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I like playmobil for small world play, I grew up on it, so was pleased when my son, who is constantly talking about ice-cream shops, received this for Christmas. The set contained two adult playmobil characters, one child, a bike, a base with shop on it, two chairs, a table, various spoons, ice creams (4 in bowls, 2 in ice creams), teapot and cups. My son is three and a half when he has played with this, which was slightly younger than the recommended age of 4 and up. Pros- - For my son, this was a real life situation that he could rehearse and play with, it is one of his favourite toys. - The base means it's easier to put things upright on than our normal play place of carpet - Assembly of the main product (excluding decorative flowers) is simple and straightforward - The set is self-contained, it can be played with extensively by itself without needing to buy extra parts or sets - As with much playmobil, it is good for developing fine motor skills, eg getting the ice cream cones into the people's hands. Cons - Lots of parts, the spoons especially, are very little and fiddly and hard for small hands to put into place. - The set has no way to store the fiddly bits between play (such as drawers in the main shop piece that - It would be so much easier to play with if the chairs and table were fixed to the base, as it is a balancing act to get the person on the chair at a table with goods on the table. - Loads of decorative flowers that take a while to install and add little to the play. - I don't like that the boy comes with a bike but no helmet is included in the set - It isn't possible for the shop owner to serve the icecream, the icecream in the shop is just a sticker. - It's a shame that there are only two chairs at the table meaning that a whole family can't visit at once. Overall, an enjoyable product but fiddliness means that my son can't play with it by himself. I think if the designers had tried to play with it, simple adjustments to reduce fiddliness could have occurred.
This is another of my playmobil favourites, I always look on the back of the box to see how many bits you get (every box always has pictures of each item included on the back) to decide if it's value for money and this certainly is. This is around about £18 from Toys r us, you can get online cheaper but you have to weigh up the postage and packing costs on top. My daughter has had great fun with her playmobil so this was an added bonus one christmas. It comes in bits so it takes a bit of working out to put it together but we got there in the end. You can leave the main part put together so we don't have to keep taking it apart. So there is the ice cream shop bit where there are holes to put 2 ice cream cones in whilst the customer waits! There are little shelves to hang up the cups and a jug for drinks, there are little menu cards for the tables and spoons for the delicious looking ice cream bowls. There are four little ice cream bowls with three different coloured ice creams, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate! shame they haven't got mint choc chip that's my favourite!!! Around the edge of the parlour are the flower beds and trees, you can make these up as you wish and place the flowers where you like which I think is nice and helps them with the idea of landscape gardening - or not depending on how creative your child is! At the front to the side is a bike stand so that if you arrive at the parlour on your bike you have somewhere to park it. It also comes with a little table and two chairs for the cafe part of it and a lady and child are included as well as a little childs bike. Also included is a little till. So I think for value for money this is fantastic. Again I love the way that playmobil people can actually hold the things and stand up so they can have an ice cream in their hand or a spoon to eat with. We also have the ice cream cart which compliments this set nicely as that gives another two ice cream cones so you have a total of four and we pretend that the cart man comes to get his ice cream for the day and take it out and about!
