Playmobil Vet Operating Room
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Review of "Playmobil Vet Operating Room"
Busy times! Will be back by July
Like many parents of young children I try to have a stockpile of reasonably priced presents ready for the inevitable children's birthday parties. I spotted this particular Playmobil set selling for a ridiculously low price on Amazon a while ago and purchased one for the present drawer, hoping to look like a generous parent rather than a thrifty gifter. Unfortunately when the set was delivered the box was quite badly damaged so I ended up giving it to my own kids to get through one long rainy day!
The SetThis Playmobil set is based on a vet's operating room and includes two Playmobil figures. There are other more substantial sets based on the theme of vets within the Playmobil range but, with a total of 69 pieces included here, this set can be played with as a standalone set or combined with other sets.
There is both a male and female figure included within the set which helps to broaden its appeal to both boys and girls. Sadly I suspect the male figure is designed to be the vet and the female the vetinary assistant, based on their clothing, but there is nothing to prevent to prevent the children involved from assigning less traditional gender roles. The clothing itself is not removable but both characters have a removable face mask for more intricate procedures.The set also includes a small selection of poorly pets to be treated, an examination table and a fun 'working' x-ray machine as well as a range of bandages and medication.
As with most Playmobil sets there is a certain amount of home assembly required before first use. As this is a relatively compact set, assembly doesn't take too much time and effort and is mainly a matter of clipping various different elements on to the plastic base of the clinic. There are other pieces that need to be assembled but remain freestanding so that the set can be configured in different ways and used alongside other sets. Assembly is all part of the fun with this set, especially as it includes a little plastic Playmobil spanner to aid with the task and simple step by step pictorial instructions that young children can follow with minimal adult involvement.
Play ValueThis is a decent sized set for individual imaginative play but would be best coupled with one of the larger sets to offer enough options to entertain more than one child at a time. One of the major drawbacks is the limited number of animals included so there is an obvious limit to the number of different scenarios. The range is quite varied with a cat, puppy, Dalmatian and a tortoise supplied but teaming this up with another animal based set would be useful to extend the play value. The animals do have some moving parts but not enough to really allow for a great deal of variation in their positioning.
The other disadvantage is that many of the treatments available for the sick animals are based on stickers (to mimic plasters for example.) Whilst these plasters can be reused a few times eventually they loose their stickiness so this aspect has a limited life. The small bandages supplied are reusable and there are plenty of ointments and medicines to utilise for imaginative role play.My youngest son's favourite feature of this set is the x-ray scanner even though this is quite a simple affair. It does include pretend x-rays of some of the animals so the wannabe vets can inspect the results and check for any fractures.
The concept of a vet's operating room is an unusual setting for children's play and opens up the conversation around potential future employment and careers. (Although if your child declares an aspiration to be a vet, the saving had better start sooner rather than later!)I might not have set the best of examples when playing with this alongside the boys - I had one of the characters glugging away on one of the bottles, declaring "I'm drunk!" and then swinging from the long handle of the examination light. Needless to say the boys loved this and tend to re-enact that particular scene whenever this set is out! If only they paid as much attention to everything else I said or did... We also tend to have a Playmobil pirate invasion mid-surgery so, as ever, play can always be improved by the power of the children's imagination and inventiveness!
With a stated age recommendation of between 4-10 years, I think Playmobil are fairly spot on with the lower age due to the large number of very tiny pieces within this particular set which could prove too fiddly for very young children as well as posing a potential choking hazard to pre-schoolers.At the upper age range, I would suggest that many children are losing interest in these kinds of small world play sets by the age of eight. There are, however, some children who have vast collections of Playmobil and continue to enjoy creating their own world and play scenarios right up to high school age.
Price and Availability
In common with Lego sets, Playmobil have a pattern of regularly discontinuing particularly sets and subsequently introducing very similar sets. I'm not sure of the logic behind this but presumably this makes good business sense as they continue to do this. It should be no surprise to discover that this particular set has now been discontinued and replaced with a very similar vet clinic as part of the Playmobil City Life. The newer set has fewer pieces and a higher original sale price, however which I suspect explains the motivation for the change.This set is still available to buy new from Amazon but only at ridiculously inflated prices. The secondhand market is probably a much more realistic option with used sets listed on eBay for prices ranging from £10-£20, although there is always a risk that some pieces may be missing and the supply of plasters is likely to have been exhausted.
This is a fun set with a decent amount of pieces to allow for imaginative play and scene setting. The most significant drawback to the set is likely to be the issue of availability as well as the limited number of animals included. Should you find a reasonably priced set, this is likely to entertain and engage a young child particularly if it is combined with a similar animal based set.
Product Information : Playmobil Vet Operating Room
Manufacturer's product descriptionEnter the wonderful world of Playmobil and enjoy the fun! Let your little ones imagination run wild as they discover new ways to play. Playmobil offers different styles of play and adventure for both boys and girls ranging from dinosaurs and pirates through to fairies and ponies. Playmobil is sturdy yet easy to manoeuvre which means the fun never ends. There are also lots of different types of Playmobil so you and your little ones can create whole new worlds and games. Includes 2 x Figures Operating Table X-Ray Table Animals Plus many more! Features Suitable from 4 years+
MPN: 4346, 37225, 4346, KC14601
EAN: 0008789043461, 4008789043467, 9780448441276
Listed on Ciao since: 12/11/2009