner or something (which is what we told our grandson it is for!). There are two vet figures included with this set, and both have little accessories with them that can be removed or changed around. There's a surgeon and a general vet, so that kids can use this as both an operating room and a regular vet's examination room as well. I like that this set can be used as a complete vet's set on it's own and that you don't have to rush out and buy the larger clinic to go with this. The animals included are a cat, dog and tortoise which are solid little plastic figures. This isn't one of the biggest Playmobil play sets available, but it is one of the more varied and accessory-packed sets in this price range. I like that it can be used on it's own without the need for additional purchases to make the set worth playing with. I'm also very impressed with how well all of the functioning parts work, and how high the general quality of the pieces are. This has to get five stars from me.
Model: vets practice