I remember playing with Playmobil toys when I was an infant in primary school. I loved these toys and frequently asked my parents to buy me some for my birthday and Christmas presents. The answer always remained the same, no! For some reason, my mum thought that it would be a waste of money and that I would never play with them. I have no idea why she thought this when I loved the figured so much! I have bought my eldest son various Playmobil sets over the years, assuming that he would share the same love for the toys as I do. Sadly, I was wrongly mistaken, and he rarely ever plays with them. Albeit, when he does play with them he really plays with them, for a few days straight. To be honest he is like these with most of his toys, probably because he has far too much.
I love the Playmobil figures and playsets, even now as an adult, I think their amazing fun and timeless. So even though my eldest son doesn’t share the same love for them as I do, one of my other children is more than likely too.
My sons love for blind bags is a completely different story though. He has been obsessed with blind bags since he was about three years old. He just loves the excitement and anticipation of it all, not knowing what he is going to get. Even though he has frequently ended up with the same figures, particularly the lego ones. I first discovered the Playmobil blind bags three years ago when I was out shopping in the Bentall Centre. I bought my son a couple and he loved them!
I know that a lot of toy manufatures are turning gender neutral and trying to escape from the old stereotypes of ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ toys. However, my son is very much into figures and toy sets that are designed for little boys, and whenever he has got a female figure he has shown zero interest in it and usually gives them away at school. I know all children are different and prefer playing with different things. Personally, I think it’s nice to have a range of toys so that the kids have more choice and can then decide for themselves on what they want to play with.
What I like about the Playmobil blind bags is that they are divided into male and female categories. Although some parents may not agree with me on this and think that it’s old-fashioned, I think it’s a great choice. This is because it gives the child, whether female or male the option, and they can then choose for themselves which bag they prefer to buy. Thus, saving parents money in the long run! As I mentioned earlier, my son has frequently given his female figures away to his friends at school.
If you’re looking for a stocking filler, I think these Playmobil blind bags make the perfect little gift for children over the age of five. Alternatively, I also think that they make a perfect little reward treat for children who have done good, rather than getting spending money. If you use a reward chart, or marble jar and your child has earned enough stars throughout the week and you have promised them a little treat, these are a perfect choice. I often buy blind bags for my son when he’s had a good week rather than giving him spending money because he’s just too young. He loves it and never complains. I also found that they make a great incentive, as each blind bag comes with an instruction sheet and a list of possible figures to collect. There is always more figures that my son wants to collect, and in order to do so, he knows that he has to be good for another week.
Most importantly, they won’t break the bank! You can pick up these blind bags from most toy shops, supermarkets or high street stores from as little as £1. Although the price does vary per shop and can range from £1-£5 per blind bag. I think that they’re a great value for money.
I rate the Playmobil blind bags a fabulous 5/5 stars! I only wish that they had these when I was younger and growing up! My sister and I would have loved them!