Monday, December 18 2017 13:13

Review: Playmates Toys' MYSTICONS Action Figures

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There's been a massive shift in just the past few years, and had I not been the father of daughters, I don't know if I would've noticed. As our girls (5 & 8) started developing their interests, we quickly discovered a long-standing wall when it came to play categories, and we ran into it just as the debate about gender-based play was really starting to heat-up. Action figures and toy cars "for girls" was a shocking thing for some people, and we thought that was ridiculous. Kids should be able to play with whatever they'd like, and that's just the way it's always been here at our house. Then things started to change rapidly, and in just two years we've seen a category shakeup that's brought forth IAmElemental action figures, DC Super Hero Girls, Star Wars Forces of Destiny and most recently, MYSTICONS -- a fresh, transmedia property that features a hit series on Nickelodeon, books, trading cards, and yes - toys! 

Early on, it was noted that Playmates Toys was involved with the production of Mysticons, and that amped-up my personal excitement for the toy line. After all, this is from the same team that's been behind the massive successes of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, Voltron and Ben 10. Likened to "Manhattan meets Middle Earth," there's a lot to love here, and when the crew over at Playmates sent over an assortment of figures for review, The Rock Daughters™ were immediately into it.

Playmates Toys Mysticons Review

We have Em, Piper, Zarya and Arkayana with her Griffin, Izzie.

Enter the World of Mysticons: "In a land of fairies, dwarves, and griffins, in a time when the future is Now, a darkness is descending on the kingdom of Gemina.

Four girls are chosen to be legendary warriors by the mysterious Dragon Disk. Known as the Mysticons®, their quest is to find all four parts of a magical book called the Codex—each piece of which will grant one of the girls special powers to help her in the battle against evil.

Together they will encounter skeleton warriors, the undead Baron Dreadbane, and—darkest of all—the evil Queen Necrafa. But they'll also have some help along the way, including their loyal griffins."

Playmates Toys Mysticons Review

Arkayna Goodfey is a smart, determined, and idealistic princess. She has some basic magic skills and loves riding her griffin, Izzie. Arkayna was chosen to be the Dragon Mage of the Mysticons and comes with her powerful Dragon Staff, dragon arm bracer, and a baby dragon. Izzie is one of the Royal Griffins descended from the original Mysticons' steeds, a thousand years ago. She's also Arkayna's griffin of choice, whether they're flying into battle or just skimming the skies above Drake City.

Playmates Toys Mysticons Review

Zarya Moonwolf is a street orphan who has survived by her wits and nimble fingers. She's fiercely protective of other street kids, especially Piper. As Mysticon Ranger, Zayra comes with her magical bow and arrow, wolf bracer, and her pet foz, Choko.

Playmates Toys Mysticons Review

Piper Willowbrook is an optimistic, bubbly, young elf who is in constant motion. A parkour master, Piper pings off walls with ninjabatic skills—but she also loves music, glitter, and anything cute. As Mysticon Striker, she comes with energy hoop, a phoenix arm bracer, and a little plushie.

Playmates Toys Mysticons Review

Emerald "Em" Goldenbraid is a wise and courageous dwarf with a big heart. She's also the Royal Griffin wrangler and loves flying on her favorite steed, Topaz. As Mysticon Ranger, Em bears a powerful Star Sword and Shield. She also comes with her unicorn arm bracer and a baby griffin.

The Rock Father and Mysticons

As with the other lines that Playmates puts out, the Mysticons are incredibly detailed and articulated for the price. In fact, these should be right around the $10 mark if you find them at regular price, and that makes them a great value as well. Colorful and fun, they capture the look and feel of the show, and kids (boys and girls alike!) will find them to be a welcome addition to their action figure collections - and they're sized in that 6" range, which means they're in the perfect scale to have many adventures with other toy lines that your kids already have,

MYSTICONS are available now at major retailers everywhere via Playmates Toys. They're featured here on The Rock Father™ Magazine alongside the ReadySetz Urban Playset (reviewed here), and considered one of my picks for the Best of 2017.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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