Top 10 Playmobil Sets of All Time

Playmobil is one of my favourite types of toys out there. Playmobil is basically toys made of plastic that consists of pieces you put together. Although they are big pieces, not anything like Lego, the minifigures look generally similar to each other in which their faces and construction are generally the same. Playmobil is one of the toys that made my childhood and probably one of my top favourites. I remember getting Vikings and Barbarian playmobil sets from 2007-2009 and it was just so fun.
The Top Ten
1 4433 Viking Fortress

This was one of the first Playmobil sets I ever received. I still remember getting this set for my third birthday in September 2007. It was my second Playmobil set, but I've always considered it my first set nevertheless. This is because although I got set 3154 before this one, that was a very small "set" and could easily be part of this one.

This set just does so many things right. The fortress looks amazing. While it's a shame that the parts aren't that stable, you can always take the fortress apart and build a different one than the one pictured. The design of the fortress is just excellent. The stony stairs that lead up to the cozy floor, and the wood and stone holding it up, create an immersive experience. There's also an upper floor that can be reached with a red ladder, and a cage that contains a barbarian prisoner. All of this together looks amazing.

The minifigures are also excellent. All four are very colorful and look great. The leader, with a black cape and golden accessories, is my personal favorite. He just looks so awesome. The guy with the yellow staff and beard is my second favorite. He too looks amazing. The red guy, who doesn't have a beard but wears red clothes, including a red hat, also looks cool. The most interesting character, however, is the barbarian in the cage who is ready to be drowned. A barbarian! You might not know that there is actually a barbarian theme in Playmobil as well, technically a sub-theme of the knights theme. The fact that he's included makes it likely that the Viking and barbarian sets are canon and related to each other.

This is definitely my favorite Playmobil set. Unless I ever acquire the Viking longhouse set, this will always be my favorite Playmobil set of all time.

2 4435 Barbarian Ruin

Alright, now this set is definitely my favorite of the barbarian sets. I think if everyone got to own all of the barbarian sets, most would like this one the most. It's the largest of the barbarian sets, with the main feature being the huge and spectacular castle ruin. One side is made of stones and has ivy on it, and the other is wooden and features a huge banner based on the Playmobil barbarian emblem: a black bull with yellow, glowing eyes on a purple background. I still remember when I got it for my fifth birthday in 2009. It was truly amazing.

While the ruins are the best part of this set, one thing that really helps it stand out from the rest of the sets are all the small details and daily features found here. There are two ravens, a table, a nice cup, and even a water bottle, for crying out loud! All of these nice details make this set feel more alive. One of the minifigures, specifically the one with bristles, comes with bandages on his head and arm.

This leads to lots of questions as well. Are the barbarians so civilized that they care about their teammates? Or did the character make the bandage himself? These questions abound. All the characters in this set are pretty cool. While the guy with the red beard and hair, along with a dark helmet, is a bit uninteresting, the rest are captivating. I have a soft spot for the guy with yellow hair and a beard, who wears a purple hat and wields a crossbow. His features, like the crossbow and purple hat, really stand out.

However, the most unique and special minifigure isn't the one with the dark helmet, the crossbow, or the bandages. All of them are great, but the most unique and interesting one of all is the chief. This guy truly looks barbaric and evil and wears different clothes from the others, even donning a long black cape. He is most likely not only the head of the barbarians in these ruins but probably the leader of the Playmobil barbarians altogether. He comes with an impressive... more

3 6330 Viking Longship

Hands down, this is one of the biggest Playmobil Viking sets. One thing the ancient Vikings were definitely known for was their longships, complete with fearsome-looking heads at the front. I got this set back for Christmas in 2009, and it's definitely one of the sets with the most content.

The ship itself looks incredible. I like the red dragon head and tail at the front and back of the longship, and the overall design is great. The red and white banner for the sail looks fantastic, as does the red flag at the top.

This set even comes with eight minifigures! That's definitely a lot: one captain, six who row, and one who steers at the back of the ship. All the minifigures are excellent. I don't really have a favorite, but the captain is probably the most iconic one, with his black cape, long yellow beard, and accurate helmet.

I also love the shields that come with the figures in this set. You get a total of nine different shields - eight round and one triangular for the captain. This set is not only amazing, but it's also a haven for shields. Additionally, you get a red bucket filled with weapons like swords, which is a great touch.

