Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Force is strong with this one – Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 Alien, inspired by Darth Vader

This is the alien figure from Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2. This is probably as close as you can get to a Playmobil Darth Vader action figure ;p Darth Vader (born Anakin Skywalker) is the central character of the Star Wars saga, appearing as one of the main antagonists of the original trilogy and as the main protagonist of the prequel trilogy.

Darth Vader's iconic status has made the character a synonym for evil in popular culture and Vader has gained much positive reception as a classic film villain. His all black ensemble / outfit with flowing cape has become instantly recognizable so it comes as no surprise that many Star Wars fans has called this Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 alien figure the Darth Vader figure.

Except Darth Vader didn't have green skin or a ray / laser gun. It would have been ideal if Playmobil had given this figure a fully concealed helmet but I guess copyright issues prevented them from doing that, although that didn't stop Playmobil from releasing a ZORRO figure (see my post HERE), or Lara Croft (pictures HERE) and ELVIS (Playmobil King of Rock posted HERE)

Still I must say this Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 alien figure does look pretty cool ;p

Comes with black helmet with slits for the eyes to see out of, black suit / outfit with black belt and black cape plus ray gun / laser gun

"It's them! Blast them!" – famous line uttered by Stormtroopers aboard the Death Star when they confront Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

Another view of the laser gun / ray gun

This particular shot from the back does resemble Darth Vader from Star Wars

And here's the same shot of the Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 alien's back without his cape

And this is how the Playmobil alien looks without his helmet and cape. This is my first Playmobil alien figure and I'm not exactly thrilled by it. Me thinks he looks better with the helmet on and that's where it'll stay most of the time.

Scroll down for more pictures of this Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 alien figure, with the emphasis on the alien head. After all, he does have a human body (two arms and two legs). Go Figure ;p but then again, most aliens in the Star Wars universe have two arms and two legs, even though they come from different planets, unlike the aliens in the Green Lantern Corps which can be as diverse as they come.

The hair and "ears" sticking out almost reminds me of Beast Boy of the Teen Titans, which enjoyed a rather good run on television as an animated series. The Teen Titans animated series aired on TV from 2003 – 2006.

Another green alien creature that went looking for Han Solo got shot instead at the Mos Eisley Cantina. As for me, I've always been a supporter of the notion that Han shot first!

In the original theatrical version of the film, Han shoots Greedo and Greedo dies without firing a shot. The scene was modified for the 1997 re-release to feature Han using his weapon in retaliation after Greedo fires at him; the latter missing Han at point-blank range (from less than 2 meters away!). Thus, the phrase "Han shot first" is a retort to director George Lucas' explicit cinematic assertion that "Greedo shot first."

As for me, I took a shot with this Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 Alien figure (at just SGD3.95, that wasn't really a hard decision to make haha) and I'm most happy with it :) Click on the Playmobil label to see more of my Playmobil figures, not my main focus (which is 1/6th scale fully pose-able action figures, mostly 12-inch tall) but these are just for FUN!

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