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General => Collector's Corner => Topic started by: Sir Gareth on February 26, 2006, 10:05:03

Title: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on February 26, 2006, 10:05:03
Have you ever wanted to complete an older set fro the 70's/80's  that never came with a building plan or an image of the contents on the back of the boxes. Ok you can always use a box front to work out what should be there but this is not always easy to see on large sets such as the early pirate ships 3550 and 3750.

 Not long after I have purchased an older MISB set I take photos of the box images front, sides, and even any back images, I then scan the plans( if the set has plans) and all other parts not featured on the plans and also any sticker sheets. I do this because all my collection is stored away so it's easier to see what I have on my computer and also in my blue folders.

The plans for the larger sets mainly showed you the larger parts of the ships and buildings but hardly ever included the figures and accessories. So such large parts can be known by getting a copy of the building plans so theres no need to photograph or scan them. As for newer sets from about 1993 onwards you can find the contents of the box from the image on the back. Theres already a great site that shows parts, figures and accessories on plans (playmo DB) and most box rear images can be found at Collectobil.

So where am I going with this?

Well my collection is made up of Knights, Pirates, Western and Native Americans Over 95% of it was purchased MISB. So I would like to share with you what I have found in my older MISB boxes in these themes.

If you are interested in this you can find a couple of small sets over in the Photo album area.




Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: playmofire on February 26, 2006, 12:07:30
Thanks for this thread and your album, Garry.  Even if someone doesn't have the sets it's interesting looking at the boxes as they often have on useful ideas for posing figures or making up scenes.  I scan in the rescue set boxes for this reason.

I wonder if Playmobil employ someone just to play with the sets and come up with poses and display ideas?  Nice job!
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Richard on February 26, 2006, 15:37:45
Thanks, Garry ...

But, since I am really lazy (and, who knows, there may even be some others here that are as well) ... perhaps a link to your photos at the "Photo Album" (http://www.playmofriends.com/forum/album/thumbnails.php?album=19) might be somewhat helpful. Especially,  for those of us who are not only lazy, but for those few poor souls who couldn't find a case of eggs in a phone booth ... ;)

All the best and thanks again for another great idea,
Richard
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: playmofire on February 26, 2006, 15:48:22
I must admit, Richard, I find it difficult to find my way around the photo albums, too.  I expected one called Garry's Album or some such.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Richard on February 26, 2006, 16:09:55
I must admit, Richard, I find it difficult to find my way around the photo albums, too.  I expected one called Garry's Album or some such.

It's probably a bit easier, Gordon, for those PF members who are still in their 30's (or younger) than for some of our "more seasoned" members ... (http://www.gardenwargamer.com/images/grins.gif)

All the best,
Richard

Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sylvia on February 26, 2006, 17:30:04
This is a top idea, Garry. Very helpful for all the members! :)9

I'm glad you worked out how to make your own album. :)
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on February 26, 2006, 18:32:45
I must admit, Richard, I find it difficult to find my way around the photo albums, too.  I expected one called Garry's Album or some such.

It took me a while to find my way around the Photo album area too but to find out who's got albums in there you have to click on the words User Galleries in the top box. This then opens up a box with all the members who have albumns in there and then you just click on the one you want to view.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on February 26, 2006, 18:41:41
This is a top idea, Garry. Very helpful for all the members! :)9

I'm glad you worked out how to make your own album. :)

Thanks Sylvia,

 I hope Playmofans will find it useful to them, I know in the past I have wanted to know such information but could never find a site that had it.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Tiermann on February 26, 2006, 21:14:37
Thanks Garry, it's an interesting idea and I'm sure it will be useful to people. :)
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Captain Henry on February 27, 2006, 07:02:55
What a great contribution to the community, this will be a VERY useful resource to have available.

Thank you Garry!
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: pastifi on February 27, 2006, 08:18:15
Thanks Garry  :)9
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on March 08, 2006, 11:59:13
For those who maybe interested I have just added  some of the contents for the following sets.

3550 Pirate ship.

3768 Silver ranch

3769 Western farmhouse.

I have only scanned the smaller parts all of the larger building parts can be easily seen on the building plans.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sylvia on March 09, 2006, 09:58:09
Thank you for adding those scans, Garry! :)
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Captain Henry on March 10, 2006, 00:26:36
Yes - I am especially grateful for the pirate ship scans, in particular the stickers!  :arrr:
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Meg on March 14, 2006, 16:45:47
Thank you so much for doing this and sharing your effort with everyone.
I know I appreciate being able to go through my sets and check off the the tiny items to make sure they are complete.

I will be asking you to send me a copy of some sticker scans you have ;)

Meg
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on March 19, 2006, 14:04:37
Hi all,

I have just added a few more sets today.
3423 Sheriffs office.
3461 Saloon
3729 US Artillary
3485 US Cavalry
3747 Gold prospectors.

 I will be adding some Native American sets soon.

 
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sylvia on March 22, 2006, 10:11:36
Thanks again for keeping this going, Garry. :)
I'm sure everyone here appreciates the time you've taken to scan the parts and post the pics. :yup:
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Meg on March 22, 2006, 13:53:03
I have already used your gallery to help make sure I have everything in some of these older, loose sets.

I am very grateful that you have done this.
I am a bit persnickity when it comes to stating if a set is complete or not.