4 3327 Red Dragon

This is the only set on the list that isn't part of either the Vikings, Barbarians, or the Special Plus sets. It is, however, part of the Knights theme. Since Barbarians is technically a subtheme of it, I guess it still sort of counts as a Barbarian set. I mean, the characters do look barbaric in this set.

This set only comes with two things: a red dragon adorned with lots of jewelry, and a barbaric rider on top of it. Despite not having many components, both of these elements look badass! The dragon itself - just look at it! It's not as badass as the Nessie in the Sea Serpent Viking set, but it's still awesome. It looks evil, and I love all the jewelry on it, like the necklace with a green crystal. The barbarian who rides the dragon also looks cool with his leather helmet and awesome accessories. Overall, this is certainly one great set that deserves to be here.

5 3137 Knights Ambush

This set is one I got for Christmas around 2012-2014, along with the sea serpent set. It's one of the most unique Vikings sets. The main thing in the set is a big hideout for two Vikings: a purple-clothed one with arrows and a bow, and a green, thick-bearded one with green clothes. Both of these minifigures are great, although I prefer the arrows guy maybe. However, we also get a skeleton in a grave with lots of gold, and a knight on a horse ready to attack the Vikings. The minifigure selection is already just over the top and amazing!

Let's talk about the hideout now. It is basically a pretty big piece of stones surrounding a green platform. On the side of the hideout is a grave within rocks that consists of a skeleton with lots of gold! There's also a tree at the far inside of the hideout, and there's a gate and a bench inside the hideout too.

Also, there's another tree at the entrance to the hideout where two of the four shields can be placed. The shields are pretty awesome. There's a green triangular one, three round ones - one that's red and yellow mixed, a blue and yellow-beige one, and a black one with a red dragon on it.

6 5713 Sea Serpet and Viking

This was actually one of the most recent sets I got, although it may not have been that recent. Nevertheless, I got this set around Christmas sometime between 2012 and 2014, along with the Knights Ambush set. The most notable thing about this set is the green Nessie/sea serpent. Without it, this set would have certainly ranked much lower. Just look at it! It looks so badass - how could someone resist getting this set? There is actually a set featuring a red serpent as well, but I strongly prefer this one. The green is just so colorful.

I also love that, with the help of a piece you attach underneath Nessie, it can actually float on water. This allows for so many play options, which is awesome.

The rest of the set includes a small gray cliff, a campfire, and a nice minifigure that comes with a yellow cape, orange hair, no beard, and a blue/beige round shield. While the serpent is the best part of the set, the rest is pretty decent too. Overall, it's a great set, mostly because of the amazing Nessie.

7 4439 Barbarian Attack Tower

The second-largest set in the Playmobil Barbarian series is the Assault Tower. It's not much smaller than the Ruins set. The height is slightly shorter, though it's half as long, and the width is roughly the same. As the name suggests, this is an assault or attack tower. It's designed for use in sieges to penetrate castles, which is why it has wheels and a device at the bottom likely intended for breaking down walls or doors. This makes it the most "knights"-like set among the offerings.

I'm particularly fond of this attack tower. It manages to look both menacing and awesome, and I appreciate that the tower's head, which resembles the emblem of the barbarians, serves as an additional platform that can be folded down to give your characters extra walking space.

This set also comes with some cool minifigures. While the Ruins set had a broader range of interesting characters, this one has its own unique figures. My favorite is the red-bearded figure with a wolf cap and crossbow. He's similar to the red-bearded figure in the Ruins set, but that one wore a helmet and had no crossbow, so I prefer this one. The crossbow is an especially cool addition. Another interesting figure is the yellow-bearded one with a helmet. He looks both evil and barbaric, and even has creepy eyes. He seems to serve as the "leader" of this set, and I find him intriguing. Other characters include a man with bristles and a yellow shawl, and a rather generic figure with a simple red beard and helmet (my least favorite, although still cool).

In addition to the minifigures, this set comes with some nice accessories. While it lacks everyday items like tables, it does include a flag and a grappling hook. The grappling hook is a particularly nice touch, as it's not a common accessory. Overall, this is my sixth favorite Playmobil set.

8 4438 Barbarian Catapult

It might not be amazing, but it's still great, if I do say so myself. I mean, you get a catapult! It's not often that you get a catapult in Playmobil in general. The catapult works very well, and it's up to you how far you want these "balls" to shoot. It's so fun to play with. In addition, you also get this small "cliff" with a platform and some grass that your characters can stand on. They can then jump and launch the catapult by pushing the other side of it.

