Today, the United States of America celebrates its 238th birthday! That means that its time to fire up the grill, watch a fire works show or visit the newly reopened Statue of Liberty. Happy Birthday America!
The owner of Playmobil’s Zirndorf, Germany based parent company, geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG, Horst Brandstätter, has just turned 80. Known as HOB inside the company, Brandstätter played a major role in the development of Playmobil during the 70s, when an oil crisis made the production of solid plastic toys uneconomical. Brandstätter has worked in the field of manufacturing for over 55 years and has no intentions to stop anytime soon, as he considers his work at Playmobil and geobra Brandstätter as his purpose in life.
The Playmobil Pirates line will soon be seeing the release of a radio controlled motorized ship will have the ability to be controlled from up to 30 meters away. In addition, the new RC underwater motor module utilized by the pirate ship will also be compatible with other Playmobil ships. The Pirate Ship with the new RC underwater motor module will be available starting May 17th in Germany and in Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Scandinavia in 2013. The Pirate Ship will be available in other markets starting 2014.
Source: Playmobil Collector’s Club
May the luck of the Irish be with you.
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Playmobil is best known as an imaginative play toy and few things inspire one’s imagination as much as the circus. Oliver Schaffer of Germany has brought together both the imaginative worlds of Playmobil and of the circus with his Circus Oliver exhibitions. Featuring more than 5,000 Playmobil figures, the exhibitions showcase different types of circuses ,many aspects of circus culture and display’s from the actual circuses themselves. The circus and Playmobil are quite a draw, so much in fact that more than half a million people have seen the 7 separate Circus Oliver exhibitions that have taken place in Europe over the last 10 years. Circus Oliver is currently exhibiting in Chemnitz, Germany until February 23rd at the Galerie Roter Turm. For more pictures of the exhibitions, check out Circus Oliver’s Facebook page.
This September will see the introduction of a new Playmobil theme with a distinct Eastern influence; Asia-Dragon Land. Asia-Dragon Land will feature six news sets, with the core set being the Great Asia-Dragon Castle, which can be combined with the Secret Dragon Fortress to form the Giant Dragon Fortress. The theme’s Dragons figures can grip weapons and accessories, with some also featuring LED illuminated fire breath. Asia-Dragon Land, along with other Playmobil products will be on display at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, which runs from January 30th to February 4th, in Nuremberg, Germany.
A 100 square meter recreation of the American Civil War’s Battle of Chancellorsville featuring more than 6,000 Playmobil figures was displayed at Toy Market Madrid on January 19th, nearly 150 years after the actual event took place. $25,000 worth of Playmobil, including more than 5,000 soldiers as well as numerous structures, weapons, horses, wagons and vegetation, all coming together to depict the battle that took place from April 30th to May 6th, 1863 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Nine Playmobil collectors from AMCLICKS contributed their figures and items towards the construction of the Battle’s recreation.
Source: Europa Press
Playmobil’s latest batch of collectible offering, much like its predecessors, will be seriving up a diverse assortment that includes figures that depict the past to the present, and the everyday to the make-believe. 24 new figures, 12 male (pictured above) and 12 females (pictured below) will be part of the of Playmobil Figures Series 5. The figures will be sold in blind bags, with separate blind bags available for male and female figures. Playmobil Figures Series 5 is set to pick up from where series 4, which will also offer an equally diverse offering, will leave off.
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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the World Wildlife Fund of Austria and Germany have teamed up with Playmobil to produce a line of play sets featuring endangered animals . The play sets, part of the Wildlife line, are aimed to help raise awareness about the need to protect animals and nature, and also to highlight the work of WWF staff, who are featured as Playmobil figures in the sets. Consisting of four sets, the line will include Pandas, okapi, gorillas, tigers, orangutans, elephants, rhino and a leopard, just a handful of the 149 animals that Playmobil produces among all of its product lines. More information at the line can be found at the Playmobil Wildlife official website.
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