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Click herespacerPlaymobil 2008 Car Sets
RC Landscaping Pick-up, Custom Body Shop, and Car Wash

by Mr. Stinkhead

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Carwash 4320
Aside from the dinosaurs, I was really excited about this all new car wash when we visited playmobil at Toy Fair earlier this year. It really squirts water, and I love playsets that accentuate existing sets you may already have.

Click hereThe assembly was pretty quick. In putting it together, I really enjoyed the simple German engineering that provided a springy push to the rollers. It will push back against standard sized playmobil cars you push through it, effectively "scrubbing" your cars. The photos below use the red sports car from the garage playset because the only other playmobil cars I have are the uber-exclusive playmobil BMW, the safe cracker's getaway car, and the airport taxi cab... but you can't wash convertibles, and taxis are never washed. But this playset is great for bringing perhaps forgotten playmo-cars up from the bottom of the toy chest. (Who am I kidding, I'm the sole playmo-owner in our house)

Click hereThe pump action is pretty simple (I was going to say "cut and dry" however it really is wet). Simply pour some tap water into the shallow reservoir, and then push up and down on the yellow pump. It draws water through the hose and out of the "sprinkler" type head stationed above the entrance. There are also rubber pressure washers (that only squirt imagination) that the attendant can assist with.

Click hereThe open walls allow you to push the car all the way through to the end. The spikey rollers look sharp, but they actually tickle. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm impressed with the "force" that the rollers push back against your car. Both small hands and big imaginations will like this set [Ed note: Yuck, since when did I start writing copy for the Toys R Us web site??]. You also get a bucket. I would have loved to have large felt curtains that "dry" your car at the end. That was my favorite part about going through a car wash when I was younger.

Click hereThis set is available starting in August from your favorite toy store or Playmobil.com for $40. Will they ever come out with my favorite type of car wash however? The sorority fund-raiser free car wash? Time will tell.

These photos include the red sports car from the garage playset. The carwash playset does not come with a vehicle.

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Click here4322 Landscaping Truck with optional Radio Control kit (4320)
I have always wanted an RC playmobil car. I didn't have any RC cars as a child, and being able to review the recent Tyco creatures has been a blast. But when it comes to driving a "normal" car, I've always wanted a drivable playmobil car. I like the fact you can open it up and put your favorite klicky (playmobil person) in the cab. Playmobil approaches the RC world in a unique manner. There is a number of vehicles, from cars, trucks, and tour buses, that can become remote controlled. None of the vehicles are soley RC.

There is the Radio Control kit (4320) that can be purchased, and then plugged in to a select number of vehicles. Its smart in one respect, in that you can start off by purchasing the vehicle, to see if your child likes playing with it before you invest in all the RC "guts." If you're a collector like me, you can get a vehicle into your collection without having to spend the dough on the RC components. I also like the idea that you can buy one (or two) RC module, but multiple RC compatible vehicles. Getting tired of driving around this Pick-up? Switch the module onto the RC capable Tow Truck. Or load up the tour bus and give tours of your playroom. Plus it's playmobil's way of saying "our toys are fun enough on their own, they don't need RC to be playable.

Click hereDo be aware of the possible cost. The upside is being able to split that cost, but if you put them together, $50 for the RC module, and then another $35 or more for a vehicle, you're suddenly at $85 or more. Just a side note, the previous RC Module started at about $90, so this is a vast improvement over that. But like I said, it's a great marketing tool to offer you the opportunity to judge if your offspring will enjoy the vehicle on its own before plunging all the way. And also get the whole RC capable fleet going from one controller.

Click hereThe Truck
I love this pick-up truck. To my knowledge, its the first modern era pick-up (check out the Victorian truck sometime). I love the number of tools you get. There's a shovel, rake, ladder, two saw horses and two planks for making an on-the-job table. There is a level, a series of masonry tools, two saws, a large locker, a pot, and a pressure-washer. (Perfect for modding your own custom playmobil Ghostbuster). The truck itself is great too. There is red lever for lifting the truck, so it can actually dump its payload. You can even jack it up in the dumping position. There are levers on the back that allow you to open the tailgate. I kind of wish the tailgate would open up and lay level (instead of 180° down) so you could do a tailgate party, but it's a very nice truck. The amount of accessories is a nice surprise. You can pick it up from your favorite toy store or Playmobil.com in August for $35.

