Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 8 Collectible Figures Woodland Mystic Fisher-Price, 2015
Day #2,420: May 12, 2022
Woodland Mystic Blue Pan Goat Legs
Imaginext Series 8 Blind-Bagged Collectible Figures
Item No.: Asst. CDX97 No. DTB31 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:Collar Action Feature:Staff Retail:$2.99 Availability: 2016 Other: Look for #31 on upper-left of the foil packet on the back
The Woodland Mystic is a figure I picked up during a period where I was just gobbling up (frequently clearanced) figures from grocery stores a few years ago, before some of the bigger/moderate stores dumped their toy sections completely. Imaginext was kind of hard to keep up with because there's not a great collector world and if you don't haunt the baby aisles, would you ever see it? (I've still got an unopened packet from Series 8 on my desk.) This blue weirdo isn't bad, and seems like it would be part of a most excellent fantasy line but those tend to not go very far.
This blue-skinned, goat-footed, horned magical being is jointed as well as the rest of the line. Legs swing forward together, wrists swivel, neck swivels, and shoulders can rotate and swing out - for a $3 figure, these things were pretty spectacular. The closest analog to them would be Playmobil or Glyos from Onell Design, with Imaginext seeming to be the sturdiest.
Everything moves and twists cleanly with sculpting consistent with - or really, better than - most of what the line has to offer. All the colors are good, the molding is clean, and he stands up in many poses without toppling over. And stores were littered with these things for $3 and you probably passed all of them up, every time, while looking for something else. I don't blame you - if you told me "this blue Pan goat boy, this is awesome," I'd say "stop bothering me, kid."
For fans of the Na'vi or Greek mythology, this weirdo's neat. Toy fans will admire the incredibly sharp printing on his chest and back tats, kids will be amused by his big teeth and horns, and D&D players will see his staff and go "Why didn't Playskool make a Dungeons & Dragons Jr. line?" The Woodland Mystic has furry shorts and metal bracelets too - shades of He-Man, a line that may not ever make it to Imaginext after all - resulting in one of the finest generic fantasy figures I've accidentally purchased. Paint is clean and even, plus he has surprisingly ripped abs. Gotta give kids unrealistic hopes from an early age.
Fisher-Price's Imaginext line is - or maybe was - one of the 21st century's greatest toy achievements. I still see playsets in played-with shape but few to no broken parts at Goodwill, Batcaves are an annual event, but the Sun is definitely going down here. Batman and DC get a few toys, Buzz Lightyear may return to Imaginext, but the non-branded stuff seems to have evaporated and most stores have really throttled down their Imaginext section to a quantity you could probably steal by hiding it under your jacket. I wouldn't be surprised if future kids went back to grab some of these guys - but I also wouldn't be shocked if the tributes to toys from the 1970s and 1980s tired the target audience and only toy weirdos like us caught any of them. I hope you got a chance to pick up some of these guys when they were nice and cheap, but if not, maybe you should be glad you avoided what would likely be a worthwhile toy obsession. I'd be running to the store to buy more if they were still cranking out mystery bags.
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