Monday, March 30, 2009

24 Arabian Thieves

Tomb robbers from the Playmobil 09' Egyptians theme makes up my little band of Arabian bandits! They will be needin some camels & horses to get around!

Friday, March 20, 2009


My playmobil western theme HOLY GRAIL in-hand! The score now stands at 2 of 4. This is a childhood dream come true, guys around my age may have faint memory of this train running over their heads while dining at a local Mac Donald's outlet a long time ago... The steam engine & the two passenger cars in-tow just need the tracks & transformer speed control! The playmobil trains are in G scale, a popular scale for collectors of train sets (G scale = approx 1/24 scale). I might be looking out for the the cattle/freight & the money train carriages when this train is up & running!

4054 Western Locomotive:

President Abe Lincoln (not from tis train set) seen here officially welcoming "Steaming Mary".

4120 Western Passenger Car:

History time: Steam trains dominated railroad usage from the start of the 19th century, until the end of the 20th Century. Starting in
1804 (in Great Britain), steam locomotives were developed, used & gradually improved for the last 150 years. However steam locomotives were gradually superseded by diesel and electric locomotives from the1930's.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Home Sweet Home: Fort Glory

Here are some quick pictures of my second set of Playmobil 3806 Fort Glory. Home & HQ of my US Cavalry. This one was missing the watch tower & minor small parts & it only cost 30% of the complete one, so it was good enuff reason to get it! Currently trying to recover the missing bits from the seller. I plan to use it as an extension to my other set! Two fort is better then one!

U.S. Army cavalry units are a mounted force of the United States Army that originated in 1776, during the Revolutionary War. The role of the cavalry is reconnaissance, security and mounted assault, and the cavalry has served as a part of the Army force in every war the United States has participated in. The cavalry has its origins and traditions as a horse-mounted force which played an important role in extending United States governance into the Western United States - Wikipedia

Monday, March 16, 2009

Home Sweet Home: Viking Langhus

Playmobil 3151 Viking Longhouse is the stronghold where my 3150 Viking Longboat returns to after each successful raid of their southern borders. The playset has a watch tower & hut set on top of the rocks, & with stone steps along the high walls leading down to the ship dock. The parts from 4433 Viking Fortress will be a good addition to this set, as it will give extra hight to the watch tower, expand the area of the longhouse & add a watery prison cell for the Vikings enemies! The trouble is finding it...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Playmobil Booty!

My local Playmobil shop manager gave me this 2009 "Drachenland" figure. Discovered on Playmobil Germany site that this figure will come with the 4835 Große Drachenburg set. "Thank You For Your Visit" is printed at the bottom corner of pack, could this be a gift when one visits the playmo factory/office?

Funny tat "Drachenland" translates to "Kite Land" on Babel Fish, I would think that it should be "Dragon Land". The wing thingy on figure is pretty cool, but the recent dark knight themes are just not my cup of tea.

Added info:
I have just been informed by Playmobil guru 091 that
this was a giveaway from the 2009 Germany toy fair in Nuremberg & it was limited to the first 60th visitor only... Wow! I am shocked!

Other recent playmobil buys...
4275 Battle Tower:

4294 Lighthouse Fortress:

5779 Skeleton Shipwreck:

4593 Chef:

4594 Magician:

Thanx to Jorge for picking up the last 2 from Kuala Lumpur.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Naval Clipper Schooner Ship

According to wikipedia:
A clipper was a very fast sailing ship of the 19th century that had multiple masts and a square rig. They were generally narrow for their length, could carry limited bulk freight, small by later 19th century standards, and had a large total sail area. Clipper ships were mostly made in British and American shipyards, though France, the Netherlands and other nations also produced some. Clippers sailed all over the world, primarily on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and its colonies in the east, in trans-Atlantic trade, and the New York-to-San Francisco route round Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush. Dutch clippers were built beginning in 1850s for the tea trade and passenger service to Java.

A schooner (pronounced /ˈskuːnɚ/) is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts. Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, and further developed in North America from the early 18th century onwards.

Multiple masts and a square rig? Fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts?
I am confused... I don't see any on this Playmobil 3055 naval clipper schooner ship... I guess it is a water-ed down version of a combine clipper & schooner, confuse? But I think the white hull & the classy blue/white sails are beautiful, & makes the ship very British lookin too. The Playmobil Collector book has a rating of "Very Rare" for this toy. I am just glad I got it off a Dutch collector (who is giving up tis hobby) for a very good price.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Spanish Armada

The Spanish Armada (Armada Española) is one of the oldest active naval forces in the world with it's roots beginning in the 13th century. The Armada is responsible for notable achievements in world history such as the discovery of America, the first world circumnavigation, and the discovery of a maritime path from the Far East to America (Urdaneta's route). For three centuries the Spanish Navy formed part of a vast trade network that sailed the Pacific from Asia to America and the Atlantic from America to Europe escorting the galleon convoys -

I recently converted my 5736 Blackbeards Pirate Ship into a Spanish galleon. Made possible with vintage sail & mast add-on sets (7310, 7311). Made the deal thru The fabric sails made all the difference! My whole Spanish naval team was from ebay! (SGD$6.50 each)

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