Is it acceptable to begin counting down the days to Christmas now that we’re in September?
Some may feel that it’s still a little too early, but for those who are ready and raring to go, you can now begin the all-important countdown to the festive season with an exciting new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar.
This brand new PLAYMOBIL range features four advent calendars.
Whether your child likes ice Father Christmas, farming, or pirates, there’s a calendar that is bound to “bring a smile to all faces this Christmas”.
Behind every door is a gift – from figures and animals, to vehicles and accessories – that will provide children with 24-days’ worth of entertainment during the lead up to the big day, and once all the surprises have been discovered, the box then folds open into a backdrop to complete the scene.
The Christmas Toy Store advent calendar is designed especially based on the magic of Christmas and is set inside a toy shop filled with festive joy. As parents “search for the perfect gift”, children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and even receive a little gift too, but only if they’ve been nice, of course.
The Farm advent calendar is the perfect setting for “all fans of life on the farm” and offers children the chance to look after the little animals over the Christmas period. With lots of food and vegetables to harvest, the PLAYMOBIL animals – which includes cows with a velvety feel to stroke, pigs, chickens, rabbits and cats – will not go hungry this winter.
The Pirate Cove Treasure Hunt advent calendar is for those adventures on the high seas this Christmas and lets young buccaneers can count down to the big day. These “dastardly pirates” are not after a stocking this year though, but the gold hidden on the remote island, although it won’t be an easy feat as it’s guarded by a cannon and a host of creatures including scorpions, monkeys, snakes and a giant squid.
The Battle for the Magic Stone advent calendar is full of everything needed for the ultimate adventure in the kingdom of Novelmore, as the Burnham raiders are mounting an attack on the Novelmore knight’s stronghold. Well-fortified with a host of weapons and a secret hideaway, this calendar is one battle that “will become a legend”.
Each of these new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars join the full calendar range and are available to get your hands on now from all stocking toy retailers and online.
They are each retailing at a RRP £19.99 and are best suited for those aged 4-10.
You can browse the full PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar range here.
Video of Chelsea fan claiming ‘Haaland will not live up to the expectation’ comes back to bite him
A video of a Chelsea supporter expressing his doubts over whether Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will “live up to the expectation” is doing the rounds again and it’s absolutely priceless.
Blues fan and YouTuber Rory Jennings appeared on Sky Sport’s Saturday Social show back in August, just a couple of months after City signed the frightening forward from German side Borussia Dortmund.
Though it went viral at the time, with most fans finding his assumption that Haaland stood no chance of winning the golden boot laughable, it’s enjoying an even more hilarious half-life now the Norwegian has put up the kind of numbers he has.
Jennings said at the time that he was “so bored” of the discussion and excitement, insisting that the 22-year-old striker “isn’t the player everyone thinks he is” and to suggest he could win the personal accolade in his debut season was “outrageous”.
An often divisive commentator and content creator who regularly appears on ‘True Geordie’s watchalong show, The Kick Off (where he has also had numerous viral moments), he even went on to say that the mere notion was “disrespectful” to players like Harry Kane and Mo Salah.
Rubbishing the possibility as a “ridiculous achievement”, he simply declared that Haaland “isn’t going to do it”. Well, this is awkward…
Not only is City’s new number nine already the top scorer in the Premier League with 14 but he also has double the amount of the second highest-scorer in Harry Kane after just eight games. Ridiculous indeed, Rory.
Moreover, despite Jennings claiming that he is “wasteful” in front of goal at times and lacks the “build-up play” to play in Pep Guardiola’s side, Haaland has the most efficient strike rate of any player in Europe right now, averaging 1.89 goals per 90 minutes in the league alone.
Oh, and he’s also chipped in with three assists on top of that.
It’s safe to say that Rory received a fair bit of grief after his bold claim, to the point that even he had to hold his hands up and record an ‘apology’ video.
We can only applaud journalist and co-host Ade Oladipo for being less smug than we would have been in this situation.
To make things even more hilarious, Haaland had scored six when he made this video around two months ago. He is now one goal away from the YouTuber’s initial prediction of 15 in the league and has already netted 17 in all competitions. Yikes.
City are currently second in the league with a whopping goal difference of +20 — nearly three-quarters of you can basically credit to just Haaland.
Don’t think you’ll find anyone tipping Kane, Salah or Son for the golden boot now, do you?
Phil Foden’s bond with elderly City fan with dementia only gets more wholesome
Among the City fans flying high after the Manchester derby, 84-year-old Barry Carr was undoubtedly one those most bowled over on the day, as he was once again invited to Phil Foden‘s box to watch the game.
As you can see, Barry was invited back to watch the derby and treated to a 6-3 blockbuster, where he got to spend more time with Foden as well as meet ex-player turned pundit, Micah Richards.
One of our favourite bits is him referring to Erling Haaland as “the big one”. You’re not wrong there, Barry!
The lifelong fan City fan was over the moon with the result and even more excited when he realised his favourite Foden had netted a hattrick against against their historic rivals.
Following the game, the two shared a lovely embrace and spoke about the game, with Foden describing his game as a “dream come true”. We dare say Barry felt the same.
We’re not crying, you are…
While he struggles with his memory, most of his years spent watching City vs United would have been quite different, as the blue half of Manchester were long-considered ‘the noisy neighbours’. Safe to say things have changed significantly over the past decade.