COPYRIGHT, MOLDS, AND OTHER
"The datestamp on the foot of PLAYMOBIL® figures does not
indicate the year of production, but the year of copyright
registration of the mold."
On auction sites like Ebay, it often shows that there is great confusion between
two concepts: the original copyright date of a certain mold and the actual
production of a specific set.
Some of the older PLAYMOBIL® figures that are being offered
for sale on Ebay, are
claimed to be genuine 1974 productions by auctioneers, because
they mistake the copyright imprint on the foot of the figure
for a production date. Most of the PLAYMOBIL® figures produced
between 1974 and 1992 have the very same 1974 imprint on their
foot. A good example is the photographer figure shown above
which was produced for the first time in 1989 #(5401).
As a result, the actual year of release / first production of a Playmobil® set cannot be determined by checking out the mold
copyright imprint alone.
Some of the very first figures produced
did not have any copyright year stamp on their feet at all, some only had the
circular Brandstätter logo imprinted, and in other cases the feet simply displayed the word geobra.
These are figures dating back from the very first production runs, and
usually also have their eyes and mouth painted on instead of molded in
with a second plastic material.