Saturday, April 2, 2011

Phineas and Ferb action figures

The Disney series Phineas and Ferb has become by far not only my favorite show on Disney Channel/Disney XD (Although knowing their recent track record that's not really saying a lot) but my favorite cartoon currently on TV period. But I was rather surprised when I saw they had started making toys for them. Just because something is popular with kids, that doesn't always mean they'll work as toys. Do these? Let's find out

The toy packaging is nice, colorful, and eye catching. They're sweet and to the point. They have many different sets. There's a Phineas and Ferb with a drag race car, and another with skate boards. There are a few different Perry and Doofensmirtz sets as well but when you look at them hard enough, aside from a couple with Phineas and Ferb in swim suits, they're basically the same figures with different accessories and sometimes different types of arms. I chose these simply because I liked the rock n roll theme more than the drag racing theme, and I wanted a parachuting Perry. Plus, it came with a Lazer-inator! Who doesn't want one of those?

Phineas and Ferb are well made but honestly, their designs in the cartoon translates oddly into three dimensions. Especially Phineas and his big pointy nose.
Perry and Doofensmirtz I believe work better in toy form.

Their features are not in the figures themselves, but in the accessories. Ferb's drum set, when you have Ferb in place, will make Ferb "rock out on his drums" when you press down on him. basically, the drum in the back and the cymbals go up and down.

Phineas, when you attach his wrist to the guitar will strum in when you pull the lever on it.

Dr. Doofensmirtz's Lazer-inator beam spins when you press down on the thing on top.
These are all gimmicky yet kinda clever features that can add to the play value of the toys. But the one that should work but doesn't is Perrys

Perry as I said before comes with a parachute. It attaches to his harness from the back. You're supposed to toss him up in the air and the parachute will open. To put this bluntly... it doesn't. The parachute appears too small and unable to open and properly bring him down so Perry crashes like a rock.

The accessories are all removable but this brings me to my next issue with Phineas and Ferb. With their big heads and tiny feet, it is impossible for them to stand up on their own. Fortunately though, as Ferb demonstrates, they can fit in the GI Joe: Rise of Cobra stands.

But when you have them set up with their accessories and stands, they make great display pieces. And for children who don't really care about display or collectors value, they have some decent play value as well. they're colorful, fun, and based on an awesome TV Show. Especially at only 7.99 a two pack.

This is the Ninja Pirate signing off.

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