The Playmobil Ice Cream Parlour Super Set retails for £16.99 - £19.99 depending on where you shop. As far as Playmobil sets go, this one has a lower than usual price in my opinion. Better still, we didn't actually pay a penny for ours as it came as part of a Toys R Us promotion just before Christmas! Our set was free when we spent £40 on other Playmobil products which we had already intended on buying. This is a reasonably sized box which makes for a sizeable present. It's a little bigger in size than some of the other supersets which I've seen, and it definitely contains a better variety of accessories than most Playmobil items within this price range do. I like that the accessories have been limited to the essentials too, so you (hopefully) won't end up with lots of tiny pieces going astray. Inside the box, I found the usual Playmobil jumble of plastic bags, base pieces and an instruction leaflet. Unlike the farm, which I spent a ridiculous amount of time labouring over, this set was really easy to get put together. It probably took me about fifteen minutes in all, and that included sorting out all of the little accessories to go in their right places. The grandson has enjoyed having this feature in his little Playmobil world, and he uses it to represent the coffee shop that his Mum sometimes takes him too. He sees it as a kind of social gathering place for his Playmobil people, which is great for his developmental play. There are only two people included in this set, a parent and child, and only one table with two chairs as well. So be aware that while you can play with this set on it's own, some children might well bug you to expand on it and get them some more furniture and people! The accessories are a little on the fiddly size, as you'd expect from a set which includes Playmobil-sized ice creams. But they're quite easy to stash away behind the ice cream counter when not in use, so you can (hopefully) keep track of them in between play sessions involving this set. The grandson was particularly pleased to find a bike included in this set, as it was the first Playmobil bike he'd ever seen. I think it really helps to expand on the play possibilities that this set has to offer. For the price this is a great little starter set for a child who is new to Playmobil, or a good addition to an existing town collection. It's compact and easy to assemble, and it contains enough accessories to provide a child with plenty of fun without the need for any further purchases. I do like that it has the potential to be built up a little though, by adding more tables and chairs to the area out front, as this can be done after you've had the chance to see that your child is using the toy, and that it's worth the extra money to purchase additional items for use with it. All in all this is one of the better Playmobil sets.
We acquired this Playmobil Icecream Parlour over Christmas, it was part of a promotion at Toysrus and came "free" with £40 of playmobil, which was our children's Christmas present. It normally retails at around £15-18. The Superset is part of the "Life in the City" range and is designed to go with other sets - studs on the back wall of the counter will allow it to be fitted to other shops, but it also works as a stand alone item. What you get: The superset is fairly quickly assembled by Playmobil standards, you get a baseplate which is 20cm by 30cm, and contains the counters and customer area, as seen on the zoomable picture above. There are 3 people; a waitress, a gentleman and a small boy, and all that both customer and icecream waitress would need. There's a bike stand with a little bike, a table and two charis and a number of tiny items for icecream role play. There are 4 little bowls with removable scoops of icecream, 4 little spoons and two tiny cones for the characters to hold. Everything is nicely detailed - there's a cash register with a little drawer that actually opens to reveal printed money, there's a little sink for washing up the bowls and 4 little cups and what I assume is a coffee jug (not really a feature of British icecream stands, but maybe it's a European thing). There are also 4 tiny printed menus which are very sweet, if a little less solid than the rest of the items. The server can hold the tiny icecream scoop and the tray for the little cups which hang up neatly on the counter when not in use. The whole thing is rather cute, especially with the little flowers and bushes around the seating area, which are perhaps the most fiddly thing to assemble as you need to add each tiny flower, the rest of the set clips together quite quickly and is solid once in place, though you can remove the counter form the base for storage if you wish. The set in use: Playwise with so many small bits this is perhaps not the best starter playmobil set, and from my experience a younger child is pretty well bound to pull all the flowers off the bushes, and they will soon be hoover bound if you are not careful. That said, it is a great little set for adding to any playmobil you may already have, it works well with the playground set (4070), or any other of the city items. I've found that my children have used the counter to set up other types of shops with items that they own, they don't seem to have found the little figures too fiddly to play with, and there is enough room behind the counter for them to be able to stand up the server and get her to "wash up". Overall: This is a good item for promoting role play and imagination, and like all Playmobil toys it is robustly made. The little people are fully poseable and have hands that turn so they can hold all the items in the set, such as bike handlebars and the icecreams themselves. If you do lose any pieces they are usually replaceable by calling Playmobil, I've always found customer service (01268 490 184) to be very helpful. I recommend this set for any playmobil fans of about age 4 and above, despite the manufacturer's age 3 guideline I don't think it is the most suitable set for younger children. For the rrp it is quite good value given the quality of what you get, and as a free extra we are delighted with it! For more detailed pictures and details of where to buy this item: http://www.playmobil.de/on/demandware.store/ Sites-GB-Site/en_GB/Product-Show?pid=4134&cgid=
Model: Superset Ice Cream Parlour