Playmobil's homegrown superheroes are neat, mostly because you can smell traces of other characters in them. I smell a tiny bit of Robin in their Flaming Skull figure, which has no name anywhere so let's call it that! He's mostly red and black, with green gloves and a green belt, plus green eyes in his mask. The head has inset molded eyes and a mouth, all painted over to bring you the superhero charm.
As with other blind-bagged figures, assembly is required and it's simple. The arms are stiff on my sample, but everything snaps together in seconds plus you can hang the blaster on the figure's back. You've got options. The options are good. He has bare flesh hands that are covered in green mittens, and while it provides a good overall look to the figure it would be even better had he been given molded green hands.
The colors look a lot like what I saw in the decor of the now-defunct Chili My Soul eatery in Encino, CA. It was great - lots of bottles implying "hey, this is hot!" with greens, reds, black, skulls, and fire. That's what you get here, and while the figure won't sear your eyeballs it will stand out on a shelf with other figures from this series. I love the stylized skull design and the flame just plain works. The belt buckle looks big and mean, which is tough to pull off when every figure has the proportions of a child's stick figure drawing. The red boots are really cool too, molded in color and set in black pants. It's sharp - but it might be a tough sell outside of blind bags simply because unbranded superhero products are a tough sell in today's marketplace.
Articulation is standard 6-joint Playmobil fare, and the hair is nothing you haven't seen before. He can stand, sit, and hold his weapon - even by the grip, but it's best held by the clear bright green energy beam passing through the body. I should add, that element sings when exposed to black light.
I like what Playmobil did here, although I almost wish they had one or two licensed superheroes to square off with these creations. Batman or Spider-Man could do battle with the Flaming Skull. Or the Tick, if I had my way, and I won't. Until then this dastardly demon or friendly hero will have to haunt the police stations and shopping malls of the Playmobil world unchallenged by billions of dollars worth of marketing spanning nearly eight decades, and maybe that's for the best for now. If you don't dig what you see, you can always swap parts with another figure and make something new. Heck, maybe I will later!
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