The year 1996 wasn’t much of a strong year for fans of the medieval knights sets. Playmobil only released five new boxes with this theme, but, they were all absolutely eye catching and awesome to own, probably some of the most wanted and coolest vintage sets to date.
This is the coolest Siege Tower ever made by Playmobil, as shown here with set 3887. This was released just a couple years after the Medieval Castles from 1993, sets 3666 and 3667. The above shows somewhat of a different faction, the red eagles, but I believe they belong to the Castle Knights faction from set 3666, because their coat of arms uses the main colors green and yellow. (See their flag below).
As mentioned above, the Castle Knights follow the colors yellow and green, which could indicate that the Eagle Knights belong to their kingdom. You can play in any way you wish, doesn’t really matter! This set 3888 is another genius design by Playmobil: An invasion Tower with ladders and ropes to break into enemy castles. Not only it comes with eight knights, but also connects to castle set 3666 or 3667.
Playmobil set 3889 brings a platoon of four arrow and crossbow men, fortified with a mobile wooden wall, to barricade themselves from enemies projectiles. Fantastic display of medieval strategy with this set.
In this set we have a Baron, or heavily armored knight, Playmobil set 3890, with his loyal companion, a black dog. He seems to carry a coat of arms of a Black Eagle that doesn’t belong to any of the factions from 1993 sets.
I call this set the “Traveling Lady Merchant” but the official title for this Playmobil set 3891, is “The Ox Cart”. You can do a lot with it! The lady can be a traveling doctor, or just a helping girl, that can aid wounded knights by bandaging them. The set comes with a head and arm bandages for the soldiers. She is also in the trade business, with tables, a wine (or beer) keg, and a goat.
Playmobil released these sets, of wooden folks and bowmen, with trees and owls, portraying maybe a medieval Robin Hood scenery, as seen with Playmobil set 3626. You get even mushrooms and bunnies with 3626.
In this box, you get what seems to be a party in the woods, Playmobil set 3627, with a giant beer keg (or wine) musical instruments, a lady, a priest and a few soldiers.
Playmobil set 3628 adds three dogs, more wooden soldiers and a cool looking tree, plus a bird that looks like an Eagle or Falcon.
This is a forest hunter, he rides his horse and shoots animals with his bow and arrow, having the dogs chase the dying prey. Playmobil set 3629.
This is the traveling Monnk, he carries his few possessions in that blue bag, numbered Playmobil set 3631. This Monk can bring healing knowledge to the Playmobil villagers or just some insight into Philosophical meanings.
This set is called: “Dancing Bear Act”, as of Playmobil set 3632. Seems like they are entertainers from medieval days, who trained a bear to do some tricks, including some dance moves. That is why the bear has a chain and they are dressed with musical instruments. You can always make it a bear of war, that joins the armies of playmobil to invade castles.
Playmobil set 3633 is a funny one, as this guy is often refered to as “Hobo, or Homeless Man”, and I just don’t know why, maybe because he carries a white bag and a stick? He seems well dressed for the medieval days.
Starting with the Playmobil Tournament set 3652, we have a magnificent tent for the prince and princesses to watch knights fighting for a reward – that being a golden sword, a title or the hand of a lady.
In addition, Playmobil set 3654 introduced a new knight for the tournament set, the Swam Knight, accompanied of an assistant. The Swam Knight comes with a neatly furnished tent and a rack full of weapons.
With set 3659, Playmobil released the King and Queen of the Royal (Red) Knights, among them a messenger, two Royal Guards, a little prince, a Lady and a Trumpet man – and why not a little puppy?
Playmobil set 3665 was underrated back in the 90’s, some toy companies (other countries) didn’t even release this tower, yet it is the best looking and most awesome tower ever made by Playmobil: The Red Baron’s tower!
Playmobil set 3666 remains as the coolest vintage castle ever made! So large you can sit inside of it (if you are small enough). This magnificent fortress comes full of accessories and characters. This set includes two royal castle guards, a vagabond and his son. The kid is shown training with wooden swords on the cover of the box art.
