Skeleton 3POA “Action Figures”

September 27, 2014 – Now that Fall has arrived and Halloween is just a month away, I discovered these six-inch skeletons at area stores:

Left photo: 6-inch plastic skeletons against orange cardback ($1.99) from Walgreens.  Right photo: "Skeleton garland" (4 skeletons tied loosely together with twine) from Dollar General store ($1.00)

Left photo: 6-inch plastic skeletons against orange cardback ($1.99) from Walgreens. Right photo: “Skeleton garland” (4 skeletons tied loosely together with twine) from Dollar General store ($1.00)

The skeletons are for decorative purposes and aren’t marketed as “action figures” or toys per se. But nonetheless, at six inches tall (Black Halloween Series, anyone?), these ribs-and-bones figures could be made to pull double-duty. They have three (3) points of articulation (almost as many as the Star Wars Mission Series figures at 5POA), including a ball-socket for the head (rotates 360 degrees) and two legs that are connected to the pelvic bone with a simple plastic stub (both legs rotate backwards/forwards 360 degrees). The arms, unfortunately, are one-piece molded to the body and cannot be moved.

The six-inch Stormtrooper is posed here next to skeletons (also six inches) as a visual reference

The six-inch Stormtrooper is posed here next to skeletons (also six inches) as a visual reference

Technically, the feet and legs can be moved laterally, so that might be considered two (2) additional POA’s, but I wouldn’t add that to the count. And the plastic skeletons are difficult to stand upright on their own unless you have something to support them. While the black-wash paint applications vary widely between each skeleton, the molding and fine detailing of the figures make these a great value.

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So here is the good news: The Walgreens skeletons are now on sale at 50% off (thus $1.00 each), and the Dollar General skeletons work out to 25 cents each. All you have to do is untie the twine that forms the garland. These are a fantastic bargain if your intent is to recreate the “Disturbance at Lars Homestead” scene with a crispy and macabre Uncle Owen/Aunt Beru display. Or you can apply the skeletons to your custom-made cardbacks.UncleOwen-AuntBeru-EpIVScene

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