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Playmobil Tigers Playmobil, 2016
Day #1,662: March 17, 2017
Playmobil Tigers Action FigureTigers
They Will Kill Your Drones

Playmobil Action Figure
Item No.:
No. 6645
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: 2 adults, 1 baby
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: 2014
Other: Sack of Tigers

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Playmobil Tigers Action FigureHey, Tigers! The mold was introduced when I was still age-appropriate for these toys, but they came unpainted in white plastic with a bag full of markers. So did the penguins, giraffes, and several others as a sort of "Here, you complete it" product. I was bad at coloring and terrible about painting things, so after an iffy stint on the penguins I skipped the tigers completely. I thought they looked neat - the mouths can grab on to accessories - but I wasn't about to paint them myself. For whatever reason last year, Playmobil slashed prices on these at many major retailers so I went ahead and got a sack of them. They're nice! I'm glad I waited for painted ones.

Playmobil Tigers Action FigureThe set has two adults and one baby. The adults are both the same exact mold with jointed legs, tails, and necks - six points of articulation per giant kitty. The eyes are a black wedge, with sculpted stripes filled in with black and some white fur to add some color on the face and belly. They're very sturdy, with a flat plastic texture instead of any sculpted fur.

The deco is good for a Playmobil animal, as many just get painted eyes or a bare minimum of details - after all, the point was always to try to make a toy version of a child's drawing. What matters are things like stripes and teeth, which gives more reasons to not sculpt things like paw pads or certain anatomical bits. (Although some Playmobil animals do have them, I should note.) Each and every joint moves smoothly and this toy is definitely built for abuse. Given the price, it makes sense.

Playmobil Tigers Action FigureThe baby tiger in the set may look familiar, and that's because Playmobil is fond of using this mold for multiple feline offspring. I had one as a kid in yellow as a baby lion. With the black stripes and white face paint - including little whiskers and a black nose - it somehow comes off as even more adorable. The head and legs all move and are extremely sturdy, with very few sculpted details like musculature or claws or anything like that. It's a baby toy tiger. It delivers on the promise of a baby toy tiger.

Since an average Playmobil blind-bag person has a ton of gear and moving parts for about $3, a bagged set of tigers at $10 isn't exactly a screaming deal - but I got mine for $5, so I'm happy. The "add-on" sets in clear plastic bags are often even more expensive, but the sales and markdowns don't make me think American toy buyers really got behind the idea of putting toys in sacks like you would potato chips. LEGO also tried and ditched the format. The deco and quality are good, and consistent with other Playmobil toys. You might be better off getting your tigers as part of a larger toy set, as animals are often found in multiple collections to ensure that their parent company gets the most out of having developed the molds. And given that the molds are now over 38 years old, I'd say that they have.

--Adam Pawlus

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