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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2010, 08:13:00 »
These look great Panos, Like Gordon, they are not a theme I collect but it is nice too see something close up such as these that I would not normally look at :)

I also love the different coloured stones that fit together :love:
 

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2010, 11:01:22 »
These look great Panos, Like Gordon, they are not a theme I collect but it is nice too see something close up such as these that I would not normally look at :)

I also love the different coloured stones that fit together :love:

Glad you liked them Damo!!! The coloured stones is another mystery in these sets....

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2010, 12:21:12 »
I have bought about 10 5888 blister packs from target. They have these listed as Iron Knights. There is clearly a wolf knight with horse holding the banner. I was curious where they came up with Iron Knights.

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2010, 14:54:31 »
Thanks for the excellent review and set of pictures Panos!

I too have several sets of these Wolf Knights, but haven't played with them enough to notice any wearing of the bronze finish. I thought the bronze was integral to the moulding, but if it's an additional finish there's presumably a new production process. I'll have to examine mine carefully and see if they exhibit wear, maybe I should carry one in my pocket for a week or so to see how much rubbing it requires to "age" them.

We haven't had a proper review of these Wolf Knights before, but they have been discussed several times in the News forum. The Iron Knights (sets 5886 through 5889) that Elric mentions actually came out in the US before the Wolf Knights were available (though we were waiting impatiently for them), and I also have several sets of those. The Iron Knights copied the Wolf Knights almost exactly in design, but having no catapult in the blister packs, the one box set 5889 in the series contained ALL the colored stones with the catapult and a couple of wolves (but no means for them to pull the catapult), and a seventh Iron Knight compared to the six Wolf Knights.



To my mind, Playmobil have been moving dangerously away from the Specials in recent years, and many stores do not carry them at all. This year there aren't yet ANY new specials in some countries, only a re-release of some old ones (welcome though they may be in  their own right) which still hadn't reached the shelves by June.  Introductory pocket-money priced sets can spark a bigger parental outlay at Birthday and Christmas, but are necessary to get people with smaller budgets (frequently children) to invest in some Playmobil on a more regular basis. I think Playmobil should have many more of these smaller sets (in $5 to $10 price range) to keep children interested in new releases throughout the year, and visitng the Playmobil aisle (or in the US the tiny Playmobil 2' shelf section).

The two figure blister packs (and the carry boxes) have been an attempt to tap that market, and also to instil the idea of collecting, so that Playmobil may benefit from the huge market devoted to trading cards, Pokemon etc. Sets 5888 and 5889 sport a yellow star with the motto Collect them all! but unfortunately don't explain what all encompasses. This may be deliberate, allowing them to expand the range of all indefinitely.

As previously mentioned, the Mermaids followed the same "collecting" principle with a more feminine angle, and had their blister equivalents (5882-5885), and for people who don't want to buy the sets individually there are sets 5001 (Wolf Knights) and 5002 (Mermaids) that combined the subsets, though these have not yet been made available in all countries.

Can we expect more themed collections? Maybe Pirates or Policemen? I hope so. My childhood collection of Playmobil ran more along these lines, with just a handful of characters to play out my stories, without the hundreds of background extras and dozens of buildings that I can now afford.

The archer's shield is called a Pavis shield.
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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2010, 15:18:20 »
Sets 5888 and 5889 sport a yellow star with the motto Collect them all! but unfortunately don't explain what all encompasses.

The back of the Wolf Knight Packaging clearly defines what all is. The usual contents picture has moved to the side and is alot smaller. And the back features a picture of what you have when you have collected "ALL"

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2010, 16:14:49 »
The back of the Wolf Knight Packaging clearly defines what all is. The usual contents picture has moved to the side and is alot smaller. And the back features a picture of what you have when you have collected "ALL"

The Iron Knight packaging is different, and doesn't show this, and it's the Iron Knight packaging I'm talking about.

Check out the pictures on Playmodb of sets 5888 and 5889.

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2010, 17:12:05 »
I have bought about 10 5888 blister packs from target. They have these listed as Iron Knights. There is clearly a wolf knight with horse holding the banner. I was curious where they came up with Iron Knights.


I went to playmo DB and check the Iron Knights...they are wearing grey armor right? Thus, I can speculate, the name Iron Knights!!! Nice sets...

@ Martin!!! Thank you for your extensive feedback and information!!!  Somehow I knew you'd be the one to remind me the Pavis shield!! Its a good technic to carry the klicky around all day just to check the wearing off!! I was thinking of avoiding contact with them in order to keep the colour unspoiled but, I need to play and customise them!!!

I agree with your thinking of introducing themes such as these so it will be easier for children to get...and a knight nowadays is not that fascinating to a kid like it was when we were younger...so the bronze colour might be a way to attract younger buyers...

So, if this is a beggining of themed collections, let them come our way!!!!  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2010, 18:26:29 »
So I promised a few pictures of the wolves carrying the catapult!!!

These are the reins...


They are connected on the front of the catapult....


and its ready for the wolves...
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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2010, 18:28:02 »
The wolves are reined on...


and the catapult loaded!!!  Ready for charge!!!

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Re: Wolf Knights....
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2010, 20:07:51 »
very nice !!!!!
The spirits rule !!!!