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Playmobil 7350 Underwater Motor
Member Name: azana
Playmobil 7350 Underwater Motor
Date: 17/11/11, updated on 17/11/11 (191 review reads)
Advantages: fun, works well
Disadvantages: need a boat to go with it
We have a fair bit of Playmobil, and this little motor, which is an add on piece, really adds to the fun. It can be fitted to many of the Playmobil boats (check the product description on playmobil.co.uk as it will normally tell you if the item is upgradable) so that you can make your boat actually go all by itelf for paddling pool or bath time fun. It takes one AA battery and we paid about £6 for it a couple of years ago, which given that it is much used makes it good value in my opinion.
We most use this item with a small paddle boat (playmobil 3656), but it slots on and off to the other larger rescue boat we own as well. It's not easy for a child to fit it between boats but once attached they can turn it on and off easily themselves because it really is just a matter of twisting the end to make your boat go. The little propeller is protected by a rudder at the end which a child can use to change the direction the boat will go in so that you set it to go in a straight line or to circle left and right. Given that it's a little 10cm long motor it's surprising how well it makes a boat move, it really can pick up quite a speed, bubbles allowing. What's more it's safe for a child to use as there really is nothing for them to hurt themselves with. I really think it adds to the play value of the boats and whilst you can't use it with, say, a huge pirate boat, you can use it to pimp up any boat you do have that will float.
The AA battery is safely encased in the body of the motor and easily changed (by an adult) via the removal of a small plastic screw. There's nothing to go rusty on the outside and we have found that the motor works well, though the batteries don't last particularly a very long time, it's less draining of power than, say, a model car. Though electricity and water are not an easy mix we've never had an issue with the motor leaking, the seal seems good. When it's in operation you can't really hear the motor, so the only issue I can think of with it is that it's a bit easy to leave it running which is a rather wasteful of batteries.
If you are a playmobil fan and have a collection this is a must-have add on in my opinion. It's not particularly expensive for a quality item, it is lots of fun whatever the age of your child, and it really transforms a simple small boat into a proper working item that is sure to be much used at bath time, like it is in my house. Highly recommended.
Summary: must have for any playmobil fan
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