The PLAYMOBIL line of toys consists of figures, vehicles and buildings made from colorful ABS plastic. All PLAYMOBIL parts and accessories are interchangeable and hundreds of accessories are available. The figures have moveable heads, arms and legs and are available in many different themes from wild west to medieval knights to space men.

The PLAYMOBIL company is actually a descendant of a lock and metal fitting company formed in 1876 by Andreas Brandstatter in Furth, Germany. Over the years the company has renamed and reinvented itself several times. In the early 1950's the company started working with plastics and they perfected their injection molding techniques during the hula hoop craze of the late 1950's.

The PLAYMOBIL system of interchangeable parts and gripping hands was designed by Hans Beck in the early 1970s and was introduced at the 1974 Nuremberg International Toy Fair. PLAYMOBIL became a big hit within a year, and today PLAYMOBIL is Germany's largest toy manufacturer. PLAYMOBIL is headquartered in Zirndorf, Germany and employs approximately 2500 people worldwide.

PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 is the preschool line for children 18 months to 4 years old. PLAYMOBIL Basic Blue and Victorian lines are for children 4 and older and contains smaller and more complex parts.

All caps is the correct way to write PLAYMOBIL.