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spacerPlaymobil's New Dinosaurs Part II
4170 Triceratops and 4172 Brachiosaurus
with Mr. Stinkhead

Click hereSo just last week I looked at the first five sets from the 2008 Dinosaurs line, and simply couldn't fit it all into one review. Here is part two with, coincidentally just the herbivores, which happen to be the two largest sets of this theme. The second photo in each set features everything that comes with the playset, but be aware that a bit further down the line, I start mixing and matching dinos and sets for the purpose of photography (see right).

Click here4170 Triceratops and Exploding Volcano
Sweet! If I didn't have you at "triceratops" I certainly should have had you by "exploding volcano". This set features a fully poseable triceratops and baby, two explorers, dino skeleton, a lizard in a box, some cool gear and a super sweet exploding volcano. The adult triceratops features moving legs, neck, and jaw. The baby cannot open his mouth. (Which, would be a blessing some days... I kid, I kid...)

Click hereI like how there are nooks and crannies all over the volcano, so you can play with it, without just exploding the top, but who are we kidding? It's awesome blowing up the top! It's real easy to set up, little fingers can do this. Push down on the liquid hot mag-ma—plastic red lava until it clicks into place. Then add the gray rocks around the top. They're all differently shaped, but they line up very flush (it's pretty cool actually) around the edge, almost hiding the lava. Press the latch in back and the lava pops up, tossing the rocks. I make it sound like this huge explosion, but it's really safe, but still exciting.

Click hereAnother play feature on this volcano is a deep pit in which to hide the snap-together dino skeleton (this is the same one from 3184 Skeleton Excavation Site) but there is a swinging rock ledge you can slide into place to partially cover the skeleton. I imagined that the explorers were digging up the skeleton, they accidentally disturbed the volcano, and now the dinosaurs are alive! AHHHHHHH! No really, I'm kidding. I was not down on the rug making volcano noises. Everyone knows it was an ancient curse.

Click hereI love the gear you get, there's an odd device on a tripod (anyone know what it is?), some vetinary tools, and a clear box with handles and a slide-up gate. In it you can place a little lizzard. This is pretty sweet. There are handles for two people to carry it, but the balancing is a little off. Anyway, I loved this little accesory. You also get the hand held GPS, map clipboard, and a camera.

You can pick this up at your local toy shop or playmobil.com for about $40. And keep scrolling to check out the Brachiasaurus review and photos.

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Click here4174 - Brachiosaurus in Rocky Territory
Now, this is the biggest playmobil animal I have. It's so big, it doesn't fit on the playmobil Noah's Ark (this would be a good illustration for that evolution vs. intelligent design debate!) Anyhoo, he features moving legs, neck, jaw, and his head can turn side to side, up near where the head meets the neck. I think it's great that they added the detail that he has square teeth. The carnivores feature pointy teeth, and this herbivore features flat teeth. Just another surprise.

Click hereYou also get a bit more jungle environment. I'm glad there are some really tall trees for the Brachiasaurus to munch on. And you know, you can use the Add-Ons section to order compatable rocks and trees, that connect nicely with this base. Here is a photo that features all of the dino landscaping from this theme (except for the Spinosaurus tree, I forgot to stick it in there.)

Click hereImagination idea: Right now at Michaels Craft Store, you can find this child-sized foam Pith Helmet (safari hat). It's a type of foam that is easily painted and customized, and it's just the right size for school age children. (A little big on my baby's noggin) This hat is just like the helmets that come with this particular set, as in other jungle discovery sets in the past. It was $4 and it ties the play value in quite nicely.

Click hereI like the balance of detail and design that really cements this dino as playmobil. I like the streamlined designy look of the traditional horses over the new ones, and I do think the German Shepard is a little too realistic (my apologies Hans), so I'm always a bit weary on the newer designed animals until I get my hands on them. In general all of the dinos fit my "seal of approval". The dinos are cast in a solid color plastic, yet their pointy horns and claws are cast in a rubber for safety. Then one or two colors of paint is added. They look much more realistic than the first round of dinos, but they still are instantly recognizable as playmobil. They're also so solid, that they will last many years. And dinos, above all other playmocritters, will face the most abuse.

Click hereI really loved this entire theme, it's hard not jumping on the floor and making these guys go at it. Is it violent? Sure, does it encourage violence? I don't think so, this stuff is nature, circle of life type stuff. The dinosaurs are incredibly well made, and the accessorizing people, gear, and landscape, really give you a lot to play with. Or use for display, yeah, that's the ticket. I'd like to point out that most of the dinos themselves are well big enough to not be choking hazards. So if you were to lock up the teeny accessories, your little ones could play with the larger dinos. They're heavy though, if they're prone to throwing things, they're pretty hazardous again. Jeez, I'm still working on this "responsible father" job.

Click hereI'm going to close with a word on price/value/quality. I love playmobil, I love how they look, I love how durable they are for play, and I use them for both display, and to make picture books for my son. Because these are considered imports, and because they're such a high quality that they last forever, some people consider the price of playmobil to be expensive. However, I feel that each and every one of these dinosaur sets is well worth their price tag. The Pteradon is worth $15. All the cool stuff you get with the T-Rex, and his overall bulkiness, makes that set well worth $25. I honestly feel that the prices matched the play value, and long-lasting quality. In the interest of full disclosure, it's true this entire line was provided as a review sample. However I purchased the entire line up of Romans and Colisseum as well as hundreds of other playmobil sets and feel comfortable making this assertion.

You can pick this set up at your local toy shop or playmobil.com for about $45. Be sure to check out the first half of this theme, and all of our other playmobil reviews.

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