The Pirate is a long-running Playmobil standard. They're in the blind bags, and a new pirate theme line shows up every few years with the latest and greatest in Playmobil tech. Some years, this meant newly sculpted elements and fancy new accessories. In others, it meant that something that would have been a new piece is now merely printed on the figure. In this case, it's a mix of everything - you get a good figure for the price.
Assembly is easy, just put on the coat before you slide in the arms and legs. It snaps together quickly, and the bandolier makes it interesting. The hat has an earring on it, which... is this normal? I don't know pirate fashions. It looks awesome, regardless.
What struck me upon assembly was the head - the long black hair and beard look a lot like Brian Posehn in the classic Mr. Show "Titanica" sketch, in which he's a big mean-looking heavy metal guy. If I get spare musician figures, I'm totally going to be transplanting and customizing him as a Playmobil figure.
The paint job is exquisite, with trim on the coat, a painted shirt on the torso, and even tassels on the belt and the boots. It's pretty. Short of some sort of painted battle damage or scuffing - which Playmobil rarely does, outside of patches - this is pretty much perfect. It's distinctive, but it's another "captain" looking figure. I need more pirate trainees, or pirate troopers. Who can my my army of pirates? I need more crew.
I'm not complaining. It's not a life-changing figure, but the personality is different from my other pirates and figures that I can say I'm reasonably excited to have this one. The trident is fun, the gold ornament is cool, and the deco is better than I'm used to for these guys. It's not life-changing weirdness like the steampunk guy... which as of my writing this I still haven't found, but such is life. It's good.
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