Friday, December 12 2014 10:14

Holiday Wish Guide: Playmobil City Life Furnished Shopping Mall + 1-2-3 Santa Claus with Reindeer Sleigh

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When Christmas Day arrives, it's always been sort of a tradition to have one "big gift" hiding under the tree - perhaps "big" in size, but definitely big in fun. One recommendation I'm throwing out there in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide is something that hits on both of those notes and was a surprise even to us - a fantastic playset from Playmobil, the City Life Furnished Shopping Mall. This 535 piece set is massive - a two-level mall with everything kids need to stock and staff a couple of clothing and accessory stores for their Playmobil figures, a sporting goods store, a bridal boutique and even a food court-style ice cream shop. The attention to detail here is impressive, and the play value is huge, with our Playmobil Mall quickly becoming a part of the daily play routine here at Rock Father HQ with many different figures from well beyond the Playmobil realm shopping this location. Yes, I even spotted Holographic Obi-wan Kenobi looking for a handbag last week.


If it's in a mall, you'll probably spot a perfectly-scaled Playmobil equivalent in this set, from store fixtures to cash registers, right down to money, credit cards and a "working" ATM. There's a "glass" elevator, a functional fitting room area, and each store has perfect little accompaniments for unlimited fun. And if business is good and the mall needs to expand (recovering economy and all)? Playmobil Direct Service sells an extension for the mall that will add a couple of shops. And to stock those stores? You can get additional sets like a Toy Shop, Snack Bar, Mall Cafe, Pizzeria, Clothing Boutique and more.


All of this fun fits into the larger City Life Collection, with other large playsets available including houses, a school, a hospital and more - all crafted with the same care and attention to detail.


Now, being Christmas, it's only fitting that Santa visits the mall, and with our Santa Claus with Reindeer Sleigh from the younger-skewing Playmobil 1-2-3 collection (sent to us for review alongside the mall), we've created a little "visiting Santa" moment in our world, and that's something that your little ones may want to do as well.


These sets are Rock Father-Approved, and make for fantastic gifts this Holiday Season and beyond!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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