Review: Playmobil Summer Fun Ferris Wheel with Lights and Drive Motor

As you already know, we are Playmobil Playologists which is very exciting for the children and for me as we all love Playmobil.
The children have been sent the Summer Fun Ferris Wheel (5552) along with the drive motor (5556) which makes the wheel turn using battery power.
The Ferris Wheel needs assembling and as Emmy are only 5 and 2, this was obviously a Mummy job.
There are clear pictured instructions on how to assemble, and providing you follow these it is a very quick 10 minute job (without the children’s help that is).
The Ferris Wheel requires 4 x AAA batteries which aren’t included in this set, these are to make the lights on the wheel work.
It can be used with together with a drive motor (available separately) or by turning the crank handle on the wheel itself.
The Ferris Wheel has 7 swings which will each hold up to 2 Playmobil figures and comes complete with a ticket kiosk, a till, a computer, ride tickets and a couple of figures too.
It is easy to assemble, the longest part is attaching the stickers to the toy – as with many kids toys these days.
To make the lights work you press the little red button on the front of the wheel and they flash brightly and to turn the wheel you use the handle located at the back of the wheel.
Drive Motor: This is available separately and comes in two pieces.  You need to add batteries (4 x AAA which aren’t included) to this to power it, then remove the handle from the Ferris Wheel and attach the motor into its place.
The motor is rather noisy but it doesn’t seem to bother the children (only me) and you can change the direction of the wheel from the dial on the motor. 
We have found this set perfect for turn taking and role play games as the children can hand out tickets, and make the characters stand in line, buy the tickets and then board the ride.  It was good practice for our theme park trip as we could tell Harry he needed to line up like the people on the Ferris Wheel did (it worked for a short time at least).
A video posted by Clare Nicholas (@emmysmummy1) on Sep 11, 2015 at 3:31am PDT

I first thought this toy would be one which the children played with for a few days and then was put aside however I was very wrong.  They both keep coming back to it daily and Emmy keeps trying to hide it in her bedroom so she doesn’t have to share with Harry.
The Ferris Wheel retails at £49.99 and the Motor Motor is £12.99, both are available from PLAYMOBILUK
Disclaimer:  We received these items as part of our Playmobil Playologist role.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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