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Playmobil thread Soldier 12/08/2019 (Sun) 18:59:24 No. 174
So Playmobil movie got released... anyway let's talk about Playmobil!

p.s. how would you fix the Playmobil movie?
i dont really get where playmobil fits in.
They are not building blocks, and as figures they feel too stiff.
Who are supposed to compete against in terms of toys?
I know its an old brand thats still around. But i dont get the appeal.
>>175
They are against Lego despite being different in terms of gimmick, however their similar in the sense of having variety of themes using the same base figure.

I'd say Lego is more for building while Playmobil is more for dioramas (since it have sleeker and more complete look).

In the end of day both Lego and Playmobil have variety of different world settings with figures, playsets and vehicles to offer. In that sense they're both like enormous classic action figure line.
Yet, Playmobil is more in line with regular action figures.

>as figures they feel too stiff
They just lack the additional separated leg movement, which is a bit of a shame, but otherwise they're the same as Lego. Also Imaginext (which is a great toyline on it's own) share the same articulation as Playmobil.
>>175
Playmobil is more for roleplaying for kids, which is why it isn't a building system and the figures are simplistic with 6 POA. I like some of the historical stuff because it's the only toy brand that actually puts out historical toys, but there isn't that much to do with them like action figures or other toys. Its too static to really be used in dioramas or even photography.
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With all the Black Friday and holiday season sales, I got two new sets. One of which I wanted for quite some time; 9472 Winter Phoenix. The other set I got is 9344 Dwarf King with Guards, not a set I wanted in particular, but I already have 9345 Dwarf Fighter with Pony to go along with and I thought the additional weapons would be nice.

Both sets are pretty neat, but the one that I happened to look forward to, have some defects and shortcomings which I'll address in detail in the upcoming posts.
>>179
First, I'll do mini review for the Dwarf King with Guards set.

All three figures are different enough from one another, which is great and nice touch considering they could easily excuse using the same "royal" guard figure.

The set comes with great variety of accessories, notably the weapons and shields (pic related).

The huge carrying shield is quite weird (and impractical) choice, but also neat and fairly original. I will note the pattern on it is quite dull and not impressive as you would expect from shield that meant to carry a king.

I used the side clips of the shield for the figures to carry, rather than the front ones like in the promo pics. I find it more stable and easy to do.

The king figure is a bit disappointing; as you can see in the pics he share pretty much the same mold with my dwarf fighter, or Finley as I named him. I understand the need to reuse mold (it's Playmobil after all), but a king figure deserves and should have more unique mold. In addition, the king weapons, mostly the sword, are very plain and not majestic at all (molding it in gold plastic, doesn't change it, Geobra).

Overall, despite the few nitpicks I have, it's a very great set.
>>180
I almost forgot to mention, Finley have a nicer sheath than the king.
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>>179
As I've mentioned previously, I really wanted this set. My main draw was the PhoenixXfigure combo and I'm almost certain the Phoenix is a complete new mold. This set reminds me of Playmobil Dragons theme, which was easily on their greatest themes IMHO and I believe they took a note from it while making this set. When I first saw it, I hoped for an entire line of figurexbeast sets , but alas (the theme is still great and I like the story of winter princess forbidden romance with the spring prince). I still hope for one...

The Phoenix' sculpt and paint is beautiful; there is use of six different color molded plastic and 4 different paints. The sitting era for the figure isn't too intrusive and blended quite well.
It have 6 PoA: neck, tail, wings and legs. The articulation is decent, however I wish the head could look down (looking up is fantastic) and the wings could be completely folded downwards.
I'm truly fond of this new mold and hope to see fire version in a boys theme to contrast.

In addition, the Phoenix have some customizability by adding decorations in the wings and in the tail (3 at each), I like this feature a lot. Which brings me to the accessories; the set comes with a chest, a key, decorations for the Phoenix (9 stars, 6 green flowers, 9 white ribbons, 4 big blue ribbons and 5 purple flowers) and a spare tiara and bracelet. They key is meant to interact with a different set, which is a bit of a bummer, but understandable (collect them all!).

Apparently, the Phoenix is able to hold the chest, but because the handle is short, it can only hold it in one feet at time. To my great disappointment, it cannot hold figures, the holding section is just too wide. I don't see the point in this feature which allows the Phoenix to hold one very specific item, instead of multitype of items and figures, what a wasted opportunity!

