Playmobil Figures (stylized as "Fi?ures") is a toy line by Playmobil. It is similar to LEGO Minifigures, as the series consist of several blind-bagged assorted characters. The key difference between the two companies' approaches is that each series in the "Fi?ures" line has two subseries, one of 12 male characters, and one of 12 female characters. This gives each series more characters while making it easier to search for a specific character.
Tropes in the the Fi?ures theme include:
- An Axe to Grind: The Dwarf and the Executioner. Amusingly, the Executioner's axe is much less threatening-looking.
- An Ice Person: Series 1's Snow Queen, Series 11's Ice Princess, possibly the Series 8 Wizard, and most definitely the Series 14 Crystal Wizard.
- Badass Longcoat: A few of the pirates, and the Scarecrow.
- Captain Ersatz: Several, such as Sue Sylvester, Lara Croft, Æon Flux, Snow White, Malelficent, Catwoman, and Van Helsing.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: The Mummy, Grim Reaper, and Ghost Warrior.
- Dem Bones: The Grim Reaper and the Dark Ghost, under his shroud.
- Domino Mask: Worn by the Zorro, Space Hero, Pop Star, and Burglar figures.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first series' designs look a bit different from the later series'. Several of the characters are made to tie in to current themes, so the evolving aesthetic (compare the fairy in Series 1 to the fairies in series after the "Fairies" theme was created) can make this happen at any point in the theme.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Every girls' series has featured a princess or fancy lady in a big dress.
- Evil Counterpart: Shows up a few times, like the Series 5 Android to the Series 3 Robot, the Series 6 Fairy Queen and Evil Sorceress, and the Series 8 Wizard and Witch.
- Evil Sorcerer: The shadowed eyes of the Green Wizard seem to imply this. Since it's a tie-in to the Dragons theme, this seems even more likely. The Maleficent ripoff in Series 8 is a female version. The Fire Wizard in 10 could go either way.
- Gladiator Games: Gladiators appear in Series 5, 8 (a female, although she might also be an Amazon), 9, and 11.
- Gratuitous Ninja: In Series 2, Series 5, 9, and 12.
- Hair Decorations: There's a long hairpiece with a pin on the side to allow these to be worn. The Series 4 Hula Girl has a flower, the Series 5 Mermaid and Native American woman have a seashell and feathers, respectively, and the Series 10 vampiress has a bat. The "hatless" high bun hairdo also allows for a hair ornament to be worn around it, as seen on the Series 3 Southern Belle.
- High Collar of Doom: Worn on capes by the Grim Reaper and Green Sorceress and without a cape on the Vampiress. However, these collars are not always used for evil characters. The capeless version of the Sorceress' collar has only been worn by good or neutral characters, (Snow White and the Queen of the Night), and the Vampiress shares her rounded collar with the benevolent Southern Belle.
- Horny Vikings: In Series 5 and Series 8.
- Humanoid Aliens: The Alien Villain in Series 2, the Blue Alien in Series 4, and the Green Alien in Series 6.
- LEGO Body Parts: Unique for Playmobil. Figures in sets cannot be taken apart, but with Fi?urrs-exclusive head and "internal skeleton" pieces, these figures can be disassembled and swap parts with each other.
- Magic Staff: Carried by every wizard in the line, the Evil Sorceress, and several fairy figures.
- Modesty Towel: A towel wrap is included with the bather in Series 2, sauna guest in Series 10, and bathing "morning routine" woman in Series 14. They all have bikinis or underwear underneath, of course.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Two female examples, in Series 7 and 11, respectively.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They've had some characters that highly suggest famous musicians, like Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, and Jimi Hendrix.
- No Name Given: Another primary difference from LEGO's line; like all Playmobil figures, the characters go unnamed and untitled. Some of the concepts and titles are intuitive, like the Grim Reaper, and Witch, some are so strange or unique that multiple interpretations may be given to them. As such, all of the names on this article are unofficial.
