As a kid, one thing I always wanted to see in LEGO and Playmobil were one-offs to enhance the more mundane sets. Like a Werewolf. LEGO tackled these in a movie line in the 2000s, but Playmobil hasn't done quite as much - we've had ghosts and vampires, but the likes of the remainder of the Universal Monsters are far and few between. The great thing about a figure like this is its transformative property in a toy system. A zoo, a school, or a city can be fun. Let a werewolf loose in there, and now you've got something fun. I also thought the same thing about Ghostbusters and X-Files, the former will be showing up in both Euro-toy formats.
Part of Playmobil's genius is how they use and reuse parts in creative ways. The hair of the werewolf was also used on the Dracula/Vampire figure as well as many others, with high and tight locks flanked by low-hanging sideburns. The head is the same head you've always seen, with the eyes painted yellow and added fur/hair on his body. The basic torso has fake tearing on the arms and body, plus sculpted tearing on the sleeves and pants.
The figure is the same basic body you've seen a bajillion times, but more werewolfy.
The figure's lone accessory is a small playful puppy. It was previously labeled as a German Shepherd, and it has more paint than most animals typically get. Black on top fades to the brown plastic, and painted eyes are joined by a black nose. Mine wasn't painted all that well. It's a bizarre addition, I'd rather have seen a weapon that could be used to defeat the creature. Or something for him to eat or damage. Still. It's not bad - just keep an eye on the paint when you buy yours.
Playmobil has sold add-ons and single figures for years, but many of them are the beginning of their own theme, or belong in a specific time period. Things like werewolves and vampires and ghosts have the benefit of going anywhere at any time humans walk the Earth... maybe not the Egypt sets. Pretty much any other civilization could be convincingly menaced by the likes of the wolfman. Given the unique packaging - blister cards are relatively scarce in Playmobil - you'll quickly see this figure if you can find it. I scored it at a Hobby Bench in Arizona, of which there are fewer than there were 15 years ago. This figure in this packaging would have been lovely in a mass-market store, but America's embrace of Playmobil in the early 2000s has given way to it being downright tough to get. If you're in to Playmobil, get yourself a werewolf. I like it more from the perspective of a collector, but I don't doubt you will enjoy it for its own distinctive features.
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