Playmobil – A Potted History

Playmobil – A Potted History

Playmobil at Silly Billy’s and the History of Playmobil

History 

Playmobil was invented by German inventor Hans Beck (1929–2009), who is often called “The Father of Playmobil”. Beck received training as a cabinet-maker and was an avid creator of model aeroplanes, a product he pitched to the company geobra Brandstätter. The owner of the company, Horst Brandstätter, asked him to develop toy figures for children instead. Beck spent three years from 1971 to 1974 developing what was to become Playmobil.
Beck conducted research that allowed him to develop a toy that would not be too complex and would nevertheless be flexible. He felt that too much complexity would be obstructive to children’s imaginations, and too much rigidity in design and implementation would cause some inevitable frustration for the child. The toy Hans created, at 7.5 cm tall, would fit in a child’s hand and the figurine’s facial design was based on some children’s drawings – a large head, a big smile, and no nose. “I would put the little figures in their hands without saying anything about what they were,” Beck remarked. “The children accepted them right away … They invented little scenarios for them. They never grew tired of playing with them.”
Hans-Beck-PlaymobilThe 1973 oil crisis enabled  Playmobil to be considered a viable product. The rising oil prices imposed which impacted the production of other toys at geobra Brandstätter, for whom Beck worked as Head of Development, demanded that the company focus on products that required less solid plastic material than the hula hoops and other large plastic toys and playthings that the company had been producing.

In 1974, the company put the first sets of Knights, Native Americans, and construction workers on show in its display rooms. Initial visitors did not really take to the toy. Nevertheless, the plastic toys were displayed proactively at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, which was taking place that same year. A Dutch firm agreed to buy a whole year’s production. By the end of the year, geobra Brandstätter had achieved sales of 3 million Deutschmarks with Playmobil – one-sixth of the company’s total sales. Playmobil then began to be sold worldwide in 1975, and has remained a very popular toy ever since.

Playmobil has been a successful toy line for more than 40 years and they have been a major competitor to LEGO toys.
Examples of directly competing toys in both their product line are not hard to find. In the Playmobil toy world, the Playmobil toys are usually realistic, and present accurate representations of arms, armour, costumes, and tools from recognisable time periods. Especially notable for their fine attention to detail are the modern construction and city life toys (cars, cranes, fire-engines, trains, boats, etc.) and the characters that go with them. For Playmobil’s fortieth birthday in 2014 some special products were created and we were lucky enough to have stocked them in our old toy shop

Recently Playmobil have been creating licensed products and we have two of those at Silly Billy’s, both Playmobil Ghostbusters and Playmobil Dragons
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Here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we have one of the finest ranges of Playmobil of any toy shop in the North of England. One customer recently stated that they haven’t seen such a wide range of Playmobil anywhere outside of London ! Here at Silly Billy’s we love it when people review us online so please take the time to do so if you have visited and had a good time! We also have in stock, although in ever diminishing quantities, Playmobil Advent Calendars. Both Playmobil “Christmas on The Farm” 6624 (recommended for ages 4+) and Playmobil 9009, also called “Christmas on The Farm” (suitable for ages 1 to 4). As one of the UK’s leading retailers of Playmobil, Playmobil have very kindly let us have only one of two life-size Playmobil Santa’s that are on display in independent Toy Shops in the UK, if you could send us a picture of the other Playmobil Santa we would be quite interested to know where Santa’s Brother is located. You can do that simply by heading over to Silly Billy’s Facebook Page and sending us a message.
Playmobil Santa

For a chance to WIN some Playmobil, and lots of other exciting toys please visit our Christmas Competition 2017 page

So most of this information I have taken from Wikipedia, which is not always the most reputable source, although I think for this blog post it probably suffices.

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Playmobil Christmas 2017

Playmobil Christmas 2017

Yesterday we had a massive delivery of Playmobil for Christmas 2017

This was assisted with a great delivery driver who unfortunately had a lorry that was too big to bring down Old Gate road. Fortunately, as a friendly and happy chap the driver agreed to shift the 10 big boxes on a barrow into the shop. This was a huge task and the driver helped enormously and this post is to thank him as well, if he manages to read it.
Playmobil Christmas 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playmobil Christmas 2017 Delivery Contents

So in no particular order and also with no prices, if you want to know how much the Playmobil costs then simply pop into our shop in Hebden Bridge or phone us up, we are easy to find through a google search for Silly Billy’s.

