Each year at Toy Fair, Playmobil has an huge showroom with their upcoming line for the year. One thing that was different this year is that press was asked to not take photos, so we have Playmobil’s official images in the gallery below. Personal favorites of what was on display were the veterinarian sets, the Bauhaus style home set and the two giant castes. That’s right, this year has two big castles! See them both (and all the other sets) below!
PLAYMOBIL®, one of the top global toy manufacturers, announced today at the American International Toy Fair in New York City the newest additions to its iconic toy line guaranteed to both engage and delight families nationwide. PLAYMOBIL remains at the forefront of creative play with a continued mission to inspire children to explore the depths of their imaginations.
With a roster that includes a wide variety of playsets spanning the exciting worlds of thrilling theme parks, luxurious mansions, epic castles, daring coastal rescues, and more, PLAYMOBIL inspires kids to travel wherever their imaginations may lead them. The diverse and highly creative line-up, along with additional lines to be announced shortly, marks PLAYMOBIL’s most ambitious assortment to date.
Scott Nesson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at PLAYMOBIL USA, said, “It’s always been our mission to inspire children to create their own stories and adventures using our playsets. In expanding our line-up, we hope to encourage kids to be even more creative and imaginative, while also assuring parents that their children will love the PLAYMOBIL toys they grew up with as much as they did.”
A leading toy manufacturer for over 40 years, PLAYMOBIL continues to create toys loved and respected by parents and children alike. Understanding the importance of imaginative play, PLAYMOBIL pays great attention to detail, creating intricate and fun toys that adhere to the highest safety standards.
All of PLAYMOBIL’s 2015 products will be on display throughout Toy Fair at booth #2425. New York Toy Fair will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from February 14-17.
2015 FEATURED PLAYMOBIL PRODUCTS
Modern Luxury Mansion
Live a life of lavishness in the Modern Luxury Mansion. The functioning doorbell will let you know your guests have arrived for a luxurious day. Greet them with a cup of coffee from the fully automatic coffee machine and take them on a grand tour. The lockable safe hidden behind the painting is the perfect place to store all of your valuable goods. The large living room windows provide a great view of the surrounding area. Play with this set on its own or combine with the Guest Suite (#5586), Swimming Pool with Terrace (#5575), Lighting Set for Modern Luxury Mansion (#6354), or the Extension for the Modern Luxury Mansion (#6389) for added fun. Set includes two figures, mansion, trees, safe, planters, chairs, security camera, coffee machine, painting, jewelry, laptop, and other accessories. 2 x AAA batteries required. Dimensions: 22 x 19.3 x 13.8 in (LxWxH). Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: August 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $159.99
Ferris Wheel with Lights
Climb to new heights with an exciting ride on the Ferris Wheel with Lights. Equipped with colorful flashing lights (batteries not included) and seven red and blue gondolas, this ride can accommodate up to 14 people. First, check to make sure you meet the ride’s height requirement before purchasing a ticket and hopping into the next available gondola. Once everyone is safely seated in their gondola, turn the crank on the side of the Ferris wheel to start the ride. Set includes two adult figures, two child figures, functioning Ferris wheel, ticket office with tickets, cash register, computer, and other accessories. To operate the Ferris wheel automatically, upgrade this set with the Electric Ride Motor (#5556). Recommended for ages four to ten. Dimensions: 22 x 13.8 x 20.1 in (LxWxH). Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: May 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $79.99
Royal Lion Knight’s Castle
Defend the kingdom from enemy attacks with the Royal Lion Knight’s Castle. With a functioning portcullis, drawbridge, and defensive cannons, this castle is well-equipped to fend off even the fiercest onslaughts. Brave knights can find all the gear they need to protect the king and queen in the upstairs armory. The castle’s breakthrough wall keeps that action alive as attackers aim for the weak spot with their cannons. Any invaders that do find their way into the castle better watch their step or risk falling into the prison through the throne room’s secret trapdoor. Set includes four figures, multi-story castle, one horse, shields, swords, cannon, treasure chest, throne, handcuffs, bow and arrow, royal banners, ladders, and tons of other accessories. The PLAYMOBIL Great Dragon (#6003 – sold separately) can be hidden within the rocky cave. This set is also compatible with the torches from the King’s Treasure Guard (#6160). Recommended for ages four to ten. Dimensions: 34.6 x 22 x 19.3 in (LxWxH). Warning. Choking Hazard. Contains a small ball and small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: August 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $199.99
