I was never a Playmobil kid.
I don't know how that happened, but I managed to skip right over Playmobil toys.
I had Lincoln Logs.
I had Weebles.
I had Erector Sets.
I had Tinker Toys.
I had Legos.
I had Megos.
I had Star Wars figures and G.I. Joe... but no Playmobil.
It seems like they should have been right in there between Legos and Star Wars. But nope.
Which is a shame because they're pretty great toys.
Lots of accessories and playsets to collect and all with a pleasant, serene smile just like their Lego cousins.
And now, as an adult, I find them to be pretty great. Why?
There ain't no Halloween Legos.
Or Halloween Star Wars figures.
But there are Halloween Playmobil toys!
There are two specific types of packaging for Halloween Playmobils. There are some that come within an orange plastic jack o' lantern (my personal preference). You can either get a "Ghost" or another package called "Trick or Treaters."
The "Ghost Figure" comes with a figure dressed in black with a BLACK ghost sheet to put over him. The sheet is pre-formed and snaps on like the other Playmobil accessories. He even comes with a trick or treat sack.
I gotta tell ya, this one's my pick.
You get a jack o' lantern, a black ghost (which is pretty bad-ass) and the face on the sheet can almost be construed as a Scream-like homage. A+
The "Trick or Treaters" set also comes in a plastic pumpkin, but this time you get TWO figures. A "Devil" and a "Tiger." Though I should rate this higher because you get TWO figures, I won't because the ghost still looks cooler. B+
The above two seem like they're designed to be given out as treats on Halloween. And no matter what age you are: if you get a smiling jack o' lantern pumpkin you crack that sucker open faster than an Easter egg to see what's inside.
Playmobil also has two Halloween sets.
Each comes with two figures. There's the Dragon and Tiger two-pack and there's the Ghost Pirate and Wizard two-pack.
Neither has my ideal mix of figures so I have to buy them both. Damn you Playmobil and your crafty ways.
The "Dragon" is the cooler of the two figures in that set. It's sort of a mix between Godzilla and the Universal Creature. And this set comes with a jack o' lantern er... "balloon"---I guess-- on a staff. Jack o' lantern and Dragon = PLUS. Tiger = minus. Final grade: B+
Lastly there's the Ghost Pirate. I have thing for skeleton costumes and faithful readers know that I love anything that glows in the dark. But the wanna-be "Gandalf" is a bit lame. A-
The boxes come with printed jack o' lantern angled on the corners and a the picture of the figures have a haunted house/castle complete with a full moon, witch and bats.
If you're only getting a few trick or treaters or if you're independently wealthy, these would be totally awesome to give out.
I, of course, will be purchasing them to place on my desk starting in late-September.
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