The Viking brings you another entry to the ongoing series. Currently these warriors from the North are mostly in the Playmobil How to Train Your Dragon theme, but the theme debuted in the early 2000s. Being smart, Playmobil keeps parts in circulation and many of these pieces are still.
As with other blind-bagged figures, assembly is required and it's simple. You know the drill. For some reason the joints on this one are stiff, and arms aren't quite as smooth as other figures I've opened from this lot.
This one has some nice detail. Leather armor over the shoulders is connected to some chest armor with blue printed gear. With buttons! And dragons! Other winged lizard beasts can be seen on the shield, and the yellow + blue shield can only make you think of IKEA. Or rather, can only make me think of IKEA. The yellow hair adds to it.
The figure is loaded for battle, making it the perfect addition to a Vikings collection. You get an axe to sling on his back, or a sword to stow on his belt. The shield snaps in the hand nicely, as does the wrist amor. The helmet and all parts fit nicely on the figure, in my sample the only real problem I had was getting the body to snap together.
Since I picked up a lot of the original Viking sets, I'm happy to add to them. Nessie, my boat, and my battering ram need pals. So does the camp set. The figure brings the traditional since-1974 Playmobil figure design and updates it with some added snap-on parts, complete with nifty boots and a slick unpainted helmet. For a couple of bucks, this is a wonderful little figure. I've been slowly getting through the bags I've bought - there are many duplicates - and it took me a few moments to realize this was new. That, I suppose, could be a knock against it. It's not wildly new like the Steampunk guy I still haven't found, or the zombie butler, or the broken-limbed monster, but that is part of the point. Try, try again.
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