Click hereThe RC Module
You don't have to stop there, you can pick up the RC Module, and with a few quick steps, equip this truck with the motorized undercarriage. There are interchangable quartz cartridges available if you have more than one RC Controller. I will say, if you read all of my playmobil reviews you'll see I've never been disappointed with a playset. I've had a few wishes and inspired ideas here and there, but I have never been anything shy of estatic when it comes to playing with a playmobil set. That being said, I was a little disappointed with the actual remote control. The packaging shows you this big shiny steering wheel, but when you open it up, you realize that the steering wheel is meerly decorative. You actually control the vehicle by using the Forward-Backward and Left-Right switches. It's a quality built piece, and it will stand up to some light abuse, but this was the first time in my personal playmobil history where I was all like "Whaaaaaaaaa?" I have to keep reminding myself, these are really for four year olds. I get that, but I really thought I'd be "driving" a little playmosteering wheel. This new RC Module will be available beginning in August from your favorite toy store, or Playmobil.com for $50. And it is compatible with other playmobil RC capable vehicles.

Click hereAll together, I have been having fun with this RC truck, I put my son's pacifier in the cargo bed and drove it right up to him, he promptly took the pacifier with a smile. The vehicles are for indoor use only, but I have liked driving it around our hardwood and tiled floors. Being playmobil, this quality will last way past when my little guy is old enough to take the reins himself.

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Click hereCustom Body Shop 4321
When I was much younger, one of my favorite toys was the Micro Machines Speed Shop. It folded up into a miniature tool box (smaller than the whole city that folded up into a toolbox) It had replaceable tires, a lift, and different pieces you could pop onto the little Micro Machine body (like engines and spoilers). Playmobil has offered mechanic shops in the past, but this is the only custom body shop in recent memory.

Click hereIn this set you get a full car, an engine expert, and two walls of a garage with loads of accessories on them. Playmobil went the full mile stocking up this garage interior. You get a nice tool box full of automotive tools, a hand jack, and a laptop. There are spare tires, hubcabs, shelves for the oil cans and lube bottles, plugs to hang the alternate panels, and labels from various car-related manufacturers (what no BMW or Volkswagon logos??) on the walls. As always, you can check the back of any playmobil box to see exactly what you're getting inside.

Click hereThis particular car can be "pimped out." You can pop off all four tires and replace them with the 22"s (make that 1"s heh heh) There are hubcabs that fit specifically into those rims, but I like em without. You can pop out the front and rear license plates and pop in a custom rear bumper (with twin exhausts) and a new grill in the front. Then you can pop on lower sides beneath the "doors." Also, you need to pop the roof to get the driver in and out, so you could further customize the car by leaving that roof off. (And the trunk opens)

Click hereI feel they did a great job with the number of accessories, and if you use the included yellow System X tool, it's not that hard to pop off the tires. (Parents may need to help the really younger ones) Oh I wish there was a spoiler, or stickers! But I keep reminding myself, this set is for four year olds, and the more you add to a set like this, the more "fragile" it becomes. Speaking of which, this set is solid and well made, but this is not for households with children who put things in their mouth. There are lots of tiny pieces.

Click hereThis set is fun, I like the customization aspect. I will probably grab that sorority car wash photo I made above, and stick it on the wall as a calendar for this mechanic. I think playmobil did an excellent job at outfitting this set for all future pimps [Ed note: great, THAT will not sell this set to parents at all] I mean, future car customizers. I really wish you could customize the car even further, but this set is for ages four and up. I have a hard time not getting excited, and inspired, when I delve in.

Starting in August you can pick up this set from your favorite toy store, or Playmobil.com for $30.

That wraps my playmobil rundown for now... just kidding, below is a video demo of the carwash and the RC truck in action, plus we take my son through a real carwash, and tape his reaction. When you're done check out all of our other playmobil reviews including stickers for making your own custom playmobil ice cream truck.



This video ©2008 MillionairePlayboy.com. All music is © their respective owners.

This video shows a small infant playing with an RC vehicle. This is for entertainment purposes only. It is only recommended that children FOUR and OLDER play with playmobil toys. Furthermore, playmobil recommends this specific toy for ages SIX and older. Don't try this at home.

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All images and article ©2008 MillionairePlayboy.com.






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