- Non-Ironic Clown: A clown on stilts in Series 4, a clown with juggling rings in Series 7, and a female clown with a balloon in Series 8.
- Once per Episode: Every girls' series has a fairy and/or a woman in a large ballgown.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: In Series 1, 5, and 11.
- Outlaw: In Series 5 and 12.
- Parasol of Prettiness: Used by a few non-princess fancy ladies in the line.
- Pirate: In Series 2, Series 4 (a female), Series 5, Series 8, and another lady in series 12.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The packaging for the girls' and boys' series (with the exception of Series 2's green and yellow, respectively, and Series 3 boys' black) has used pink and blue, with the radial designs changing color. The two transparent robot figures also count.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Used a few times.
- Public Domain Character: Rapunzel and Snow White in Series 4, Robin Hood in Series 7, and the Queen of the Night in Series 9. The Queen of Hearts appears in Series 10.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Executioner and the vampires. Subverted by the Zorro and Catwoman ripoffs.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The line features a few, such as the Dark Ghost without his sheet. There's also an evil variant on the fairy face that has these, first used on the Series 10 vampire lady amd then used with the Series 13 Evil Countess.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: The Series 4 King. The Series 7 Golden King also counts.
- Scary Scarecrows: In Series 3. The Grim Reaper also invokes this, with his floppy hat, stringy hair, and torn clothes.
- Skull for a Head: The Grim Reaper and Ghost Giant have a skeletal face. The Shadow Ghost in Series 9 has a variation on the same.
- Spiky Hair: The theme introduced a cartoonish example, with all of the spikes forming a nearly spherical shape. This hair has been used on the Rock Star, Mad Scientist, Robot Girl, and Sports Fan.
- Tron Lines: Featured on the Clear Robot, his Series 10 counterpart, the Robot Girl, the Alien Android, and the Evil Agent.
- Vampiric Draining: Both vampire ladies have glasses of something red, but it's not confirmed what it is.
- Winged Humanoid: The Winged Knight, Angel, and Flying Ninja, as well as the large number of fairies.
- In the Hood: The Executioner. This is unusually averted for the Grim Reaper, who instead wears a floppy hat and a large-collared cape.
- The Grim Reaper: A rather unusual depiction, with tattered rags for an outfit, yet paired with a floppy hat and a collared cape.
- Mummy: Noticing a morbid theme here?
- Nice Hat: The Robber Woman has a huge medieval hat.
- Uncle Sam Wants You: Uncle Sam himself is one of the characters.
- Wicked Witch: A rather shabby-looking one.
- Animesque: The Space Hero in Series 2 seems to have taken inspiration from anime.
- Classical Movie Vampire: A female example with a rather healthy complexion.
- Expy: The Alien Villain is one of Darth Vader.
- British Royal Guards: One of the characters, though per Playmobil's style, he's much more smiley than the real thing.
- Hat Damage: Either due to weather or fighting, the Scarecrow has a rather tattered and torn hat and sleeves.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: But different for Playmobil, as he introduces new shorter adult legs.
- Southern Belle: Dressed in pink and carrying a parasol.
- Statue of Liberty: As we know her today, green and majestic.
- Warrior Monk: A Shaolin monk.
- Expy: One of this series' girls seems suspiciously similar to Pippi Longstocking.
- Hula and Luaus: A hula dancer in the girls' series.
- Mad Scientist: Complete with lab coat, flasks, crazy eyes, and spiky hair.
- Professor Guinea Pig: The Mad Scientist's multicolored, unfocused eyes seem to imply this.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: The King.
- In Space, Everyone Can See Your Face: The Astronaut's bubble visor is completely transparent.
- Tron Lines: The robot fighter has a neon skeleton pattern on his body.
- Dual Wielding: The Fairy Queen carries a wand and a magical staff.
- The 50s: A woman in a dress reminiscent of the time period appears.
- Green and Mean: The Evil Sorceress.
- Purple Is Powerful: Again, the Evil Sorceress.
- Surfer Dude: Santa turns out to be one when on vacation.
