I think it’s time my four-year-old start reviewing his own toys.
I apologise to Swerve PR, but I’ve struggled to write a review of PLAYMOBIL’s Arctic Expedition Headquarters, an elaborate playset designed to get kids’ imaginations running wild. Struggling not because it’s a bad toy—trust me, it’s got more than enough facets and features to go around—but because I’m not the one playing with it!
See, I’m in the business of telling great stories, and stories work best when they’re about things you’ve experienced for yourself. I might acquire the toys—if needed, I’ll even assemble them—but the experience is the boys’ and the boys’ alone… so who better to tell you about it?
It was time to kick the authenticity up another notch.
Letting the Kids Tell Their Own Stories — Why I Can’t Do Toys Justice Anymore
I planned to educate my sons on this a bit later in life, but they need to learn the value of hard work. So many parents want their kids to understand the value of money, and that’s cool, but as a Dadfluencer, I can teach them how to go from ideas to something real. Want a new video game? Let’s write a proposal to the developers and see if we can review it. What everyone to know about your new YouTube unboxing series? Let’s put a marketing strategy together and see how it goes. I believe so firmly in giving them the opportunity to shape their destinies I figured it was time they start earning their keep. It’s time they share their thoughts about their toys!
Now it isn’t a perfect system—one kid’s a little hard to understand at times, and the other’s got a ways to go before reciting coherent arguments, but you have to start somewhere, right? My goal is to show them the link between the work we do to create the content and the rewards available from it, so in my eyes, it’s a step in the right direction!
So without further ado, here’s my son’s somewhat distracted review of PLAYMOBIL’s Arctic Expedition Headquarters playset. It might not inspire you to go out and grab one, but it sure is cute!
Well… it’s a start.
PLAYMOBIL’s Arctic Expedition Headquarters — A Quick Review of What You Get in this 85-Piece Set!
The PLAYMOBIL Arctic Expedition Headquarters offers more than just a lenticular compass with cool features like:
- A removable ice dome that lets you access the research lab inside, filled with lab tables and screens to keep your PLAYMOBIL characters busy
- Cool light effects powered by a micro-battery, with energy crystals, a research unit and the dome itself to help augment them
- And other tools and vehicles that accompany the headquarters, like a snowmobile for your characters to ride on, or the working giant cannon if you need to defend from ice pirates or whatever else your child’s army of toys might throw at it!
So extremely long story short, if your wee ones are the types who can keep themselves amused if given the tools to do it, PLAYMOBIL’s Arctic Expedition Headquarters has plenty tucked away to make that happen! Hopefully yours can get a chance to check it out!
Setting the Tone for a More Involved Future!
I’ve often said that I don’t want to treat my children as props and get them involved in the process of building a stronger brand, so why not start now? It’s clear they have opinions and strong personalities to boot—if I’m going to keep developing this into a family brand tomorrow, then I need to show them the lay of the land today. Who knows? This could make for a very different situation a few years from now!
So I hope you learned a thing or two about the PLAYMOBIL Arctic Expedition Headquarters and even something about how to help your kids navigate an ever-evolving digital world!
Have a great one, y’all, and never forget to spend some time seeing the world through your children’s eyes!
Until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: PLAYMOBIL provided a complimentary Arctic Expedition Headquarters for review (valued at $59.99 CAD.) Some assembly required with parts and stickers. All thoughts and opinions by the Palmer fam are honest and accurate.