For many years, the transition of
the legendary PLAYMOBIL® castles from the old Steck-system to the system-x
building system was a highly controversial topic discussed over and over
again at the internet discussion boards devoted to PLAYMOBIL®. Ever
since 1997, when the system-x building system slowly began to gain ground as
PLAYMOBIL®s preferred construction system, the rumors about a system-X
castle typically resurfaced in the weeks preceding to the annual toy fair.
Yet the Steck-system castles remained untouched until today...
Although the first partial prototypes date back from 1997, it seems that the
PLAYMOBIL® development team wanted to take as much time as they deemed
necessary to create a series of System-X castles that would at least match
their highly acclaimed Steck-system predecessors.
result is on display at the International Spielwarenmesse in Nürnberg, and
although you can't disassemble the castle sets there to see of what kind of parts
these castle are composed, and how it is put together, it sure looks very solid
and easy to put together. The new castles are easier to built, because it is
made up of lesser yet larger parts than both the traditional Steck- and
System-X building pieces.
One of the eye-catchers in these new knights sets is the very good
"corporate identity" of the various knight clans... The Dragon Knights have
a fire-spitting dragon as their company logo and an aggressive shade of red
as their base color, with some yellow and black accents. The insignia of the
Royal Knights is a lion-head and the figures mainly come in a mix of blue,
yellow and a dark orange tones.