There's a place for Playmobil if you're not a rivet counter.....LOL

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Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

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It runs on G gauge track and is battery powered.  The remote controls speed and direction.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Early Playmobil sets actually have LGB components in them and run on LGB track. Somewhere I read that the founder of Playmobil, Herr Brandstetter and Wolfgang Richter of LGB were waiting for a flight to Spain, it was delayed, and they talked about how they could cooperate.

My daughter has always had Playmo and it is one of the best and most creative toys out there.

Miketg

Tinplate Art posted:

Never owned any Playmobil, but when I saw their sets in my local toy store decades ago, they looked and seemed more kid-friendly than the LGB starter sets. Just my observation!

Same here.  In my early large scale years, I would see Playmobil trains in hobby shops.  I dismissed them as not quite up to what I wanted to see running in my garden.  In reality, Playmobil trains like all of their other items are very kid friendly.  In fact they are almost bomb proof.  

Early Playmobil trains ran on track power.  Playmobil track was actually LGB track with the Playmobil name on it.  Playmobil switched to R/C trains some time ago.  I had the chance to run the set I pictured in my original post, using the hand held transmitter.  The technology uses a crystal chip in the transmitter and one in the motor.  The chips can be changed out very simply.  The range and response is quite good.

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Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

I had a whole bunch of Playmobile that I bought for my oldest Grandson years ago. After he was done playing with it, outdoors most of the time, it got packed away for 4 or 5 years. I sold it all last year. It was very sturdy and could take a lot of good hits without breaking anything. We ran it alongside a few LGB models I had back then. The LGB were fragile compared to the Playmobile.

I just saw it mentioned above as still being available. I don't know when the last time was I saw any of it for sale at a store. Sure was "kid friendly" though.

 

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