Saturday, May 21, 2011

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Review: Playmobil "Extreme Team" Hand-Launch Toy Glider

With temperatures averaging in the low 50s here, our children had to wait quite awhile to have a chance to try out their Playmobil Glider outside.  Luckily, the weather on Mother's Day weekend was more Spring-like, so we were able to finally get outside without anyone complaining they felt cold.

When I first took the glider parts out of the box, I saw that the glider was made of some type of foam and thought to myself that my children would probably break this toy in less than 5 minutes.  I could not have been more wrong.  This glider has crashed into trees and the sides of houses more times than I can count and it is still in perfect condition.

Assembly of the glider and the little Playmobil pilot was fairly simple.  The pilot's gloved hands actually snap onto the controls so there is no need to worry about him falling out of the airplane during even the roughest flight.  The only complaint I have is that the helmet does not click onto the pilot's head.  It only sits on top, so we had to glue the helmet in place so it would not be lost during play.

Please take a few minutes to watch the "Extreme Team" Playmobil Glider in action . . . 

As you can see, the adults had a much easier time flying this glider.  Our 7 year old son got the hang of it after some practice.  Our 4 year twins, who have no concept of aerodynamics, have not mastered flying this glider yet.  They do, however, enjoy playing with the glider indoors, making it zoom and soar while holding it in their hands.  The glider even comes with plastic clip-on pilot's wings to wear on their clothing.  I also love that this toy does not run on batteries . . . only kid-power.

To learn more about the Extreme Team Glider and the Jet Team Glider from Playmobil, visit  This toy retails for approximately $19.99.

Thank you to Playmobil for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.