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My daughter likes playing with toys that use her imagination so we like to buy her things that can fuel that. We have found the Playmobil range to be an excellent range for developing her imagination and allowing her to play independently or with other people. She already had some items from the range and was bought the recycling truck for her birthday when she was 4 years old.
---About the product:
The Playmobil recycling truck comes in a cardboard box with a picture of it on the front. Inside, the truck is green and grey as in the picture and is pretty much ready to be played with. The rest of the bits that come with it are in little plastic bags as some of it needs putting together. With the truck you get two people who are dressed in the yellow high visibility jackets and removable hats. There is a blue wheelie bin, which for us, is the colour of our recycling bin. It has an opening lid and you can put things inside it. Lastly there are a lot of small grey plastic cylinders and lids for them which are meant to simulate items that can be recycled. These are different shapes, some with lids and some without.
To play with the recycling truck you can take the top off the cab at the front so that you can get the people in and out. There is a steering wheel which you can seat one of the men behind. You can put the blue wheelie bin onto the back of the truck and use the little handle on the side to lift the wheelie bin up which will then empty into the back of the truck. When you have finished emptying bins, you can open the truck at the back to find all the bits you have recycled.
My daughter chose this recycling truck as she loves watching the recycling that happens down our road each week. When she hears them she goes to the window to watch them and finds it fascinating when they lift the bins up. This toy is great for her because she can do the bins herself and she can also integrate it with the other toys that she has in the Playmobil range. She gets annoyed with the fact that the front has no opening doors so she has to take the roof off instead. In fact in the time she has had the toy, the roof has been off for the majority of it. It can be quite hard to get the person under the steering wheel which we find with all the vehicles in this range, but she is getting a bit better at it now. They have to be angled in a certain way so she started by just leaving one of them there or else no-one was driving it. The thing that annoys me about the toy is that the steering wheel is on the left hand side which is obviously wrong in England but I don't think she has realised that yet.
The lift at the back works very easily but it has taken her a bit of time to work out how to get the wheelie bin to slot into place. She is just about able to do that by herself now whereas to start with I had to help her. The back section opens up and can be locked down into place. When it is shut properly, it is hard for her to open as it requires quite a bit of strength, so we generally just leave it slightly open for the duration of her play. You can fit a lot in the back of the truck and I have found several of her toys, including the men who came with it, in the back of it.
My daughter really enjoys this toy and keeps going back to play with it each day. She works well around the parts that frustrate her and she finds ways of working around them. The toy is suitable for aged 4 and over due to the small pieces and I think younger children would get more frustrated with trying to open parts than she does. It costs between £15 and £20 which is reasonable for Playmobil but I would still like to get it cheaper if I can! I have taken 2 stars from this because of the difficulties in opening the sections, no opening doors and also the fact it is an American design rather than British :)
Model: Green Recycling Truck playset