Just what did that kid do to the toilet? Don't tell me. I don't want to know. As a kid I was a big fan of Playmobil animals and ghosts - there weren't many creatures or mythical beasts at the time. I picked up some of the more recent ones, and this Child with Monster fit the bill of being neat, weird, and a surprisingly good package of plastic for six bucks. With inflation hitting everything this year, $5.99 was decent for one small human, one small new monster, a bed... and for some reason, two plungers.
The human kid comes completely assembled with jammies. The PJ bottoms are a surprisingly ornate painted pattern, with a t-shirt that vaguely recalls a popular movie monster. But this one doesn't have horns, or blue fur, or a nose. It's just a wacky blue monster. The kid uses the same molds we've seen for Playmobil kids for quite some time, with no shoes, and a short-sleeve shirt. I dig unique designs, and if that reissue Victorian Mansion shows up this kid is getting one of the bedrooms. I like it. The elevated bed is pretty cool too - you can store your desk under there. Or when you get older, you can put the bed on the bottom and store your ample toy collection up top. (It's true.)
The set's selling point is the weird green creature with awkward smile, big eyes, horns, and wings. And yellow claw hands. I have no idea why he looks like he does other than he seems to invoke a lot of things without actually looking like any specific creature. The horns look sort of like ram horns, the wings could be on just about anything, and the fact that he has two eyes makes him distinct from another popular green monster. The figure does require assembly - the front and back halves squeeze together, and you have to insert the hands and wings. It's easy. But he has plungers - I have no idea why. Maybe it's a reference to a German folk tale I've never heard, or perhaps it's some sort of wish fulfillment I will not understand. I'm not going to ask. I'm just going to say this is a neat monster at face value and a surprisingly ornate toy for Playmobil given that their design sensibility tends to hew to "kid's drawing." The warts and colorful eyes are above and beyond what your kid probably draws.
Rounding out the set is a big blue bed that assembles pretty easily, and has big blue balls on the bottom of the legs. The sheets have indentations for the kid, and there's also a flashlight. I assume this is for bludgeoning the monster. Who can say for sure? Most kids probably have a lamp or a smart phone that shines a light these days, so I'm assuming this is a weapon for use against interdimensional sock thieves.
I really like this set - but smaller sets have less going on. Compared to other Specials Plus sets, or blister card 2-packs, I'd say the value here is pretty good. A figure, furniture, and a monster with some plumber gear? Six bucks sounds fair to me, especially in this foul year of inflation 2022. It is exceedingly rare that I can buy a toy and say "I feel like I got my money's worth here," but this is one of those sets.
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