Wandering through Toys R Us a couple of months before Christmas my daughter spotted this Playmobil set in the sale and expressed a strong interest in buying it. I explained that it was a bit more than a pocket money toy but, having a weakness for Playmobil (I have fond memories of laying with it myself when I was a child) I sneaked back later and bought it and hid it until Christmas.
So great excitement on Christmas day when it was discovered amongst the pile of presents. Her big brother was soon happily occupied in putting it together - it's a little time consuming but quite rewarding to do and perfectly within the abilities of a thirteen year old to assemble.
Once complete you can fill the pool up with water. There is a little pump mechanism, consisting of a rubber tube and squeeze box that pumps water over into the poolside shower - this caused great excitement and much relief when we realised that it refilled from the water in the swimming pool and didn't need the lid constantly being removed to top it up.
The Sylvanian Families Fish and Chip van soon rolled up next to the pool and the Playmobil people were able to enjoy the full holiday experience (the Playmobil figures fit the Sylvanian Family chairs quite well).
In terms of figures, it comes with a man, a woman, three children and a baby. It also comes with some cute accessories - a sun lounger and a ghetto blaster for relaxing by the pool and even a plastic toy animal (a manatee I think) for the toddlers' paddling pool.
The most popular part however is the slide and it is great fun dropping the figures on the top and watching them splash into the water!
Of course Playmobil figures don't stay long with the toy that they came with and it is a little strange to see the Playmobil helicopter being piloted by a woman in a bikini and the cars being driven by guys wearing nothing but their trunks (they all have removable sandals to wear but they don't stay on for long in our house!)
This toy has been played with a lot and is, I think, a worthwhile spend. No real issues!
The current price at Toys R Us is £29.99 (we bought it in a sale for about £25)
My daughter recently had this bought for her from her nana. She had seen it advertised and has quite a few of the other playmobil toys which she loves.
The swimming pool comes in bits in box and you have to set it up yourself. My husband did this and it didn't take him long. As with all playmobil toys the instructions were very comprehensive and therefore simple to follow which is good when you have an over excited 6 year old at the side of you.
Once assembled the pool is gorgeous, the detail is amazing and as with all playmobil toys they are very lifelike. The makers of this toy have thought of everything. The people who go in the pool even have flip flops!!
The toy comprises of a main pool with steps down into the water and a big slide, there is a shower to the side of the slide and also a little pool for the baby. There is a grassy area around the pool where you can put the chairs and parasol if you want and also a decked area.
The pool can be filled with real water which then means the little shower pumps real water out of it which is great. There is a big slide which the people can slide down and even a little baby pool.
Included in the pack is a little sun lounger and a parasol for the mums and dads to sit under.
I had thought the water may be a bit messy but I just stood the pool on a tray before putting it on the carpet so any spills ended up on there rather than the floor.
Both my daughter and my son loved this toy. They enjoyed playing with it on its own but have also used it alongside the playmobil mansion which we also have they said it was the outside pool for the house!
There is quite a lot for them to play with in the pool as the shower works and there is also the slide to send the characters flying down in addition to the 2 pools. The set also has little pool toys which the characters can play with such as a ball and a little boat.
The set will help develop your childs imagination as when I have watched my two playing they are always making up different scenarios for the characters to be involved in. The quality of the toy is great it is made of thick plastic and i would say it would be very difficult to damage.
To maintain the pool you just need to empty the water out after every use and give it a quick wipe over it is not difficult at all. I would definately recommend this pool to anyone with children over 3.
One of the gifts that my son received for his recent birthday was the Playmobil Pool with Water Slide. This was a set that he had been eyeing up for a long time, his cousin already owns it (and loves it) and we had a constant shouting of 'I want that' from both my son and his little sister every time it was advertised on the television. So, when he unwrapped the big box, he was very excited and wanted it set up straight away. Unfortunately for him, and luckily for us, we were on our way out for a birthday tea and he had to wait until later - which gave my husband the time, and space, to build it unhindered by little 'helping' hands and the endless 'is it finished yet', 'can I play with it yet' questions.
