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The product I am reviewing is a playmobil pig pen which I purchase recently for my nephew's 3rd birthday. My nephew loves farm animals and he kept telling his mum how he wanted a farm to play with. My nephews are a huge fan of playmobil, just like me and my sister were when we were kids. Although playmobil can be rather pricey I always find their products strong and well made so I don't mind paying a fair amount of money for playmobil play sets and accessories. My sister and her fiancé actually purchase the Playmobil farm for my nephew for his birthday and I thought I would buy something to add onto it. My sister tells me that he has been going on about this specific playmobil item and has pointed it out many times in the playmobil book they have at home.
The pig pen is part of the playmobil country range and comes with many different items and accessories that you may need for your pig pen. Although this item isn't huge I am hoping it will entertain my nephew along with his playmobil farm that he'll be getting. The pig pen comes in a square box and it clearly shows on the front how you can set the play bits up to create a little pig pen for your animals. On the back of the box it shows you the contents of the box. In the box you should have a total of 5 fences which stand up on some greenery, a tree with leaves which stands on what looks like some hay, a sunflower on a big stalk, pig trough, 1 large pig and 4 small pigs, various small greenery which can be attached to various other things, food for the trough which includes carrots and parsnip, a mole in a little mole hill, a black crow, farmer with a bucket and you also get the large pig shelter so the pigs can shelter go to sleep in there. This set is for children aged 4- 10. My nephew will actually be turning 3 but someone always supervises him when he plays anyway and he's never left on his own when playing or at any other time.
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I purchased the set from Amazon for around £16.00 but you can also purchase it direct from the Playmobil website for £14.99. You may also be able to purchase this from various other toy shops and online websites which also stock playmobil.
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Playing with the Set
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When opening the box this will reveal a few small plastic bags containing some of the items and there should also be the brown pig shelter and the fence and greenery that they stand in. The fence and greenery for the fence were held together by elastic bands and the rest of the items were in bags. As with most playmobil there will be a few things that need to be put together before playing with the set. In one of the bags there are some instructions if you are unsure of how to put some of the items together, how-ever with this set it's pretty easy and simple to sort out what goes together and how. It only took a few minutes to put some things together such as the tree and some of the greenery and also the sunflower as well. The fence clips together easily so you can make a nice sized pen for the pigs. I made the things for my nephew and passed them to him so he could build the pig pen how he wanted. We started off using the fence and built a pen which was square in shape. My nephew said that we had to leave a little gap so the farmer could get in and out of the pen but it needed to be closed when he wasn't in there otherwise the pigs may get out.
The brown shelter for the pigs was put into one corner of the pen so the pigs could go to sleep and rest. . As my nephew put it. Although the shelter is quite big there was still a good amount of room left in the pen to place the other objects. The tree was placed in corner along with the hay and the greenery which was attached to it and the sunflower was put on the other side of the pen to brighten it up a little. The pigs heads can be positioned up or down and my nephew like positioning these to make it look as though they were eating the carrots form the trough. He decided that one or two of the pigs needed to have a sleep so he put them gently into the shelter. After putting the farmer's hat on his head and clipping the bucket in his hand my nephew was soon taking this off me as he said the farmer needed to go and feed the pigs. My nephew wasn't sure where to place the crow and the little mole in his mole hill so I placed these around the pig pen for him. The crow can be clipped onto any part of the fence and the mole with mole hill can also be placed anywhere as well. My nephew really enjoys playing with this set along with the farm that my sister got for him.
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I like buying playmobil items for my nephews as I always think they are good quality and well worth the money. I think this is a very reasonable set for the price as you get everything that you need to ensure that the pigs have a nice comfortable home. The parts in the set and made well from strong plastic and show little sign that they could break unless you use a lot of force to deliberately break them. This is a really cute set for anyone who may also have other playmobil sets from the country range or even for someone who just likes pigs. The thing I like about this set is that you can also get other small sets to go with this such as chicken coop and other small animal play sets to create your own farm/animal world. My nephew does tend to play with this when he plays with his other playmobil farm sets and doesn't really tend to play with this on its own. I can see that my nephew really does enjoy playing with the set. He uses the farmer figure to go into the pen and fill the trough up for the pigs and when it gets later he puts the pigs into their shelter ready to go to sleep, but sometimes there is a naughty pig who likes to stay up late. I am really glad I purchased this set for my nephew, especially as it was one of the sets he specifically wanted for his birthday. In terms of value I think the set is very reasonable. I would definitely recommend this cute, little play set to others.
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Model: Pig Pen / Includes: 1 x Playmobil farmer minifigure 5 x pig figures Enclosure fence, trough and sty Tree with base Flowers, vegetables and bird accessories / Create a cosy home for mummy pig and her piglets with the Plymobil Pig Pen - 5122 / These cute piggies love trotting around their enclosure, eating from their trough when the farmer comes to fill it, and snoozing under the tree / After a tiring day of eating and napping, the pig family can settle down for the night in the sty /