I took the photos for this review weeks ago, during a
period that seemed fairly slow when it came to toy releases. Then
badda bing, badda bam, a bunch of new action figures appeared and this
review was relegated to a later date.
Finally, this last Monday I sat down and wrote the
review itself. I had planned on posting it on Tuesday night, but
that morning we were hit by a tragedy that has shook our country.
Toys, reviews, and everything outside my family and friends were forgotten
in the face of the horror being televised into every home.
But after the initial shock had worn off, I realized
that this review was more appropriate than I could have imagined. So
often our heroes are those of our imagination - Superman, Batman,
Spiderman, and other fantasy based characters - but occasionally, we
idolize our true heroes in plastic as well.
These types of figures give children the chance to
play out the actions of the men and women that risk - and give - their
lives to protect us and save us. This week has been one of great
tragedy, but it has also been an affirmation of the indomitable human
spirit, and of the amazing courage and bravery of the heroes among us.
Many of these real life heroes gave their lives on
Tuesday. Take a moment to remember them, praise them, and thank them in
your heart for all that they gave. And next time you consider what
hero you should buy for your son or daughter, remember that you could do a
lot worse than handing them one of these figures.
If you're looking for some good ways to help the
rescue folks involved in this, I have a couple suggestions. First,
the International Association of Fire Fighters has set up a special fund
to help the widows and children of the fire fighters lost - go to http://daily.iaff.org/fund.htm.
Yahoo is also running a donation site for the
families of the fire fighters - you can donate at: http://store.yahoo.com/firedonations/
There is a rather unique drive going on called
Operation Superman. A gentlemen named Carl Nordstrom has contacted
several state governments and is mounting an effort to get a Superman
figure sent to every New York fire fighter. If you'd be interested
in helping with something like this you can contact Carl directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now on to the review...
Are you a 'toy' collector? Do you like the kind
of action figures that kids love to play with? Then there is a
series of 3 3/4" figures out there for you - and for the 8 year old
There are three lines that make up this overall
universe of figures - Fire Squad (firemen), Police Squad (policemen) and
Military Squad (army men, duh). Along with a bevy of figures, there
are vehicles, playsets, and accessory sets galore.
beauty of it all - the price. The single figures like the one I'm
reviewing here, only cost a buck. Multi-packs of five figures are
less than 4 bucks, and play sets made up of several figures, a vehicle and
a ton of accessories are only five bucks! Even sets with more than
one vehicle and several figures are less than ten bucks - I've never seen
a set from these lines cost more than that.