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Playmobil Toy Fair 2014 40th Birthday Knight Playmobil, 2014
Day #887: March 28, 2014
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Toy Fair 2014 Boy Exclusive

Playmobil Toy Fair 2014 Set
Item No.:
No. n/a
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: Birthday shield, sword, helmet, feather, swan
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: free
Availability: February 2014
Other: Free is good

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Playmobil Toy Fair 2014 40th Birthday KnightEvery year at New York's Toy Fair, there's a Playmobil booth - and generally the nice lady out front will let you take one, or two of the promotional figures. Most years have two, this time around we saw a 40th Birthday Knight and a matching Queen/Princess. There have been numerous fantastic toys in four decades, and the company reigns supreme in Germany and does very well in Europe. Here in the USA, it's been increasingly tougher to walk into a store and find these toys - big box stores have more or less completely dropped them, making them a bit more of a prize for the collector that still goes on toy runs. Rarely is the figure at Toy Fair a genuine exclusive - usually it's a special packaged version of a figure from a bigger set, but this one seems unique to the various Toy Fairs around the world so far.

As always, the figure is about 3-inches tall. Not as always, it has a unique shield that is arguably the selling point. It reads: "40 Playmobil Happy Birthday!" This kind of promotional figure is the kind of thing I live for, as LEGO rarely puts out a minifigure with its own logo on its chest, and Playmobil doesn't do that either. Seeing this kind of on-toy branding is pretty unusual, so it's automatically awesome. The amror is painted gold, and some assembly is required - getting that swan to sit on his helmet was a finger-smashing pain in the neck. The sword and shield fit nicely on his hands, and the feathers pop right in place.

Playmobil Toy Fair 2014 40th Birthday Knight

The coloring of the Knight is quite striking, even without the promotional boost. Blue arms and red pants pop out from under the gold nicely, with a rather cheery, festive demeanor around his smiling, stubble-covered face. His chest armor also has more sculpted detail than most figures, which is nice considering that this is clearly meant to be an especially special figure.

Playmobil Toy Fair 2014 40th Birthday KnightThe sword is... a sword. It doesn't do anything too interesting, but it does fit in his belt quite nicely. The shield has no problems being held in his hands, once again proving that there's a real reason to make toys for kids rather than collectibles for old people. Don't get me wrong, I like Marvel Legends, but how many of those can stay standing on a shelf for years at a time? I've never had a Playmobil figure nosedive on me. Or fail to hold an accessory. Or fail to fit in a vehicle. They make it work, which is why it's disappointing they won't do licensed characters.

As a souvenir from attending a trade show, this is one of my favorites. He'll go on the shelf next to the hobo, which is about as high of an honor as any toy can hope to get in my house. eBay prices for this guy are $10-$20 or even higher, but it'll probably calm down - most "rare" figures don't stay that way for too long once the hype wears off. There was an FAO Schwarz soldier that commanded a slight premium at a time, but it seems Albrecht Durer is still kind of pricey. What can I say, I love weird exclusives.

--Adam Pawlus

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