For whatever reason, the girl figure blind bags seem to be more compelling in Playmobil. This insect-inspired Dark Fairy (which was the name on Klickypedia) looks like a real design victory - mostly. In terms of deco and costume, this is a spectacular insect-based action hero for young girls that makes good use of existing parts in the fairy themes. In terms of the actual parts, well, I'm not crazy about the crossbow and how it functions. But it's still really nifty to see a figure that looks like it could have been part of an awesome bug-themed action line for girls.
As with all of the blind bag Playmobil figures, assembly is required - normal figures don't require you to plug in the arms, legs, and head like the bagged ones. This one adds a step of plugging in the wings, which I should note are a manufacturing oddity in the toy world. If you collect records, you know swirled color vinyl isn't unusual - it means no two records are exactly alike, and this sort of technique isn't to common in toys. Here, day-glow greenish yellow has been smooshed with black to make a set of wings that really pops nicely. If you have a black light, this figure sings.
An action shirt with one sleeve and what appear to be rips has been decorated with an insect motif, complete with green and blue bug-like markings. You don't see a lot of this on action figures, or especially Playmobil figures. What's more, she has a generous helping of blue eye shading and large pink lips in between bright pink cheeks. There's a lot of color on here, and I have to say I'm surprised Playmobil resisted the urge to costume her in pink and purple. This is a great costume design because it looks like it could have come out of the 1980s in a boy's line or a girl's line, which I'd say makes it a good fit for a kid or a fan of any era.
I was let down with the crossbow and arrow - they're not awful, but they lack the normal Playmobil attention to engineering and detail. The arrow may rest on top of the crossbow, but it can't connect or be gripped - in other words, it falls off. There's no holster for the arrow, and the figure can only hold the arrow by its large, awkward, Nerfy tip. On top of this, the figure has difficulty holding the crossbow itself. In her right hand, at rest, the body shoves it out of her fist. She has no problems holding it in her left hand, though. This makes her a little more awkward than she should be, and it's sort of a shame because Playmobil always tends to make every piece fit together so well, you'd never doubt for a second that it could be any better. I guess one or two figures in thousands are bound to come up short.
This is one of the coolest designs I've pulled from a blind bag, and it looks like it could have been part of a bigger theme where figures ride on giant flying bees or something. The color, the unique wings, the accessory, and the costume are all really nifty. I just wish she could hold them better. Big props to not giving her a wand or a typical fairy gizmo, and giving her a one-strapped shirt with no tiara on her head makes this figure stand out from the many, many other fairy toys I've seen on the market. I'm even hesitant to call it a fairy of any kind - but hey, that's what Google says. If you get a chance, snag this one - I can honestly say I don't have anything else like it.
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