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Detailed Dolphin Playset
Playmobil 4468 Dolphin Basin
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Playmobil 4468 Dolphin Basin
Advantages: Good Quality, Well Designed
Disadvantages: Just One Animal, Pricy, Fiddly Accessories
Inside the large box, you get a dolphin basin (which is basically a large, clearish plastic dish with some curves and dips in the design), then there's a platform for the shelves, seats, supplies etc, and three large plastic rocks to sit around the basin and add decoration (and sturdiness!) to the whole thing.
There are loads of really detailed and fun accessories with this set, including a large crane arm which slots into one of the rocks and hangs over the basin for the dolphins to 'jump up to'. There's a little hook on the end which you can add various accessories to for the dolphins to jump at, and it winds in and out with ease and includes a stopper so that it doesn't unwind when you don't want it too.
Also included is a little till, some beach accessories (so you can double this up as a seaside set if you want to I think), a bucket full of plastic fish for feeding to the dolphins, some stairs, a couple of visitors and a sheltered seating area. Lots to be getting on with then. I have to admit that I am concerned a little that some of these items will get lost over time, but for now there is so much variety that I can't help but approve of all the fun games that can be played with this.
The plastic basin can be filled with real water, and we've done this a few times now without any hassle or spills. The only downside is that once you're finished and want to dry it out, you're left trying to fish out loads of tiny accessories before you can pour the water away. A lot of the accessories are really tiny, such as the plastic fish, and could easily slip down the plug hole when you empty this out if you haven't removed everything beforehand.
Over all this is a highly detailed and nicely designed Playmobil set. I like that the rocks come off easily so you can remove the basin for filling and emptying, but I'm not so sure about all the tiny accessories when it comes to fishing them out of the water! I also think the price tag is a little dramatic, but then I recently paid £40 for a Zingzilla playset and nearly had heart failure over the lack of accessories, play value and quality that it had to offer. I guess you get what you pay for, and with Playmobil, you always get that quality which is designed to last. It retains it's value after use too so you can always re-sell it later on for around 2/3 of what you paid for it.
You could give this as a large gift at Christmas or for a Birthday and not need to buy anything else to go with it in my opinion. The box, and the contents, amount to the same as the Penguin and Alligator basins combined I think. I wouldn't pay the full retail price for this, but then that's because the grandson isn't specifically keen on dolphins. If I was paying full price I'd get the zoo so he had more variety for a similar price tag. I think whether or not this is the set for you is purely down to personal choice, and which animal(s) your child is a fan of.
Summary: Highly Recommended for Dolphin Fans
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