I only got one Playmobil figure from their Fi?ure Series 1 (that's ZORRO, posted HERE) but ended up with five figures from Series 2 because they are just so much FUN haha
I first got hold of Playmobil Fi?ures Lara Croft from their Series 2 Female action figure series (check out the pictures HERE) and then went back to the store to get some more, this time zooming in on the Male Fi?ures. Here's the lot of them, all mixed up together. That's the fun part about this particular Playmobil Fi?ures theme. They all come polybagged with no name or distinguishable feature to tell you what figure is inside each bag. The Playmobil fi?ure comes unassembled in loose parts so that you can mix and match various bags and customize your own figure if you so desire. I think this is the first time ever that the basic figure comes unassembled since it began selling in 1975.
So what did I get from the assortment of parts? If you think you can guess what they are, scroll down to see if you got it right. And if you have no clue whatsoever, scroll down anyway ;p You're in for a treat haha
Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 figures I got (from left to right): space alien, prisoner, skateboarder and ELVIS the King :)
First up: Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2 Prisoner with ball and chain. This figure comes with two "faces", the standard smiling face (albeit with 5 o'clock shadow / stubble) and this sad face with stubble. The other face is now hidden at the back, covered by the hair.
A single ankle shackle with a short length of chain attached to a heavy ball is known as a ball and chain. It limited prisoner movement and impeded escape.
Two ankle shackles attached to each other by a short length of chain are known as a hobble or as leg irons. These could be chained to a much longer chain with several other prisoners, creating a work crew known as a chain gang. The walk required to avoid tripping while in leg irons is known as the convict shuffle. [ source: wiki ]
A group of prisoners working outside prison walls under close supervision, but without chains, is a work gang. Their distinctive attire (stripe wear or orange vests or jumpsuits) serves the purpose of displaying their punishment to the public, as well as making them identifiable if they attempt to escape.
The use of chains could be hazardous. Some of the chains used in the Georgia system in the first half of the twentieth century weighed twenty pounds. Some prisoners suffered from shackle sores — ulcers where the iron ground against their skin. Gangrene and other infections were serious risks. Falls could imperil several individuals at once.
Now that I've covered the FIRST review of Playmobil Fi?ures Series 2, check back for the other figure reviews :)