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Old 2nd February 2018, 01:32 AM
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Sad days indeed. I cannot find any news about this years Nuremberg toy fair. It started last Wednesday and goes through to early next week. I will try the official site again but find it hard to navigate. I am seriously considering learning some basic German.
Does anyone know of any sites which might have info in English?
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Hi Janette...I haven't found anything...I will keep looking.

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I can't find anything....

BTW the new 2018 catalog is out in Canada and US.

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The new 2018 German catalog in out. Some very interesting new stuff.

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Thank you for letting me know. I will hunt it down. I have already seen the Dwarf sets which I am excited about. The family are now deeply into D&D and two the boys are playing dwarf characters. (I failed to persuade them to use Playmobil for minitures but the D.M (dungeon master formerly "he with the credit card) does often use Playmobil bits and pieces as part of the "set dressing".
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I have mixed feelings about the new releases. I am still ambivalent about the new film/tv stuff. It does seem like a sell out but Playmobil have to "move with the times" to prosper and times are not easy for toy producers. There is now only one toy shop in the city, a few in the "bubs" but none out this way. Sadly the toy market is shrinking so I don't begrudge the company making choices in order to remain profitable. After all they are a company and profit is their prime objective, something I think some of the "fans" tend to forget. At least they have chosen good franchises. I don't have any interest in the Ghostbusters theme but the Dragon books were favourites with the boys and I like some of the stuff in those sets.
What bothers me more is the growing gender-isation of the new themes. I really like the Dwarves but why can't there be some females amongst them? Again I know it is about the "market" and demand but I feel that toy designers are pushing the gender divide. Back in the 90s the historical themes were designed to appeal to both boys and girls though they were always rather lacking in females, children and civilians in general. (I am still working on my medieval civilian customs.)
It seems there are less and less historical sets. I guess that is down to market demand but sad days for us collectors.
Still I like a lot of the fantasy stuff. Lots of items of interest.
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I understand how you feel. I'm not interested in the Ghostbusters either. There are some really interesting stuff. I love the Porsche theme. I have a feeling I would have spent way too much money id these sets came out a few years ago.

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