As for the female wizard figure, unfortunately her left eye is smudged and her left arm have sleeve in brighter non-shimmery plastic which sucks. In regard to general issue, I wish Playmobil would give their black figures the same eyes and mouth like regular figures, but in black (as they do for the tanned figures). The white eyes and mouth look creepy and out of place, and to add insult to injury they don't bother to give black female figures eyelashes and thus look even weirder and uglier. Specifically for this figure, they should've gone with a face up similar to the fairy figure (pic related), it would give the figure more wizardry character rather this happy~surprised/"harold hides the pain" expression.

To sum up, I still think it's a wonderful set. It does have it flaws (the figure design and worse of all the disappointing carrying feature), but I would still recommended it.
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>>180
Very cool. Thanks Anon!
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>>179
>>180
The Playmobile fantasy line is something I've always wanted to get into, but now that they have dwarves I don't think I have an excuse not to buy them now. Think I'll go with the army builders, they're decent for their price. I much prefer the alternative version to the dwarf king as he looks ready for battle.

>>182
Reminds me of the Lego Elves line. Kind of annoying that the girls line is filled with extra accessories and more customisation than the boys though.
>the female wizard figure
>to add insult to injury they don't bother to give black female figures eyelashes and thus look even weirder and uglier
Jesus, honestly thought it was a man at first. It's definitely something Playmobil needs to work on.
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The History line is also very good and it would be nice to see them expand into further areas, such as Greeks, Persians, etc and other time periods. I'd kill for an Aztec line.
>>183
You're welcome!

>>184
>Think I'll go with the army builders, they're decent for their price
Indeed, shame the only dwarf female is part of this set.

>I much prefer the alternative version to the dwarf king as he looks ready for battle.
I agree, he looks better and more unique.

>Reminds me of the Lego Elves line
Probably because of the purple color scheme and the mythical creature. I actually own one Elves set, it's cute but nothing more. While Lego and Playmbil boys sets may be on par, the Playmobil girls sets are far better than the Lego girls sets; much more play value and more appealing designs.

>Kind of annoying that the girls line is filled with extra accessories and more customisation than the boys though
The girls line should have some advantages over the boys line:^)

>but now that they have dwarves I don't think I have an excuse not to buy them now
So we have humans, dwarfs, trolls, wizards...now we only need Elves.Also, better dragons could be nice.
Playmobil Elves when?


>>185
>The History line is also very good and it would be nice to see them expand into further areas
Sadly, looks like the history line comes to an end or being put off to the side for awhile. The only new sets are very basic and shop exclusive.

>I'd kill for an Aztec line
Same
>yfw you will never own Aztec human sacrifice playset
It hurts
>>194
>Playmobil Elves when
Wood elves would be absolutely amazing, think of all those cool tree forts and hidden traps that would be incorporated into the sets.
>Sadly, looks like the history line comes to an end or being put off to the side for awhile. The only new sets are very basic and shop exclusive.
Shit. Looks like I'll buy them some time soon then, rather than waiting for anything more.
>yfw you will never own Aztec human sacrifice playset
Lol, the sacrifce table should have a catapult function so the dead body can be flung down the pyramid
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>>196
>Wood elves would be absolutely amazing, think of all those cool tree forts and hidden traps that would be incorporated into the sets
Play value wise sounds neat, however I was thinking more in line of Tolkien Elves (I know, I know) which makes quite sense seeing how the existing Dwarfs also fit Tolkien description.

>Lol, the sacrifce table should have a catapult function so the dead body can be flung down the pyramid
Add to that a Clicky heart accessory to hold which would never happen, sigh.

Speaking of Playmobil fantasy line, there's new theme called Novelmore, it's not released yet all over the world.
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The wolf carriage is probably my favorite
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>>202
Last but not least, the two main big playsets of this theme
>>200
that Fireball monster feels straight out of final Fantasy
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>>199
Both of those are instant buys, I hope they are decently priced

>>200
Figures are cool looking but not sold on the fire elemental. Hate to be a downer but it looks hollow and just isn't expressive enough for me. Will buy the dragon set if it's priced alright, otherwise I'll wait for the sales.

