It’s Nuremberg Toyfair weekend, and the new releases for 2017 through July have been announced. In addition to the new animals added in today’s update there are lots of new part numbers for the recently released animals in the Sea Park theme and even some of the new just announced themes. I won’t list them today but they can be found on the appropriate pages of Animobil. There have been a couple of minor changes about known animals that will be posted about later, but the rest of this post will be about the newly announced themes and animals.
Probably the biggest news out of Toy Fair this year is that Playmobil has started producing licensed themes. The first two they are releasing this year are Ghostbusters and Dreamworks Dragons (the How to Train Your Dragon franchise).
For Ghostbusters there is just one new mythical animal – the Terror Dog. In the original movie this is a pair of building ornaments like gargoyles that come to life.
Not surprisingly the HTTYD Dragons theme has more new dragons in it, pretty much the big name characters.
At Animobil these have been listed in a new sub-category of dragons together. I do feel like I should just point out that Stormfly is technically a Wyvern rather than a dragon since she doesn’t have arms. /dragon-geekery
There is a new run of sets in the Super 4 theme as well with a few new animals, not least the return of the best dragon ever (in my opinion) in green.
As well as a new ape named Gonk and a baby T-Rex in a new paint.
Continuing on in the Fantasy realm there will be a big new theme for the Fairies. Included in this are lots of recolored animals, plus a new variant of the large Wyvern plus a super cute baby dragon.
Three new unicorns including a version of the classic first unicorn colors of white and gold but in the newest styles of adult and baby.
The other recolored existing animals from the new Fairy theme:
Moving on from Fantasy the other big new animal theme this year is Horse farm. Surprisingly though it’s a big theme for sets there are few new horses in it. From the main horse stable theme there is only one, a new Sport Horse in white or cream
This is supplemented at holidays with some other new additions. At Easter in one of the eggs are three pony colts. Of the three one is brand new, with the other two colors having been seen previously. One of those was only in the Playmobil Magazine, so it is it’s first release to a general set.
At Christmas there will be a new Horse Farm Advent Calendar, and that one has three new additions in it. One more pony colt, as well as a new pony color and a new color of horse colt.
In the 1 2 3 line there are two new theme directions towards adventure. Pirates and Dinosaurs, neither of which has been done before I don’t think. In the past 123 has been mainly equivalent to Modern or City Life themes and hasn’t moved into the more adventure areas. With the pirates there is a red 123 bird painted up to look like a parrot, and a sea turtle.
And three great new dinosaurs
That’s it for new things from Toy Fair. There may as always be some small ones that have been missed, if you find any do let me know. Sometimes we can’t be certain until part numbers and instructions come out, but additions and changes will be noted here when they are confirmed. There will be another post next week with the other changes made in this week’s Animobil update. Until then, thanks for reading – Tiermann