I was determined to spend over £120 on a Playmobil castle, then I found a wooden castle from amazon that required self assembly for about £55.
After reading reviews about the design giving problems if you needed to move it around I wasn't so sure, although I still wanted to buy it as my original plan had been vetoed by the boss.
My wife then found this castle at nearly a third of my original budget. It looked okay on the reviews, and being ready assembled it offered some advantages over the "Le Toy Van Excalibur". Understatement of the year.
This castle is "Awesome" to quote my five year old daughter. "It's not just good, it's awesome Daddy!".
I have no idea how they can produce something so lovely for an affordable price, but they've done it.
From my daughter's viewpoint, it's sturdy, gives tons of standing platforms for her Playmobil characters (7.5cm tall), is in perspective for Playmobil accessories, has a secret trap door / jail to capture baddies, has a separate tower that doubles as a baddies lookout/castle, has a working drawbridge, is beautifully decorated and has a balcony for knights to lookout from when my enemy knights attack.
From my viewpoint this is a lovely piece. There is so much character in the design, the decoration is much better that the picture shows, and the swing open design allows the child to really "get inside" the castle and play from the castle viewpoint.
The piano hinge is riveted on, the balsa(?) wood structure has been carefully sanded to give soft edges and with so many places to stand her characters I have been forced to concede that she may need more knights.
As a parent I have no problem recommending this product and feel sure that when my newborn son reaches 5 he will get years of enjoyment out of it himself.
I hope this review helps you when deciding what to buy.