User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Tons of tools and animals, skeleton figure, sarcophagus, canopic jars.
Cons:Only two jars???
The Bottom Line: A nice add on set for any Egyptian themed set or a cool way to impresses your favorite archaeologist.
Recommend this product?
I am sure that when the first hint of the new Egyptian series from Playmobil hit the message boards I was not alone in being more than a little excited. While some of the larger sets are still hard to find, the smaller ones have surfaced at local toy stores as well as the places that I shop at online. Sadly, a lot of these set have been misrepresented, labeled incorrectly, listed with items that do not come with the set and tagged as "limited edition". This set is not part of an Indiana Jones theme, that is Lego. They are not limited edition or numbered sets so there is no chance that you are going to miss out on them if you don't buy them this very minute. Oh there are numbers on the box – the set number – but scammers say that it is a "numbered set" to drive up the price and make it seem a hell of a lot more impressive than it is. That's just one of the ways that people try to scam, cheat and inflate prices so when shopping online make sure you read ever line of text or you could end up getting the short end of the pharaohs stick.
Being someone that loves all things Egyptian, I was really excited about this series but I didn't get my hopes up because when it comes to Playmobil and Lego, there is only so much that you can do with the small scale. Even so, I found most of the sets to be incredible and yes, you can use them for educational purposes to teach about the Egyptian culture, lore and the common things that they used in their day to day life. In regards to this set, it is an add-on set that you can use with any of the Egyptian themed sets but as a stand alone, it's not all that much fun unless you collect the figures. The set comes with the archaeologist mini figure and a skeleton but the skeleton isn’t counted as a figure by some people so if you read a listing that says that this only comes with one figure, that could be why. The sarcophagus is the usual offering that has been in a handful of Pals and Special sets; its something that you can't really appreciate until you see it and feel it as there is a lot of texturing to the mummy wrap design.
The archaeologist looks like he is ready for a pretty big adventure and comes with some very cool accessories like digging tools in two colors, a rifle and compass. The camera is a nice touch too but contrary to what two sites say, it doesn't make any noise when you "click" it as there is nothing on it to click. His outfit is average but you know, when you are out digging in the sand you aren't getting ready for a fashion show so the plain clothing wasn't a big deal to me. The rifle was pushing it a little but I guess if you are worried about tomb robbers showing up and stealing the stuff that you are stealing, I guess it is warranted. Also included are three different types of snakes and one little scorpion. Annabelle picked it up by the tail, looked at it and said, "Well, this certainly doesn't look like The Scorpion King!". The accessory pieces that come with the set are nice but I have a big problem with the canopic jars. Oh they are sweet looking but there are only two of them, not four as there should be. The only time a fifth canopic jar was added to a tomb was when a woman died during childbirth and the infant remains were placed in a special jar inside her sarcophagus.
The Egyptian series from Playmobil contains the following sets: "Pyramid" 4240, "Royal Ship of Egypt" 4241, "Sphinx With Mummy" 4242, "Pharaoh’s Temple" 4243, "Egyptian Chariot" 4244, "Egyptian Soldiers" 4245, "Tomb With Treasure" 4246, "Two Robbers With Camels" 4247, "Robber With Horse" 4248, "Archaeologist" 7361, "Pharaoh" 7382, "3 Soldiers of Pharaohs" 7382 and the "Egyptian Family" 7386. In addition to the sets that are sold within this exclusive series, there are also stand alone Pals and Special sets of the following figures: Mummy, Skeleton Mummy, Cleopatra.
You can get this set at the Playmobil online store for $8.99 plus shipping [they do offer free shipping from time to time with a minimum purchase amount] and while that might sound like a lot for a figure based set, it does come with some very cool pieces and the skeleton set up. I wasn't the least bit disappointed with this set when I got it and while I have some minor issues with things like the number of canopic jars, as a whole it was well done. This makes for a great add-on set for those that collect the figures or mini sets or anyone that is in to Egyptian lore. These are great sets to invest in if you are a teacher or homeschoolers as the hands-on approach to showing kids the ins and outs of Egyptian life takes on a whole new meaning when they can build the larger sets or combine them to make their own depiction of a tomb or sphinx scene.
^V^ © 2009 Freak369 ^V^
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Amount Paid (US$): see review
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: Other