Playmobil Castle 6042 Castle Ghost with Rainbow LED Playmobil, 2019
Day #2,136: October 17, 2019
Castle Ghost with Rainbow LED Remake of a Classic
Item No.: No. 6042 Manufacturer:Playmobil Includes:Plastic chain, candlestick, keys Action Feature:Light-up multi-color LED inside, glows in the dark too Retail:$7.99 Availability:2014 Other:Not the original, but good
The Castle Ghost with Rainbow LED is a big modernization of a classic glow ghost figure - I had and loved the original as a kid, and I like this new one... just not as much.
This toy is brilliant in that it's one of few glow-in-the-dark figures with a light bulb in it - it can make itself glow after you turn it off. I really love that idea, but it comes at a cost. The original Ghost was a figure with a sheet over it - so you got a head, arms, legs, the whole bit. The figure is basically a ghost chess piece with moving arms and wrists - functionally similar, but lacking some of the play mechanics of the original. The metal ball-and-chain has also been modernized with a less fun plastic accessory.
I would get this if you're a fiend for glowing plastic things - because it's cool, and it glows well. The face is completely different from other Playmobil figures, and it's sturdy. The figure can't slip out from under a sheet since it's one big solid piece, and there's a clip on the bottom for the ball-and-chain. The figure can also rattle keys or a candlestick.
Thanks to the figure's massive base, there's no chance of it falling over without you throwing something at it. The sheet is tattered, but it's hard to se in glow plastic. You can see lots of tattered holes near and under the arms, plus lots of nifty pleats near the feets. Well, the base at least. There's no real foot action here, just a battery compartment with trademark information.
The LED shifts from white to green, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, and white again. If you push the button a second time, it just glows white. When you hit it a third time, it turns off and if you're in a dark room you get a decent - but not fantastic - green glow for a few minutes. Hit it with a UV light and the plastic glows brightly, impressively, and is a generally good chunk of glowing plastic.
This figure is still available - albeit not widely so - and remains somewhat cheap. I got mine at a Toys R Us a long time ago, and I like it - but I buy most Playmobil ghosts and monsters I can find. I like this one, but unless you're the kind of person that wants multiple styles of spooky specters or spirits, I'd advise you to pick up the "classic" one and be happy with it.
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