Once again, 2013 has seen us working with the lovely people at Playmobil to review some great toys.

This year, Flea’s wish-list for Christmas includes the new e-rangers turbo jet, and perhaps also the spy plane. But one of the things I love most about Playmobil is that while there are constantly new things, they’re also timeless – and some of our most beloved Playmobil sets are those we’ve owned longest.

Top of that list is our Playmobil Advent Calendar, which we bought when Flea wasn’t quite three. We love bringing it out each year and setting it up on the kitchen counter – our set builds up into a lovely winter scene over 24 days, complete with trees, animals, angels, sledges and – of course – Father Christmas.

The Playmobil Advent calendars work in a fairly simple way – you hang a stiff cardboard backing scene onto the wall, and there are 24 collapsible cardboard boxes that hook onto the backing – each numbered box contains one or two small items that can be added to a cardboard, 3D advent scene, which sits comfortably on a shelf in your home. The whole thing is quite sturdy – ours is now more than five years old and still completely intact – but there are a few spare boxes in case of accidents, and you can buy replacement parts, too.

Once again this year, Playmobil sent us a new Christmas scene advent calendar but as we’re still very attached to ours, I’m giving this brand new one away to one of my readers. This set features pirates, and comes complete with a treasure chest, a rowing boat and even a little canon that fires. Awesome. It’s recommended for children aged 4+, because of small parts and retails at around £17.99.

playmobil pirate advent calendar

How to Enter

If you’d like to win, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favourite Christmas carol, and I’ll pick one winner at random on November 16th at 5pm GMT. The calendar will be posted to you in time to use this December (UK residents only, please!). Use the Rafflecopter widget to register your comment, and there are bonus entries to be had, too.

Rules: One entry per person; entries made via automated or online services will be disqualified; users must provide an email address so I can contact you; winner will be contacted by email; in the event the winner cannot be reached in 48 hours, the prize may be re-allocated; competition open to UK residents only; prize will be dispatched using a recorded post service. The name of the winner will be announced on this post after the closing date. 

Good luck!


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