Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 12 Collectible Figures Clawtron Fisher-Price, 2019
Day #2,099: June 11, 2019
Clawtron Inspired by Adventure People
Imaginext Series 12 Blind-Bagged Collectible Figures
Item No.: Asst. CDX99 No. FXR59 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:Green rifle, green satellite Action Feature:n/a Retail:$2.99 Availability: April 2019 Other: Look for #59 on upper-left of the foil packet on the back
Fisher-Price paying tribute to Fisher-Price doesn't seem like a stretch, but Clawtron is a surprise in that it pays tribute to several Adventure People space figures. The arms of the figure are modeled after Clawtron, but there are a few others that are baked in this one. The helmet and body were originally used in series 10, but you can recognize that torso, helmet, and head combo platter as the Firestar I pilot. Oddly the helmet deco with the silver base doesn't match any released figure, including the pilot, so this figure could serve as the basis for other customs down the road while itself being made completely of existing parts and pieces.
The head isn't immediately obvious, but it's the same clear blue we saw on Series 11 X-Ray Man [FOTD #2,014]. The claws have been on several figures, the first of which I believe may have been Series 1 Robot [FOTD #796]. The body and helmet clearly come from Series 10 Spaceman and Alien [FOTD #2,002], with the accessories seemingly coming from other sources. I am unsure where the clear green rifle originated as it's very similar to two existing weapons, but this particular one I can't place. The green satellite was previously sold with the Imaginext Alpha Exosuit, which I sadly did not (yet) get.
The 3-inch figure has the same articulation you've come to expect - universal shoulders, unileg, and swivel wrists. The neck seems to rotate, but with the non-removable helmet my pre-posed head isn't going to go anywhere. The claws have no problems holding accessories with one caveat - that satellite doesn't really belong anywhere. For something made mostly of existing parts, I was expecting a more interesting accessory - perhaps the Alpha Star robot, the slug robot Opticon, or a redeco of the sidekick alien. The clear green weapons are a little too big to be useful or fun, and seem more like lost Green Lantern Imaginext parts. For all I know that's why they're here!
While I do dump on the accessories this Clawtron x Firestar I Pilot is a $3 keeper. Onell Design made their tributes as 2 separate figures, and this mashup would perfectly skirt copycat side-eyes if that were an issue. I assume Fisher-Price need not worry about ripping itself off. I don't have many Imaginext toys, but the ones I have I really truly like. Especially at the price. Get yourself a $3 Clawtron if you se see the packets - so far I've only seen them in Walmarts.
With Imaginext fading at retail and only one or maybe two series of figures per year, I don't have high hopes we'll get many more. If anyone at Fisher-Price is reading, it would be really swell to see X-Ray Woman, Brainoid, and Astro-Knight before it goes away! Or I'll just go back and buy the monsters I missed. There were many.
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