Playmobil 123 Truck With Garage: Simply Tops for Toddlers
Jan 2, 2010
Pros: Standout play value, surefire universal toddler appeal
Cons: Finicky tots may find a few frustrations
The Bottom Line: A perfect present for the 1st birthday
I started picking up bits of Playmobil 123 around the first birthday here, and it was the hit of the second year and remains a favourite half-way through the third. The size, detailing, and themes are all just right for toddlers.
This Truck With Garage is the stand-out. It was an exceedingly good value: just over $20 gets you a truck, a dolly to drive the truck, a garage (which also works as a house), and a shape sorter.
The recommended age is 1.5+, but one-year-olds will enjoy simply picking up the individual bits and trying to identify them as Truck or Man &c; later on, the truck can be driven and backed into the garage, and when backed in, a box, barrel, and sack can be pushed through the appropriately shaped holes in the top and into the back of the truck.
There are two possible sources of frustration: the garage comes with a little ramp that attaches jigsaw-puzzle-style, which is a bit complex for younger toddlers, and the back of the truck can be pulled off and is not easily manipulated back into place by the puller-offer. Neither of those were issues here, and the garage works rampless and the truck backless, but they seem worth mentioning.
The set is a great addition to a larger Playmobil 123 collection but also an excellent set on its own. The garage, with its working doors, is a place to hide things, a place for the little man to live, a place to park the truck... Sizing is just right.
Playmobil 123 gets top marks for durability -- this set has taken a kicking and lived to tell the tale. Plastic, paint and construction are truly nonpareil and I wish all toddler toys were so thoughtfully made.
Amount Paid (US$): 25 Type of Toy: Car, Truck or Raceway Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months
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K. Mennie (kmennie)
Oct 27, 2010
Nov 23, 2010 02:45 PM UTC
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Playmobil 123 Truck with Garage. The 123 truck and garage includes a truck which can be loaded with goods in the garage by slotting the relevant shapes through the roof of the garage. This helps increase a child's hand-eye co-ordination. The workman can then drive the truck away and tip out the goods at the destination. The garage can be used as a shed and with the bright colours and shapes this will also help to develop independent learning and concentration. For ages 18 months and over. By Playmobil.