Coast Guard Station with Lighthouse
Patrol the waterfront from the Coast Guard Station with Lighthouse. The station’s functioning lighthouse acts as a beacon for local sailors and a warning to those up to no good. From the upper observation room, officials can monitor coastal activity, while the first level ramp makes it easy to place the floatable boat in water. Now, it’s ready to respond to nearby emergencies. When it’s not in use, connect the boat to the cable winch and pull it up the boat ramp and onto the metal docking platform at the back of the station. Set includes five figures, floating boat, two rescue rings, oxygen tank, flippers and mask, surfboard, walkie talkies, emergency medical equipment, fire extinguisher, and tons of additional accessories. Children can upgrade the boat in this set with the PLAYMOBIL Underwater Motor (#7350). Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: May 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $79.99
Fire Station with Alarm
Respond to fire emergencies with the Fire Station with Alarm. Once the station’s functioning alarm sounds, firefighters can slide down the pole to arrive at the scene of the blaze faster. The hose tower fits up to four fire hoses to ensure that the fire dissipates quickly. Once the emergency is over, open the station’s garage doors, park your firefighting vehicle, and head inside to find a bunk and rest until a new emergency call is received. Kids can monitor calls from around the city from the station’s main control board. Set includes two figures, fire station, helmets, megaphone, flashlight, and other accessories. 2 x AAA batteries required. Dimensions: 15.7 x 8.3 x 17.7 in (LxWxH). Recommended for ages five to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Contains a small ball and small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: August 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $59.99
Fun times await at the Sunshine Preschool! Bright and colorful rooms greet families as they enter through the front double doors. Parents can hang their coats on the coat rack in the lobby while they drop their kids off in their classroom. Kids will love playing house in the miniature children’s kitchen or building impressive skyscrapers with all the different building blocks. The older children can reach new heights as they venture up the climbing wall, while others show off their latest tunes in the music area with xylophone, tambourine, flute, and maracas. Teachers can get snack time ready in the kitchen area with microwave while the children rest during naptime on their individual mattresses. Pretty soon, the clock with movable hands says it’s time to go as parents pick up their kids at the end of the day. Set includes one adult figure, four child figures, backpacks, baby doll with cradle, pencils, pens, paintbrush, coffeepot, mugs, toothbrushes, chalkboard with special pen, two sinks, two toilets, telephone, and lots of other accessories. This set is compatible with the Playgroup (#5570). Recommended for ages four to ten. Dimensions: 17.3 x 13.4 x 13.4 in (LxWxH). Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: August 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $107.99
Care for animals of all sorts at the Vet Clinic. Pet owners can check in for an appointment at the front desk and then relax in the waiting area. Whether a routine check-up or a special appointment, the doctor can place the patient on the exam table to check his or her heartbeat, apply bandages, or remove a cast. The two outdoor enclosures provide the perfect space for healing animals to recuperate, including a calf, rabbits, cats, dogs, birds, and more. Set also includes three figures, stethoscope, medical instruments, removable bandages and casts, computer, desk with chair, animal water bottle, tree, pitchfork and hay, bunny hutch, fencing, outdoor shelter, baskets, books, and other accessories. Compatible with the Pet Examination Room (#5530). Recommended for ages four to ten. Dimensions: 24 x 15.4 x 9.4 in (LxWxH). Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Available: January 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $69.99
Take Along Zoo & Aquarium
Enjoy a day of fun at the Take Along Zoo & Aquarium. With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. Take a stroll around the zoo to see wildlife before heading over to the aquarium. Once there, fill the treetop canopy with water and watch as it flows through the leaf platforms and into the petal cup before pouring into the pool. When playtime is over, snap the carrying case together and take it on the go. Set includes two figures, giraffe, lion, zebra, walrus, fish, and other accessories. Dimensions: 19.7 x 16.1 x 8.3 in (LxWxH). Recommended for ages 18 months and up.
Available: January 2015; Suggested Retail Price: $48.99
If you’re looking for a spooky way to dress up your Playmobil sets for Halloween, you’re in for a treat (no tricks here!). Today they sent over details of a new duo pack of Vampires! The set, Duo Pack Vampires (5329) includes both a male and female vampire figure as well as a candlestick, goblet, tiara, and other accessories. This set has a SRP of $5.49 and is available now!