  • 4790 Princess with Weaving Wheel
  • 4793 Knight with Dragon
  • 4794 Girl with Guinea Pig
  • 5368 Mother & Child with Changing Table
  • 5369 Tactical Police Dog Unit
  • 5370 Fairy with Otter
  • 5376 Young Explorer with Otter
  • 5380 Dog Walker
  • 5381 Tooth Fairy
  • 5385 Wolf Warrior
  • 5568 Children’s Playground
  • 5573 Mother with Twin Stroller
  • 5648 Police Carry Case
  • 5650 Princess Vanity Carry Case
  • 5651 Fire Rescue Carry Case
  • 5653 Vet Visit Carry Case
  • 5657 Dragon knight’s Carry Case
  • 5669 Club Set Camping
  • 6133 Farm Animal Pen
  • 6139 Woman with cat Family
  • 6140 Rabbit Pen with Hutch
  • 6624 Advent Calendar “Christmas On The Farm”
  • 6671 Summer Camper
  • 6685 Ambulance with Lights and Sound
  • 6773 1.2.3 Airport Shuttle Bus
  • 6789 Fire Rescue Helicopter
  • 6862 Take Along Fashion Boutique
  • 6888 Camp Site with LED Fire
  • 6890 Biking Trip
  • 6892 Whitewater Rafters
  • 6947 Country Horseback Ride
  • 6965 Farmer’s Wife with Hens
  • 6966 Parents with Baby Cradle
  • 6967 Ladder Unit Fire Truck
  • 9008 Advent Calendar “Royal Ice Skating Trip”
  • 9009 1.2.3 Advent Calendar
  • 9219 Ghostbusters Firehouse
  • 9221 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • 9222 Slimer with Hot Dog Stand
  • 9224 Spengler with Ghost

So there lies the recent huge delivery of Playmobil for Christmas 2017.
Besides all of the Playmobil listed above, we have even more Playmobil at Silly Billy’s, though to view the entire range of Playmobil we would recommend that you come and visit our shop in the wonderful Pennine Hills, nestled neatly in the Calder Valley.

We also have some fantastic Playmobil Advent Calendars all at £19.99Playmobil Advent Calendar

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Playmobil Ghostbusters

Playmobil Ghostbusters

Playmobil Ghostbusters – New Playmobil

We have just received a pallet and more full of exciting New Playmobil, including the all singing, all dancing Playmobil Ghostbusters. The Playmobil Ghostbusters range has an entry price of £5.99 for Spengler and Ghost (9224), The ghost figures are luminous and light up when the lights are switched off. Plus other accessories include a Detachable proton pack and proton wand accessory, opening ghost trap, and a PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy. All pretty cool and for only £5.99.
9224 Playmobil GhostbustersThen at the other end of the price scale we have Playmobil Ghosbusters Firehouse at £59.99 (9219) which has a large roller gate that can be opened by pulling it up, additionally there is parking space in the underground car park for the Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car, which is available separately  (Playmobil item no. 9220). The ghosts caught during ghost-busting action can be held in the red “Ghost Containment Unit” in the basement. To place ghosts in the Ghost Containment Unit, open the red flap, slide the ghost trap into the slot provided and flip the switch.
– Incl. Ray Stantz in Ghostbusters outfit, Egon Spengler in a lab coat, Janine as the secretary to Keymaster Louis Tully, and the Library Ghost.
– Figures can be attached to the fireman’s pole and slide down, to leap into action as quickly as possible.
– The Ghostbusters lab with various accessories is on the first floor.
– The office with accessories is on the second floor.
– Other accessories: Detachable proton pack and proton wand, opening ghost trap, PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy, and a silicone slime blower which sticks to smooth surfaces.
All in all Playmobil Ghosbusters Firehouse is a very exciting set for the young Playmobil enthusiast and we are happy to be stocking it here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in our twentieth anniversary year, not as old as Ghostbusters with their first movie release being in 1984 and the latest movie release last year.
Playmobil Ghostbusters

We have also received a raft of Playmobil Carry Cases, starting at only £7.99, really exciting Playmobil that’s easily portable for holidays and getaways and to use whilst travelling in cars, trains and aeroplanes. The Playmobil Carry Case is a fast-moving line at Silly Billy’s so get them whilst they are available.

  • Police Carry Case (5648) £7.99
  • Princess Vanity Carry Case (5650) £7.99
  • Fire Rescue Carry Case (5651) £7.99
  • Backyard Barbecue Carry Case (5649) £7.99
  • Pirate Raft Carry Case (5655) £7.99
  • Vet Visit Carry Case (5653) £7.99
  • Fantasy Horse Carry Case (5656) £9.99
  • Fashion Boutique (5652) £9.99
  • Dragon Knights (5657) £9.99
    Playmobil May 2017

We also have some new and exciting Playmobil 1.2.3. for the younger Playmobil lovers, under threes as the name suggests.
Playmobil 1.2.3 May 2017

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