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- Even people at great heights can be rescued with the Ladder Unit
- The Ladder Unit comes with flashing lights and its ladder can pivot and extend up to 24 Inches
- Also includes two figures and many other accessories
- The figures can bend, sit, stand and turn their heads to make realistic role play possible
- Remote Control sold separately
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August 2010 Relase
Can be controlled wth with RC Module #4320. Roof is removable. The ladder is pivotable and extendable to 61 cm. Flashing light requires 2 AAA batteries.(Remote Control sold separately).
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Playmobil Ladder Unit: Even people at great heights can be rescued with the Ladder Unit. The Ladder Unit comes with flashing lights and its ladder can pivot and extend up to 24 Inch. Also includes two figures and many other accessories. Upgrade the Ladder Unit with the Playmobil Compact RC-Module Set (#4320). Recommended for ages four and up. Playmobil, Germany's largest toy manufacturer, is headquartered in Zirndorf, Germany and has been producing and distributing toys for more than 36 years. The miniature worlds of Playmobil encourage children to explore and learn while having fun. Children's imaginations are transported to medieval times with the Playmobil castle, to the adventurous seas with Playmobil pirates and many other themed playworlds. The figures can bend, sit, stand and turn their heads to make realistic role play possible.
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It's worth mentioning that my son has been fascinated with vehicles of all kinds, particularly emergency and construction vehicles, for quite a while now. He knows about many of them; what they do, what they're called and a bit of how they work. So it was very clear that he'd thoroughly enjoy this particular toy, but the decision to go with Playmobil wasn't immediate for me since I had never purchased from them prior to this, but after a little bit of searching and weighing the pros and cons, it became pretty clear.
As mentioned at the start, we've experimented a bit with Lego and Bruder, which both make amazing toys with great attention to detail and using high quality plastic. However, while my older 8 year old is in love with Legos and Bruder, neither brand is ideal for a 3 year old -- Unless we're considering Lego Duplo or Bruder Roadmax, which are targeted at younger children and hold up much better with rough play. The only issue with those is that they lack the all important details and they're quickly outgrown.
My search started off looking for a toy fire truck. There were quite a few options available, but not as many as I'd hoped to find. Most of what I came across appeared to be either cheaply made, easily breakable junk or RC models targeted to adults. As soon as I found Playmobil's offering of fire trucks, I spotted this ladder unit set, which seemed the perfect way to start out since a ladder truck seems to be sort of the epitome of what a kid thinks of when they imagine a fire truck.
This set comes complete with the truck itself, flashing lights, a nice rubber hose with removable nozzle, traffic cones, a chainsaw, a sled (for rescuing and transporting the injured) as well as some smaller tools for the two firefighters (one male and one female) that come with the truck. My favorite things about this set are: A) There's no siren. This was a great decision by Playmobil to exclude the siren, therefore making this toy relatively quiet. Any parent with a child that owns an obnoxious noisy toy will definitely appreciate this. My son is completely content just making the siren noises on his own while the lights flash on the truck. C) The flashing lights over the cab of the truck are bright and vibrant while also having an auto shut-off feature. You won't need to worry about the the lights being left on overnight, draining the two AAA batteries inside. It shuts itself off after a couple of minutes. And C) The rubber tires. Too many automobile and construction toys just make everything out of cheap plastic and there's nothing worse than plastic tires on a cool truck. This thing can be zoomed around on a hardwood floor or glass tabletop without anyone being too worried about scratches. The tires are thick and durable and they fit on the wheels very snug, so you don't need to worry about them popping off.
For my son, no doubt the best part is just the playability of it. He loves racing the truck to the scene of a "fire" and setting everything up. The truck is equipped with stabilizers, two on each side, that can be popped out with feet planted on the ground to provide extra stability when the big ladder goes up -- a ladder that has very smooth motion both in its lift and extension; it doesn't feel cheap or breakable at all when fully extended and in the air. He cordons off the area with the traffic cones, unravels the hose and sends one of the fire crew up the ladder to tackle the blaze while the other tends to matters on the ground. Even the tear down and cleanup is fun, having the firefighters put everything away, do one last check of the area, then head back to headquarters and wait for another call. Any kid with an imagination will have a blast using this truck and it's crew to deal with endless scenarios.
