Disclosure: I received the following PLAYMOBIL Mission to Mars sets to review and keep.
With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing fast approaching, the people at PLAYMOBIL are encouraging intrepid explorers to take the next giant leap on a Mission to Mars.
Although she’s a fair bit younger than the recommended age of six, youngest loves my old PLAYMOBIL sets that my parents still have at their house, so I signed her up.
Soon afterwards, a huge box of PLAYMOBIL Mission to Mars sets landed at our doorstep.
Here’s how we got on.
Mars Space Station (9487)
There’s so much going on in the Mars Space Station set! As well as features including a rotating airlock door and a double laser shooter, it has light and sound effects. Not to mention a plethora of equipment and accessories for the two astronauts and robot to interact with.
Unsurprisingly, it took me quite a while to put everything together but that’s nothing in comparison to the time youngest has already spent playing with this multi-faceted playset.
Mars Research Vehicle (9489)
Another hugely interactive set, this Mars Research Vehicle also comes with light and sound effects. Other key features include an extending tool arm with interchangeable heads for drilling, gripping and defending.
Again, youngest has already spent many hours playing with this set and enjoys giving the astronauts from other sets a lift in it!
Mars Rover (9491)
Consisting of an astronaut and vehicle, the Mars Rover set offers young space explorers the opportunity to search the red planet’s surface for crystals.
Also included are a scanner-like tool and laser as well as a compartment for transporting any precious finds in.
Astronaut and Robot Duo Pack (9492)
This set offers a nice introduction to the range with one astronaut and a robot. Youngest enjoyed playing with this set while we were assembling the bigger ones for her.
And it’s fair to say that the robot quickly became her favourite figure. Its face can be adjusted into a couple of expressions; she loved both doing this and imitating them!
Our Mission to Mars
As part of our Mission to Mars, I was asked to pose some questions to youngest about what she would do. Here are her answers!
If you were an astronaut what would be the first thing you would do in space?
“Build a house out of clay.”
If you could only take one item with you to space, what would it be?
“I’d take some soup for dinner.”
Which planet would you explore and what would you like to discover?
“I want to go to Mars and meet animals.”
So there you go! While I’m not sure of her construction material of choice, I’d say that shelter, food and finding other lifeforms would be at the top of my list too.
Anything that introduces STEM topics gets two thumbs up from me and, more importantly, youngest will continue to have lots of fun with these excellent PLAYMOBIL sets.