Thursday, October 26, 2017

Action Figure Review: Welder from Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price

  I'm continuing to make my way through reviewing all six figures in series 8 of the Imaginext Collectible Figures and today we're checking out the Welder. Imaginext, like the blind-bagged Lego minifigures, offers up a pretty diverse character selection of figures that aren't always designed to fit in with any of their particular retail themes. Imaginext doesn't even seem to have a current "modern" or "city" theme available in stores at the moment so far as I know, so maybe this guy will just have to help out the DC Superheroes. Or maybe he's a villain! Who knows? It turns out, he's a pretty cool little figure and one of the stronger figures in this series. He definitely makes me think of the old Fisher Price Adventure People which were largely a few years before my time, although I did have the diver. Let's check out the Welder after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 2 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.

Accessories: Welding pack and cutting tool.

Non-Scalper Price: $3-$4 dollars

 The Positives:

 * I'm always happy with the quality and the articulation on these little guys. While they're only about 2 7/8ths inches, they remind me a lot of some of the various toylines of the 1980s and 1990s due to the random character selection, the durability, and the accessories.

 * The Welder does have a pretty cool appearance. His hair looks appropriately sweaty for someone engaged in welding (that's some hot business) and he's also rocking a soul patch. He's also sporting some bright orange coveralls and two different types of knee pads. I guess the Welder just threw on whatever was around, huh?

* I like the inclusion of the thick, heavy welding gloves. I remember wearing thick, heavy gloves like this back in "Creative Mechanics" in high school. I also discovering that a pair of gloves I was using had a hole in them when my hand got burned. Finding a piece of your skin accidentally stuck to a piece of hot metal is no fun at all.
 * Like so many other Imaginext figures, the Welder includes a backpack/ shoulder pads/ helmet combination that slips over the figure. It's a cool looking contraption, particularly due to the welding torch that the Welder can wield. See the Welder wielding the welding torch? And, considering that he's rocking a soul patch and mismatched knee pads, you know he's wild. So this is a wild Welder wielding a welding torch. He's holding it an odd angle, though. So he's a wild Welder weirdly wielding a welding torch. There's also a clip to store the torch at his hip.

 * The back of the Welder's contraption has some fuel tanks to supply the welding torch. It's a cool design with a nice amount of detail and a few paint highlights.

 * I'm also digging this handy dandy tool that the Welder comes with. I don't know the technical name for it, but it looks pretty slick and extremely useful.
 The Negatives:

* I do dislike that the Welder's welding mask is permanently affixed in the up position. It would have been really cool if it had been able to flip up and down.

 * There is a lot of cool detail on the Welder's coveralls, but the bright orange pant and lack of any highlights at all just wash these details away.

   The Welder is a Great little figure. He easily has the best accessories in this series and a fun design. He's not off the wall crazy or anything, but he's a very solid and interesting design. I like him and would possibly consider him my second favorite figure in this set. He's another one well worth tracking down if you're looking for the most interesting figures only.

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 2 by Fisher-Price (2014)
Frankenstein's Monster

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher-Price (2014)

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 4 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Basketball Player
Evil Robot
Mad Scientist
Space Gorilla

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 5 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Chinese Warrior
Crash Test Dummy
Warrior Queen

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 6 by Fisher-Price (2015)
4 Arm Alien
Chicken Suit
Dino Mech
Female Pilot

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 7 by Fisher-Price (2016)
Disco Guy 
Headless Horseman
Mariachi Skeleton
Martial Artist 

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price (2017)
Future Cop

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