>>201
Wolf carriage seems straight out of Warhammer Fantasy (minus the baroque designs, of course), I like it. Perfect mix of cool and funny. The blacksmith character from the ballista is a must-have for me.

>>202
Excellent set

>>203
I like them but I can't help but get the feeling that it'll be too expensive.


There's also an Advent Calendar, so I'm hoping there's more pics to follow.
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https://novelmore.playmobil.com/novelmore.html?lang=en

>After decades of peace and stagnation in the kingdom of Novelmore, the old conflict between the heroic knights of Novelmore and the rebellious Burnham Raiders is beginning to reignite.
>Novelmore is the ancient capital of a once mighty kingdom, in which every form of innovation and change is forbidden. But change is hard to stop…

>Arwynn is the son of King John and a freeminded, adventurous young man. Often he sneaks out of the castle to have fun with the locals at the Novelmore tavern. He also likes to disappear on incognito adventures, travelling deep into foreign realms.
>Dario Da Vanci works as the royal caretaker in the Grand Castle of Novelmore. At night, he covertly works on many genius inventions within his secret workshop.
>Gwynn trains the kingdom‘s wolves, but her big dream is to become the first ever female knight.
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>Bayron leads the Burnham Raiders. Although he can be quite charming at times, he is also very easily irritated. This ignites the fire that fuels the Burnham Raiders.
>Brody comes back from a long journey through the realms and is determined to transform the Burnham Raiders into a less chaotic bunch.
>Kahboom is a master of mischief and is named after his love of fireworks. He enjoys causing trouble, especially when it involves Bayron Burnham.

>The magical armour is able to make anyone invincible. When its creators realized the incredible power held by the armour, they feared the consequences if it would fall into the hands of someone with evil intent. Which is why they decided to hide it where no one would find it.
>>208
>Both of those are instant buys, I hope they are decently priced
I'll get the wolf pack for sure, as for Kahboom I'm not completely sure. I'm planning to take the bow and arrow weapons and give them to Gwynn so she will be an archer RPG archetype (I might give her a different name as well).

>Figures are cool looking but not sold on the fire elemental. Hate to be a downer but it looks hollow and just isn't expressive enough for me
IMO the fire theme is well done, on the other hand the water theme is almost non-existent...the only hint for that are the few translucent water-splash-like missiles in three sets. If it wasn't for the fire theme to contrast, you would never know the other team use water element.

>Excellent set
I like this one too, mainly for the wizard figure. They should've gave the bad guy (Brody) angry eyebrows.

>I like them but I can't help but get the feeling that it'll be too expensive
I know, but they seem really cool and big playsets have become so rare, so I'm contemplating whether should I get them and I don't have any big Playmobil playsets including castles.

I lean more towards the Burnham Raiders which is overall cooler and more interesting (the modified fire castle, the badass sparkly fire horse, the post-apocalyptic dwarf, etc). The Novelmore set is also tempting but mostly due to all the varied accessories.

>>209
>>210
It's interesting to see Playmobil doing full stories with named characters and more detailed looking figures, focusing more on Sci-Fi and fantasy and less on realism lately. I know many older fans don't like this new direction, but I for one, welcome it. I only fear that they will dropped the Princess theme completely which sadly seems to be the case, may the newer themes will be able to capture it's charm and look.

As for the story of this theme, I'd say it's not half bad, the only downside is that all the story revolves around and ends with getting that magical (plot) armor (Playmobil tolkienism intensifies, for better and for worse). Maybe I'm just too harsh on story that aimed for little kids.
I've been thinking of buying some sets and sending them to American reviewers on YouTube as to expose the toyline and garner interest among burgers. Anyone have any objections to this?
>>213
While it could be a good idea (especially after the disastrous movie), please refrain from turning this thread into youtube drama as it breaks rule no.7, it's preferable to focus on the toys themselves. Anyway, which sets have you thought to send as good Playmobil representatives? Do you own those sets?
>>213
Nice idea but ultimately I don't think it would work. Even if it somehow creates an interest in Playmobil I don't see how Playmobil themselves would suddenly break into US markets. I think the movie was an attempt at that bt it backfired badly.
>>211
I think the story is just there to interest children and provide a simple narrative for children to work on. I don't expect much either, but I guess it isn't aimed at adult collectors.
>may the newer themes will be able to capture it's charm and look.
It would be a shame if they were to lose their charm as it is such an integral part of Playmobil
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>>227
>aimed at adult collectors
Looks like Playmobil have been trying to reach out that market lately, with their Ghostbusters theme and now the upcoming Scooby Doo and Back to the Future themes.

