Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Fire Wizard Playmobil, 2016
Day #1,737: June 30, 2017
Fire Wizard King Gizzard's Pal
"Fi?ures" Figures Action Figure
Item No.: No. 6840, #12 of 12 Manufacturer:Playmobil Includes:Red cuffs, black cape, hat, staff Action Feature:Makes your figures nervous in alleys Retail:$3.99 Availability:Fall 2016 Other:Fire Good
A friend of mine once posited the theory that the entire blind bag Playmobil line is a bunch of cosplayers, which would probably work. This would mean that the Fire Wizard has got to be Guy Fieri going to Dragon Con. As usual, the figure uses mostly exiting parts and new colors to create something new. One of those colors is an unnatural orange skin tone, although maybe it's just my imagination.
What makes this figure compelling is how weird it is - a Wizard in robes is a sensible thing. Giving him a tall hat with a snake on it... that's creativity. Adding in the orange skin, white gloves, long beard, and flame motifs? Now that's something really original.
Assembling the figure is pretty easy, with standard Playmobil articulation. The only real obstruction is the long snap-on cape, which prevents the figure from sitting unless you pop it off. Otherwise, you get six joints and he has no problems standing or holding his really cool staff. The somewhat Sauron-esque staff has a red orb in the middle surrounded by metal that looks like something of a mix of an animal skull and bat wings. I'm digging it.
I got a bunch of blind bags for friends for gifts, one of whom got this before I did - so I was happy to get more blind bags so I could get one too. If envy isn't a good reason to not buy a toy, I don't know what is. Playmobil has done other wizards in the past, but this is one of those figures that could fit in well with your city sets as a cosplayer or the castle sets as a resident wizard or celebrity chef. I got it on sale, and even at regular price it's a decent buy thanks to the distinctive deco and the general scarcity of artificially tanned old men in this toy series.
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