Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 7 Collectible Figures Headless Horseman Fisher-Price, 2015
Day #2,133: October 8, 2019
Headless Horseman Has Two Heads, False Advertising
Imaginext Series 7 Blind-Bagged Collectible Figures
Item No.: Asst. CDX70 No. DHV84 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:Cape with Pumpkin Helmet, sword Action Feature:Head and hands glow in the dark rather well Retail:$2.99 Availability: 2015 Other: Look for #85 on upper-left of the foil packet on the back
I stumbled on a lot of clearance Imaginext earlier this year, and sat on the Headless Horseman for Halloween. It's a ghost, with a pumpkin head. It glows. It was inspired by an important early piece of American literature that schoolkids learned back when I was young. Maybe they still do? First released a few years ago and possibly languishing in drug or grocery stores near you, this 3-inch figure has a big pumpkin head and glowing parts - in other words, it's ideal for the season of begging for candy.
The glowing ghostly face under the mask has a sneer and pale green eyes. The hair is a separately molded piece, and for all I know was reused elsewhere. The Revolutionary War attire has been mistaken for a pirate by many, so for all I know there's a pirate figure sharing the body. With a glossy pair of black boots, the surprisingly detailed sculpt doesn't have a lot of painted detailing. The various loops on the waistcoat are painted to match the torso, as is the sash over the body. The jacket does have painted trim though, and articulation is par for the course. Additional decoration was spent on the pumpkin head, as the jagged bright orange mask needed to stand out from the removable plastic black cape.
The helmet adds a lot of height to the Hessian mercenary, letting him tower above Ichabod Crane. Or rather, it would had Mattel made one. Instead, he can just menace your X-Ray Man or Swamp Thing or Chris Pratt figures. One of the strokes of brilliance was to give the figure a glow-in-the-dark human head, as it shines brightly through the jack-o-lantern face on the mask. It's a brilliant play feature and a nice cheat that beats out LED wiring or dubious light-up eye ports. It's simple, and it works nicely - that about all I can ask for these days.
This figure was on my short list for a good long time but I kept missing the wave and never had the checklist I needed handy - some freak toy clearances in 2019 helped me out with this and a number of other figures I wanted to buy. At or under retail price it's a marvel, and I'd even say it's probably worth paying a tiny premium to get one. After all I've paid significantly more for similarly sized indie toys, and this is pretty swell overall with a good sword and a unique-as-far-as-I-know sculpt.
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