I'm Boris, I'm currently 28 and I'm living in Belgium. I'm quite new here so I'd like you to tell my personal Playmobil story. As for the most - including me - it all started in our childhood. As far as I can remember I got my first set when I was 4 years old. I got the Esso gas station (3434) and the bus (3782), I know I have a picture somewhere of me playing with it, but I wasn't able to find it so far. Afterwards my parents tried to spoil me with some different themes, it turned out that I liked sets including animals the most. So when I turned 6, my family surprised me with circus Romani. I think it was one of my happiest moments as a child! Everything was set up on the kitchen table as in the picture below:
Since I was born in Summer, I spent the whole holiday playing with the circus. Some other sets including the mother and her baby elephant - which I kept with my great-grandparents - had to be a part of the greater circus (of course). So I held a big ceremony introducing them to the audience (I clearly wasn't a great photographer at that time...):
In the right corner below you can see a hint of the 1900-oldtimer (5620), which unfortunately didn't survive my childhood. Years passed away and I eventually got the zoo and the jungle too, since I was a big fan of the animal themes. A couple of years ago I left my elder house (and my Playmobil), but my parents recently moved to another city, so my mother asked if I wanted to stock my old toys at my apartment. Of course I said yes... And when I got them (back), I couldn't resist to sort out the Playmobil per theme, which eventually turned into... Building a new diorama and collecting new sets! As for today I have built a zoo (after the idea of a Belgian zoo Pairi Daiza) and a circus next to it. The mother elephant (which I like to call Mary) and her baby are now adopted by the zoo, which makes them the oldest animals I have. Hereby two pictures of my diorama, I will post more detailed pictures in my albums: Paradisio Zoo & Circus Romani
I am very glad I came across the collector's club and I'm very happy to share my Playmobil-stories with you all!!!