* Construction *
Like all Playmobil sets, the Pool with Water Slide takes a bit of putting together. There are several main pieces - the pool itself, a paddling pool attachment, the water slide and ladder, decking - and these slot together fairly easily. The fiddly part is the little details such as the climbing plants on the stone wall behind the waterfall and the greenery in the 'sun-bathing area'. I love the attention to detail in Playmobil sets and this one is no exception. Fortunately the set comes with very clear step-by-step instructions, similar to those that accompany Lego models, and it only took my husband about 15-20 minutes to complete the construction phase.
* Contents *
Once put together, this is a really lovely set. The swimming pool is large enough for a multitude of Playmobil people to splash around and has steps leading down to a mosaic tiled floor. At the rear of the pool is a plastic waterfall on a stone-effect wall. A red ladder leads up behind this wall to a bright yellow water-slide. The bit of the set that my children seem to like best at the moment is the shower, which really works by using water pumped out of the pool. There is also a paddling pool for the baby to play in, a grassy area for picnics and sunbathing and a decked area. This set contains six people - two adults, three children and a baby. All of these people are dressed in their swimwear ready for a day at the pool. They also all come with plastic pool shoes in different colours. Other accessories included in the set are a reclining lounger, a big sun umbrella, bottles of suncream and shampoo, a book (for the rare moments where the Mummy gets to laze around on the sun-lounger), beach ball, two floating toys and a fabric towel.
* Playability *
So far, this is a set which is loved by both my children. I think that the 'reality' of the set really appeals to them, particularly my two year old daughter, as swimming pools and holidays is something that they can really relate to and have a shared experience of. It is lovely to watch them sat on the kitchen floor together, with a towel underneath the water-filled pool, chattering away as they make the people slide down the slide, play with the water floating toys or head off to the shower clutching the bottle of shampoo. I feel that it would integrate well with other sets in the Playmobil range as well. My niece has the Harbour Café which I think would work perfectly as a poolside snack bar, and my son has the catamaran which he makes sail up to the 'island' (the towel we use to put the pool on is green) and the people get off with their picnic hamper for a day at the pool. The Beach Holiday set, Camper Van and Holiday Home would obviously all work well too. Overall though, this is a set which appears to have a great amount of playability all on its own. I love the fact that is a set that mirrors 'real life' as I believe that enhances my childrens' ability to play together and encourages more imaginative play. My son is very into the emergency services, knights and pirate sets but this is one that appeals to both boys and girls and they will play happily together with it. Of course, like most toys, it has a few downsides - I am constantly paranoid about the tiny accessories being sucked up by the hoover, and it takes a while to dry everything out properly after a play session, but these are minor irritations which do not detract from the quality of the set.
* Cost *
The RRP for this set is £27.50 but you should be able to get it cheaper, or on a multi-buy deal, by shopping around. I feel that this represents good value for money as you do get a lot with this set, whereas some other sets seem to be much more limited in their content.
* Final Thoughts *
I would definitely recommend this set for all existing Playmobil fans, or even as a starter set for a child that is just getting into the idea of Playmobil. The 'small world' element of the set is fantastic for encouraging imaginative play, the little pieces assist in the development of manual dexterity and, most important of all, children have fun playing with it. The recommended age range for this product is 4+ which I would suggest is about right - my daughter is 32 months and she can play with it confidently, but she is very dextrous and has passed the 'putting things in mouth' stage. The other recommendation I would make is that you get a tiny box to keep all the accessories in (we are using one of the tiny food pots from IKEA) as it is very difficult to keep track of 5 pairs of beach shoes and the other miniature items). Overall though, this is a brilliant product and probably my favourite of all the sets that my son has.
