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Playmobil Stone Age 5105 Mammoth Family Set Playmobil, 2010
Day #764: October 8, 2013
Playmobil Stone Age 5105 Mammoth Family SetMammoth Family Set
The First Mammoths

Playmobil Stone Age Set
Item No.:
No. 5105
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: Big mammoth, small mammoth, bush
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $15-$20
Availability: ca. 2010
Other: Surprisingly uncommon at American retail

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Playmobil Stone Age 5105 Mammoth Family SetOne of the more endearing prehistoric creatures is represented in Playmobil's Mammoth Family set. I've been itching for one of these for a while, but for some reason they never showed up at Toys R Us, the local hobby shops, the local educational shops, FAO in New York, or any of the places I hit up semi-regularly. I didn't see this set in person until a trip to Kansas in August of 2013, and I go to a lot of toy stores hunting Playmobil.

The selling point of this box is a large, 5 1/8-inch tall adult dark brown mammoth figure. The articulation is surprisingly limited given how much movement a Playmobil Elephant sports - they tend to have two joints per leg, and this one is only jointed in the head and tail regions. The figure feels hollow, and has that simulated furry brown plastic we've seen on seals and other creatures for years. The large figure's tail is fully jointed, and the head has a surprising amount of movement - the neck can swivel like an action figure, plus the mouth opens giving it a little more personality. The trunk is also jointed, with the tusks static but given enough give so you can wiggle them if you're so inclined. The ears don't move, nor does anything else - it's a simple toy, which is a shame for the price. Still, it's pretty durable and looks good so I can't complain too much - it's basically just a nice statue with a trunk that can grip accessories.

Playmobil Stone Age 5105 Mammoth Family Set

The 3-inch tall baby mammoth is similar in construction - the neck swivels and the mouth opens, giving the head a decent range of movement. The tail moves, which is basically worthless. It's nice, but you wouldn't miss it. There are no tusks, there is no trunk articulation, but the trunk can grip an accessory if you're so inclined.

Playmobil Stone Age 5105 Mammoth Family SetRounding out the set is a small fern/plant. This has come in other sets in varying colors, and it's basically just a cheap piece of scenery - it's not really a great addition and frankly, you wouldn't miss it. A small figure or another creature would have been a better way to round out the set, but I suppose the mammoth can trample it for fun, I guess. Almost anything else would've been more interesting - a tree, a twig, a spear, anything.

For what it is, it's great - there's not much deco other than the eyes, but both figures are durable and compared to other similar prehistoric toys, do more for less. (A lot of those non-articulated hard rubber figures are pricey.) There are figures with more detail, or ones that can turn into a robot, but these are pretty swell Mammoth toys if you can find them - particularly if it's closer to $15, it ain't bad. They should be exiting the US market completely by now, as Playmobil USA has stopped having this line on their web site. Happy hunting!

--Adam Pawlus

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