US Playmobil Catalog 2018

The 2018 catalog for the US is on the Playmobil.us website now. Located here.

The big news for animals is that there will be a new Dinosaur series this year released in the US. This is a surprise since this is the first public view of this series, it hasn’t even been shown in Germany yet. It’s recolors of the existing molds, no new species. The colors are good though and it will be worth getting if you are a dino fan.

One missed one that has been seen in the last German catalog is the brown fawn from the Series 13 Figures.

There are two new carry boxes, each with a new color animal in it. From the Winter Princess Carry Box is the white fox.

From the Egyptian Tomb Carry Box is a turquoise spider, the newer smaller size

There is also a Haunted House set, and it too has a new spider – red.

There are two uncertain ones this time. They may just be older animals re-released, or they might be new. Hard to tell from the photos. The first is in the Ghostbusters theme, an octopus. It could be color mixes red and yellow – or it could be the color shifting type that changes in water.

The other one is a coral that could be a new yellow, or the old dark yellow that has been released before. We won’t know on either of these until they show up.

In shields there are two new ones. From Figures series 13

and from Figures series 14

I think that’s it for this catalog. If you see something I may have missed please let me know.

Thanks for reading – Tiermann

 

 

New Old Variations

Happy 2018!

Finishing up on old business I am posting here about a few new additions to the list of animals added in the last update of 2017. All of them are thanks to the sharp eyes and help of other collectors.

Thanks to a post by Cooster on Facebook I found out that there was an extra dark brown cow in the UK from the Playpeople line. GrahamB found one and also a calf in the same dark brown color and acquired them, then sent one of each along to me to add to Animobil. Thanks Graham and Cooster for helping me find a new and interesting very old variation! These are probably from early releases in the UK in 1976-8 or so. The cow is the three udder version with the letter B on one side. The calf also has the B brand.

Also in old variations is this early solid dog version in true black. It was brought to my attention by Eddy. It is from Japan and was released as part of the Meiji promotional line in the Police Officer bagged set. Time period is around 1984-6. I am guessing this one will be super hard to find, If anyone ends up with an extra please let me know.

The glow in the dark clam shell box has been definitively tracked down to set 5028 Mermaids Crystal Palace a limited release set from Germany in 2012. I had added the obvious animals in that set some time ago, but missed the shell box. I had also missed a coral that is in a unique color also only found in that set. It is a lovely dark purple. This was tracked down by Buecherwurm, and she has one of the boxes on the way to me. Next to find the coral. The glow int he dark shell part number is 30 21 0793 and the coral is 30 25 3552

Also thanks to the Buecherwurm the original mold of squirrels has been found in dark brown. This must have come from the earliest production of 4467 in 2007. That was the first appearance ever of the brown squirrel. Normally the squirrels in that set are the new mold but they must at some point have used the old molds for at least a while.

So some interesting and hard to find variants to start off the new year. It seems even after a decade of collecting and running Animobil there are still new things to learn about the animals Playmobil has released over the years.

Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for reading – Tiermann

New Animal Images

I intended to do this at the beginning of the month but get busy with other things. The update happened, I just didn’t post the pictures here. So here are my latest additions from Germany (Thanks Daniela and Natalie!) and bought in the US.

That’s it for today. Another update next weekend with some cattle from the UK thanks to Graham. Thanks for reading – Tiermann

 

Magazines Update

A few new animal variations have come out int he last few months, plus a couple missed from last year.

Thanks to Natalie for pointing out that the small clam shell in the Girls Magazine from issue 5/2016 is a different color from the two previous pink ones.

Also pointed out is that the brown pony foal in the Easter Egg is different from themagazine one. The magazine is dark brown mane and tail and the Egg is black.

New this year are a German Shepherd in the new mold style but solid black. He is from Magazine 5/2017

Form the Super 4 Magazine in late summer we have a new Velociraptor color – yellow

That’s it for new additions this update. Better photos of the last two to follow when they arrive here. I am working on a Figures update with the most recent series but it takes a while. It is in progress though.

Thanks for reading – Tiermann

August Update

The new Horse Farm theme and Dragons licensed theme are both out this month.

From the horses there turns out to be two other new variations previously missed. Both from the biggest set the 6926 Horse Farm. The brown horse has a white blaze on the forehead, as does the colt. The horse is 30 67 0603 and the colt 30 67 0613

Here are photos of the three larger dragons from the Dragons theme.

Other new editions this time – the 123 bird from the Advent Calendar turns out to be dark blue and not black as previously listed.

The seashell hair ornament from the Girls Figures Series 5 in 2013 has now been added.

The Clamshell Box has turned up in Glow in the Dark white. Hopefully this is part of the current assortment at the Funpark? From a set? Thanks to Buecherwurm7 for this info.

Also noticed by Buecherwurm7 is paint variation on the tiger cubs. The first type tiger cub has two different paint styles. Shown as 1 here is what I believe to be the older style based on catalog photos. The newer style (2) is also used on the white tiger cub and the more recent style 2 tiger cub.

Questions about color versus plain white on the first style horse have come up recently so I have added more photos. The best way to quickly tell the color horse apart is by holding it up to the light. If the light shines through the mane then it is in the color plastic, if it doesn’t it is a regular white horse.

In the example here the color horse is the oldest style horse with the letter B on the rear and the larger date and no hole underneath. That is the case on all my color horses but may not be the case on all horses that came in color sets.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your summer – Tiermann

2017-2018 Catalog Out in Germany

The new catalog is out in Germany including releases through January. It is available on the Playmobil.de site, as are the larger photos of the sets in the regular shopping categories.

I have only found three new animals this time. If you notice anything I may have missed please let me know.

In the new Dwarf theme there are two color versions of a new draft pony

In the Fairy Play Mat set there is a frog that looks to be a darker blue than previously seen.

That’s it for new animals, but the Dwarf theme has a bunch of new shields in it.

None of this is up on Animobil yet, I wanted to get the news out first and will add these plus any new part numbers that come from the newly released horse theme as soon as I can.

Thanks for reading – Tiermann

July Update

Thanks to Buecherwurm7 for her help in getting a few new variations for the site.

First up is the first style white and tan spotted pony. There are four very similar ones it turns out. The two main types as seen for a long time on Animobil, and two variations.

The earlier of each type has a broad paint spot on the neck. The second type of each has the peanut shaped spot on the neck.

Here is the new addition to the site – the darker version with the peanut neck spot.

The oldest style one horse with the pinto spots came in two main color variations for the spots, a lighter tan and a darker brown. The tan one has been on the site for years, I’ve now added the brown variation as well.

There is a mold variation on the brown puppy. There are many of them out there with the more steeply curved tail. This shows up otherwise only in the tan spotted puppy so far.

Shark 3 now has better photos. This version is hard plastic with a straight top fin, darker grey above and lighter grey underneath, square jaw hinge and a hole for scenery.

That’s it for additions this month. The new horse farm theme and the How To Train Your Dragon theme will both be out in Germany in the next week or so. New part numbers probably in the next update.

Thanks for reading – Tiermann