10 Best Playmobil Toys in 2018

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A little over forty years ago, a German toy company unveiled a uniquely detailed plastic figure that could fit in the palm of a small child’s hand. Unlike many other figures available at the time, this one could bend at the waist, stand up, sit down, look to the side and hold something in his or her hand. The toy was blessed with a constantly smiling face and oddly similar hairstyle. This was the beginning of Playmobil toys and its long history of themed playsets and figures.

As the story goes, it was the oil crisis of 1973 that caused the focus to shift from larger plastic toys to miniature sets. And so, the small hand-held figure became one of the most popular and profitable toys in the world.

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  • Recommended for ages 6+
  • Approximate size - 17.7 x 10.8 x 17.9 inches (LxWxH)
  • Includes 1 Firehouse, 4 figures and accessories (228 total pieces)
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  • Recommended for ages 4+
  • Approximate size - 23 x 19.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Play area may be larger than 24 inches when assembled
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  • Accessories add to the action
  • Recommended for ages 5 to 10 years
  • Assembly required, parts snap together

Every year, Playmobil updates its toy line with themed sets that speak to a wide range of interests and experiences. This year, the list includes these choices which are some of the best they offer.

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1. Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse

Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse

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Who ‘ya gonna call? If you have a young Ghostbuster fan in the house, it is this set from Playmobil. The nearly 18 inch high model offers all the chaos and spooky happenings of the Ghostbuster movie in a pint sized version. With a total of 228 pieces this set has everything needed to capture and dispose of troublesome spirits. The four Ghostbuster character figures come ready to race off to out in search of ghostly figures.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 6+
  • Approximate size - 17.7 x 10.8 x 17.9 inches (LxWxH)
  • Includes 1 Firehouse, 4 figures and accessories (228 total pieces)
  • Garage Space for Ecto-1 vehicle (sold separately)

Recommended Age
6+ years
Dimensions
17.7 x 10.8 x 17.9 Inches
Our Verdict

This detailed model has multiple opportunities for imaginative play either individually or with a friend. On one side the model is the very image of the exterior of the Ghostbuster Firehouse movie set. Turn this model around and you have three floors that can be filled with equipment, furnishings, and characters to make strange and wonderful things happen.

There is even space for the Ecto-1 vehicle (sold separately). Fill it with the trappings of four crazy people who live and breathe the study of spirits and this house has filled the floor to ceiling with dishes, office equipment, scanners, proton packs, and ectoplasmic blobs.

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2. 9475 Spirit Riding Free Lucky’s House Playset

9475 Spirit Riding Free Lucky's House Playset

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Every imagination needs a good location from which to start and this Spirit Riding Free play set sets the stage for imaginative play on the western frontier. The detailed house includes figures of Lucky, Aunt Cora and Spirit the horse and all kids of accessories to allow individual or group play.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 4+
  • Approximate size - 23 x 19.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Play area may be larger than 24 inches when assembled
  • Set includes 1 house, Lucky and Aunt Cora figures, Spirit figure and many other accessories

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
23 x 19.7 x 4.9 Inches
Our Verdict

A spin-off of the 2002 movie featuring the original Spirit character, this playset has a young horse in a similar storyline who is set free by a newly relocated girl named Lucky. There is nothing more charming and endearing than a girl and her horse. The model is detailed to look just like it does in the newly released animated series and it includes everything from the characters of Aunt Cora and Goose to the furnishings, household items and fencing for Spirit.

Figures bend and have moveable heads to add more realistic action to playtime.

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3. Playground Set

Playmobil Playground Set

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This 92-piece set creates an amazing playground for all Playmobil figures to use and enjoy. The one adult and four child figures that are included can bend at the waist, sit and stand and look right or left for more realistic action. Special features include kite, park bench and cooler.

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Why We Like It

  • Accessories add to the action
  • Recommended for ages 5 to 10 years
  • Assembly required, parts snap together
  • Includes merry-go-round, jungle gym, slide, etc.
  • Box set - 15.7 x 3 x 11.8 inches, size of play area may vary

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
15.7 x 3 x 11.8 Inches
Our Verdict

Learning to assemble any type of model is a learning experience that is hard to duplicate but one that abstract thinking. This set is easily snapped together so that there is no glue or waiting time between steps. Instructions are included. There are no batteries to buy or power packs to engage.

It is colorful and complete with all the components of a real playground. Climb up the ladder, scramble across the bridge, and slide down the slide. These Playmobil figures can have fun in their City Life themed playground.

