Ethan received several smaller Playmobil sets as gifts this year. They were from the new Agent series.
This series is right up Ethan’s alley. They have UV light features, a metal detector and all sorts of nifty gadgetry that we haven’t seen in Playmobil before.
The boys have played and played with these things. A Mummy delights in seeing her children engaged in hours of imaginative play.
So I made a bold suggestion to Ethan. He had a nice little sum of money set aside for ‘one day when he sees something he’d really like’. I showed Ethan the large Agent Headquarters that he could purchase to go with his other Agent sets.
Ethan holds onto his money with a rather tight fist so he had to think about this proposal for a while but eventually he decided to order the set.
Two days later his parcel arrived.
He was delighted
…well not as delighted about having to hand over his money before being allowed to open his parcel. Hehehe. I knew I wouldn’t see it otherwise.
This set was huge and included lots of cool features. Ethan’s favourite was the working alarm system. In fact I’m sure this was the biggest selling point for him.
If you haven’t seen Playmobil before you are really missing out. Yes, these sets are expensive (like ‘really’ expensive if you don’t shop around and look for sales, clearance or secondhand) but there’s nothing like them for encouraging hours of involved imaginative play.
We’ve collected quite a few sets over the years. I remember when they had them in Target. There were overpriced there as well but as no one was buying them they had clearance sales on all of them after a while. When the sales hit 80% off I was there filling trolleys, knowing their worth and value. For several years after my boys received Playmobil for birthdays. Hehehe.
Each set requires construction, a lot like Lego but less involved instructions and procedures.
My favourite part of the Playmobil sets is all of the teeny tiny accessories. Did you see the tiny test tubes and microscope back in the second photo. Go and have a peek. I’ll wait for you.
Ethan still hasn’t quite finished building his headquarters. He has a lot of little accessories and decorative features to add but mean Mummy dragged him to the bookfest today and he didn’t have time to work on it.
The thing I have enjoyed the most about these new toys is how the boys have played together. While these are all technically Ethan’s gifts he has graciously included Brayden in the building process and games. Ethan’s also been happy for Brayden to play with these toys at any time he pleases. He doesn’t require his brother to ask for permission.
I love seeing this kind of brotherly love and sharing.
Rest assured, they are normal kids. At some point in the game, voices will rise as one brother tries to coerce the other to his own way of doing things. See, still plenty of maturity and character growth needed here.
But I’m happy to enjoy the delights for the moment and overlook the lumps and bumps. 🙂