Thank you, again, for all of your effort

Meg
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Meg on March 23, 2006, 18:03:48
I find that I am using this all the time when I go through a theme and piece together old sets.
I realy do appreciate all the work you put into creating this gallery.

Thank you
Meg
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Red on March 23, 2006, 18:21:51
Garry,

Just wanted to thank you as well for this effort! Very much appreciated!

Red


Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on March 23, 2006, 20:25:32
Hi all,

 Thanks for your kind comments, I'm pleased that users are finding them of use already.

 I will be adding more soon, they do seem to be rather popular. :)
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on April 09, 2006, 20:18:21
Hi all,

 I found a bit of time today and added 6 more sets to my album

3383 outlaw
3394 trapper
3306 union soldiers
3396 Indian family
3732 buffalo dancers
3269 medicine man and braves (antex)

 I have scanned the contents of the Antex set as it was with the wrong coloured figures in it. I managed to get 2 white figures and I have also replaced the yellow figure to complete this set as it should be.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sylvia on April 19, 2006, 19:06:18
Thanks again for all your hard work, Garry. :)9
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Richard on June 21, 2006, 14:11:48
HOORAY !!!

I finally figured out how to "navigate" my way around in the Photo Album (http://www.playmofriends.com/forum/album/) ...  8}

It only took a "few" months ...  :-[

Thanks for creating a really GREAT resource (http://www.playmofriends.com/forum/album/thumbnails.php?album=19) for everyone, Garry !!!

How can we help you with your wonderful idea ???

Next week I'll be flying to our home in Canada where ALL my Playmobil is stored !!!

Please let me know if I can help you with your very, very worthwhile project (http://www.playmofriends.com/forum/album/thumbnails.php?album=19).

PS ... Sylvia, what do you think about giving Garry's project a "sticky' somewhere on the Forum, so that we can all find it easily? ...  ;D

All the best,
Richard

Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on June 25, 2006, 08:19:58
Hi Richard,

 Thanks for your comments, I'm pleased that you have found the scans of use.

 I still have a lot more to get done yet and will add them when I find a bit more spare time. At the moment I'm busy with work and doing a few jobs around the home and garden whilst the fine weather lasts.

 Garry.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Richard on June 25, 2006, 13:38:19
Hi Richard,

 Thanks for your comments, I'm pleased that you have found the scans of use.

 I still have a lot more to get done yet and will add them when I find a bit more spare time. At the moment I'm busy with work and doing a few jobs around the home and garden whilst the fine weather lasts.

 Garry.

You're welcome, Garry ... And, your scans are indeed extremely useful to everyone !!!

If there are any sets that you don't have, and that you'd like to scan, please let me know (after next week), as I may actually have them at our Canada summer house.

All the best and thanks again for creating such a great resource for Playmofriends,
Richard
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: deadeye dick on November 14, 2006, 20:39:08
Garry,

It's indeed a very nice resource. Especially when you're collecting about the same stuff as you are  ;)

1000x thanks !!!

DD.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on November 15, 2006, 16:08:43
Garry,

It's indeed a very nice resource. Especially when you're collecting about the same stuff as you are  ;)

1000x thanks !!!

DD.

That's Ok DD.

Iv'e found a bit of spare time today and added a few more.

3245, Western Coach
3278, Plain wagon
3733, Indian Camp
3767, Western School House/Church
3731, Buffalo Hunter
3773, Fort Bravo.

Theres still a few more to do yet.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Wolf Knight on March 24, 2010, 17:33:34
This is a great project! I am trying to put back together a few older sets and this is VERY VERY usefull!!! Many thanks!!! I only hope i had joined in earlier and save a lot of trouble searching through eBay for some parts that ''may have been''!
Hope you continue your effort!!!
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on April 28, 2010, 19:20:42
Hi all,

It's been a long time but I have just received a MIB 3544 royal guard set from a recent win on ebay. I have released the figures from their sealed bags and scanned them and the other contents and added it to the whats in a box scans.

Sorry about the quality of the scan it's a new scanner and I haven't worked it out yet the figures appear to be slightly out of focus?
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Wolf Knight on April 28, 2010, 19:22:21
Thank you for this late addition to your scans Sir Gareth!!! Much appreciated!!!  :wave: :wave: :wave:
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Martin Milner on April 30, 2010, 14:50:44
Hi all,

It's been a long time but I have just received a MIB 3544 royal guard set from a recent win on ebay. I have released the figures from their sealed bags and scanned them and the other contents and added it to the whats in a box scans.

Sorry about the quality of the scan it's a new scanner and I haven't worked it out yet the figures appear to be slightly out of focus?

Scanners are only designed to scan documents. You should photograph the figures if you want them in focus.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: Sir Gareth on April 30, 2010, 17:06:50
Scanners are only designed to scan documents. You should photograph the figures if you want them in focus.

 If you look at the other scans on my old scanner they are a lot more in focus and clearer than this latest scan on my newer scanner.
 Take a look and maybe you will see the difference.
Title: Re: What's in a box?
Post by: playmofire on April 30, 2010, 18:17:39
Scanners are only designed to scan documents. You should photograph the figures if you want them in focus.

I've scanned figures, Martin, and they've been OK for focus.  I seem to recall I scanned them as colour photos.