Playmobil Back to the Future Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown Figures Playmobil, 2020
Day #2,231: September 17, 2020
Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown with Marty, Doc, and Einstein
Back to the Future Set
Item No.: No. 70459 Manufacturer:Playmobil Includes:2 figures, flyer, guitar, gloves, guitar strap Action Feature:n/a Retail:$7.99 Availability: July 2020 Other: There's an advent calendar coming too
The 1955 versions of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown were revealed about 11 months ago with a DeLorean, which included 1985 versions of Doc and Marty. It was a surprisingly sparse line of toys for a license loaded with great opportunities for buildings, retro cars, and of course Playmobil Crispin Glover.
While I think most fans will want the DeLorean [FOTD #2,205], why not get the "Fish Under the Sea" versions of the figures as a starter pack? Probably because you know, and I know, what you want is the car, the dog, and the plutonium. But for the sake of argument, how about these guys?
Each 3-inch figure is basically like the last 46 years. You get a uni-leg, swivel wrists, swivel neck, swivel shoulders, plus swivel wrists - a later addition, but it was before my lifetime so let's not split hairs here. The figures have no problems standing or sitting, and it's remarkable that the toys and accessories your parents or maybe grandparents had are still compatible with new releases. Doc and Marty don't have the hair knob for hats or helmets, which started to be less of a standard by the 1990s, but they can still hold all the gear and most of the clip-on accessories. Other than Doc's hair piece, most of the elements to make these figures have been molds used by Playmobil for decades.
The painted detail is great. Doc's coat covers up a shirt, and the team at Playmobil did a good job replicated it. And his gloves. And pants. The hair has a bit of a gap on top of his head, just like the other release. It's an odd imperfection in the perfect form fit we usually get out of Playmobil, but at least he can sit in and fit in your entire vehicle collection. He's holding the flyer Marty got in 1985 - which tells them exactly when to expect a bolt of lightning to send him back home. Convenient!
Marty's band outfit also looks great, with the tie and coat and even the red guitar. The hair isn't new, and neither are the shoes - they just work. Paint on the feet sell the illusion that this was made to match the movie when in reality the molds for the legs were in use since 1997. He has no problem holding the guitar, and comes packaged with the accessory in his hands. What's more, there are no twist ties - you can just pop the set open, no assembly required.
Individual Playmobil figures usually run about $3-$4, depending on the accessories, so two licensed figures for $8 isn't exactly a bad deal. It's not a bargain either, but you're paying for the characters rather than the amount of plastic in the box. Because I am a tireless fan of Playmobil toys, I'd nudge you to get these because I hope they expand the line with other 1955 sets featuring retro figures and classic cars. We probably won't get a Clock Tower, but if we do, I'm going to throw down the cash to get it.
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