I'm really excited about the full functioning, solid and affordable DeLorean, this set just can't get any sooner.

>It would be a shame if they were to lose their charm as it is such an integral part of Playmobil
Indeed, also going full license shit like Lego would be bad.
>>230
DeLorean is definitely cool, even people who don't buy Playmobil will probably get this for BTTF action figures. Don't know if the Scooby Doo theme is aimed at adult collectors though, it still seems to be a relevant IP with children and the blind bag gimmick seems more child-oriented. Definitely getting the 1955 pack at least.
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>>232
>will probably get this for BTTF action figures
I doubt there is any that could sit inside, even old GI Joe figures can't fully sit inside of a Playmobil vehicle.

>Don't know if the Scooby Doo theme is aimed at adult collectors though, it still seems to be a relevant IP with children
It's for both, consider that Scooby Doo originally came out in the 70's and add to that WB made some direct to DVD movies. Think about something like TMNT which have both kids and adult fans.

>the blind bag gimmick seems more child-oriented
I know, but the monsters inside are based on the ones from the original cartoon.

>Definitely getting the 1955 pack at least
It's tempting but nowhere near as the DeLorean, I kinda want it for the sake of unique clickys rather than the BTTF context.
>>232
People who buy playmobil just for licenseshit should fuck off once the theme is done and over with.
>>261
They would anyway...
Few licenseshit is a good thing as you said by yourself, it can bring people who usually don't buy Playmobil.

P.S. The 2020 US catalog just came out https://www.playmobil.us/content/katalogviewer/KatalogViewer.html#65
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>>261
Problem is if it sells really well Playmobil may renew the contract to continue making more toys (look at Lego Star Wars).

>>263
Not bad, though it pains me to see the fantasy line reduced to 1 page - a decade ago it was a big part of the catalog. It must have been sidelined for the Novelmore line. I've posted some of the highlights of the catalog; the Special Plus line is always great, the Crystal Palace line is oddly charming, and some of the figures from Series 17 and 18 definitely interest me,
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>>266
>Problem is if it sells really well Playmobil may renew the contract to continue making more toys (look at Lego Star Wars)
Thankfully, Playmobile license stuff aren't from franchises that last like SW. Also they may have to do that to justify the unique molds they would never get to reused afterwards.
Ghostbusters and Dragons themes are still running.

>though it pains me to see the fantasy line reduced to 1 page - a decade ago it was a big part of the catalog
You mean the Knights theme? Despite the use of Dragons etc, it felt fairly realistic, I much prefer the Novelmore reincarnation. However, I do miss the Fairies line even though it declined near the end.

>the Special Plus line is always great
Agreed. I like the Witch, Mini-Golf set and the Kart thbest out of the new ones.

>the Crystal Palace line is oddly charming
Defiantly.
While it does a feel bit messy and not cohesive enough, it does have some great sets (e.g. Winter Phoenix)
I think in general Playmobil are just far more creative and bold with their girls themes.

Besides the new Novelmore and BTTF which I already gave my thoughts on, the other highlights for me are the new Magic- Magical Mermaid World and EverDreamerz theme.

The mermaid theme has much greater variety of sets than the winter and it feels better tightened together.
The Ammonoid carriage is freaking awesome and the mermaid family is really cute. Not to mention, Playmobil improved their mermaid mold, giving them bigger tailt with extra point of articulation which is really nice.

EverDreamerz...I never thought I will see the day of Playmobil creating theme with misspelling and with the typical "Z , how the mighty have fallen. Regardless of the "try hard" trendy name and the bling bag crap gimmick (since, you know what character you, it's not actuslly blind bag and therefore forgiven), it's really fun looking and creative line. I like the candy theme going on, my oinly issue is they're using the old female body mold for main characters instead of the new slender one, they've created for Super 4 and being used for the Spirit line.
*Who would've thought Lego would become the more educational and "boring" toy than Playmobil?! Overall Playmobil girl themes have always been superior to the Lego ones with the exception of forgotten Scala.

