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Overall a good choice,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Christmas 4154: Advent Calendar - Princess & Unicorn Paradise - Playmobil (Toy)
I've just put this advent calendar together. Having read the reviews on Amazon I was prepared for the fact that a bit of time would be required to put the calendar together, but felt compelled to add to what has already been said. Last year I got the Playmobil animals of the forest advent calendar, where no preparation was required as all of the toys were already in the windows which simply needed popping open each day.
For this design whilst there is a fair bit of preparation, however I'm sure that the boxes are easier for children to open than we experienced with the window design. If your child doesn't damage the boxes and is willing to let you put the contents away (assuming you can find them all after Christmas) this advent calendar can be re-used next December if you so wish.
There are 24 flat packed boxes each of which have to be filled with the particular items to gradually build your princess scene. The boxes were packed in batches relating to where they appear on the calendar, but the instructions for what goes into each of the boxes is in numerical order, so I would advise that you sort the boxes into numerical order before you start.
The items which are required to go into the boxes are also packed in little batches, but from my experience this did not particularly ease the process of sussing out what went where, most especially as there are quite a number of tiny flowers which go into various boxes, so I would agree that the best approach is to open everything up and work from there.
Each box hangs from the advent calendar by use of a flap on the calendar and a flap on the box - make sure that you pop each flap on the boxes out before you close each lid!
The advent calendar is designed to be hung up (from a door handle for example) and the boxes hang from it. There is a little hole where you can thread some string, but no string, so make sure you have some.
I think that it's good that the numbers don't go in order on the advent calendar, as it is more likely to make the challenge of finding the next number better for children who are still learning their numbers.
I let my daughter choose which advent calendar she wanted this year, and I know that she will love the contents as she has reached the age where princesses are the best! With a grown-ups eyes I think that the quality and durability of some of the contents isn't quite as good as the contents of the Playmobil advent calendar which we bought last year, and I am anticipating the gradual loss of a number of the teeny tiny flowers which are in abundance with this set.
Overall if your daughter loves princesses and you can overlook the hassle factor, I would recommend this product. You could even look at the hassle of putting this advent calendar together as beneficial, as it means that you are a bit more on top of what's in the boxes and what needs putting together from each box when opened - genearlly quite early in the morning from my experience.