Playmobil is also sponsoring a Halloween themed contest on Facebook giving you the chance to win a spooky prize by submitting a photo of your carved or painted pumpkin at https://www.facebook.com/PlaymobilUSA, but hurry – the contest ends Saturday 10/18th!
I’ve been back in the AwesomeToyBlog HQ for a few days now and I’ve been thinking about the thousands of new toys I saw over the past week. The below list captures many of my favorites, I did try to have some variety here so it’s not my 10 favorite things from Hasbro. Also these items are not presented in order…I’d be hard pressed to single out my absolute favorite new item. Enjoy.
- Star Wars Black Series 6″ Figures – Jabba? Speederbiker? Chewbacca? Darth Vader? Near perfection. I saw these figures 3 times over the course of the show and each time I was blown away by them. I’m not a huge fan of the 6″ scale, but you win this time Hasbro. You win – these are amazing.
- Bandai Sprukits – When I went to the Bandai booth my PR contact suggested I check these out – and I’m grateful I did (Thanks Sarah!). I thought these model kits which build an articulated action figure were super cool.
- S. H. Figuarts Mario. I had already pre-ordered the figure and accessory kits before I went to toy fair, but the huge booth display really sold me on the figure.
- Buffy Pop! Vinyl Figures – Years ago when Pop! vinyls were just rolling, in one of my emails with Funko I asked when I could expect Buffy Pop! vinyls. I guess the answer should have been 2014. Well worth the wait.
- NECA’s Quarter Scale Arkham Batman – Totally gorgeous. NECA knocked him out of the park. I’ve been waffling on the quarter scale Batmen so far…this is the one that got me.
- Playmobil’s ‘Rock Climbers with Mountain Animals’ set – As an occasional rock climber, the moment I saw this set I had to have it. To top it off, this set includes a family of marmots. Marmots!
- Kill Bill figures from Diamond Select Toys. – When I saw Adam16bit on Sunday of Toy Fair he told me how cool these were, and when I saw the figures on Monday, I realized how right he was. These look great! Since photography wasn’t allowed, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
- Twilight Zone Vintage-esque figures – Presented in the ‘Kenner’ style, but with a screen-accurate black and white twist. These looked great…and I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for black & white figures from shows that were shown in black & white.
- Kotobukiya’s Avengers ArtFx+ Statues – I was excited when these were teased at the 2013 Toy Fair. I thought the prototypes at SDCC looked great. Seeing the team assembled at Toy Fair 2014 was perfect. I’ll be making shelf space for these.
- Shockwave vinyl figure from Loyal Subjects – It’s a little cute Shockwave! What’s not to love?
Playmobil is celebrating its’ 40th birthday this year, and to celebrate they have an awesome product line on display at Toy Fair! Among the new themes introduced this year are Asian Dragon’s Land, special 40th Anniversary sets, camping and mountain life. My favorite products on display were the camping sets, which featured soft goods tents, the Remote Controlled Police Car with camera, the shopping mall (which features a working ATM) and the Rock Climbers with Mountain Animals.
There was a ton of great product on display- the gallery below has photos from their showroom. Enjoy!
Playmobil would have won the award for most original booth, had there been one. The entire exterior of their booth space was like a giant Playmobil log fence – a perfect fit for the western theme of some of their sets. And while the western sets were excellent (being a Phoenix resident, I found myself loving the Playmobil catci) my favorite set had to be the disco, which had a working disco ball. The rock star sets were also very cool, I’ll be buying the keyboardist for sure.
Other items that really popped in the booth were a huge cargo plane and train, a continuation of their blind bagged figures and they also had an awesome pizza guy figure. Check out all the items from my showroom tour in the gallery below.
The kind folks at Playmobil were kind enough to give me a tour of their booth at toy fair (a drop in at that!) and they have a ton of product on the horizon for the year. A few of the highlights include the blind bagged figures series 2 and 3 (I mean, there’s a Lady Gaga in there!), the return of a huge pirate ship, and the introduction of small sports themed sets planned to coincide with the summer olympics. I totally have to get myself one of the weightlifters, it was awesome.
They had a ton of product, really something to appeal to everyone. Why don’t you browse this gallery of images they provided (125 of them!) and see what tickles your fancy?
While I realize the toy selection is limited at Barnes & Noble, there’s a 50% off coupon available here, which is valid on Legos and Playmobil items (and…you know…books and stuff). If your store has some stock, this is a great opportunity to save some money on some lego. The coupon is valid through April 3rd.