The Ghostbusters Playmogram 3D Figures from Playmobil are the latest introduction to the company's Ghostbusters line that's been a big hit with kids and collectors. With a combination of imagination and technological magic, kids can bring their ghostbusting adventures to life in a new and engaging way by allowing them to take on hologram-like images of some of the classic ghosts from the movies.
The collection includes the four main characters: Stanz, Spengler, Venkoman and Zeddemore. Each figure (sold separately) also comes with a "ghost trap." Assemble the ghost trap and then download the Playmogram app from the app store. (It works with iOs 8 or later or Android 4.1 or later) Follow the on-screen directions to get it going, and you'll see the four ghosts you can do battle with. Select one, and place the ghost trap on the spot indicated and watch as your ghost appears inside the pyramid. There's a button on the screen as well that activates the animation and has the ghost go from terrifying to vaporized. . And then you can do it again and again.
Of course, the play is all imaginative; you don't really trap the ghost in the figure, but this is a toy designed to inspire imaginative play, and it does that really well.
For best results, you'll want your screen at its brightest level and a darkened room. Playmobil has also included a black box that you can fold up and place around the ghost trap to reduce ambient light in some rooms.
The app works with iOs 8 or later or Android 4.1 or later. We tried this on both a phone and a tablet, and the image doesn't change size on the table. (That makes sense given the size of the ghost trap.)
The ghost trap will slip around on the surface of the screen, so you'll want your device placed securely on a hard surface.
To get the full effect of the ghosts, the ghost trap needs to be at eye level. That's not going to be much of a problem, however. W can see kids sitting on the floor to play with the figures and putting their devices on a coffee table to get the full effect. Or, some other creative solution. Because that's what kids do when they're having fun.
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