Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 6 Collectible Figures 4 Arm Alien Fisher-Price, 2015
Day #2,122: August 29, 2019
4 Arm Alien Four arms
Imaginext Series 6 Blind-Bagged Collectible Figures
Item No.: Asst. CDX70 No. DGN05 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:Collar Action Feature:More arms, collar Retail:$2.99 Availability: 2015 Other: Look for #65 on upper-left of the foil packet on the back
I miss the whimsy of older toy lines, where original creations that don't seem rooted in anythign in particular could flourish. Fisher-Price's 4 Arm Alien is one of those rare throwbacks to nothing in particular. Its coloring and clean lines seem to recall an era gone by, but the optic yellow-skinned, four-armed, pointy-shoed interloper seems like he might have been out of some Wayne Barlowe fever dream, reimagined for your preschooler.
It's rare we as adults get to look at a toy, arch an eyebrow, and ask ourselves "now what am I looking at?" The helmet is pulled down over the eyes and nose, with wide shoulder armor covering the four arms and the "i" Imaginext belt. The pointy shoes look like they could have been reused from some other line, but I don't immediately recognize them as a jester or genie or some other thing. He stands and sits nicely, although those spare arms may get in the way of sitting in some vehicles. The upper arm wrists rotate, but not the lower ones.
The big teeth and three eyes blend in to the helmet strangely well, and it's easy to miss the reptillian-meets-mummy-wraps texture of the brightly colored skin. I particularly like the highlights painted in the armor, and would love to be in the alternate universe where people customize these guys as high-end collectibles. There's a lot of opportunity for enhanced painted detail, but it still looks good to the point of its optional red collar seeming superfluous. It just covers the face - and I'd rather see the face. It's better than no extra, but I wouldn't miss it if I lost it.
While not an essential part of any collection or a match for the strange 4 Arm Aliens of the last "space" line of Ion and Crab vehicles, this figure does look superb as a one-off from some other galaxy or quadrant or whatever. It's unique, it's original, it's weird, and best of all, it was worth the three bucks. Help yourself to one should it cross your path.
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