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Playmobil Glow In The Dark Ghost

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Jeepers Creepers! It’s Playmobil’s Glow In The Dark Ghost!

Oct 2, 2003 (Updated Nov 16, 2004)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Excellent

  • Durability:

Pros:Nice design, glows for at least fifteen minutes.

Cons:Not much fun unless he has some friends.

The Bottom Line: Into Halloween collectables? This is a “must have” piece!




Over the past few months the boys have really gotten into collecting the Playmobil figures, they aren’t really into the sets but we’ve purchased a few to get certain figures that aren’t sold separately. Since we are all Halloween junkies, I really wanted to try and track down some of the glow in the dark ghosts to use as decorations. Most of the local stores don’t stock a lot of Playmobil sets so I had to purchase these through internet auctions and through the Playmobil Online Store. I managed to get three from auctions for about $2.50 a piece and added two more to my shopping cart when I was picking out some early Christmas gifts for the brood. The ones from the auctions were in fair condition but certainly weren’t as clean undamaged as described by the sellers.

The glow in the dark ghost was part of the Knights series and really looks great when inside a scene. As I mentioned, the boys aren’t really into the sets but since I purchased a few of them to get the guards and knights they had some extra pieces laying around so they made a small scene. Don’t worry, they aren’t ready to give up their Lego collection just yet. If you have a child that’s into Playmobil sets, this ghost is a great add-on figure that can be used in a lot of the different playworlds – Castle, Knights, Magic or you could even put him in charge of guarding the treasure in the Pirate sets.

Playmobil Glow In The Dark Ghost 3317

This is a great figure with a lot of detail to it. The first thing you’ll notice when you see the box is that the ghost gives off an eerie green glow, this is a pretty accurate depiction of the figures glowing power. Once exposed to light for about two minutes, you should get ten to fifteen minutes of glow from it, if you want it to last a little longer, let it sit under a strong light source – but not so close that it gets warm – then flip off the lights and watch that baby glow. The sheet that covers the ghost can be removed easily but if you have the ball and chain attached to the write, you’ll need to take it off first. You can slip the ball and chain accessory to either the arm / hand or leg. The cape is the only thing that glows but you can fix that by applying a thin coat of glow in the dark paint to the body of the figure. After playing around with different types of pain I found that t-shirt paint works the best and is the easiest to work with.

The ghost is almost three inches tall, the standard size for almost all of the Playmobil figures, and stands up nicely. The only complaint that I have is that the ball and chain gets stretched out a little if you play around with it a lot, two of the three sets I got from auctions had stretched out clips so they are pretty much useless. I haven’t figured out a way to rectify this but I’ll update this if I find a way to fix it. Pliers don’t work, I tried to pinch the clip a little and after a few minutes it spread open again. Under the sheet the actual figure looks more like Frankenstein than a ghost. It has a somewhat blank stare, a minimal amount of detail and is all white except for his facial features. The ones I received from the auctions were pretty dirty but they cleaned up nicely with a little dish soap and warm water. If you do need to clean the figures, make sure you allow an adequate drying time before you hand them back to the kids or put them back on display.

The Bottom Line

Overall I am pretty happy with the glow in the dark ghost. The used ones weren’t in the best shape but they’ll be sufficient for using as Halloween decorations. This is a “current” set meaning that it is still in production and sold in stores. Zany Brainy has a large selection of Playmobil toys but their prices are a little on the high side. The suggested retail price for this set is $3.99 and while that might seem a little pricey for a single figure, he is a pretty cool little guy. This is labeled for kids three and older, primarily because of the ball and chain piece that could easily be chewed on and swallowed.

As a collector of Halloween related items this is something that will only be pulled out once a year but I have the sneaking suspicion that the boys will scoop up a few of these for their small but growing collection of figures. If this is a figure you might be interested in picking up, Check Target and Zany Brainy, both of them have a large selection of sets but Target usually has the better price. If you can’t find this locally, you can order it from several internet sites that carry Playmobil toys or order it directly from the manufacturers online store. Check out everything that Playmobil has to offer by visiting their official site – www.playmobil.com.


The Stats

Set Name: Glow In The Dark Ghost
Family Set: Playmobil Knights
Playmobil Set: 3317
Number of Pieces: 3
Age Recommendation: 3 and older
Ease Of Assembly: Easy
Time Of Assembly: 2 minutes
Cost: $ 2.99

As always, thanks for the visit …

^V^ Freak ^V^

© 2003 Freak369


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Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 1.99 - 3.00
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: Whole Family

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