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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Action Figure Review: Basketball Player from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 4 from Fisher-Price
I guess I'm getting all of the sports figures from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 4 out of the way because I've reviewed the Boxer, the Snowboarder, and now the Basketball Player. I have to say that this guy is definitely the least exciting figure to me in the entire set simply because I'm not into sports at all. Honestly, the only Imaginext figure I can think of that's more boring than this guy is the Soccer Player from series 1. This is a nice looking figure, no doubt, but basketball just isn't my cup of tea. Anyways, this will be a short one today, so read on and enjoy.
Height: 3 inches
Articulation: Hinged hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Flight stand
Non-Scalper Price: $3-$4 dollars
stamped code number "81" or you can try to feel for his uniquely shaped flight stand.
Initially I saw the number 32 on his jersey and thought Fisher-Price had playfully reversed Michael Jordan's iconic #23 (pretty much the only sports number I know) but I've seen a few other folks point out that not only did Julius "Dr. J" Erving wear #32 at one point, he also wore it while playing for the Nets. In an outfit that looks kind of like this toy. Oh, and the figure kind of looks like him, too. Yup, this is a tribute figure to Dr. J all right.
While I don't find the basketball outfit to be that exciting, I do like the head sculpt and the painted on facial features. His afro has some nice detail and the Basketball Player has a great determined expression on his face. The basketball in his hand is pretty impressive, too: I love the texture on the ball itself.
Since sports have never been my thing, I'm typically pretty uninterested in sports based action figures. Seriously, Starting Lineup, that old Shaq line from Kenner, and McFarlane's flood of sports figures bore me to know end. This guy, as cool as he is, just bores me too. Don't get me wrong: I know there is some nice detail on the ball and on his fro, but I just don't care that much. The flight stand is cool, though. This guy is more fun than I expected, but pretty average overall. I'm giving him a Good though I imagine others will appreciate him much, much more.
From this series, I've also reviewed the Snowboarder and the Boxer. I've reviewed a few other Imaginext figures, including:
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 2 by Fisher-Price
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher-Price
DC Superfriends Imaginext by Fisher Price
The Joker & Harley Quinn