Pros: Collectible plastic pumpkin, awesome vampire figure, great Halloween present.
Cons: Only available online at the moment.
Being a huge fan of Playmobil figures, I almost flipped when I saw the new collectible pumpkins that they were releasing. Not only do you get the Playmobil figure but you also get a really nice looking plastic grinning pumpkin that you can use as a decoration or to keep the figure in. I already had the vampire figure so the only reason that I ordered this was to get the pumpkin and the cool cardboard package that it comes in. Sure, that might seem like a waste but truth be told, you can never have too many Playmobil figures, especially when they are as cool as this vampire! Needless to say, this makes for a great gift for anyone that is into Halloween or vampires. I am still waiting for a couple more of these to arrive from my recent Playmobil order, no doubt, when they get here, I'll be writing reviews of them as well.
Playmobil Halloween Vampire 4772
In a lot of ways this set reminds me of the Soccer Team Transport Adidas Edition from Lego; they took a regular Lego set, added a minerature soccer ball to it, packaged it in a cardboard sleeve and added a couple dollars to the price tag. Some may say that this is a waste of money because you are paying a couple dollars more for a plastic pumpkin, in a lot of ways they are right about it but from a collectors standpoint, getting the pumpkin is just part of it. Knowing that you got in on something that was considered a limited edition is what really makes this something that is going to fly off the shelves if they ever get these in stock at retail stores. I had to buy mine through the Playmobil Online Store but at least I managed to get my hands on one.
The vampire figure is simply stunning and if you collect the figures you know that there aren't that many that are on 'the dark side'. The color combination of black and purple work well with the eerie green that is used for his face. He only comes with one accessory and no, it isn't a stake, it's a walking stick. When one of my friends saw this set at the website he asked why they would package a stake with a vampire, that's sort of like selling a box of diet candy with a chocolate bar attached to it. The purple cape is made of a hard but flexible plastic and you can remove it without having to take the figure apart like you do with Lego figures that come with capes. His fangs aren't visible until you get up close to it but rest assured, they are there.
So far there are four sets in this series from Playmobil. Each of them contain one or two figures and the plastic collectible pumpkin. Every set contains the same figures that were already released in sets or in Pals or the Special series. Sure, it seems like they are just trying to make money off people but I do have to defend them and say that almost all the figures in these sets are no longer being made so it does give people one last chance to get their hands on them.
4770 Halloween Trick or Treaters
4771 Halloween Ghost
4772 Halloween Vampire
4773 Halloween Mummy
Everything comes packaged inside a cardboard sleeve so the pumpkin is protected from getting damaged while in transit. Inside the pumpkin is a sealed plastic bag containing the vampire and his walking stick. My favorite thing about this set has to be the black top hat. It reminds me a lot of the classic version of Dracula before directors decided that he needed to go high tech. If you just want the figure, you are going to have to do a bit of searching for it. The last time I checked it was no longer being made so if you missed out on it the first time around, this gives you another chance to get one but you are going to be paying about $5.99 for it. When the figure was being sold by itself it was going for $1.99 to $2.99 so you are essentially paying three dollars for the pumpkin.
The Bottom Line
The vampire can be moved around and posed several different ways so you aren't getting a figure that is without movement. I really like the minimal amount of detail that they gave this because it allows the colors and dramatic green face to be showcased. The biggest question I get about this is in regards to the face and if it glows in the dark. Mine doesn't but I have friends that purchased the stand along figure and said that their does. Likewise, people on Playmobil collector boards have said that their glow in the dark so either Playmobil goofed up and released ones that don't glow in the dark or they decided to throw us a curveball and release some that do and some that don't glow.
As always, thanks for the visit
~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~
? 2007 Freak369
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Special thanks to mary_tara for adding this to the database!