Every year (or close to it) you can walk up and down the aisles in New York City inside Javits Center at New York Toy Fair. Playmobil has a booth, with a little basket out front with freebies and a stack of catalogs. Most years have a "boy figure" and a "girl figure," I assume mostly for press or customers to give to their children... unless you are the child, in which case you get a neat Dragon Tournament Knight Figure. It's the same one you get in set #5358, with fewer accessories and no horse. But it's free, so it's all good.
As someone who has had Playmobil figures around for decades, it's not often I pick one up and am generally surprised by some technical achievement or the deco, but here we are. The paint job is stunning not just for Playmobil, but for more smaller scale figures. THere's a wonderful grime finish on the armor that looks filthy and worn, with the shield design being painted on instead of merely being a sticker. The shield's silver rivets are each painted on as well, and you may recall these are the kinds of details that have been costed out of some higher-end collector figures. It's impressive, even if it does use a lot of existing tooling.
The snap-on bits all fit wonderfully and there's a new hook that mounts to the figure's back in order to hold his axe, sword, or shield. It's a bit more versatile than the usual round slot for a bladed weapon, and adds to what the figure can do. Given the same basic buck has been used for over 40 years, finding new ways to carry accessories is something of a big deal.
As a collector there's literally no reason to buy the Toy Fair version - for $13, you can get a pouch with more accessories, this very same figure, and a horse. Yet people are dropping $20 for them on eBay. I was delighted to score one at the show and I'll be pointing to it as a good example of what you can do for the price while other companies are reducing deco. The set from which it originates isn't amazing, but seeing how toy inflation goes these days it's pretty good for the asking price.
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