Ben and Holly Thistle Castle Play Set
We were sent the Ben and Holly Thistle Castle Play Set to review. We like Ben and Holly and so the kids were both interested to see what the Ben and Holly Thistle Castle Play Set had to offer. Instantly they were both very impressed with some of the special ‘secret’ features such as the treasure chest in the bedroom that opens and lets you send the characters down the chimney and the cauldron that when stirred opens the fridge.
They both like the size of the castle and they have played with it often since it arrived. They both instantly asked if they could get Gaston and Ben to make the set more fun and as I’ve said many times before I do like sets that come with characters and a couple of extra ones would make this set even better. The set doesn’t take up too much space either but you may want a small tub to put the bed and characters in!
The playset is good quality and comes with Princess Holly and her bed. You can add to it by buying further characters. The Ben and Holly Thistle Castle Play Set costs £24.99 which seemed reasonable for the quality and play value of this toy. If your kids like Ben and Holly then they will love this play set that brings the programme to life.
We received the Ben and Holly Thistle Castle Playset in exchange for this review.
Playmobil Police Truck with Speedboat 5187
One of my favourite things about Playmobil is memories as a child of playing with Playmobil at my grandparents house. My sister and I would play for hours with a hospital set, making up stories about the people being ill and needing a drip or a pot. Being a Playmobil Playologist with my children has brought those memories flooding back and watching C play with the Playmobil Police Truck with Speedboat he was sent as a Playologist makes me smile as he comes up with stories about the police chasing bad guys from the truck or the speedboat.
This Playmobil set in particular has amazing play value. You can play with the truck and the boat as one unit with the truck pulling the speedboat. With the truck on it’s own and probably C’s favourite one is playing with the speedboat, in water!
The speedboat comes with a working propeller so you can play with it in the bath or a big tub of water/paddling pool in the garden! The video below will demonstrate that for you.
The set comes with two Policeman, their various guns, batons etc, the truck and the speedboat. I think this set in particular is very good value at £39.99, especially because of the working speedboat!
Playmobil Unicorn Jewel Castle 5474
As Playmobil Playologists we were sent the Playmobil Unicorn Jewel Castle 5474 to review. If like me you have a girly girl who loves Princesses then this castle will be the perfect gift. LissyLou was overjoyed to receive the castle which is part of the Playmobil Princess range.
It did take me quite a long time to build because it has some fiddly connectors to fit, I think even an older child would need assistance on some parts but half the fun is making Playmobil as a family anyway. They recommend allowing approx 90 minutes to build and I would say that is fairly accurate. If it’s for a birthday present for a younger child you would probably want to build it the night before to allow them to play straight away!
Playmobil Unicorn Jewel Castle is a reasonable size for playing but not too big that you don’t have anywhere to keep it. LissyLou plays with it in her mega small bedroom but it doesn’t take up too much floorspace. It comes with a huge amount of accessories, 2 figures and a dog which means it has lots of play value. I personally loved the mirror and candelabras which made the castle look like a castle should.
Once built the Playmobil Unicorn Jewel Castle is very sturdy even rigorous playing doesn’t make it come apart and in my books that’s a great plus point. LissyLou loves recreating princess stories and making up her own playing with the castle. It’s brilliant for encouraging imaginative play and re-enacting your favourite princess stories!
You can also add to the castle as there are plenty of sets that work well with the Playmobil Unicorn Jewel Castle, perfect for saving up pocket money or asking people to buy for birthdays! The Playmobil Unicorn Jewel Castle costs £49.99 which is a fair price for the second biggest item in the range (the bigger castle is £149.99), smaller sets start from £3.50 so you can easily get extra people with pocket money.