Playmobil Open Air Pool with Slide
When I was younger, my sister had absolutely loads of Playmobil toys which we used to sit together and play for hours. Even to this day, I can probably name all the children in the sets which just goes to show how much we adored the toys especially considering I can barely remember what I did yesterday! Due to this love of Playmobil, I could not wait to start buying items for my own daughter, and as time has flown past, she has now reached the age of four (today actually!) which is the age that most Playmobil sets are recommended for (and upwards). My nephew is also four, though I do not think that he is 'old enough' to appreciate Playmobil toys as he is still rather rough with his toys. My own daughter, on the other hand, has always loved playing with little people such as her Peppa Pigs, and so we knew the time was right to introduce her to the fun.
Playmobil does not come cheap unfortunately, and we are lucky enough to have been given many items from my sister's collection, though this pool set is actually reasonably new. According to Amazon it only came out last year (2010) and is sold between the prices of £30.00 to £35.00. Amazon actually has it for more than the shop bought price we paid.
SPLASH AND PLAY
The set comes in a large box with the beautiful image of the toy on the front. When you open the set, you will find that, like most children's toys, the set comes in separate bags in which you will need to assemble. From previous experience, children can get rather upset when a new toy takes forever to assemble, though luckily this set did not take too long. Between myself, my husband and a little help from our daughter, it took us about fifteen minutes. Another problem which often occurs is the almost Chinese-like instructions you get in some toys. This is also not the case with this set, thankfully, as all the instructions are set out in clear step-by-step parts, each with helpful images. There are a couple of small fiddly parts to the assembly of this toy, though all-in-all, it is very simple and not time consuming in the slightest.
Once the set is put together, I have to admit that it looks fantastic. Unlike some toys, it looks exactly as it shows upon the box. The main pool area is quite large and in a pale blue colour with a lovely mosaic seahorse image on one side. To the front of the main pool you have one pool step leading out from the inside to red steps to enable the little people to climb out. You then have two further steps on the outside between two plant areas making the front itself look fantastic. Across the top rim of the pool you have a tile effect making it look even more like a real pool. This is one thing I love about Playmobil in general as well as this set; everything is made to look so real with the brilliant details and decorations, and this set does not lack in this at all. To the back of the main pool you have a centre cliff piece which is covered (when assembled) with greenery and little white flowers. From the centre of this a clear waterfall comes out which looks brilliant when there is real water in the pool area. The waterfall itself is not a real water one, though, it is simply some clear, well cut plastic, though it does look very life-like. Behind the cliff is a silver tower to which a bright yellow balcony is placed with red railings around. This is attached to a large slide which curls around from the back and in to the right side of the main pool, just above another small set of steps. There is a red ladder leading up to the top of the slide which matches the red steps on the front of the pool.
The left side of the pool is attached to the main pool base though again, does need some extra assembly. Here you will find a small decking area with some steps leading up to it. My daughter uses this part as the changing room and occasionally, a café though this is not part of this set. To the back of this decking area is another fun part; a real, working shower! The shower was a little bit fiddly to set up, though once it was in, it works brilliantly. The shower sits to the back of the pool and has a screen around the back to shop water splashing out. To the front of the floor base where the little people stand is a small hole to allow the water to fall back into the main pool area. To the left of the shower is the pump. This pump is a large blue push pump which is easy for little hands to work. The small tube runs under the pump and under the pool 'floor' where a small amount of water constantly flows in to. It then runs up through a gap in the floor and secures tightly to the back of the shower unit. The great thing about this is that all the tubing is either hidden or tightly secured so there is limited worry about breaking it.
To the right side of the main pool is a small, baby pool area with a grassy area around it. This is all separate to the main pool base and literally clips on to the side of the pool. This is the only area in which I felt was not secured very well. The clips are simply push and slide clips and comes off quite easily. This upsets my little girl as she can not put it back on herself yet and the first time it happened, she was worried she had broken it. It is a shame that it does not secure as well as everything else on this set, though this is only a small negative feature. The small pool is a triangular shape with a white bench upon the side. Trees and flowers are made up and slotted into holes around one side of the pool and a grassy (green) area is to the other side, large enough to place a number of objects upon it.