*see all the stupid STEM pandering in Friends line
>>269
The Mermaid line is alright, but doesn't stand out for me. The marble run is cool but lacks the modularity that old Playmobil would've had.

The concept of Ever Dreamerz is interesting but can't say I like the girls that much - the anime style doesn't fit with Playmobil's simplistic aesthetic. Some of the background characters look decent, such as Mr Chocolicious, Mr Rides, and Mrs Milkshake. The next series seems to be comic books, so I wonder what that'll bring.

>Who would've thought Lego would become the more educational and "boring" toy than Playmobil?!
I think its because Lego has the already established brand that they can afford to branch out more while Playmobil doesn't have that big of a fanbase so they need to play to what is popular.
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>>283
>The marble run is cool
Huh? Which toy you refer to?

>but lacks the modularity that old Playmobil would've had
Sounds interesting, can you elaborate? The only modularity I can think of in playmobil is holding different items by different klickys and klicys can change and swap some parts between them.

>anime style
I wouldn't call it that, it is more stylized and detailed, but besides the bright hair colors, there's nothing anime-esque in their designs. Their faces look exactly like the existing Spirit line (if only they had the same bodies too).

>Mrs Milkshake
Se's easily my favorite one from the *blind bag

*I just noticed it does have some blind bag crap, bummer, I hope there will be cods.

>The next series seems to be comic books, so I wonder what that'll bring
So quickly?! I thought this gonna be a candy themed line, at least for a while. That's kind of disappointing.
Also
>Playmobil finally doing capeshit
I guess it was inevitable

>they can afford to branch out more while Playmobil doesn't have that big of a fanbase so they need to play to what is popular
I'm thinking it should be vice versa, I mean Playmobil for years have been known for being the more educational, kid friendly alternative toyline to Lego. It's weird to see them suddenly rebranding and throwing away their past image.
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>Huh? Which toy you refer to?
Look at the mermaids line, they all come with marbles (called pearls) and the biggest set, Mermaid Cove, is basically just a marble run.
>Sounds interesting, can you elaborate?
The marble run doesn't offer much opporutinity to rebuild into different setups r even extend it, which I think old Playmobil would've had. Like how you could buy set extension parts straight from Paymobil so you could add to a Playmobil house to make it bigger.
>I wouldn't call it that
The bright, multicoloured hair and the stylized non-traditional eyes look at least anime-inspired. Now that I look at it, its probably just to appeal to girls more considering the Spirit theme.
>So quickly?! I thought this gonna be a candy themed line, at least for a while. That's kind of disappointing.
If you look in the bottom right it shows that series 2 is coming soon and I assume its comic book related as it looks like it.
>I guess it was inevitable
At least it isn't licensed, so Playmobil can do what they want with the theme and won't pay through the nose for licensing.
>>289
Ahh...I see what you mean now.
It's a bit of shame, but I don't think a specific fantasy theme could've so much modularity in the first place.

>Like how you could buy set extension parts straight from Paymobil
>mfw there's no Playmobil store for my country
Oof

>stylized non-traditional eyes
On second thought, they do look like an anime eyes, but much older style like 90's-2000's anime.

>At least it isn't licensed, so Playmobil can do what they want with the theme and won't pay through the nose for licensing
Yeah, that''s good, I'm intrigued to see what they will come up with.
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Some Toyfair pics
Not a lot of new stuff; a few Novelmore sets and Ever Dreamerz wave 2.

Pics were taken from - https://www.figures.com/2020/02/24/new-york-toy-fair-2020-playmobil/

I hope IdleHandsBlog and Toy Hype USA will take better pics so I'll post more.
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Playmobil booth walkthrough:
First video is in Spanish -
https://invidio.us/watch?v=zVqsYaPQfUA&autoplay=0&continue=0&dark_mode=true&listen=0&local=1&loop=0&nojs=0&player_style=youtube&quality=dash&thin_mode=false
Second video is in English, but boy is the presentor suck at her job- https://invidio.us/watch?v=w7RsjLCwzMg&autoplay=0&continue=0&dark_mode=true&listen=0&local=1&loop=0&nojs=0&player_style=youtube&quality=dash&thin_mode=false

P.S. I was surprised to see Playmobil coffin (which is part of Scooby Doo playset), is it a new part or a reused mold? I know they have coffins for mummies, but never thought they will/have regular onesSpooky
>>375
I wasn't really sold on them but seeing the amount of the accessories that come with me is definitely swaying me.

