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3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« on: January 03, 2011, 12:37:39 »
Just to start with it :










Preparing to open :




Opened ; oh ! Three 1986 leaflets :




Bags altogether:




Bag 1 :




Bag 2 :




Bag 3 :



Bag 4 :




Bag 5 :




Bag 6 :




far-west :




Construction :




Fire Dpt and nurses:




Same people for your pleasure :




Civilians :




Bis repetita :




Strange things:

Schaper horses (USA), including one with no head,
Strange yellow flowers
Tan stetson
Yellow helmet (white version of accessories may come from COLOR sets)
Bubblehead on antennas
Beige canoe
Stickers tepee when there is no tepee, as it comes along with stickers for the... brown canoe

Many hints shows that some or all parts are coming from playmobil subcontractors as Lyra and Schaper... I therefore believe this barrel is a tentative from Geobra to sell out all stocks of old components they bought back from subcontractors when they took over production on their own in these countries.


Beware !! Content may vary in colour and composition.

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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 12:48:27 »
Very informative review on a rare item! Thank you for showing us this different rare find, sweetking!
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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 15:25:43 »
Wow! I 've never seen somrthing like that! I would have said it was Lyra's.
Why is the beige canoe weird? Aren't they all beige?
The headless horse... taht is weird!  :lol: :lol:
Thanx for the review Sweetking!
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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 15:40:03 »
Wow! I 've never seen somrthing like that! I would have said it was Lyra's.
Why is the beige canoe weird? Aren't they all beige?
The headless horse... taht is weird!  :lol: :lol:
Thanx for the review Sweetking!


The canoes were firstly beige in the 70s but became brown around 1982/83 (at least in Europe)... and the stickers you can see on the picture match really with the post-1983-brown-canoes. Stickers in europe for beige canoes were presenting a triangular red-white-blue pattern.

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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 15:42:42 »
Amazing find Arthur!!! It reminds me the Lyra buckets!!
So maybe your verdict on the origin of your bucket is very close to the truth!!!

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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 15:55:13 »
A very interesting review, Sweetking.  Thank you.   :wave:
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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011, 16:44:25 »
That's pretty cool.  I would have really had a lot of fun with something like that when I was little.

How much did they originally sell for?


There's an idea - a thread on comparison of prices over the years of new Playmobil in stores from various countries in various decades.

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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 16:54:30 »
Thanks for the nice review Sweetking.

The headless horse... taht is weird!  :lol: :lol:

I agree...I thought it was the "Horseman" that was headless!

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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011, 17:13:18 »
Hi Sweetking,

Very nice review of a very interesting set.

I suspect you may be right about this set being a means of offloading old stock.

Another curiosity: why do all the firemen have peg legs?  ???

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Re: 3955 aka The mysterious barrel
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2011, 17:57:26 »
Hi Sweetking,

Very nice review of a very interesting set.

I suspect you may be right about this set being a means of offloading old stock.

Another curiosity: why do all the firemen have peg legs?  ???

Cheers,

AndrewL

well spotted !

That is one of the thing that make this set marvellous : figures inside have few or nothing in common with picture outside... the four all-blue klickys are replaced by pirates... the green and white cow-boy is replaced by a brown bearded yellow and black klicky coming directly from Ngorongoro... an so on