No pool would be complete without accessories and people, and this set comes with a good amount of both of these.
Firstly there are six people; two adults, three children (one girl and two boys) and one baby. All these people are made as well as all Playmobil people and can sit and stand very well, as well as turn their heads and move their arms and grip many objects which include accessories such as the stereo and juice carton and well as hold on to the ladders. The ladders on the pool are spaced for the adult people to hold both sides, and although the children can not grasp both sides at one time, they can still hold on with one hand. All the people are dressed in swim wear and all, apart from the baby, have a pair of shoes which come off and on whenever you wish. The shoes, when on, fit snuggly and stay on the little people's feet well. The adult's shoes are more of a rubber substance and the children's are slightly harder plastic though I have no idea why they are different!
On to the accessories, all of which cater for the little people well. There is a green sun lounger with a matching green parasol with pink and yellow flecks on the top which stands securely in a base. There is a yellow swim/beach bag which holds some of the smaller items, though unfortunately does not sit well in any of the Playmobil people's hands. It looks as though it should with the design, though it simply falls from their hands as soon as you let go which is a shame. Three items need stickers put around them, and these items include a juice bottle, suncream tube and book, all of which can be held by the people and fit in to the bag. There is a small yellow ball which has two slits to enable the people to hold on to it, a small orange stereo and two toys which float in the water (horse and seal). There is also a material towel included which is felt-like though does not rip easily.
The main attraction of this toy for our little girl was the fact that real water can be put in to the pools and also the working shower. As already mentioned the shower works perfectly and is a lot of fun, as is the main and baby pool. The bases hold the water really well and there are no leakages to be seen unless you count my daughter using the people to splash each other (and me!). The slide holds a lot of fun as well as the little people slide down well and splash in to the main pool.
Everything on this set is well made, though there are a couple of small issues. The first I have already mentioned with the right side not clipping on the main base well. The shower can also be pulled out reasonably easily, though once she realized this, my daughter has been more careful. Just make sure that everything is clipped in well and most things stay put. There is of course a number of small items which can easily be lost or be found in small children's mouths. This set, like most other Playmobil sets, is recommended for the age of four plus which I think is a decent recommendation. Of course, Playmobil is not just for the really young. Older children will love playing this as well as Playmobil lasts for years.
Since opening this set for her birthday, my daughter has barely left it alone. It is one of her first big Playmobil sets and she adores it. The number of people included in the set makes for a nice family play as my daughter has named them all after us her parents, herself, her cousins and young uncle and aunt! Her imagination has always been wonderful, and watching her play with this set just brings out the best of it. I personally agree with her about this set. Although I did wonder originally if £30 was too much for what it was, after setting it up and watching my daughter play happily with it, I would say that it is money well spent. Out of all the Playmobil sets around, I have got to say that this has to be one of the best.
I would fully recommend this set to children from the age of four upwards, and maybe some adults may find themselves happily playing with the set too!
I normally buy toys online, and it was quite overwhelming to step inside Toys R Us recently with a £30 gift card in hand, which my daughter had got for her 4th birthday.
After wandering the aisles becoming more confused about what to get (she wanted everything she saw) I found myself keep returning to the Playmobil toys. I've been eyeing up Playmobil for a while, loving the amount of detail they appear to have. But last Christmas opted to buy her Sylvanian Families instead, as I thought they were more girly.
I gave her the option of choosing between a Sylvanian Families set, or the Playmobil pool with water slide. Like many kids her age would, she chose the option that involved water.
Once home, not having given any consideration to possible assembly required, I opened the large box and was shocked to see numerous plastic bags full of small bits.
Two sets of sad little eyes looked up at me when I tried to explain that Mummy would need some time to put it together.
