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Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Prisoner Playmobil, 2016
Day #1,586: December 1, 2016
Playmobil Prisoner
Frowny Face

"Fi?ures" Figures Action Figure
Item No.:
No. 5157, #8 of 12
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: Hat, ball and chain
Action Feature: Reversible facial expressions
Retail: $3.99
Availability: September 2013
Other: No striped sleeves in prison

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Playmobil I got the Prisoner for no specific reason - I just got the bag, and this was inside. He's neat! The outfit isn't necessarily theme-specific, as striped jammies works as a prisoner shorthand in nearly any era. There are western jails, castle jails, modern jails... maybe it's not a great fit for the swords-and-sorcery sets, but that still leaves you with a few hundred years worth of historic usefulness.

Selling the figures as a kit you must assemble really helps to highlight your options. Most figures have one face - this one has two. One side of his head has a happy face, while the flip side is a frowny face. In my case, the paint on the smiley face was off-center - a rarity in the usually meticulous Playmobil paint operations - but the thing is you've got options. If one doesn't work, you've got a plan B.

Playmobil The figure has stubble on both sides, with one of very few frowny faces in the entire line of figures. The eyes are the same on either side, with the printing being a little iffy. It's not perfect. It's a neat idea, though, and one I hope they do more of in the future - having the option of a facial expression did wonders in LEGO as well.

Playmobil Articulation on the 3-inch figure is standard, with 6 joints you can pop apart and swap among other blind-bagged figures. If you need to make your own custom creations, this could be useful. Me, I like them as-is. The stripes are only on the front of the figure, with white arms, a white back, and a mostly white cap.

If you can get it, why not? A figure to throw in whatever cages you have serves a purpose - it looks amusing even if it is a little old hat at this point, at least in the USA. It's a costume that serves as a cartoony shorthand for "I'm in jail," and the ball-and-chain is a nifty linked accessory. It's not just a single piece like on so many action figures - but it's plastic. Back in the 1980s, Playmobil did manufacture a few metal ball-and-chain sets for its ghost figures, which are pretty spiffy. The same ball-and-chain is still used on other figures, including the more recent light-up LED ghost on clearance at Toys R Us as I write this. But I digress - scare up a prisoner if you can!

--Adam Pawlus

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