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Collecting Playmobil: Take-Along Haunted House Playset & Monsters

Playmobil Releases Updated Haunted House & Monster Figures

Playmobil Take-Along Haunted House Box

Founded in 1974, Playmobil is the largest toy company in Germany and a favorite of kids and collectors for generations.  While monsters and spooky characters have been offered by the company over the years, there seems to be a more concentrated effort for Halloween-themed playsets from the company now with the announcement at Toy Fair 2018 in New York earlier this year of a brand new Playmobil Haunted House Playset.

Playmobil Take-Along Haunted House Playset

Playmobil Take-Along Haunted House Playset Pieces

The playset is available now wherever toys are sold. I found  it online at Amazon for $39.99

Playmobil Monster Figures

The playset includes 2 figures, an updated Vampire and “Monster” which looks more like the Frankenstein Monster than earlier iterations. Playmobil does not hold a Universal license and so bases it’s characters more loosely on public domain monsters of lore and fiction.

In addition to the two figures included in the playset, Playmobil has released 4 new spooky characters, including a Mummy, Grim Reaper,  Witch and updated ‘Wolfman.’

Duo-Packs Available Soon

Available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth, the following dual blister packs will ship in October 2018:

9307 Vampire & Monster

9308 Mummy & Grim Reaper

9309 Wolfman & Witch

Playmobil Duo-pack Monsters Blister Packs

Previous Monster-Themed PLAYMOBIL Products

PLAYMOBIL has offered previous versions of the haunted house playlet as well as spooky character figures through the years.

The Playbox Haunted House (5638) was released in 2015 and included an earlier iteration of the Vampire and Monster figures.

Playmobil Haunted House Playbox 5638

Playmobil Playbox Haunted House 5638 Box

Playmobil Playbox Haunted House Box 5638 Back

This playlet is still widely available at retail price of $19.99. At this writing, I found new sets of the Playmobil Haunted House on eBay and on Amazon.

Previous versions of the monster figures have been available as well in different series through the years:

Vampire Duo-Pack (5239) from 2013

Playmobil Vampires Duo Pack 5239

Available on Amazon for $34


Playmo-Friends Werewolf (6824) from 2016

Playmobil Werewolf Blister Pack 6824

Available on Amazon for $11.99


Fi?ures Blind Bag Series Ghoul Butler (9946) from 2017

Playmobil Fi?ures Ghoul Butler


Fi?ures Blind Bag series Zombie (9446) from 2017

Playmobil Fi?ures Zombie 9446

While unopened Fi?ures blind bags are easy to find online, you take the gamble that you will get some other random figure. The easiest way to add the monstrous figures is to buy them loose, which you can easily do for $5 or so for these newer figures on eBay:

Playmobil Fi?ures Zombie on eBay

Playmobil Fi?ures Ghoul Butler on eBay

Playmobil Ghost figure (3317) from 1983

Playmobil Ghost 3317

Available for over 20 years, this figure is the first ‘spooky’ character from Playmobil and as a result isn’t hard to find. Mint in box figures show up for $20-$30 on eBay and loose figures are easy to find for $10 on eBay.

Playmobil Ghost figure on eBay


While I’ve never collected Playmobil, I did love these toys as a kid and I really like both Haunted House playlets. I’ll be adding at least one of these to my Halloween decor this year and maybe even keep it on display year-round. We’ll see!

Do you collect Playmobil? If so, what else should we know about these fun toys? Would you add these to your monster or Halloween collection now that you know about them? Let us know your thoughts!

 

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Classic Monsters

St Patrick’s Day Isn’t the Most Obvious Classic Monster Holiday

1906 Portrait of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula,

While Ireland and Halloween go hand-in-hand with the modern holiday’s roots tracing back to the ancient Celts harvest festival, Samhain, the connections to the patron saint of Ireland are more tenuous.  Enter Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker; Irishman and author of Dracula, one of the most famous books ever published and, arguably, the most famous of all monsters.

Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and it is said that he grew up on a steady diet of his Mother’s stories of the supernatural.  Ireland has a long history of fantastical and mystical creatures from leprechauns and banshees to it’s own vampire, the DeargDue.  The Celts, whose traditions never disappeared from Irish culture, had hundreds of gods and an equal number of demons and monsters.  Stoker grew up hearing these stories and they undoubtedly influenced his fascination for the macabre.

Dracula was published in May 1897 and, although it was critically well-received, it was not a bestseller.  In fact, it wasn’t until after Stoker’s death in 1912 that his book would achieve commercial success.  Stoker wrote a total of 18 books, including Lair of the White Worm, but it is his haunting tale of the vampire that has given him lasting fame.

For more about Bram Stoker, watch this video from Biography Channel (click to watch full screen)):

It’s fair to say that fans of classic monsters owe a debt of gratitude to Bram Stoker.  So, while tipping a pint at the pub today in celebration of all things Irish, raise a pint to Bram Stoker and that famous monster of his, Count Dracula.

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