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4. Police Headquarters with Prison

Police Headquarters with Prison

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Fight crime and put away the bad guys with this 253 piece Police Headquarters with Prison. The large model offers multiple floors and rooms to conduct investigations. The command center allows full surveillance of the prison and high crime areas.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 4+
  • Some assembly required
  • Product Dimensions - 4.9 x 19.7 x 23 inches
  • Includes accessories such as handcuffs, scanner, fingerprint kit, etc.
  • Detailed figures can bend, sit, stand, grasp objects and look sideways

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
4.9 x 19.7 x 23 Inches
Our Verdict

This is a detailed combination of a modern prison complex and police headquarters. Lookout towers and command posts are strategically placed on the corners. Guards are dressed in uniforms and the prisoner has on a striped jumpsuit. Accessories help to apprehend the criminal with high tech scanner and walkie-talkie.

Imagine a prison break or solve a crime in this large realistic set. Set is compatible with other similar themed sets or can be used separately.

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5. Magical Fairy Forest Playset

Magical Fairy Forest Playset

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Create a magical forest with pieces that easily snap together. This set comes with a forest landscape which can be decorated with flowers, vines, and butterflies. Put the tree swing in place for an afternoon of fun for the fairy figures. The landscape comes with caves to search and a throne room setup.

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Why We Like It

  • Some assembly required
  • Recommended for ages 4 to 10 years
  • Product dimensions - 20.3 x 15.2 x 4.9 inches
  • Includes three fairy figures, two unicorns and accessories

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
20.3 x 15.2 x 4.9 Inches
Our Verdict

Magical settings are just the places for creative thinking to run free. The three fairies and two unicorn figures that come with this set can fly to the treetops or search the caves. Jewels can be found under the flowersThe landscapeor magical potions can be cooked up in the cauldron.

When work is done, sit and play the musical instruments that come as accessories. And, of course, before all the fun ends, there is the treasure chest to find.

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6. Hidden Temple with T-Rex Building Set

Hidden Temple with T-Rex Building Set

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If dinosaurs are of interest, this set with a large T-Rex might just be for the young dino fan. The Hidden Temple has multiple features that move to add suspense to the adventure. Some features will glow-in-the-dark if activated with the UV flashlight that is included in the set.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 4+
  • Box Dimensions - 3.5 x 15.2 x 20.3 inches
  • Includes hidden temple set up and posable T-Rex
  • Glow in the Dark features appear when the UV flashlight is used (1 AAA battery required)
  • Comes with a secret heat sensitive map that reveals the hidden path

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
3.5 x 15.2 x 20.3 Inches
Our Verdict

This new set by Playmobil is full of surprises for the explorers as they search for the treasure. Watch the eyes of the temple glow when the light of the UV flashlight hits them. Stand in the lookout station and watch out for the approaching T-Rex. Multiple features including the T-Rex, temple, and plants have parts that move.

The working laser gun turns off automatically to save battery life. Creepy and dangerous from the get-go for those who like to explore the unknown.

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7. Horse Farm Building Set

Horse Farm Building Set

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Recently released, this horse farm set has working stalls and a loft for storing hay and other implements. Saddle the horses and let the rider figures gallop off. Other small animals are included to make the setting just like in the country.

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Why We Like It

  • Some assembly required
  • Recommended for ages 5 to 12 years
  • Box Dimensions - 4.9 x 19.7 x 23 inches
  • Working horse barn with two stables that lead to the outside paddock
  • Includes two figures, two horses, one pony, other farm animals, and farm implements

Recommended Age
5+ years
Dimensions
4.9 x 19.7 x 23 Inches
Our Verdict

Horse ownership is not always possible for most families but there is an undeniable tug between children and horses. This set provides all the tools and figures needed to pretend to care for and learn to ride a horse. The beautifully detailed barn has separate stalls for two horses (included) and all the tools such as feeding buckets, a watering trough, wheelbarrow and pitchfork, and grooming brushes are stored inside.

Customize the names on the stalls or expand the building with a Barn Extension Kit (sold separately) Add more horses and this farm set can become a large collection of stables and animals.

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8. Playmobil Aquarium Building Set

Playmobil Aquarium Building Set

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Create a miniature aquarium and sea animal park with this set that includes a visitor bridge, aquarium tank, and pool and carousel. A trained sea lion figure has head and flippers that move and accessories include a variety of fish and sea life that can be observed. Tank and pool can be filled with water.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 4+
  • Some assembly may be required
  • Product dimensions - 5.6 x 15.2 x 20.3 inches
  • Accessories include three figures, three seats, sea creatures, life ring, and ball

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
5.6 x 15.2 x 20.3 Inches
Our Verdict

From the transparent “viewing cave” which only accommodates child figures to the pool and aquarium tank that can actually be filled with water, this set dazzles the imagination of those with an interest in sea life and water. The three figures can sit and watch the show as the sea lions balance a ball on their noses or take a walk to the rotating carousel.

Clamps on the carousel keep figures in place while kid-power gives them a ride. Perfect for the budding marine biologist.

