Playmobil set 5479 Dragons Great Asian Castle
We’ve been lucky enough to review another of the Playmobil Castles before the Dragons Great Asian Castle that we’re looking at here; three years ago wifey reviewed the Falcon Knights Castle. Whilst that castle is undoubtedly brilliant, and significantly larger in terms of foot print than the Great Asian Castle, it’s size is in someways one of it’s shortcomings. It’s so big, it’s not secured on a base so is prone to coming to bits when marauding two year olds stampede towards it.
Enter Playmobil set 5479, the Great Asian Castle, which is part of the Dragons range. Much like a wedding cake, it’s multiple tiers see it go up rather than out, and the top of the first tier is secured by a sturdy base that gives the whole castle much greater rigidity and stability when it comes to play. You can lift it up in one piece and move it from place to play, which makes it very versatile.
As mentioned, there are several tiers, 3 in fact, the first of which is a rocky base with a set of huge doors and a portcullis set into them. The middle tier has smaller doors and some ramparts, while the top tier comprises a wood effect platform and a couple of oriental style turrets.
This is a big set, the RRP is £99.99, but for your money you get a lot of stuff. Aside from the castle, you get a dragon, a ninja, three Chinese warriors and a really flashy big crossbow. Out of all the figures, the dragon itself is perhaps the only disappointing one. It lacks any front arms/legs and looks a little odd as a result. As you can see it doesn’t particularly look like a Chinese dragon either but this is a small criticism. Overall the castle is an impressive addition to the Playmobil Dragons range and worth buying if you already have a castle. Previously we had “Castle versus Pirate galley” battles but now we have two castles, we can get into proper land battles, with standing armies each stationed at their own castle.
This video review is under 3 minutes and gives you a really good idea of how the Castle works: