Custom Playmobil Ice Cream Truck Using DHL Delivery Truck
I think we all have a love affair with the concept of the ice cream truck. You're out playing ball, or running around with friends. It sure is a hot day, a treat would be nice, but the local ice cream shop(pe) is too far away. No worries, the ice cream man is bringing the relief straight to your door! Even at thirty years old, the familiar ring of the ice cream truck's bell makes me stop what I'm doing and strain to remember if I have a few loose bills in my wallet.
Playmobil has gone the extra mile in providing everything you need to recreate your life in playmo-land. There're banks with ATMs, Saloons, bakeries, different sizes of cars, vacation homes... yet somehow the ice cream truck never got made. How can this be? Is the ice cream truck not a native German reality? Playmobil hasn't shied away from decidedly American concepts before. So what happened here? There is the ice cream cart that was part of the Zoo line. There is a new ice cream parlor super set out now, but there was never an ice cream truck (that I have seen... if you know that there is a vintage ice cream truck, please prove me wrong)
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So I took it upon myself to design one. Using the existing DHL delivery truck, I designed some stickers (available in a handy PDF) you can download and adhere to your own playmobil DHL truck. Let me break it down. Download this PDF and print it out on a single sheet (uncut) sticker paper. Cut out the individual pieces on the thin gray line. The interior counter needs to be adhered to a piece of cardstock and placed inside the truck.
After you get your hands on the DHL truck (you may have to order online, none of my local toy stores had it), break it down into all the separate pieces, put masking tape on both sides of the clear windshield, and spray paint all of the yellow portions white. I did some research, and the Krylon Fusion spray paint which is formulated to stick to plastics is listed as being safe for children. Putting white on school-bus yellow is tough, it took about 6-7 coats to really cover the yellow, and in certain light, it still looks a little "egg shell" in color. The truck snapped back together fairly easily even after painting. (Getting the gray base off of the yellow body in the first place was very difficult.)
You'll need to contact the playmobil parts department for their ice cream man (with hat, apron and scoop) and some ice cream cones. Call 1-800-351-8697, Press the option for PARTS / CONSUMER SERVICE dept, not add ons, and ask to order parts from Playmobil set #3244. Ask for the ice cream man, hat, apron, scoop, and how many ice cream cones you want. (Each cone is two pieces... the "ice cream" portion and the "cone" portion).
The assembly is pretty easy. After the paint is dry, adhere your stickers. And now your playmobil people can relax and have a nice treat. I'm looking for a small sound box (that would accompany a dollhouse maybe) that has an ice cream truck song. I would attach that to the removable roof.
Check out my pics below, and the rest of our playmobil coverage, including Make Your Own Gameshow play set, and printable back drops for your playmobil display. We'll be at Toy Fair in NYC next week, with pics of all the new playmobil sets coming out in America in 2008.
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