Another reissue! I believe I read that the Detective came about because of fan demand from the now-defunct Playmobil Collectors Club, where they actually asked fans what they wanted reissued for the mail-order "Add-Ons" range. Great idea. The original Specials toy was $2-$3 around 1996, and this reissue was $2.99. Given inflation, that's pretty darned good..
The figure is assembled, you just snap on the hat, spats, and cape. He can hold the magnifying glass, and that's pretty much all you have to do - no Watson has been made (to my knowledge), and as one of the earliest "Specials" toys the original was in pretty high demand. The reissue has the printed vest and coat like the original, plus the tie. The colros are a little diferent, although you probably wouldn't notice unless you had an original to compare it to side-by-side. As such, you'd best assume any unboxed sample you see is a reissue.
All the parts fit perfectly, and it's pretty much exactly what you - or Lt. Commander Data - would see as an ideal costume for the character. He has big sideburns, but no pipe. The beloved tobacco accessory has been on toys for years, but started to vanish in the 1980s and was all but extinct by the 1990s. That's more or less OK, because you still have a cool painted chain on the vest. It's a wonderful figure that went along great with the Dollhouse/Victorian theme of the 1980s and 1990s, but it seems the modern line is less interested in English history and more interested in ghosts.
Playmobil USA recently ran out of this figure - you might still be able to shake one loose at an online or local shop, but they're running out and you might not see them for the original cheap price anymore. As such, you might want to snag one now if it's still under $10.
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