The new Ancient Egyptian theme from Playmobil has had its North American launch date moved up; it is currently in transit from Germany to us, and we expect it to arrive in the next couple of weeks. This is an uncommonly beautiful collection — even by Playmobil’s high standards. The sculpting on the large pieces is gorgeous, and the rich colours in the various “painted” panels give you an idea of what present-day wonders such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx must have looked like when they were brand-spanking-new.
The marquee item is the Pyramid (#4240). At 52.5 x 52.5 x 35 cm (L x W x H) it is an amazing piece filled with secret chambers, trap doors, and collapsible stairs. The addition of a flip-down wall means easy access to the interior for play. The Sphinx (#4242) has a flip-down panel that reveals a secret chamber and a mummy.
The Royal Ship (#4241) has a sail emblazoned with the Eye of Horus, a stern steering oar, and a crew of enthusiastic warriors. Pharoah’s Temple (#4243) comes with a “carved” obelisk, painted murals, and an amulet key that will open various secret shrines. Rounding off the theme are the Egyptian Soldiers (#4245), the Egyptian Chariot (#4244), Two Robbers with Camels (#4247), Robber with Horse (#4248), and the Tomb with Treasure (#4246), which I think could double nicely as an Ancient Egyptian Peasant House. Prices range from CAD$119.99 to CAD$7.99.
For all Playmobil fans, as well as for fans of ancient Egyptian culture and archaeology, this is a launch not to be missed.