Playmobil Playroom: ‘Dreamworks Dragons,’ Wave 2

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Welcome to the Playmobil Playroom, where we take a monthly peek inside those impressive blue boxes and see what treasures await within. Sometimes we’ll have step-by-step photos walking you through assembly, maybe we’ll discuss and review a particular set or theme, or maybe we’ll have an unboxing video.

If you saw our previous round-up of Playmobil sets for Dreamworks’ Dragons, then you know we’re pretty big fans of both the franchise and these toys.

They’re INCREDIBLY well made and faithful to the designs you’ll see on Netflix’s Dragons: Race to the Edge. The first wave of sets included three dragons (Toothless, Stormfly, and Thunderclaw). It makes sense for them to be produced first. Toothless is an obvious no-brainer, Stormfly is Astrid’s dragon, and then Thunderclaw is the villain’s.

The second wave, though, rounds out the core dragon riders and gives us Meatlug, Hookfang, and Barf and Belch. And, as expected, they’re amazing.

(If you’re interested, I chatted with How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell here and the showrunners for Race to the Edge here. Give both a listen!)

Specs:

Ruffnut and Tuffnut with Barf and Belch

  • Product Number: 9458
  • Number of Pieces: 45 pieces
  • Number of figures: 2 adults (1 male, 1 female)

Snotlout and Hookfang

  • Product Number: 9459
  • Number of Pieces: 33 pieces
  • Number of figures: 1 adult (1 male)

Fishlegs and Meatlug

  • Product Number: 9460
  • Number of Pieces: 31 pieces
  • Number of figures: 1 adult (1 male)

Ease of Build:

On a scale of 1-5, these dragons are solid 1s. Basically, all you have to do is snap the wings onto the body. There’s not much more than that. There are a few other doodads to assemble and snap together, but nothing here is very difficult.

Coolest Features:

  • As with the first wave, the dragon sculpts are SPOT ON to the character designs from the Netflix show. They’re incredibly well designed, and it’s hard to see how there can be cooler Dragons-inspired toys on the market.
  • The characters from the show. Even though Fishlegs and Snotlout look nothing like them (and Fishlegs is considerably smaller than the other figures), it’s still cool to have a complete set. And Ruffnut and Tuffnut are beyond awesome.
  • Each set comes with a sheep that has a bulls-eye target painted on each side. Poor li’l sheep.

 

Playability:

If you’re a fan of the films, show, and franchise, it’s endless. The sets all combine together, obviously, with the growing line of Playmobil Dragons sets. And they also work remarkably well with Playmobil’s other (non-licensed) sets, particularly with Knights and Pirates.

The quality and attention to detail here are staggering. So if you’re a fan of a particular dragon or want to just collect and display them, I wouldn’t blame you. I could see these things hanging from a bedroom ceiling in an EPIC mid-flight action scene.

Our only real complaint is the same one we had with the first wave of dragons: their wings pop off fairly easily. The wings have 360-degree movement, but they also easily become dislodged from the body. Obviously, after several times, this can be incredibly frustrating. It’s now routine to find dismembered, wingless dragons on the floor.

Kid Verdict:

Two enthusiastic thumbs up! We couldn’t be happier. These toys will be around for a while. That’s hardly a surprise, though.

(Disclosure: These Playmobil sets were provided free of charge for review purposes. All opinions remain our own.)

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