Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 9 Mystery Figures Yeti Snowboarder Fisher-Price, 2015
Day #2,194: May 12, 2020
Yeti Snowboarder Rare as the Yeti
Imaginext Series 9 Blind-Bagged Mystery Figures
Item No.: Asst. CDX70 No. CDX71 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:Mask, snowboard Action Feature:Removable mask Retail:$2.99 Availability: 2016 Other: Look for #39 on upper-left of the foil packet on the back
What a difference a year makes! A year ago I was floating around town tracking down old blind bags like the Yeti Snowboarder after getting high on gorgeous release after gorgeous release, and now new series have slowed significantly. Will series 13 even make it out? Will I see it if it does? I don't know - but I do know Dollar General near here still has some series 9 figures, and it's possible stores near you may as well.
This figure may well be at a grocery store, drug store, or value chain near you - Walmarts and Targets generally get rid of the older ones somewhat quickly. I can find gallons of series 11 at a local grocery chain, though - and it may be worth tracking this Bigfoot repaint down. Previously sold in brown, this lumpy, plastic wool-esque figure is about 3-inches tall with 6 meaningful points of articulation. The figure's big feet fit perfectly over the textured surfboard, and the Yeti mask fits over the squinting do-ragged boarder like a glove.
As America's answer to Playmobil in many respects, Imaginext Yeti Snowboarder certainly shows just how different the two brands are despite the similar size and price. By combining a monster costume with extreme sports, it's more in line with our tastes as a country - ridiculous, extreme, silly, and being multiple things at once. Playmobil usually hews to more realistic - or at least, more uniform - expressions of whimsy. It's rarely a person in a costume - it's a real thing. The winking man in the suit allows kids to have it any way they like. Monster fans have a monster, kids who are freaked out by monsters see that it's just some bro on his sick board. (It has sculpted snowy texture on it, to boot.)
As I write this, they just announced that my city is being ordered to stay indoors and there's been no sign or announcement of series 13. When I look at an older line like this - one that has largely been phased out, as a non-license-focused toy series, I assume it's possible that the non-DC, non-movie mystery bags could just go away. It's a pity - they're filled with references to classic comics, toys, and folklore that fans will undoubtedly discover and love for decades to come. There's even a whole Yeti line that was sold at Target a few years ago - but no longer.
If you're out getting groceries and stumble on these blind bag figures, go ahead and buy yourself one. At $3 or $4 they're a fun treat, and if you don't like them, maybe your kids will. You'll probably want something during your government-encouraged disease-inspired possibly enforced-by-law legal time out in your new home workspace.
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