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The Torrid Tale of The Fashion Challenge Prince, He Be Brave But Color Blind
Jul 10, 2007
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
User Rating: Very Good
Pros:Nice set for two dollars, sword, shield, scabbard.
Cons:Horrible color combination, blue boots.
The Bottom Line: If you want a figure to blow up, torture or modify, the Brave Prince is a good one to invest in.
Recommend this product?
There is a running joke about which Playmobil figure is the strangest or goofiest. So far the contenders are this Brave Prince and the Silver Knight. Would you rather be caught dead in this green and blue get up or a medieval knight trying to command a legion of warriors while clad in pink? Yeah, that is a tough call. The Brave Prince was part of the now defunct Pals line from Playmobil; these were figures that were sold independently from other sets and series to allow collectors to grab extra figures and accessories without having to spend a fortune. Most of the Special and Pals sets were incredible and affordably priced. Most of the ones that I came across at Target were priced at $1.99. That's a dollar less than what the Playmobil online store charges for them and you don't have to pay shipping and handling.
Playmobil Brave Prince 4643
When you think of a prince, especially from medieval times, you rarely think of them getting dressed up and heading out to do battle. Something tells me that this guy just wasn't properly briefed for his stint in battle. First mistake, loud and flashing clothing. One of the first rules or warfare is to never reveal your rank, I think we all learned that from the Forest Gump film. The green and blue used for this outfit is just horrid and for a Playmobil fan like myself to say that, you know it's bad. And what protection does he have? A gold piece of chain mail around his neck. Come on now, I wasn't around in the Middle Ages but even I know that's not enough to protect you even if you are just going to show up, start the war and leave. Since this is a Pals set there are no cool accessories like a horse but you do get a nice sword and shield. Since the shield has a crest design on it you may have a little trouble using it with other sets but it's nothing that a little bit of paint can't fix.
Like almost all of the other Playmobil figures, this one stands almost three inches tall. He is pretty solid and sturdy but if you want to ensure that he doesnt wobble around or fall over, try using some poster putty on his feet. This won't remove and paint or discolor it so don't worry about using this to secure him within a scene. The blue boots still kill me; one of the first things I did was use a Sharpie and paint them black. This took a couple of coats of ink to completely cover the blue but it was more than worth the effort. If you want to modify your figures, permanent markers or paint are the way to go but once you do modify them, they can never be used in any type of Playmobil building contest. I don't regret getting this but I wish the designers would have spent a little more time with the colors for this figure.
This Brave Prince has the usual points of movement; arms, wrists, torso and neck. There isn't a lot of stenciled detail to him but the color combination more than speaks for itself. He has the usual goofy Playmobil grin and two dots for eyes; thankfully he comes with his won crown so there's no mistaking him for a royal of some sort. Like I said, that's not exactly something that you want to advertise when you are going into battle. Brave as he may be, the colors are what kill this figure. I won't say that this is something to avoid but I would never pay more than a couple of dollars for it. There is some replay value to it if you have other castle or medieval sets in your collection but as a stand alone figure, this leaves a lot to be desired.
The Bottom Line
The Playmobil website has a tremendous number of medieval, battle, castle and royal sets on sale but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of sets that they no longer sell or manufacturer but you can buy them from various online stores and site. Knowing the Playmobil set number is half the battle to obtaining the set that you really want so make sure that you don't go by the image or description alone. Target usually has a small selection of the pals figures to pick through and most of the stores that I have been to have had them on sale for $1.99. That's not a bad price for some of them but there are some that you will want to avoid.
Name: Brave Prince
Set Theme: Pals
Set Number: 4643
Piece Count: 5
Age Recommendation: 4 and older
Difficulty Level: Easy
Build Time: 1 minute
As always, thanks for the visit
~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~
© 2007 Freak369
If you like this set or just want to collect some other royal, regal or medieval figures, check out these sets:
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Captured Prince - 3328
Evil Knight - 3315
Knight In Armor - 4602
Silver Knight - 4434
Knight - 9970
Prince and Princess - 7206
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Amount Paid (US$): 1.99
Type of Toy: Blocks
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens
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