Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Minifigure Review: Astronaut Boy w/ Alien Pet from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

  Back in early April I found 5 of the 6 figures from the 10th series of Imaginext Collectible Figures at a Walmart for $1 each. I reviewed all of those months ago but I never did find the lone figure I was lacking from the set... until now! Today I'm checking out the last figure from Series 10: The Astronaut Boy w/ Alien Pet. Guess what? This is another figure that was inspired by Fisher-Price's Adventure People toyline. I really didn't know that much about the line prior to researching it a bit for the Series 11 X-Ray Alien but it was during that research that I realized the Astronaut Boy is based on the early 1980s Alpha Star Astronaut. The space suit, colors, and the Alien Pet from this Imaginext figure are dead ringers for that vintage toy. Cool stuff! Let's take a quick peak at this kid and his alien pal after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 2 7/8ths inches

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

Accessories: Alien Pet

Non-Scalper Price: $3-$4 dollars
 The Positives:



* The Astronaut Boy definitely has a very retro inspired spacesuit, which I really dig. The orange color with silver accents makes for a pretty slick looking figure. The suit also has a nice amount of detailing on it to give it the look of a very heavy material.


* The Astronaut Boy peeks out at us from beneath a domed space helmet. The helmet is tinted slightly blue and has a cool atomic logo on the front.


* I'm always thrilled with the quality and the articulation on these little guys. While they're only about 2 7/8ths inches, they definitely are a throwback to many of the toylines of the 1980s and 1990s due to the random character selection, the durability, and the accessories.

* Very similar to the alien included with the vintage Alpha Star Astronaut Adventure People figure, the Astronaut Boy's Alien Pet is a fairly large creature that looks like a blend between a frog, a lizard, and maybe a rhinoceros. It's painted the same orange and yellow as the vintage and has the same green eyes. While the original one was squishy, like a rubber duck, this one is solid plastic (well, the bottom is hollow).
 The Negatives:

* I really wish the helmet were removable. It would have made for a cool play feature and allowed for the Astronaut Boy's head to turn. Alas, the accessories and extras have been cut down over the past few series.
   The Astronaut Boy is another Good and a 1/2 Imaginext release. I really like him, especially the Alien Pet. He would have been improved had he come with some sort of accessory or featured a removable helmet but, as it is, he is still a pretty cool little figure. If you're nostalgic for the Adventure People toyline then you'll probably like him even more. Fisher-Price keeps putting out cool toys in this line and this is another solid release. He's not my favorite series 10 figure (that would be the Elf Warrior) but he is no slouch, either.




If you're looking for more Imaginext Collectible Figures, check out the following:

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

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

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

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 5 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Chinese Warrior
Crash Test Dummy
Cyclops
Fly
Genie
Ghost
Warrior Queen
Wolfman

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

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

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price (2017)
Future Cop
Moto Rider
Pizza Chef
Puppet Boy
Welder 
Woodland Mystic 

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price (2018)
2-Headed Monster 
Dragon Warrior 
Elf Warrior 
Hockey Player
Hot Dog Guy 

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 11 by Fisher-Price (2018)
Centaur Horse Man
Fish Robot
Muscle Men
Snake Man
X-Ray Alien

10 comments:

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    1. Bubble helmets are definitely very, very cool. I believe the cool kids these days would say that bubble helmets are 'on fleek' or such.

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  2. Why does the Astronaut Boy remind me of the Mini-Con Jolt from the Unicron Trilogy?

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    1. I had to look Jolt up, as I'm not really a Transformers fan, but I think it's because of the bubble helmet.

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    2. The bubble helmet also reminds me of an action figure I have of Cable dressed in a spacesuit (at least I think it's a spacesuit).

      Since the Astronaut Boy has the alien pet, we need an Astronaut Girl with the rolling robot.

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    3. I had that Cable, too! Dang, I loved the Toy Biz X-Force line. The Cable variants were really cool back in the day. And yeah, we do need an Astronaut Girl. They need to go back to putting more females in the Imagienxt line. They were offering some great ones for a few series but they haven't offered any female characters since series 6.

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  3. Aside from the Spacesuit Cable, I also had Cable in his diving suit with knife, swim fins, and harpoon (unless that was Cable's idea of a speargun) and Cable with the zipline (admittedly a short zipline) jetpack that looked like The Rocketeer's jetpack. Those were the first Marvel action figures I ever owned.

    Since Imaginext released a Batgirl figure, shouldn't they have a Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy figure just to balance things out?

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    1. I had the original version of Cable, the space suit version, and the third version with the rocket launcher and small submachine gun.

      Imaginext has released both Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Harley came in a 2-pack a few years back, along with an updated Joker, as well as a more modern Harley included with a giant tank. Poison Ivy was in a 2-pack with Scarecrow although that has gotten a bit more difficult to find as of late.

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  4. I have a feeling I'm going to wind up going to the specialty toy shops to find the DC Imaginext figures. The mall toy stores in Metro Manila are more oriented towards Playmobil right now.

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    1. Good luck! There are some good Facebook groups where people help each other out, too. The Imagnext Generation was a pretty solid group the last time I checked.

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