The Buffalo Warrior another entry in Playmobil's ongoing love of an aspect of American culture that we largely have swept under the rug, and that was Cowboys & Indians. These figures aren't necessarily an authentic representation of the many indigenous peoples of the Americas, but it seems like a decent example of someone who is familiar with the idea of America's history, but may not be in the market of creating something that's representative.
As with other blind-bagged figures, assembly is required and it's simple. You know the drill.
If you've ever been through Sky Harbor Airport, bits and pieces of the figure's design may look vaguely familiar. The pattern on the shirt is orante and looks like some of the art you may have seen on the walls near the escalators. The hat/helmet draws on things you've seen on TV and the movies, and Google will show you images of hats that are sort of like this one. It very much feels like how you want the American southwest to feel, but I don't think it's representative of any specific region or person. So is it a good figure in its own right?
Sure. Playmobil has done figures based loosely of cultures, regions, myths, and legends without being specific or realistic. The multi-color shirt decoration and designs on the legs, especially the printed fringe, are clever and look like a decent way of making fancier designs with only paint. The knife fits in the belt, while the plastic "string" is a tight fit to get around the cane. The head is painted with lines under the eyes and special color around the eyes.
A friend of mine once looked at the line of surprise bagged figures from Playmobil and described them all as cosplayers - and if that's true, this is a good one. It looks like it could be a colorful homemade costume of an American through the eyes of Germany. It's fairly ornate and interesting to look at, and it's a quality figure with decent deco and plenty of accessories. Playmobil makes numerous figures that pull together disparate elements of things from history or pop culture to make something that evokes a look or a feel, and they do a fantastic job. I assume he'll be hanging out in my old Western sets. They're all very lovely.
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