FAQ PART 3 : ASSORTMENT QUESTIONS
Was there ever a red framework
The red framework house - that was often depicted on
those panoramic scenes that were printed on the (back-) sides of
so many boxes - has never been available on the
market. It was a prototype that did not
go into production. The decoration department
that was responsible for the setup of the box
cover scenes, did use it a lot before it really
became clear that the set never would reach the
market. The Red Framework house would have been
a small farm house, and it was the only one that
had a black rooftop.
What is known about
prototypes and themes that were developed but
never made their way to the market?
Not a great deal.
The golden rule is: if a proposed set is not
picked up for release, it is kept in storage and
under wraps until it might be of use in a future
set. Some parts of prototype sets that were not
granted a place on the market turned up in a
different combination at a later time.
very interesting sets were designed as additions
to the Victorian product line, like a
Mississippi steamer and a real working
Town Square Fountain. The prototypes were
beautiful, but they would have been too expensive to
mass-manufacture. The steamboat for example would have
reached an on-the-shelve price of up to €300.
A few other sets containing Chinese Railroad
Workers and a Grave Digger for the
western theme, were never
released because they were found to be too cruel
for children to play with. For the same reasons, a
Medieval Torture Room was kept out of
And of course there have been lots of prototypes
produced by PLAYMOBIL® staffers that were only
designed to amuse the team itself than to actually
put them up for production, like a Mafiosi
figure with his legs deep in concrete or a 007
James Bond figure.