So, who is not familiar with Playmobil toys? They have seemingly been around forever, haven’t they? Don’t you remember having them yourself when you were a kid and getting hours of fun out of the different sets? They’ve been a fixture on the toy scene since 1974 and while the different sets have changed, their commitment to quality has not.
Do you have a hockey fan in your life? If so, then this is the perfect holiday toy for them. With this set, they get to be a part of the locker room action. They simply open the two front flaps to reveal the inner workings of a replica of a real-life pro hockey locker room! It comes chock full of hockey gear, a hockey player, and full-on game play strategy. Your little hockey guy in training will find all they need to get their little hockey pro ready to take it to their opponents on the ice.
Perfect for playing while traveling to Grandma’s, all the pieces can be stored inside the portable set, and the top doubles as a handle, which makes it the perfect winter travel accessory for any hockey fan in training.
Included in the set are two figures, hockey sticks complete with a hockey stick stand, a goalie’s mask, gloves and padding, weights, a coach’s desk, a laptop computer and a whole ton of other accessories. There are a fair number of small pieces, so keep this to the NHL fans five and up to avoid choking!
Playmobil has a reputation for making tough and durable toys that stand the test of time. If they didn’t, they would not still be on the market after all these years.
And I think it is awesome that they include the desk and the laptop as well. I mean, after all, not everyone wants to be a player, right? Some people want to be a coach or a team manager and be the one calling the shots and telling the players what to do and how to do it, don’t they? So, it is awesome that this toy doesn’t just focus on the big shot players.
I also like the fact that it is not specifically geared toward any specific team. That means you don’t have to go out hunting through a hundred different stores trying to find your little guy’s favorite, only to have him be disappointed when you pick up the wrong one anyway. (Don’t judge. You know we have ALL done this at least once. Don’t tell me you haven’t spent hours looking for a toy only to have your kid be crushed because you got the wrong thing.
And hey, girls can love hockey too, so you never know who is going to love this toy.
With its portability, this is great for waiting for an older sibling at hockey practice, so they can feel like they are a part of the action too, or while traveling to and from games that are further away from home. Or while traveling just about anywhere during this winter holiday season. It’s sure to be a huge hit!
And be sure to check out http://www.playmobil.ca/en/play/nhl%C2%AE/ to see some of the other wonderful NHL sets that are available. This is not the only hockey themed playset that Playmobil has put out and so many of them look like they will be a lot of fun.
I pulled up the site and had a look with my own children and my son was especially interested in the NHL Arena. My daughter was particularly interested in the Zamboni machine set and they immediately went and added these to their Christmas lists!
The arena looks like it is going to be a blast and I am secretly hoping that “Santa” comes through for my son. It reminds me of the old table top hockey sets of my own youth. I think we will get a lot of use out of that one as a family as well.
With the Zamboni set, there is even a video up on the Playmobil site that talks about getting to drive the Zamboni, and they show the Zamboni being used in conjunction with the Arena set to “clean” the “ice.” So, it may even do wonders to encourage my kids to play cooperatively together.
That is a total mom bonus for me because anything that encourages my kids to play together calmly, cooperatively and quietly is a total win-win in my book, wouldn’t you agree?
So, make sure this is on your holiday gift giving and buying list this year if there’s a skating and hockey fan on your shopping list. You can’t beat Playmobil’s commitment to quality and durability. And you won’t be able to get rid of that feeling of seeing that kid’s eyes light up when they open this toy and see all that it comes with and how much they get to be a part of the action. It will melt even the biggest Scrooge’s heart this holiday!