>>376
Strange choice of comic book characters - I was expecting something closer to superhero designs from the golden era of comic books, but some of these are just as good if not better. Fast food guy, skater guy, the fottballer, and the clown(?) all look great. The Scooby Doo line is incredibly disappointing though, they just look bad. I can't put my finger on it but the feel off. The only one that looks semi-decent is the clown.
>is it a new part or a reused mold?
New by the looks. The only coffins I've seen are the mummy ones and there was a vampire one not so long ago.
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>I wasn't really sold on them but seeing the amount of the accessories that come with me is definitely swaying me
I heard they will come with a bracelet and I imagined a few accessories, but this much better than I expected. Also the packaging isn't nearly as wasteful as other blind bags (everything is made of paper/cardboard). For blind bag crap, I gotta say it's quite impressive and has really great value.

From wave 1, I want Starleen, Mrs Milkshake and Lady Nightmare.
I may grab Mr. Dentist, Kimby (the lemon girl without a cape) and Clare.
I'm still bummed that they didn't use the teenager/slender body from Spirit for the main girls.

>Strange choice of comic book characters - I was expecting something closer to superhero designs from the golden era of comic books
Yeah, it's weird they went with comic as format motif rather than capeshit genre itself.

>but some of these are just as good if not better. Fast food guy, skater guy, the fottballer, and the clown(?) all look great
I don't know, imo wave 2 is weaker and less good than wave 1. Not to mention, one of the villainess holds a boo sign which so fucking gay muh cyberbulling
I also like the fast food guy, the pencil girl is kinda cute and my favorite one with the unicorn hat very lego-esuqe

>The Scooby Doo line is incredibly disappointing though, they just look bad. I can't put my finger on it but the feel off. The only one that looks semi-decent is the clown
I'm not a Scooby Doo fan by any means, but I think they look decent and looks like Playmobil put a lot effort into giving them a great play value such as adding ghost card to every set which can be used for the Mystery Machine.
BTW, I forgot to mention new Scooby Doo sets were also shown at Toyfair.

>and there was a vampire one not so long ago
I checked it out; it was part of carrying set from 2018. I dislike it's coffin design, hopefully they will release another one soon as Playmobil Special or as part of smaller set.
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>For blind bag crap, I gotta say it's quite impressive and has really great value.
That's Playmobil's style - the don't fuck you over for what you get.
>I don't know, imo wave 2 is weaker and less good than wave 1.
You misunderstand, I meant that some of the wave 2 figures look better than if they'd gone down the route of making them look like Golden Age comic superheroes
>I dislike it's coffin design
The only problem for me is it can't really be repurposed outside of use for a monster. A plainer one would've been better, but I guess it isn't befitting of Dracula to have a pauper's coffin
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>That's Playmobil's style - the don't fuck you over for what you get
Yes, that's also why we like Playmobil.

>You misunderstand, I meant that some of the wave 2 figures look better than if they'd gone down the route of making them look like Golden Age comic superheroes
No, I understood that. Regardless I think this wave is inferior to wave 1.
>A plainer one would've been better
That's definitely a case of more is less
>but I guess it isn't befitting of Dracula to have a pauper's coffin
Maybe it's true, but still the design is rather ugly and silly (why Dracula need a coffin with a golden bat and pirates' flag) imo.

More sites/people covered Playmobil this year, however the coverage was very poor and minimal. Meaning, Playmobil have succeeded to caught the attention of the licenseshitters and the blindbagcrappers , hopefully they will eventually learn to appreciate Playmobil on it's own ,but I'm highly doubt it.

ToyHypeUsa only took video this year and it was just of Scooby Doo and BTTF. Asmazine didn't upload any Toyfair 2020 images and IdleHandsBlog didn't take a video of their booth, maybe he will upload images later on.

So sadly, looks like the site I previously mentioned and this flickr account- https://www.flickr.com/photos/j-dolls/albums/72157713310500513/page2 have the best images from Toyfair 2020.

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