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Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Space Ranger Playmobil, 2015
Day #1,728: June 19, 2017
Playmobil Space Ranger
Anyone Call for a Space Ranger?

"Fi?ures" Figures Action Figure
Item No.:
No. 5203, #5 of 12
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: Stickers, helmet, wrist communicator, blaster thing
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $3.99
Availability: 2015
Other: Blind Bag Bonanza

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Playmobil I went on a Fi?ures binge in late 2016 because Toys R Us was dumping them at about half price. I wound up with two of the Space Ranger. It's neat - it feels like an update of the classic "Playmospace" figure, and given the look of the deco and the weapon it was timed right. The Force Awakens had a Stormtrooper with a baton-like weapon, and this blaster looks pretty similar. Given the secrecy of Star Wars it's probably more of a coincidence, as it would seem downright impossible to have had one inspire the other.

Playmobil The figure requires assembly, and it's a gem. Also, it has a gem on the chest armor - the clear blue dot looks cool. Each wrist has a communications unit, and a sticker sheet helps add to them with some fake buttons, while actual buttons are painted on the chest. A belt was also included in his paint apps, but what I dug the most were the glasses printed directly on the figure's face and over his eyeballs. This could make the figure useful for spare parts, particularly quasi-future people and skiiers.

Articulation is the usual 6 points and the figure is the standard 3-inches tall. The gear doesn't restrict much movement, but you'll want to be careful to not knock the wrist accessories off when you move the figure's hands.

Playmobil As with most of these blind bags, the figure makes good use out of a lot of existing parts. Less good, though, is that the figure lacks gloves or a tube for his helmet - so he'd blow out of his suit. Maybe it's supposed to be a security guard of the future or some sort of solider, but it's hard to not see a space ranger here.

It's a nice pull, but one of little consequence - Playmobil has done a lot with the basic design in other colors like this red Space Ranger [FOTD #1,587] and the clear blue Space Warrior [FOTD #1,618]. They're all functionally very similar, just with different gear and colors. The good news is a space collector has a lot of options, but for those seeking novelty this plain white one is a bore by comparison. It's sturdy, well-made, and printed impeccably - but how can it hold up to the whole alien or android thing? I'd say be happy if you find a series eight blind bag and get one, but don't go out of your way to seek this one out.

--Adam Pawlus

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