This castle is gigantic, with several rooms to play in, a throne room, dining room and even a cellar. Set 3666 also connects to set 3667 and 3888 making it the largest Playmobil castle to date.
Playmobil set 3667 is one of my personal favorite castles. Perfectly nostalgic, following basic castle construction and strategy, plus it includes five characters fully equipped with weapons of war.
There is no Tournament without training. So here is Playmobil set 3668, the training knights. You get one knight of each faction: The Castle Knight (Green), the Royal Knight (Red) and the Swam Knight (Blue), all of them ready to train using a rotating dummy. They are all allies and live in the large Playmobil castle 3666.
A mysterious purple and black knight comes into play, as of Playmobil set 3669, giving the Red Baron’s kingdom a Knight to participate in the tournaments. A fully equipped knight and two assistants, increasing the numbers of soldiers to protect the Dragon Tower.
The Prison Chariot, Playmobil set 3674, with two Royal guards to ensure the prisoners can’t escape, much less be rescued by a small army. This set has a horse and a cage to transport criminals from one castle cell to another in safety.
Playmobil set 3651 comes in a very small box, a single yet awesome character: The Lion Knight Archer! He introduces the first version of the tower shield and a cool eye patch.
Playmobil set 3317 is a neatly cool glow in the dark Ghost! Not just that, but Playmobil realized that old medieval castles are so old, they should be haunted by ghosts as well. The ghost carries an actual chain and heavy metal ball around his feet.
1998 Playmobil Add-On
The images below show the three options for Add-Ons that Playmobil released in 1998 to complement the soldiers of each castle 3665, 3666 and 3667
We have the Lion Knights Leader, set 7665 and three lion knights soldiers, set 7664. Totaling in four new knights to add to the castle set 3667.
Above we have the Golden Dragon Leader from set 7672, and three golden dragon soldiers, from set 7671 to increase the population of the Red Baron’s tower, Playmobil set 3665.
And at last, above we have the Knights Captain set 7674, with three new soldiers, set 7673, each matching one of the allied factions of the Playmobil Castle Set 3666.
Hi, this is PlaymoBello and I am a Playmobil Collector, Web Designer, a Correctional Officer and professional Oil Painter! Playmobil is the best toy in the world, with the highest quality of details, realism, invention and design. They barely ever break. There is something captivating about a micro world of playmobil that no other toy has managed to capture.
Barbies are imundated with pink to a degree where everything is just too unreal. LEGO’s aren’t bad, but if you are like me, the blocky style is a huge let down, nothing looks good and surfaces aren’t smooth.
With Playmobil, you are taken to a world of realism and fun full of accessories and details, everything is visually impressive, it does something to your brain, visually exciting, which makes it for a fascinating toy to look and play with.
I love the feeling of excitement when opening a new set of Playmobil. From the nostalgic smell of new plastic and ink, to the building phase, experiencing the fun of seeing the final product on your hands.
It brings me back to my childhood days, where your mind had no limit to where and how you could pose all the Playmobil knights or pirates inside medieval castles, catapults, towers, carriages, ships and such.
Today I have over 300+ sets. What can someone do with all of that? Instead of having them stocked in plastic totes, in a dark basement, I thought: Why not share it with the World and Review them?
I am not judging anyone, but I personally can’t store my Playmobils away. I think if someone spends money on a Playmobil set, it needs to be opened, built, posed and displayed on a shelf where it can be looked at and enjoyed every single day!
Why store an unopened box inside a closet? Life is very short, enjoy it to the fullest now because you never know what the future will bring. Imagine if you die tomorrow, all your playmobils would get auctioned for a cheap price, or forgotten in a basement to rot. All those boxes you cared for, destroyed and never enjoyed to the degree it could have been! Do me a favor and open them all, enjoy it while you can!
Above you can watch an old video I made of my Playmobil Collection. All my Playmobils are displayed in my office/man cave.