The buildings are small but very nice. While there are only three characters, they're all cool. I especially like the guy with bristles. He comes with a purple spiky hat, just like the crossbow guy from the ruin set. One of his most notable weapons is undoubtedly the long stick with a chain. At the end of the chain is a spiky ball of metal. I don't know the English name, so I'll call it "Stridsgissel" (Swedish name). This is such a unique and cool weapon. It gives the set many more pros.

The other characters are cool as well. There's what I believe to be the leader, who resembles the simple red-bearded man with a helmet from the assault tower set. However, this guy has a darker helmet that looks more intimidating, as well as a long black cape, which makes him cooler. Then there's also the guy with a bright helmet and a simple yellow beard. I like that he has some red on him as well. It's a cool touch.

Items included are the "Stridsgissel," a long stick with the barbarian emblem on it, metal balls for the catapult, and a nice long axe. Overall, this is a pretty great set.

9 3154 Norse King and Prince

This was the first Playmobil set I ever received. I don't remember exactly when, but I suspect it was between 2006 and 2007. Because of its small size and the fact that I received the Viking fortress set shortly after, I've always thought this set was actually part of the latter. This set is relatively small and includes a Norse king and prince, along with a royal chair. Despite its small size, it's an excellent set.

The king character is one of my favorites, mainly due to his colorful and striking appearance. His dark pink cape is particularly rare and definitely one of the best additions to this set. The prince is also excellent. He's essentially a miniature version of the king, complete with the same clothes and identical pink cape. Let's not overlook the fantastic royal chair. Honestly, this set is so small that it could easily be combined with the Viking fortress set. It's definitely a great set.

10 4643 Brave Prince

I own four Playmobil sets that basically consist of just one minifigure each. These four sets are the Brave Prince, the Dragon Warrior, the Blue Knight, and the Knight with Dragon. I received the first two sets during Christmas 2007, and my personal favorite is certainly this one - the Brave Prince (also formerly known as the Royal Green Knight).

Overall, it just looks badass. The golden sword and shield, combined with green, blue, and a bit of yellow, look downright awesome. So, this one ranks at #10 for me.

The Contenders
11 3151 Viking Longhouse
12 3157 Viking Shelter

Of the Viking sets I own, I think this might be the weakest among them. However, I still like it a lot. This set does have a few pretty nice accessories. The white and red shelter looks great, although that's the only thing that's really interesting, honestly.

There's a little tree, a campfire, and a bearskin on which the minifigures can sleep. Personally, I think the minifigures are the best part of the set. There's an elderly man with a white beard and a black cape who looks pretty cool, and then there's a guy with a yellow beard who comes with a bow and arrows. I prefer the latter, but both minifigures are quite cool, so this set is surely on my list.

13 4616 Blue Knight

From my honest standpoint, I think the Blue Knight is the second-best "Special Plus" set that I own, out of the four I have. I had some trouble deciding between this one and the Knight with Dragon, but overall, I put this one ahead of the latter.

Yes, it may look a bit generic, but at the same time, it looks badass. The golden sword looks awesome, and the knight himself looks like what I think a knight should look like. The white shield with blue on it also looks pretty awesome. Overall, this set ranks as my 12th favorite on the list.

14 4240 Pyramid
15 4290 Large Pirate Ship

This toy was how I discovered Playmobil in 2009 and learned about the movie 10 years later. I now prefer Playmobil over Lego, primarily because I strongly dislike the Lego Movie 2 and love Playmobil: The Movie. In my opinion, Playmobil: The Movie is what the Lego Movie 2 should have been.

16 4793 Knight With Dragon

This is the most recent set I've acquired, as of Christmas 2016. I certainly like it. At first, I preferred the other three Special Plus sets because of nostalgia. However, now speaking from an unbiased perspective, I might prefer this one, at least over the Dragon Warrior. This set comes with more accessories than usual. The knight alone looks pretty cool with a staff that has a flaming tip. Additionally, you get a small dragon, which is a nice touch. Although the dragon doesn't look too impressive and the minifigure can't sit on it, it's still a cool addition.

17 4633 Dragon Warrior

From my perspective, this is the weakest set I currently own. It's not bad by any means, but objectively, it's the least impressive. The Dragon Warrior himself looks badass with his black armor and red accents. The flaw is that he doesn't come with many accessories - just a big axe and a generic sword. While not terrible, it's easily the weakest set.

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