Think big with Wiltopia – Animal Care Station

We’ve had the pleasure of looking at a number of Playmobil sets over the past two years, but none have come close to the scale of the Wiltopia Animal Care Station. With over 350 pieces, putting this set together took a long time – in fact, Playmobil even warns parents that assembling the set could take up to 90 minutes! But is all the effort worth it? Is there enough to do in the Animal Care Station to justify the high price and long build time? We’ll take a look!

out of the box

There’s a lot to deal with when you open the animal care station, but Playmobil does something here that isn’t so common with most of their sets. There are numbered bags inside the box and a much more comprehensive instruction booklet than normal. Playmobil, unlike other companies, has never been a company to add lengthy building instruction manuals to their boxes. That wasn’t the case with this Wiltopia set – the booklet is quite long and you can instantly see why it can take 90 minutes to build.

For the record, this took me exactly 60 minutes, but it’s worth noting that I’ve built a ton of Playmobil over the past two weeks, so my understanding of how the system works could have helped save some time. The number of parts can seem really overwhelming, but I quickly noticed that A LOT of the parts are things that I would consider props, as opposed to items that actually needed to be put together. There are a handful of grooming tools – brushes, scissors, etc. – as well as food, baskets, bins, lamps, animals, etc. That shouldn’t undercut the build though, as it’s still the biggest set I’ve ever put together.

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Is it worth it?

Listen, the price here is high, but for the money you pay, you also get a lot of really cool items. I love when Playmobil includes animals with their products, and there are a number of exciting ones in this set, including a whimsical little parrot! There are also a number of people to play with, so if you are buying this set for multiple children there will be little hassle as they work around the animal care station. There is so much room that even a few pairs of hands can easily mingle inside the house. It’s a really great set to play with, inspiring the imagination with the multitude of accessories the characters can use.

Wiltopia also wants to be educational, and that’s something else that I really appreciated. Each set you purchase comes with a trading card that provides information about the animal included in your set. For the animal care station, it was the South American tapir. The map not only displays the animal’s name and an image, but also shows you where the animal came from, its length, weight, and movement speed. There is also a QR code on the back of the card which can be scanned to provide even more information about the world we live in.

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Wiltopia sets are also made from 80% sustainable materials. For a company that produces as much plastic as Playmobil, I think this move towards using sustainable materials is so important, and I hope it extends to the wider world of Playmobil!

Not all is great here, however. If there’s one thing I can nitpick about with this set, it’s definitely the supports under the house. These brackets easily detach from the base and can be frustrating to deal with when trying to move the house from point A to point B. It may be a minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless.

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Conclusion

It’s an exceptional set, and I’m really happy to own it. You’ll pay a premium for this experience, but there’s so much inside the box that it’s a great buy regardless. If you have several Playmobil fans at home and love animals, the animal care station is an easy recommendation from us!


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Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but honed his skills by earning a master’s degree. He loves Nintendo and almost everything they’ve released…even Tomodachi Life.

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