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Royal Lion Knight's Castle

Royal Lion Knight's Castle

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Playmobil USA, Inc.
Price: $159.99

Here's the thing about Playmobil sets: planning ahead is key. If you're kids are not patient builders, you'll have to devise a distraction to avoid a meltdown. But once set up and ready for play, every minute spent building the set will have been worth it. You'll be delighted with the outcome.

The Royal Lion Knight's Castle set kit consists of 340 pieces that once constructed is a 2'X2'X2' castle with a retaining wall, drawbridges, secret passages and doors. Characters, such as a knight, princess, horse and weapons (swords and cannonball) are included. A 27-page wordless manual aids in the construction - which took about three hours. It was a puzzle for the adults, but well worth the challenge.

Once pieces were located, construction was quite simple. One three year old aided in the construction by using the included tool to assemble some of the exterior walls. Completed, the castle is magical looking. It's large enough that multiple children can play at one time. The construction is sturdy and the children easily manipulated the moveable parts, such as the drawbridge, doors and dungeon. The characters included were a little large to fit through some of the passages, but this didn't affect their enthusiasm. Pretend play scenarios were as varied as they were captivating.

Heather Griner   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Heather Griner, who holds a Master's Degree in School Counseling, is a licensed clinical counselor in Maryland and serves the Assistant Director of Student Services at a community college in Baltimore. Heather is the proud mother of two energetic young boys who are constantly testing new ways to play and learn.

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