Good Fairy, Bad Fairy, I'm The One With The Birds
Written: Oct 23, 2007 (Updated Oct 23, 2007)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
- User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Five animals, nice design on clothing, headdress, pigtails / braids.
Cons:No longer made, can be hard to find.
The Bottom Line: Hazzah! A fairly good fairy!
If you are a fan of the Evil Dead series then the title of this review might sound a little familiar. Good Ash, bad Ash, I'm the one with the gun. Sorry, I am running out of titles for reviews. I grabbed this fairy when I saw that a friend of my was selling it on a Playmobil board; dealing with people on boards can be great but you do have to be careful. Thankfully I was able to get her for five dollars and a couple bucks for shipping; considering she sold for $4.99 when she was in production, I didnt get that bad of a deal. She is in the Magic theme from Playmobil; a series that was phased out in 1999 but one that people still collect. She is a step up from the Pals and Special figures that are sold; she comes with a couple of accessory pieces and some animals. She is a great looking figure that any collector would love to receive as a gift but be forewarned, there are a lot of people that are selling other fairies and trying to pass them off as this one.
Playmobil Good Fairy 3836
What sets this fairy apart from the others that are featured in other series? She appears to be larger but she isn't; she is the standard Playmobil size of almost three inches but her headdress makes her look taller. This is an ornate headdress that is option but she looks a lot better with it on than with it off. This is one of the few figures that has plastic hair that is elongated so it looks like she has braids. The hair is not removable but the clear yellow headdress is. She has the typical Playmobil facial features but because of the light color of her clothing, her ruby red smile shows up a little more than on other female figures. Another perk to her is the small dashes around her eyes; it gives her a very unique look and works well with the gold accents on her clothing and the small stenciled on beaded necklace. I really like the gold design on her dress; it is tasteful but adds just the right amount of flair to the top and bottom section.
There are two accessory setting pieces with this set; the first is a hollowed out log that has a few pieces of greenery to it and the second is a flat, untextured patch of grass that you can snap the lilies into. You can use these how ever you like but if you are someone that just collects the figures then chances are you won't need them or make use of them. There are five animals n the set; three birds and two rabbits. The interesting thing about them is that they are all in different posts. Two of the birds look like they are ready to fly away whole one is simply standing there. One rabbit is hunched over and the other is sitting upright.
I was really surprised that there were five unique animals to the set; usually you get ones that are all the same color or in the same pose. The animals can sit on either of the accessory pieces or anywhere in a scene but getting them to stay in a fixed position can be a tough call. The birds often fall over if there is any movement or vibration around them. I solved that by adding a small amount of poster putty to the bottom of their feet. This won't harm the plastic and if you use a small amount, it won't be visible but it will keep them from getting knocked around and lost.
What is the purpose of this set? It falls outside the lines of the Pals and Special sets because it comes with some nice accessories but that doesnt mean that you can't pose her with the Pixie Princess or Forest Witch. This set had a suggested retail price of $4.99 when it was in production but now most sellers are asking at least ten dollars for it, twice that if it is MIB [mint in box]. Is this worth it? I paid five dollars for it plus a few extra for shipping so I didnt get spanked on it. Some sellers are misrepresenting the set and trying to pass off one of the Pals or Special sets instead of this exact one from the Magic Forest series.
The Playmobil "Magic Forest" Series
This series was introduced in 1993 and 1994 and production was halted in 1999 with some sets still being sold in 2000 in the European market. This was an excellent series for collectors because there were so many small but fun sets to be had. The figures were all colorful and interesting and some of them could be added to Castle or Medieval playsets. This series is called "Magic" as well as "Magic Forest" so if you want to try to get these, those are the listings you should look for.
3834 - Magic Carpet
3835 - Royal Family
3836 - Good Fairy
3837 - Royal Tent
3838 - Forest Witch
3839 - Wizard's Workshop
3840 - Dragon
3841 - Dragon's Temple
3896 - Fairy's Waterfall
3897 - Magic Tree
3898 - Tree Goblin
3899 - Hooded Rider
3932 - Fire Wizard
3933 - Forest Ghost
3944 - Druid
The Bottom Line
Overall the Good Fairy is a very nice looking figure and it will surely make any Playmobil collector smile. She can be used for a variety of different things and she can be easily posed in several different ways. She comes with some accessory pieces that work well with her but to get the most from them you really do need to have some of the other larger sets. If you want to get a great companion set for the Good Fairy, consider looking into the Fairy's Waterfall ; it is a beautiful set and comes with two figures .. and the fairy in that set has her own magic wand! There arent many bad things to say about this set other than it is no longer made and as a stand alone set, the fun dies off in about five minutes.
Name: The Good Fairy
Set Theme: Magic / Magic Forest
Set Number: 3836
Piece Count: 13
Age Recommendation: 6 and older
Difficulty Level: Easy
Build Time: 1 minute
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Amount Paid (US$): 5.00
Type of Toy: Blocks
Age Range of Child: Whole Family