Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures
Item No.: No. 5204, #10 of 12 Manufacturer:Playmobil Includes:Bowl, baby, backpack, fork, ladle, spoon Action Feature:n/a Retail:$2.99 Availability: August 2011 Other: One of 12 "girls" figures, one of 24 in the initial offering
With quite a bit of gear, this Cavewoman serves as a sneak peek to the Stone Age line hitting the USA next year. But it's in Germany right now, so over there this figure probably isn't nearly as interesting, because a similar one comes in the largest "cave" set with a mammoth, plus some fire, and a waterfall. She doesn't stand out as much as part of a larger set, but by herself? She's a neat figure.
While most of the figures in this line thrive on reused torsos and legs, this one actually seems to be pretty new. Her upper and lower halves feature nondescript animal skin detail sculpted in, plus her accessories cement her in the "mommy" role. I'm not sure if this was a dig at "caveman" attitudes toward women but given the rest of the collection includes princesses, fairies, a robber, a witch, a skater girl, and a mermaid, this one feels out of place. Granted, that's why it's also the first "pink bag" figure I went after.
When you get right down to it, there's not a lot here that reeks of "fun" once you get beyond the concept of prehistoric woman. I mean, that's just a cool thing to have, while the accessories lack a sense of fun. For example, the other girl figures include fun gear like a boombox, skis, a seahorse, and a riding crop. (You just know she's going to be the fun one at a party.) The cavewoman can cook, care for baby, and serve food...I guess it's nice that she included some accessories but these seem like things they made so that you may lose them. I'd love a club, or a stick with fire on it, or even a small prehistoric creature.
I assume the me of 2012 won't be nearly as excited for this figure-- I'm super-stoked about the Mammoth and 2012 sets in that category, and this lets me have a piece of that collection early for a mere $3. And she'll probably be displayed with those figures when the time comes to finally get them in the USA. But today? She's a unique treasure, a great companion to the much simpler (and tanner) Caveman figure of the 1990s. I love the idea, and I appreciate something historic in the mostly fantasy-based or modern life-inspired figures in this collection. Like with the boy's line, there are lots of great ones in the line, and I'm curious to see what's up for series 2. Western School Marm? Chick Zombie? Bank Customer? I can't wait!
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