There have been a few occasions so far where some items pop off and my son needs my help to fit them back together, but it's that simple, parts just snap right back into place without much effort. The truck is quite sturdy and seems like it'd be difficult to really break anything as the plastic is of good quality and items will pop off instead of snap in half if enough pressure is applied. Also keep in mind Playmobil has this labeled as being for ages 5 and up, so it is not intended for a 3 year old, but I believe people know their children well enough to make an informed decision when trying to decide on an appropriate toy. If your child is overly destructive or prone to swallowing small parts, then this toy is probably not the best option -- all kids have different play styles. Otherwise, this toy is completely safe for younger children.
There isn't much to not like about this set, but nothing is perfect and I feel like that 5 star rating should be reserved for things that are so close to perfect that you just won't ever find anything better. This ladder truck set is so close to achieving that, but there were a few things I felt took away from the set overall. Minor issues, but still worth mentioning.
The first is that the truck lacks enough storage for all the little items that come with it. It does have a fairly sizable storage compartment behind nice flip-up doors on either side, with enough room for most things, but just not quite enough space for everything included. Some items end up being stowed in the bucket at the end of the ladder, as it's really the only other space available. It's a shame, because there's a big area on the deck behind the cab that's essentially wasted space. For me, the one decision that could have made this one con disappear would've simply been to include a peg in this empty deck area for the rolled up hose to fasten onto. The base of the hose even has a spot for one of those yellow Playmobil pegs, there's just no spot on the truck for attaching it. I do not understand why this was overlooked.
Secondly, stickers. Most of the decals you see in the picture of this fire truck are stickers. The only printed decals are the blue areas on the side and roof of the cab on the front of the truck, everything else is a sticker. The caution lines on the stabilizers, the license plate, registration, rear bumper, underside of bucket and some other very small areas all come on a sheet of stickers that need to be applied. This and the assembly are definitely a parent's job unless the child receiving this is older and/or capable. Not a huge deal and I'm sure it's like this for cost reasons, but nothing beats printed material. I will say though that the stickers adhere well and don't show any signs of peeling off, but I'm not sure how long that will last.
Would be great if there was room for more firefighters in the truck. The base of the ladder does have a control area which essentially provides a seat for a 3rd firefighter, but an extended cab would've been amazing, allowing seating for 4 crew. The only issue with this is that you'd either have to make the truck longer or sacrifice storage, but it already has storage capacity issues and is currently a good size. Any longer and it'd probably be a bit too big to be fun.
Varying light patterns for the emergency lights would be neat, especially if this functionality was carried on to the head and tail lamps on the truck. Maybe that's just the adult in me looking for more realism in a child's toy, but it would look very cool.
Pricey, to be sure. I picked this up for around $50 just a couple of weeks ago and I see that it's now selling for over $80 as of 12/3/13. I guess the holidays have brought about the predatory pricing. I would not pay $80 for this. At it's regular price, however, it's very worth it. It's an investment in your child's collection of toys and likely isn't something that will be tossed out or played with for a day then forgotten about. As mentioned, everything is made of quality plastic or rubber and in this case you do get what you pay for -- it's not an inexpensive toy.
Very satisfied and totally loving Playmobil now. This would be a 5 star item if not for that issue with the hose. I know it seems like a minor detail, but it just stands out so much to me. That one item would've fixed two little problems with this toy. Moving on though, I really can't recommend a better toy fire truck for a child, whether you're already familiar with Playmobil or not, this will not disappoint. And if this is your first Playmobil purchase, you probably won't find much better than this brand in terms of quality and attention to detail. If you're familiar with Lego, as most toy shoppers are, this is on a similar level of quality. As stated earlier, this is my first purchase from them, but it is no doubt the start of a collection for my son as I'm sure these toys will last and get more than their moneys worth.
Putting the truck together is a little daunting at first, but it all fits together nicely and my wife and I enjoyed our little assembly project. It took about 1/2 hour to finish it with the two of us working. The level of detail on this toy is really great! And so far, he hasn't broken anything (which is a miracle).
Update almost two years later: My son STILL loves this fire engine! I guess we got our money's worth, because it is sitting next to me as I type this. It has been through a lot of playing and bashing around and it still looks absolutely great. When his friends come over, they all want to play with this cool fire truck. It was a nice purchase.
One note: The hose reel does not go anywhere. It looks like it should snap onto something, but it doesn't.