- Classical Mythology: Neptune/Poseidon is one of the characters in the boys' series.
- Hollywood Nuns: Traditional outfit, and another Catholic religious entry in Playmobil's fare.
- The Mafia: An gangster in Series 7 appears to be a member. Supported by his face being shared with the Italian pizza chef in Series 1.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: The Golden King and Queen.
- Snake Charmer: Of the circus variety. She has a large boa to hold.
- Amazon Brigade: A female warrior appears in Series 8, although it's difficult to tell if she's a gladiatrix or an Amazon.
- An Ice Person: The Wizard could be this, due to his staff's crystal and his blue-and-white colorscheme.
- Belly Dancer: Complete with hoop earrings, cropped top, and bejeweled belly button!
- Blatant Burglar: Unfortunately for him, a policeman is in the same series.
- Evil Redhead: The Mega Masters agent in Series 8 has vivid orange hair.
- Gorgeous Period Dress: The Georgian-era English lady, with a big dress, wig, and parasol.
- Spiders Are Scary: The Witch wears a spiderweb-patterned dress and shawl.
- Wicked Witch: A darker version than the Series 1 witch, with a tidier outfit.
- Wizard Classic: The Blue Wizard, though his robes are lighter than most wizards'.
- Bedsheet Ghost: A black (or shadowy) version is re-released in this series. Underneath is an evil skeletal being.
- Celestial Body: The Queen of the Night's dress appears to be made of stars.
- Kaiserreich: A German policeman in a pickelhaube appears in Series 9.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: A king appears in this series.
- Action Girl: The Fairy Warrior seems to be. This is averted with the Robot Girl, though. While her male counterpart was an armored space fighter, she is not geared for combat, and has only a futuristic hand mirror.
- All Asians Wear Conical Straw Hats: The Rice Farmer.
- Disneyfication: Ironically, the Queen of Hearts, who is even more toned-down than the Disney version. This one seems to be sweet and friendly, with hair to match.
- Eskimo Land: An Inuit woman appears in the girls' series.
- Fembot: In Series 10, as a counterpart to the Series 3 robot. She has pink details where he had blue, a mirror, and makeup.
- Frozen Fashion Sense: Averted by this series' female vampire, who wears a modern ensemble, with a short skirt and bat hair clip. Her outfit still retains a classical Gothic feel, though.
- Lighter and Softer: As mentioned above, this Queen of Hearts seems more like a Valentine's Day mascot than a tyrannical ruler.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted by the Robot Girl, who uses the torso normally reserved for men.
- Our Elves Are Better: An elven soldier is one of the group. There's a more fairy-like elf warrior in the girls' series.
- Playing with Fire: The Fire Wizard.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The vampiress has classic-style eyes with red pupils, in contrast to the previous one, who used fangs instead.
- Sickly Green Glow: The Ghost Giant glows in the dark.
- Genie in a Bottle: A female example, ushering in a new poofy-pants leg mold.
- The Jeeves: The Ghost Butler...if you're into skull souffle.
- Our Gnomes Are Weirder: A literal garden-variety gnome, represented here by a child-size figure.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Bandaged and scarred and green, with a fancy coat. Playmobil lists him as at least part mummy.
- Plant Person: The Sunflower Woman.
- Steam Punk: The boys' set features a steampunk man in all manner of pseudo-Victorian fashion and gear.
- Wicked Witch: Maybe? She has dark clothing, but a gentle face.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Clad in bright red.
- Historical In-Joke: The Statue of Liberty gets a golden rerelease here, representing the original color of the copper statue before oxidizing into its familiar green.
- Palette Swap: The Wizard, Medieval Maiden, and Statue of Liberty figures use mostly-identical designs to older figures, but different colors.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: One of the figures is a sinister grand lady with poison or potion flasks.
- Expy: The fancy, big-gowned woman of the series seems awfully similar to Belle.
- Retraux: One character is an alternative/hipster girl dressed in a 1950s-inspired outfit.