If you want to get even more replay value from your small and mid sized Playmobil sets, consider getting some of these phenomenal add-on sets. These are small supplemental sets that can add finishing touches to scenes and can seriously kick up kids creativity. I started buying the various figures but never intended on collecting them until I saw how many Playmobil had in their product line up. While they don’t have as much replay value as Lego mini figures, they are a lot nicer for younger kids to play with because there aren’t as many things that can get knocked loose.
Figure themed packages that were once in the Special and Pals category now have their own placement in the Playmobil product catalog. These are a great investment for anyone that loves to collect the Playmobil figures and characters or if you have the need for more figures in a scene. Some of the best new figure themed packages include the following:
Egyptian Family: (7386) This has a total of four figures and some great accessories that can be used with the Egyptian or Roman theme. There are two adult and two children figures and they are all done in typical Playmobil scale for both age groups. There are a couple different themes that this will work with so whether you collect just the figures or build massive unique scenes, this family is a must-have for collectors.
Family Packs: Playmobil goes multi cultural with the addition of the Asian, Caucasian, Mediterranean and African American figure sets. These are all priced at $10.99 and contain four figures and related accessories.
African Natives: (7460) The three highly detailed and decorated figures make for a nice addition to any mini figure collection or as a way to create your own special scene. You can also get the African Native Chief for about four dollars.
Grave Robbers: Like almost all of the other figure add-on packages, there are three in the main set and one in the supplement. All four of them can be used with the Egyptian or Roman scenes but with a little bit of creativity and imagination you can use them with other scenes or make your own from scratch. These are also a nice companion set to the Soldiers of The Pharaohs figures (7382 and 7383) and have the same price of $2.99 to $3.99 for the single figure and $8.99 to $9.99 for the three pack.
Castle Themes: Castle lovers will want to check out the Knights Market Stand for a ton of accessories and a great stand alone structure that can be used to house a lot of weapons and commonly used items. That sells for about $25.00; if that is a little too rich for your blood you can get the Castle Treasury Interior (7470) or the Castle Kitchen Interior (7469). Running short of Playmobil figures for your castle scene? In addition to the plethora of Special and Pals sets you can also get the Knight Family (7757) but the crowning glory of the Knights Add On sets is the Knights And Castle Treasure (7371) that’s priced at about ten dollars.
Animals: There’s no shortage of animals to choose from when shopping for Playmobil supplement packs. You can choose from farms animals or common zoo critters but there are some strange ones too. If you have a beach or zoo scene that needs something extra, consider the Orca Whale (7654) that actually floats! You can also get a mother dolphin and her calf (7363) or a combo pack of a Manta Ray and Swordfish (7434). One of the cutest assortments in the Playmobil Add On series is the Panda Family that contains four figures; priced at only $6.99 it is a steal. For the same price you can also pick up the three pack of gazelles (7397) or for a dollar less you can snag the four pack of kangaroos (7226).
Expansions: If you invested in one of the large Hospital buildings but are running out of room you are in luck because there are new additions that you can use to expand your facility. These attach to existing structures and are seamless so they do not have a different size or scale to them. The Hospital Expansion Floor is priced at about $40.00 and is a tri-level design. You can also get complete ward assemblies (beds, machinery, bathroom items) for about $16.00. The Operating Room is one of the nicest all inclusive sets that come with mini figures and a great looking scene. If you have a well stocked toy store in your area that sells Playmobil you might be able to find some of the older Special and Pals sets of doctors, nurses and patients.
City and Town: Kids who fell in love with the Police Station or Fire Station would love to get some of the Playmobil Add On sets for both themes. The extension pack for the police station costs $26.99 but adds so much room to it you’ll never have to worry about criminals getting away. The Police Accessories pack contains some of the coolest items ever for the theme including handcuffs, weapons, binoculars, batons and nightsticks, flashlights and hats. One of the greatest deals you can get to add to your Fire Station is the Fire Fighter Set (5705) because you get an add on structure as well as a female mini figure and two fire fighters. The Fire Station Extension building is only $10.99 and allows you to add three rooms and a tower to your existing scene.
Getting Medieval: One of my favorite add-on item is the Green Dragon (7876), it looks great with any castle scene and can be used in a number of different ways. This is an oversized but incredible looking dragon that comes with a gold chain, red flame coming out of the mouth and a rather evil looking face. There are so many different ways to use this in a scene that you are going to have a lot of fun using him on the tops of castle walls or setting things on fire. He is a little on the expensive side with the suggested retail price being in the $18.00 range. There are smaller dragons that you can buy but if you are looking to add a dragon to a scene you need to go super sized or not even bother. On an end note, the green dragon should not be confused with the hydra (three headed serpent) or the red dragon.
If you have a Playmobil retailer in your area chances are they have some current catalogs; within the catalog there is a mini pull out that has some of the best deals you can get on add on items and supplements.