Some more Halloween-y toys on the pegs…


By Shawn Robare

This past weekend I ended up hitting a few stores around town looking for some new toys that I’d hoped were out on the pegs.  Though I didn’t find what I was looking for (the new wave of Real Ghostbusters Minimates and the new G.I. Joe’s, in particular the Steel Brigade figure which is an updated version of the late 80s customizable mail-away figure), I did find some fun stuff and it was all season appropriate!  Though the new RG figures weren’t out yet, there was a second wave of the Universal Monster minimates that included variations on Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Bride.  I settled on a two pack that featured black and white versions of the monster and Dracula…

Again, I’m not a huge fan of the Minimates design, but I’m always a sucker for any Frankenstein related toys…

I was also looking for the new wave of Lego blind pack minifigs even though this is the first series that doesn’t feature a monster character.  While looking for them I stumbled upon another series of blind pack figures, this time from Playmobil, called Fi?ures.  Though I don’t buy that many Playmobil sets, I do have to admit that their design aesthetic is very interesting.  While Lego is known for their great quality and general wholesome playset themes, Playmobil has always been a little more progressive in their tone and designs.  Where else can you find bearded Hell’s Angel bikers, devils, and a whole series based on zombie pirates?  So I was excited when I saw that there were some crazy figures available in their first series of blind pack figures.  In particular I wanted to get my hands on their Grim Reaper and Executioner figures…

Luckily these figures are large enough, and their accessories specific enough, that you can feel them through the bags, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the ones you’re looking for.  I did seem a little weird molesting all the bags while a bunch of parents strolled by wondering what I was doing.

    

These Playmobil Fi?ures are kind of strange in that they’ve separated the figures into girls and boys figures, but then again I guess if I were a girl and wanted a princess figure it would suck to continuously get the Grim Reaper instead.  Aside form these two guys above, there is also a Mummy figure and a Witch in the girl’s series that’re pretty cool.  At $3.50 a pop though, they’re a little pricey, so make sure you feel for the figures before you buy (no matter what kinds of looks concerned parents give you…)

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Seth – Thanks! Yeah, I am glad we’re getting some sort of Real Ghostbusters toys. I just heard that the second series of the Minimates are hitting Toys R Us shelves too…

  • http://www.sethvan.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Cool article. Not a very big fan of the mini-mates line either but being a big Real Ghostbusters fan and Back to the Future fan, mini-mates is a good way to keep the collection going. I picked up the RGB set at Toys R Us the first week they came out. Hard to find them once they are gone like the BTTF ones also. Here is a link to my posting about the RGB mini-mates.

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    AllHallowSteve – Trust me, I’ve had so much practice with this bag squeezing concept. Growing up on trading card sets that had “slick” hologram cards on top that you could feel through the package has trained me for life when it comes to blind packing…

  • http://halloweenaddict.com AllHallowSteve

    Wow those are great. I’m not going to lie: it was a real eye-opening “Eureka!” moment for me to read about squeezing the bags to figure out what figure is in there. Reminds me of the classic Far Side cartoon with the gifted student trying to push the pull door. I’m an idiot. Squeeze the bags. Of COURSE!

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Bubbashelby – Yeah, I need to find the Mummy, though I’m curious why he comes with a cast and a weird white stick?!? That Dark Knight was pretty intense…

  • http://toyriffic.blogspot.com/ BubbaShelby

    Those Playmobil are the best! I was able to find the Executioner and Zorro, the two I HAD to have. I accidentally ended up with the Reaper (I thought I was getting the Black Knight) so I gave that one up to a fellow toy collector who was looking for it. My daughter got a super cool Highywaywoman too. Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with Series 2!

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Michael – I wonder if those Lego figs in the machine are opened versions of the blind-pack minifigs? Yeah, the randomness kills me, especially at $3 a pop. That’s why I always look for packaging cheats (like upc codes or little heat pressed dots on the packaging that reveal what’s inside) and don’t feel bad about it at all…

  • http://mytwoyenworth.blogspot.com/ Michael Jones

    Since our earthquake-damaged Toys L Us only recently reopened and it’s out in the sticks, I haven’t been able to find any of these. The only Lego figures available are in a Capsule Machine and at 3 bucks a pop, I don’t trust the randomness ratio. Definitely gotta get to the Toy shop before Halloween though.

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Dex – Yeah, I need to go back and try to find some of the older Playmobil figures. I know I have a little kid dressed up as a devil somewhere in a box. Seriously, how can you pass up an Executioner?!? I tried finding the Lego minifig in the lizard suit, but even for my agonizing over bump dot codes on the packaging, I only ended up with a British Palace Guard and an 80s workout queen. Skunked again…

  • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com/ Dex (@Dex1138)

    Love the faces on the minimates. I picked up the Creature sets when they came out because he’s my favorite Universal monster. The new LEGO minifigs do have a guy in a Gozilla-like lizard suit, so he kinda counts as a monster, for me anyway. I’ve only been getting the monster/Halloween-ish ones. I picked up a Playmobil Reaper last weekend. Still haven’t got the witch from the girl’s set yet. I wouldn’t mind getting an Executioner to go with the one I already have from an older release. I mean, when you see a kids figure of an executioner, you gotta get it! Playmobil has quite a few Halloween figures from years past. I’m hoping to write about them during the Halloween Countdown provided I can dig mine out.