Playmobil Blackbeard's Pirate Ship
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All hands on deck for hours of playtime fun! From crows nest to cannons, this huge Blackbeard pirate ship from Playmobil has an amazingly detailed touch. It comes with 3 authentically outfitted pirates, a working cannon and it floats in water and has rolling wheels for play on land. Made of plastic. Imported.
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|Item Dimensions||—||9.45 x 26.38 x 20.47 in||2.95 x 9.84 x 5.91 in||7.09 x 15.75 x 11.81 in|
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This ship (and, I think, newer sets in general) comes with the "wide-bore" cannons that *really shoot* larger (i.e., pingpong ball sized) cannonballs that do not have a tendency to get lost (as do the near-BB-sized cannonballs on some of the other sets). Several crew members--including Blackbeard himself--are included, along with their acoutrements. The upper deck lifts off to give access to a cabin at the stern, where pirates can spread their maps out on the table or drink rum from pewter mugs.
My grandsons have hours and hours of play into this plus some other sets that have sold at Sam's Club recently. (Worth looking into around Christmas by the way. We picked up the Pirate Lagoon packaged with a bonus ship for $19.99!. As for the stringed rigging of that other ship, it did indeed come apart after a short time, but four-year-olds don't seem to notice or care. It's still great fun, and nothing beats hearing a 4-yr-old do his best pirate voice: "Ar-r-rgh.")
It is true, as others have noted, that there are many small pieces that can become scattered by younger children. I'm not sure why Playmobil does not simply permanently attach the hair and hats to their figures, for instance, and we have considered gluing them on permanently to cut down on scattering and loss.
But these are great toys and a nice route for children to take away from video games or television. Imagination just goes wild.
The price certainly is right on the Blackbeard ship. Toys 'R Us has it for the listed price of $29.99. You can't go wrong there.
Also, check out their separate "Blackbeard" set--a different character from the one that comes with the ship. The one separately sold has a braided beard, not unlike Jack Sparrow of Disney's *Pirates* fame.
UPDATE: He is now 6 years old, and STILL plays with this set a whole bunch. A couple pieces have broken now after almost a year and a half of very heavy play, but it has held up well to use and still maintains its quality. The small hook on the bowspirit (the pointy mast on the bow) broke, so the foresail doesn't attach anymore, but he doesn't seem to mind. The shark is still trying to catch Captain Bones almost daily :)
FINAL UPDATE: It has been four years since my first review of this toy, and my son is approaching 9 years old, all too quickly. Sometime this past year, this toy finally stopped coming out of the toy box for adventures on the seven seas. He has just moved on now to other toys, as children will do, like skateboards, computer games, footballs... This past week, I gathered all of the items that were left, some having slipped into the maelstrom of the couch no doubt, and placed them in the 'yard sale bin'. This toy was worth so much to a father and his son. Its value goes far beyond simple play time adventures we had together. Four years of solid play: a rarity in such a confused, fast-paced world. Fare thee well, Captain Bones: may your hull be forever sound, with a strong wind at your back, and bright stars to sail her by.