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Playmobil Sports & Action Table Tennis Players Playmobil, 2015
Day #1,461: June 9, 2016
Playmobil Sports & Action Table Tennis Players Action FiguresTable Tennis Players
Everything but the Table

Sports & Action Action Figures
Item No.:
No. 5197
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: 2 figures, 2 paddles
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $3.99
Availability: ca. 2011
Other: Totally Not Olympics

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Playmobil Sports & Action Table Tennis Players Action FiguresI love novelty and I love clearance, and I got the Table Tennis Players a couple of years ago for two bucks - and the set stayed in the box, on the floor of my photo room, because I'm a slob. Days after I shot the box I stepped on it by accident, and in a panic I opened it to make sure I didn't break the table. Good news - no table. No wait, that's bad news. The set is two guys with paddles. If you want a ball or a table, you will not find it here.

Playmobil Sports & Action Table Tennis Players Action Figures...I'm told that isn't sufficient. Well, the figures use short pants and short-sleeved shirts to deliver figures that have surprisingly good designs. I mean, the premise of Playmobil is that the toys should look vaguely like a child's drawing. Kids rarely draw fingers, noses, or ears, so that's why they have this unique look. The figures changed up hair pieces and hands over time, slowly moving away from the original conceit and more toward a stylized, designer figure. Most of the time, this is good. When you consider that one of the two figures has Asian eyes, it does act as sort of an ink blot test of how the designers see the world around them, or even the cultural sensitivities of those who purchase them. It is notable that the blue-shirted figure has fully-molded circular eyes - so there's a bit of flesh paint covering the bottom of the dot.

Articulation is the usual 6 points and the figure is the standard 3-inches tall. What else would it be?

Playmobil Sports & Action Table Tennis Players Action Figures

Nifty shirts will probably distract you from the lack of a table on the box - I certainly missed it, as the box is sizable for two figures. The two paddles are sized right, and are tiny accessories that may not satisfy. One is silver, one is black. Each has one red side and one black side. They are not textured. I'd say they look pretty good, but the incomplete nature of the sport gives me the same feeling as if they put out two dudes in suits with a stick as a "Pool Shark" bundle.

I paid $2 for this and I almost feel ripped off, if only because I thought I was getting more than I got. A Playmobil figure is almost always worth $2 to me, so when I'm afforded to buy any set on clearance that's the math I use to buy a set I might otherwise skip. I was charmed at the idea of having a ping pong table, and this set deprived me of that. At least I got a couple of paddles. I guess. The figures are nifty in and of themselves, but I've been buying these sets long enough that I don't need random dudes to fill seats or displays. I wouldn't advise you pay a premium for these, but for $2 the set was, ultimately, not a bad deal. If nothing else, this sets the stage for a better attempt later.

--Adam Pawlus

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