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Friday, October 27, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Puppet Boy from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price
Height: 2 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Marionette control bar.
Non-Scalper Price: $3-$4 dollars
* 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 Puppet Boy definitely has a Pinocchio like vibe going on. He'd decked out in a yellow shirt (with the Imaginext "i" logo, blue shorts, and red suspenders. Well, kind of. Actually, it looks like these clothes are painted on him since he's just a wooden puppet. The face has a blank expression and is very clearly designed to look as if it is sculpted from wood and painted on. Imagine waking up and finding this guy just staring at you. Shivers!
* Looking at the Puppet Boys limbs you can see all of the joints you would expect on a marionette. You can also see the texture of the wood throughout the figure. There is some excellent sculpting work here.
* The Puppet Boy includes just one accessory but it's pretty elaborate: A marionette control bar. The control bar has three articulated posts (one for the head and two for the arms) and attaches to the figure via two arm clasps and a Pinocchio styled hat. It's a cool way to display the figure and is definitely an out of left field accessory. I can respect that.
* I don't know if Geppetto has been slacking off or what but my Puppet Boy has some sloppy paintwork on his painted on "shoes."
The Puppet Boy is a rather unique figure with a cool gimmick. I'm not sure how he'd fit into an actual Imaginext collection that a kid might play with but, for someone who sits these on a shelf and relishes in their strangeness, he gets the job done. He's a Good and a 1/2 addition to the line and one of the better figures in this set.
If you're looking for more Imaginext reviews, check out the following:
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 2 by Fisher-Price (2014)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher-Price (2014)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 4 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 5 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Crash Test Dummy
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 6 by Fisher-Price (2015)
4 Arm Alien
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 7 by Fisher-Price (2016)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price (2017)