Playmobil Large Pirate Ship playset review. View all 17 photos. The huge, well-designed Playmobil Large Pirate Ship playset (4290) can provide Chicago boys and girls with all of the detailed figures and accessories needed for hours and hours of imaginative pretend play about jolly buccaneers in a cleverly disguised vessel. Designed for children ages 4 and up, this toy boat for pirates can be a little complicated for even grown-ups to put together, but kids will love all of its features, particularly its ability to float in real water. © Renée Carver.
About Playmobil Large Pirate Ship playset. Families must use the wordless booklet of directions to put together the deck parts, sails, and rigging that make up the complete Playmobil Large Pirate Ship toy. Although the pictures are clear, moms and dads will need dexterous fingers to thread and tie together tricky features like the working anchor winch, loading crane, line for raising and lowering the main pirate flag, boat hook, and grappling hook.
The sails are a bit confusing as well, though we were able to unsnap and rerig some parts that we accidentally assembled backwards on our first try. Aside from the pirate boat and its sails, this Playmobil playset comes with features and accessories such as four detailed pirate figures, a treasure map, a treasure chest full of tiny gold coins, a shovel, many kinds of weapons (swords, axe, guns), two lengths of sausage links, several root vegetables, several apples, two haunches of ham, rats, cats, a parrot, a big monkey, a tiny monkey, a megaphone, a bucket, several kegs, a drinking bottle, a large sack, a table, a storage crate, a hammock, a set of "normal" flags, two pirate Jolly Roger skull and crossbones flags, a boat hook that can be shot from a cannon, a grappling hook and rope, and many cannons that can shoot rubber-tipped cannon balls across a room. The pirate ship can sail in two modes. In the first, it is camouflaged as a simple merchant ship with innocent-looking red, blue, and gold flags and a simple gold-tipped prow. When it is time to attack a fellow sea-faring vessel, however, children can transform the boat into a pirate ship by switching out the back flag for a Jolly Roger flag, tugging on a string to pull down a tube and reveal a hidden Jolly Roger flying at the top of the mast, flipping the figurehead on the prow to reveal a skull, and flipping down two sides of the ship to reveal sets of cannons mounted on each. Other Playmobil pirate ship features include a platform that can be lifted and lowered by the loading crane to bring supplies aboard, a room under the deck that can be furnished with an included table and hammock, a storage section beneath another section of the deck, and a final hidden cannon that can flip up from beneath the portion of the deck by the pilot wheel. Children can also balance a plank off the side of the ship.
A chunk of foam stuck inside this pirate ship helps it to float in real water. Boys and girls can purchase separately a working underwater motor that is compatible with this toy boat. On land, the vessel can scoot along on its tiny wheels. Playmobil Large Pirate Ship playset review. Though expensive, this Playmobil playset is worth every penny. Putting it together is a long and complicated process, but the finished product is sturdy and well-suited to be played with by active children, as well as extremely big, measuring around 26 inches from end to end. Our testers were thoroughly charmed by every aspect of this pirate toy, from the tiny props of food and animals to the cannons and grappling hooks.
They enjoyed transforming the boat back and forth from good merchant ship to bad pirate ship, and they passed hours shooting the cannons off around various parts of the room. Families with younger children will want to keep a close eye on the tiny plastic pieces that come with this toy.
Caution should be taken when shooting the cannons as well to make sure that nothing gets broken and no one's eye gets hit. Additionally, when playing with this ship, kids must be careful enough not to snarl and accidentally break the rigging. Overall, this is a lovely and well-crafted toy for any boy or girl who loves pirates. The detailed pieces will appeal to any child's imagination and lead to lots of rich pretend play.
Accessory sets that can be added to this one to build up a a whole pirate world include everything from a soldier fortress, a prison fortress, a pirate island, and a dungeon to a large sea serpent, several kinds of rafts and boats, redcoat soldier figures, and a giant octopus. For kids that are not scared by spooky toys, Playmobil also sells a Ghost Pirate Ship (review).
We received this playset for review, but Chicago families can check for it at local toy stores that carry Playmobil toys, such as Building Blocks Toy Store and Geppetto's Toy Box. It generally retails for about $110. SUBSCRIBE to receive free emails about new articles. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.