Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Target Toys "R" Us Playmobil Sales This Week
At Toys "R" Us: Save 20% on select items. Specifically, items from the Nautical Expedition line and the Vet office theme. Good stuff, if you haven't yet got it, we suggest the whale.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Playmobil Divers Sale: 20% Off at Toys "R" Us
As we've picked up the entire range, we give them all high marks. (Particularly the SCUBA set with the swordfish and the whale.)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Toys "R" Us Sale This Week
This week (through Saturday closing), Toys "R" Us stores are selling Playmobil Castle/Knights and Pirates/Ghost Pirates for buy-one-get-one-half-price. As many new sets were recently released, this may be a great opportunity to get some what skeletons and derelict ships. Happy hunting!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Yet More New Sets at Toys "R" US (USA)
Other new sets are expected, so happy hunting!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
New Playmobil Hits Toys "R" Us... in the USA
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Toys "R" Us has 25% Off Playmobil This Week
Monday, June 8, 2009
Before we were interrupted...
Since the last time we updated, Toys "R" Us has put the bulk of its Dinosaurs line on clearance, Target has essentially phased out Playmobil almost entirely, Wal-Mart seems to be making up its mind, and Kmart has picked it up and seems to be giving it decent support.
We'll have more fun shortly.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Toys "R" Us Gets Lots of New Playmobil (if you're in the USA)
Small clown, $100 tent, dog act, pony act, tightrope, and what probably amounted to the entire new theme minus one or two sets.
In addition to the 4774 Barbarian set we reported earlier, a new Knight set (4775) and Pirate set (4776) were available. It didn't seem like there was a spot for a fourth set, so that seems to be that.
A red dragon-with-barbarian is available for $20. It's the older dragon mold (the one with arms).
Seemingly the entire line is being sold at Toys "R" Us for roughly the same prices Playmobil sold it for directly in January. Even the boring little quad is there.
There's a Roman camp, 5838 Gladiators with tiger, and some larger sets you have no doubt seen elsewhere.
The return of the Nativity Scene, and a new advent calendar packed with little woodland creatures. In other words, zzzzz.
Now if I wasn't so cheap to not have a camera phone, I could probably share pictures. Since so many new items were there today, it seems unlikely there would be too much more-- but it's nice to see the biggest toy retailer in the US picking up some serious slack for the brand. It's as close as we've ever seen to a full year's line outside of a specialty toy retailer.
Sadly, there were no new Specials (or Pals) to be seen, and there were no sign of the new blister packs we're told are being sold at select larger Wal-Mart stores. There were, however, a large number of older sets which have been at the stores for ages or have been restocked.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Toys "R" Us Gets Playmobil Dinosaurs
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
3611 Submarine Hits USA
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Reader Q&A: 5775 Pirate's Attack
First, when in doubt, be sure to consult the tools you have at your disposal. Checking TOys "R" Us is most useful, but you can also check Google and my personal favorite, eBay. Seeing closed auctions can show you who's selling what, and where.
As far as I can tell it has not yet been discontinued. This particular Pirate's Attack Ship has indeed been out for a while, and in the 5775 configuration appears to be a US mass market exclusive-- which means you probably will only see it at Toys "R" Us or on closeout down the road. I've seen this set come and go at a few Toys "R" Us stores around Los Angeles, but it comes and goes. I'd suggest you hit the road for a good old fashioned toy run-- check your local stores (or call them) to see if the set is available. Due to the fact employees generally have a number of duties to perform, I tend to prefer to just make the drive and stick my head in the store(s) in question.
Happy hunting, Scott! If you have a question, feel free to leave a comment or email me, if I can't find the answer I'll at least leave you with a believable lie. Or the truth. One of those.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Playmobil Toys "R" Us Sale
Sunday, March 30, 2008
5833 Speedboat with Underwater Motor in USA
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
4414 Skate Park Returns to US Retail
Saturday, March 8, 2008
New Sea Themed Sets at Toys "R" Us, Fry's Marketplace, Fred Meyer
What's more, the forum users out there (see links to the right) have reported seeing some of these at Fred Meyer and Fry's Marketplace grocery stores. These are owned by the Kroger company, as many grocers are, so check your local Kroger-variant for more. (Fry's Marketplace is not related to Fry's Electronics, nor is it identical to Fry's Food & Drug-- Fry's Marketplace actually has a significant toy and general merchandise selection, and is found in Phoenix, Arizona.)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
New 2-Packs at Target, Toys "R" Us
These sets are:
5818 Knights (Sir Polka Dot & Sentry specials)
5819 Pirates (Pirate with Skull [sans skull] and purple pirate)
5823 Mermaids (Mermaid & Sea King specials)
5824 Roman Gladiators (from the Arena)
So if you live in the USA, it might be worth your while to watch for these at retail before paying on eBay. If you live outside the USA, it's probably a good time to call in a favor with your American trading buddies. Happy hunting!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
New US Mass Market Pirate Ship 5810
Mass Market Skate Set (plus box error)
Still no sign of the diver sets that are supposedly showing up in my neck of the woods but some are showing up on eBay. Happy hunting!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Third New Blister 2-Pack Spotted
It's also worth noting that "Sir Polka Dot" was issued in Pals packaging in the USA a few years ago, but under the name "Battle Knight." Both sets were numbered 4567, although the Pals set has the distinction of actually having had the name "Battle Knight" written on its box.
Monday, February 11, 2008
New USA Playmobil 2-Packs for 2008?
The news is that two more have started to pop up on eBay. I personally have yet to find these (not for any lack of searching), but here's the scoop: at least two sets are on the way. Currently, these ship in two assortments (the Gladiators & Police are in one case, the Knights & Pirates are in the other) so this looks like it could be a third assortment. Set 5824 contains two more gladiators, from the look of things these are repackaged figures from the 4270 Roman Arena. Set 5823 repackages two older, hard-to-find specials: 4545 Sea King (or Neptune), and 4557 Mermaid. It seems that for this release, the Mermaid's animal sidekicks were dropped.
Please click either image to see the completed auctions from Roger75093.
Of course, we'll post more about these as we find them in the wilds of retail. Neither is confirmed to be an exclusive, although it seems there's a very good chance they won't show up too many places other than Toys "R" Us and/or Target in the USA. As far as I know, neither of these have been announced in any official capacity and few if any sightings have been confirmed outside these appearing on eBay.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
US 2009/Germany 2008 Diver Sets Out in USA?
As of yet we haven't seen any of these in the wilds of retail.