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Friday, June 28, 2019

Mars Space Station from PLAYMOBIL Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
The latest Space series from Playmobil has evolved considerly since their early days of Native Americans, construction workers, and knights. While those came out in the 1970s when moon landings were just happening, this latest series brings the imagination of Mars colonization to life.
I had the chance to check out their Mars Space Station set with my five-year-old nephew. It is recommended for ages 6-10 and I can see why the 6+ part. It has nothing to do with small parts, which there are many. It more than likely has to do with the ninety minutes it takes to put everything together. Five year olds most likely don't have the patience to wait that long before they can play. It is well worth the time though as the resulting station is full of life and plenty of hours of imaginative playtime.
There are a ton of options that allow you to create all different scenarios with the set. From exploration to day to day activities, the set lets young children imagine what it would be like to literally be on Mars in a space station. Is it still a space station if it is on land? There are so many accessories from computers, to exercise equipment to a green house that it really does cover all of the bases of day-to-day living. 
There are two AAA batteries required but that then gives you functioning lights and an alarm sound (among other sounds), which you can say come from the solar panels that hang off the side. But what I like even more is the two free docking stations. This allows the station and crew to connect with external equipment, like other sets, like the Mission Rocket with Launch Site. Sure, it is sold separately, but the empty docking stations leaves the option open for even more interconnected sets in the future. Not that the two astronauts and robot have a lack of things to work with already.
If your child has any interest in space and the sciences, they will just love playing with this latest Playmobil set. If they're not interested in it before, they surely will be after. The Mars Space Sation is also a great first set to get in the Space series, which can then expand into the others, like the Mars Research Vehicle. About my only complaint is the price. At $80, it isn't cheap, but well worth it.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours.
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