I set about reading the instructions, supplied in colour booklet format, each page showing anything from one step to a few. Although there were no text instructions, the pictures were very clear and easy to follow. For some of the pieces which required more complex assembly, a separate more detailed picture was shown at the side of the main instruction picture.
A small special Playmobil screwdriver type tool was supplied to use for the tiny connecting blocks, of which there were many. All parts were either connected by these small blocks, or simply slotted into ready-made holes. The small connectors were quite fiddly to do, and definitely needed the provided tool.
It took me around 30 minutes to finish assembling it. If you were giving it to your children for a birthday or Christmas present it might be an idea to put it together the night before then they aren't disappointed if they can't use it straight away.
Should you need to take it apart at a later date, all parts come apart easily, which can be a bad thing when small children are involved! Within a short time of me finishing, my youngest had taken all of the flower shapes off the leaves.
I absolutely love the level of detail involved, right down to the little radio, bottle of orange juice, flip flops for each figure and the foliage around the pool.
The main thing in this set is the pool, which has steps leading up to it. The idea is to fill it with water, then the figures supplied (2 adults, 3 children and a baby) can swim in it. Slotted onto the side is a baby pool, again to put water into. A water slide goes into the main pool and my girls have loved sending the figures zooming down the slide into the water.
Something that's provided even more fun for them is the shower at the side of the pool. When assembling the set, you'll attach a thin tube from underneath the shower into the shower head. Press the pump button at the side of the shower repeatedly and water comes out of the shower head. One problem here is the shower isn't fixed down enough and easily turns around. This can lead to water leaking out of the shower through the drainage hole, which normally sits over the pool, when the pump is being operated. I'd set this play set up on a rug on top of laminate flooring in the conservatory, thinking it was a safer bet than having a water toy on the carpet in the house. As the girls were playing happily I snatched the opportunity to go and get something done for a few minutes. When I returned a short while later the rug was pretty much saturated and had to be taken up to dry. The set is now on a plastic play table in there, although it keeps getting pushed to one side which means that grassy area falls off as it's only slotted on. I suppose it's good in a way that things aren't glued on or fastened securely as they'd probably get snapped and broken.
The set also comes with a sun lounger and parasol. The parasol pole is bendy rather than stiff plastic and leans to one side a bit, although it seems to be quite durable, and again I think this will prevent it from snapping. A beach ball has two slots in which fits onto the figures hands so they can play with it. A beach bag holds a bottle or orange juice and book, both of which needed stickers putting on in the assembly process. Despite having numerous dunkings in the water the stickers have stayed on. A towel was supplied for the figures to lie on or dry themselves with, although it's spent more time soaking wet due to keep ending up in the water. My girls haven't really bothered with the likes of the sun lounger, parasol and other bits. They've spent ages just playing with the figures swimming in the pool and having showers. They also like putting the flip flops on the figures.
It wouldn't be much fun without the water in the pool, so I wouldn't recommend buying it if you're worried about water getting spilt as it's pretty much inevitable to some extent. I just put a small amount in, less than 1cm depth which is enough. Placing a few towels underneath it would be a good idea if playing with it on a carpet. The instructions recommend emptying the water out after each time it's played with, but I've tended to leave it in. To empty it it's best to take the baby pool & grassy area off so you can tip it upside down to get the water out.
It was definitely the right choice when we bought it and has certainly whetted my appetite for buying more Playmobil at Christmas, which I know my girls will love.
It's recommended for age 4 and upwards, and officially not suitable for under 3s due to small parts. However my youngest is 2 and absolutely loves playing with things like this and has it conditioned into her that small pieces don't go anywhere near your mouth. She's had as much enjoyment out of it as her older sister. But if you do have younger ones around I'd recommend only allowing them to play with it when supervised, or remove the smallest parts until they're older.
No batteries are required at all, which is a novelty these days!
The set cost £29.99 at Toys R Us, which is the recommended retail price.
It comes under the Vacation category on the Playmobil website.
Model: Pool Water Slide