This small set from Playmobil was bought as a treat for my son from a dotting grandma a while ago. He doesn't really have any farm items in the Playmobil sets so this is very much played with as a stand-alone set or with his Happyland farm which is still played with several years since being bought.
The set is very simple to construct as it consists of attaching the two cages to one another and putting the doors on the rabbit cages. The only other construction needed is to put the farmer's hat on so this makes it an ideal set for children to first get to grips with Playmobil. The other thing children need to do and that my son never tires of is putting the rabbits in and out of their cages and pretending to feed them the cabbages and carrots also included in the set.
The set is recommend for children 4 and above and I would agree with this being the correct age as there is a lot of small bits as the rabbits themselves are very small and could definitely present a choking hazard. I need to make sure they are away from our second son as he is only 5 months old. Equally the doors to the cages are a little fragile and a 4 year old is a bit more dextrous to handle these more gently than younger children.
Play wise the set is a nice little set for creative play my son loves pretending to feed the rabbits and has them hopping in and out of their cages and uses it alongside his Happyland farm. I think the set as a stand-alone whilst nice is not really sufficient to engage a child for long and they really do need to have some other animal type of set for them to interact with be it Playmobil or similar. The reason I say this is that my son whilst loving to play with the rabbits only tends to play with it alongside either his vet sets by taking them to be treated or as a part of his farm for the farmer to visit.
As a parent I am happy for him to play with this toy and develop his imagination and understanding of animals. The set lends itself well to both of the objectives. I am pleased with the construction of the set and despite being played with lots it has had no damage so far. The doors do come off easily off the cage but they are very easy to reattach and I would rather they came off easily and can go back on ok rather than break off and be unable to be reattached.
Overall this is a lovely set but it is more of a complement to other animal sets rather than a sole purchase to play with. At between £7.50 and £8 from most retailers it is worth its money I think as it is well made and great for imaginative play.
Playmobil 4491: Rabbit Pen
We have just started purchasing Playmobil items for our little one as Playmobil has always been highly recommended to us by our friends with youngsters as well as those who had sets when they were young. We found that a lot of Playmobil sets are rather expensive, so to start our little one off, we have begun to buy the smaller sets so over time the collection will grow without breaking our bank!
We picked this set up for just over £6.00 which seems to be the average price of this set. This particular set is one of the smaller sets which can be played as a stand-alone set which is great.
This set comprises of an adult farmer, a two tiered rabbit hutch, a selection of vegetables in baskets and five rabbits.
The rabbit hutch comes unassembled, though it is easy to put together and literally takes minutes. It is slightly fiddly, though, so it is best for an adult to put it together. As mentioned above, the hutch is two stories high, each little compartment big enough to store the rabbits comfortably, though when you want to get the rabbits back out again, you do need to tip the hutch forward as the whole hutch is quite deep. Little fingers have an easier job of getting to the rabbits, though if the need arises, there is no chance of the hutch breaking apart when tilted as it is all put together quite snugly. On the front of each compartment is a silver door which opens and closes with ease.
The five rabbits are well made though do lack in detail a bit. There are three larger rabbits and two baby rabbits in the set.
The farmer is an average adult size Playmobil figure with typical farmer clothes with the typical movable arms, legs and head, though the head does not twist as much as other figures due to the beard on his face! He also wears a large yellow hat which is removable.
The baskets are small and each contains a selection of vegetables easily recognisable by the child.
My little one thoroughly enjoys playing with this little set, though we do have many times where the bunnies escape under the sofa! It does not bother her that the bunnies have minimal detail as they are still fully recognisable as rabbits.
I think that this is a lovely little set, though perhaps not the best set of the bunch. For £6.00 it is a decent set and worth buying for little ones who like rabbits.
This Playmobil Rabbit Pen set (4491) retails for around £7 depending on where you buy it from. I don't think it's worth quite £7 to be honest, but if you shop around you'll find it available for slightly less than the retail price from some shops. I think it's a nicely detailed little set and that it has some play appeal on it's own at least. It doesn't just have to be bought as an addition to a larger set, so that in part helps to justify the price tag despite the small box.
Inside the box, this set comes 'flat packed' and you need to assemble the rabbit pen before you can play with it. It's not difficult to do, but it does require a certain amount of strength to force the pieces together, so it's a task that needs to be done by an adult rather than a child. If you're giving this as a present, it's possible to put it together and then put it back in the box and reseal it with a tab of tape if desired. Makes it available for instant play when opened!
The play pen features two little compartments which open up so that the rabbits can be tucked inside. Wouldn't want Playmobil rabbits running amok after all. The insides are a little deep really as it means you have to tip the hutch forwards to get the rabbits out, unless you're a seriously young child with seriously tiny fingers that is. On the plus side, the cage doors open and close with ease and line up perfectly too.
Also included is an old farmer, complete with a little removable straw hat, and a selection of vegetables for the rabbits to eat in a little Playmobil basket. These veggies are all nicely detailed and you can tell immediately what they're all supposed to be. Then there are the five rabbits too, a large black, grey and white one, and two smaller brown bunnies too. These aren't as detailed as Playmobil animals usually are, but they suffice I think.
Not the best set ever but one to enthuse little rabbit fans I think. I like that it has some play appeal all on it's own, but I think it's really intended to be an addition to a larger farm set.
This is a lovely little set for animal lovers, it's about £6 to £7.
It comes with the two teir rabbit hutch and both doors open, there are four rabbits each one different, it also comes with the rather interesting little man I think he's supposed to be a farmer! with his basket and some carrots and lettuce for the hungry bunnies! The farmers hat also detaches so if you have other playmobil figures you can have great fun putting the hat on other characters!
The two tier hutch comes appart so you can stand them side by side if you wish, the roof also comes off although there's no reason for this!!!
It compliments very well with the other guinea pig set we have and the rabbits often like to go over and visit the guinea pigs and vice versa!
As with all playmobil stuff it's well made and great for children to play with.
There isn't a great deal going on with this set the rabbits don't move limbs or anything but as part of building up your playmobil world they do add that bit of pet keeping fun.
Model: rabbit hutch