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9. Ski Lodge Building Set

Ski Lodge Building Set

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Complete with a good amount of snow on the roof, this ski lodge will be a welcome respite from the cold on a snowy, winter day. Enjoy the view from the terrace, sip on a mug of something hot in the dining room or head outside for a race down the slopes. The set even includes a snowman.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 4 to 10 years
  • Some assembly may be required
  • Product dimensions - 4.9 x 15.2 x 20.3 inches
  • Includes multiple room ski lodge, five figures, skis, clothing, furnishings and other accessories

Recommended Age
4+ years
Dimensions
4.9 x 15.2 x 20.3 Inches
Our Verdict

This new look for those fond of winter weather sports has the welcome mat out in more ways than one. The day can start with breakfast in the dining room. It is outside to the equipment rental station to pick up the skis and take a lesson or two.

When the cold gets too much just retire to the loft and take a nap on the bunk beds. Everything down to the mittens and firewood is included in the accessories.

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10. Playmobil NHL Take Along Arena

Playmobil NHL Take Along Arena

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A sure-to-be favorite of the future hockey star in the family, this take-along arena easily converts from an equipment case to an NHL playing rink. Three figures start out the team that is ready for practice or play. The set even includes a first aid kit for those inevitable injuries.

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Why We Like It

  • Recommended for ages 5 to 10 years
  • Some assembly may be required
  • Portable case for on-the-go travel
  • Product dimensions - 20.3 x 13.7 x 5.6 inches
  • Includes one hockey arena, three figures, bench, equipment, etc.

Recommended Age
5+ years
Dimensions
20.3 x 13.7 x 5.6 Inches
Our Verdict

Sometimes it is the flexibility of the set that makes it a winner and that is the case with this travel-ready NHL Arena and locker room. The side panel folds down to become a rink complete with goal net. Hockey sticks, pucks and player bench are waiting in the locker room area.

Set comes with customizing stickers and logos as well as coaching strategies to help the newbies learn to play the game. Empty the toy box and line up all the other Playmobil figures to have a crowd that cheers on the players.

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Buyer’s Guide

Age Recommendations

The Playmobil company is focused on making toys and sets for children four to twelve years of age. Believing that older children do not play with these types of sets, Playmobil tailors the theme of their sets to the interests of the 4-12 age range. The snap together pieces are not so complicated to require adult supervision.

Unlike figures in other similar sets, these can bend at the waist, sit, stand, grasp objects and look to the side to allow more realistic engagement. The trademark face of all Playmobil figure was taken from children’s drawings and presents a happy face at all times.

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Choking Hazards

Many of the small accessory parts in these sets can create a choking hazard if put in the mouth. All sets come with a Warning about the chances of choking on these parts.

Use of Batteries

In general, most Playmobil sets are powered by imagination. In a few cases where there is a special feature that requires power, batteries might be required. For the most part, battery powered features are not required to make the set interesting and workable.

Playmobil vs. LEGO

Playmobil and LEGO have been competitors since the late 1970s. At a quick glance, the products may seem quite similar but there are fundamental differences in the concept and how children interact with the sets. Unlike LEGO sets that only added play figures as an accessory, Playmobil started with its variation of the human figure and focused on its role in the act of play.

Known as a “klicky”, it was designed to be able to “do” something such as bend, sit, stand and such. The face of the figure is always a cherub-like smiling face that was adapted from children’s drawings. The figures have detailed costumes and have ‘hands’ that twist. Playmobil introduced themed sets as a backdrop for their small plastic figure.

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Conversely, LEGO designed its figures to complement its building block construction. As a result, Playmobil sets offer simpler assembly and greater options of imaginative play.

Storage

As with all sets that have small connecting parts, the question of what to do with them when not in play should be considered. Keeping sets in the box is always a good idea but these may not stand up to the wear and tear of regular play. To some degree, Playmobil does have parts and sets that are compatible with each other, but not all parts will work with every set.

Storage containers or large plastic bags can be used to keep instructions and small parts together as much as possible. Small parts should also be kept away from younger children and pets that may choke on these pieces if put in the mouth.

Playmobil Online

Playmobil maintains a website providing information and shopping its complete toy line. As part of that website, it publishes several companion activities, apps, and games for children. Accessible through this link (https://www.playmobil.us/), these activities are available by going to the ‘Play’ section of the main menu. Special rewards and discounts are also available when visiting the site.

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Expert Tip

Like many other toys, Playmobil has developed a following of collectors that search for, display and trade Playmobil sets. Around the global market since 1975, the company produces toy lines in Europe and the USA. Different themed sets are regularly released and older set discontinued. Sets can be found of many online trading and auction sites.

Did you know?

Playmobil toys were created by German hobbyist Hans Beck in the early 1970s. The line has become a competitor of LEGO sets. While both companies create themed sets that require assembly, Playmobil’s main focus is the 3 in (7.5cm) human figure known as a “klicky” instead of the building block.