When you need to be rescued in the checkout lane….
Hasbro, Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney know just how to market toys to children and their parents. Some parents plunk down ten to twenty bucks for a hunk of plastic that won’t receive more than ten minutes of attention from a kid. More frugal parents will hold out on their kid until they get to the checkout lane at the store where Hasbro has some cheaper figures with bright colors and limited articulation. You know what figures I am talking about. You’ve probably picked up a few of them over the years for yourself or for your children. Most of them have three points of articulation: a swivel neck and two swivel shoulders. A couple of them swivel at the waist. A few of them come with an accessory. For the most part, these figures are just for decoration but they do have their merits.
One of the best things about these figures is their price point. For about five dollars you can own Captain America, Thor, Din Djarin, Luke Skywalker, or even Thanos or Darth Vader. Almost all of the figures are the same height. With the exception of Grogu (Baby Yoda), all of the figures that I’ve seen are six inches tall. Grogu is scaled to match Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) but the Hulk, Thanos, and the Hulkbuster Armor Iron Man are all the same scale as figures like Spider-Man and Black Panther.
Another excellent thing about these figures is that despite their limited articulation, younger kids can get quite a bit of playtime out of them, especially on a road trip. With almost no accessories to worry about losing, parents can toss a few of these figures into the back seat with the kids and let them go on a mini adventure. If one of them happens to get broken, it’s not a big deal since you’re only out five bucks.
My personal favorite thing about these figures is how amazing many of them look. Din Djarin and Thanos are two of my favorite figures. They look great. The paint apps are wonderful and the overall design of the figure is extremely appealing. Sure, there are a few paint apps on some of these figures that are atrocious (I’m looking at you, Luke Skywalker and Iron Man), but for the most part they are wonderful to put on display.
These figures probably won’t be worth much as the years go by due to the fact that you can find them in almost every major department store. Plus, they use the same molds over and over and only change the design on the boxes. They just recently released an entire line of Star Wars figures and almost all of them are the same molds and paint apps on the same old figures that have been released multiple times over the years. The newest figures in the line appear to be Grogu and Din Djarin, which makes sense due to the fact that they are two of the newest Star Wars characters.
I enjoy collecting these figures. I know exactly what I’m getting and haven’t been disappointed yet. If I’m ever down in the dumps, getting one of these figures lifts my spirits. I don’t know what it is about them that I love so much. They are just fun to have around and display. I know a lot of “collectors” scoff at these cheap figures, but they have an appeal that cannot be denied. Plus, they are an excellent option for families on a budget or for stressed out parents in the checkout lane.
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