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It's Royal Wedding day for the Playmobil people in our house...

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SoMuchToBits Sat 19-May-18 20:31:30

Prince Josiah of Playmoland is marrying Miss Serena Sparkle. The wedding will take place at Ruggington Cathedral and the reception will be in the grounds of Roundwood Palace.

The ceremony will be conducted y the Archbishop of Ruggington, the Most Revernd Godfrey Venables, and the address will be given by the Dean of Lowbeach-on-Sea, the Very Reverend Anselm Latimer.

Crowd have gathered along the route of the procession, and ardent royalist Brendan, who has camped out overnight to get a good view is being interviewed by the PBC.

SchadenfreudePersonified Thu 26-Sep-19 14:34:29

This thread is a delight.

SoMuchToBits Thu 31-May-18 21:52:59

I was more thinking of another wedding rather than a general election. Although a gen election can be set up very quickly whereas a wedding takes lots of planning...

Westfacing Thu 31-May-18 21:26:33

Don't tell anyone, but I've just ordered another Playmo set on eBay tonight ready for the next event...

Oh, gawd, not another General Election! shock

LIZS Thu 31-May-18 21:22:14

Sylvanian Families did a Royal Wedding set in 2011 but don't think it sold that well.

SoMuchToBits Thu 31-May-18 21:19:00

I'm not so sure... but I'll keep making my own scenes anyway. Just received some new items in the post today for the next wedding! smile

WinnersClub Wed 30-May-18 17:34:20

I think a royal wedding set will be even more of a hit in other countries. It’s just an idea of course, not researched or anything, so have no marketing analysis to back it, but it’s an idea. I just have a sixth sense, ‘there is something here’, that Playmobil will want.

SoMuchToBits Wed 30-May-18 16:19:09

Also, I can't imagine producing a set that included all the scenes I made - it would be massive. I used more than 300 figures for a start!

SoMuchToBits Wed 30-May-18 16:10:45

elephant, I don't know, but I think it depends whether you make a profit from it as to whether you need permission. I don't know whether the Plarchers generates any income for the people who produce it.

Winners, I'm not sure a Royal Wedding set would be a hit. It might go down well in Britain, but not so sure about all the other countries, as Playmobil is fairly global. Also I definitely wouldn't want them to use our names for a set they produce. One of the things I love about Playmobil is that most of the figures don't have names, which allows children (and some of us adults! wink) to be imaginative.

For example, when I've had a look at the PlaymoFriends website, there is someone on there who posts scenes which include our "Norman" and "Brian", but his are called Ben and Henk. I think it's great you can give the characters the names you want. smile

WinnersClub Wed 30-May-18 15:10:37

I wasn’t thinking about photos, I was thinking about the actual sets you’ve created. Playmobil might be interested in the royal wedding sets, including all the names you’ve given ( which are just brilliant eg plusForce is just brilliant! I can imagine loads of children wanting it. Of course that would also mean ‘advertising’ for the special royal edition.

People might be interested in buying specific sets eg just the royal street party &parade or the heads of state arriving set or infact the entire set. I can even imagine it could become a Playmobil collectors item in future. I’m getting a bit carried away now I know but it’s not impossible.

elephantoverthehill Wed 30-May-18 15:04:41


elephantoverthehill Wed 30-May-18 15:04:08

Do the people who do 'The Plachers' on Twitter, Ambridge synthetics?, have permission from lego does anyone know?

SoMuchToBits Wed 30-May-18 13:58:12

Yes, I think you would need Playmobil's permission to publish anything using their name. I don't think it would sell particularly well either, except maybe to a small bunch of Playmobil fans.

TimeIhadaNameChange Wed 30-May-18 09:23:48

I wasn't thinking about them using it for advertising, but I do think they would sell if you did publish them, but suspect you couldn't do that without Playmobil's permission. I honestly think you should try. And the amateurishness is what makes it, imo!

SoMuchToBits Wed 30-May-18 08:40:32

I really don't think Playmobil would want to use my photos for advertising - they just aren't professional enough. I've used makeshift backdrops and a cheap point and shoot camera, and have no photography skills! And we've used home made bunting and flags. I'm not sure that would cut it in today's slick commercial world!

All great fun, but I'm just a complete amateur. smile

TimeIhadaNameChange Tue 29-May-18 17:02:07

I totally agree, Winners. I really think you, MN and Playmobil should get together.

WinnersClub Tue 29-May-18 16:52:21

Well, you have amazing talent is all I can say. Honestly you could these sell your sets with the stories the royal wedding ones would be special edition!, Playmobil could make a killing and you too. They really are missing a trick here.

SoMuchToBits Tue 29-May-18 16:42:53

I make up the names myself (or some of them evolved when ds was a child, like Norman the Foreman, and the police horse PlusForce, which ds said was so named "because he adds value to the police force" grin).

Similarly either ds or I have made up the families. And no, I have never worked for Playmobil! In fact, the only contact I have had with Playmobil is to order stuff from their website, and I have "liked" their FB page.

WinnersClub Tue 29-May-18 16:27:04

SoMuch - Do you make up all theses names yourself? Do you make up the families or do you actually work for Playmobil?

SoMuchToBits Tue 29-May-18 16:15:48

Thank you! As I mentioned earlier, I'm not sure about Instagram, as I don't have a smartphone and mainly use my laptop for my online activities. I am on FB, and have posted an album of the Playmo Royal Wedding for my friends to see, but haven't really thought about a separate FB page.

Lightbringer Tue 29-May-18 15:12:49

Omg these are amazing! You need an Instagram account or start a Facebook page!

SoMuchToBits Mon 28-May-18 19:23:01

Thank you!

I have lists of the names of all our Playmo people, but not all of them are in families. For example, Norman just has his mates (Ken, Len, Brian etc). But I have a little family tree for the Royal family, and for the Sparkles and the Widdletons. And some other people come in small "families", e.g. Jeff and Jackie Marlin (from the Family Yacht set) have two children called Jordan and Jessica (but the children weren't at the wedding, they went to the street party instead.

TimeIhadaNameChange Mon 28-May-18 18:17:50

Just caught up. Thank you so much, SoMuch! Absolutely fantastic!

Do you keep lists of who everyone is, their names, family relationships etc, or aren't you bothered?

SoMuchToBits Sun 27-May-18 22:49:45

elephant, I know I'm bonkers! not sure about artistic

Winners - how did I do it all? Planning. Lots of planning. And patience. And used past experience for some things, but improving on what we did in 2011 for example.

WinnersClub Sun 27-May-18 22:38:34

OP this has been wonderful. The attention to detail is just incredible. I didn’t get to see Harry’s reception but it doesn’t matter now because we have this. Only one question, How did you do it all?

elephantoverthehill Sun 27-May-18 22:34:15

SoMuch you are completely and delightfully bonkers and very artistic.

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