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Purple Guy

Five Nights at Freddy's
by Shocka

Watch out, Jessica Jones!!

Purple Guy (also known as Purple Man, The Killer, or The Murderer, and real name William Afton) is the murderer of the five children that sparked the downfall of Fazbear Entertainment. Judging by his actions, Purple Guy is cruel and cold-blooded, taking pleasure in his barbaric crimes with an unceasing smile. It isn't until he is confronted by the ghosts of the five kids that he shows any other emotion, fear. His motives are unknown and cryptic though his actions ultimately lead to his own downfall.

Having reviewed the neat Funko Five Nights at Freddy's action figures, I was looking forward to some more FNAF goodies when I stumbled upon this neat polybagged brick set based on the behind-the-scenes antagonist of the Freddy's series. I'm a big fan of 8-bit characters represented by brick toys like this; alongside my Smash Bros display I have HK brick sets of Pac-Man, Blinky and Q*Bert; the blocky nature of these characters lend themselves to block sets, and they look surprisingly cool alongside your regular action figures. So, with Purple Guy (and much of the actual FNAF narrative) kept to hidden 8-bit minigames (at least until Sister Location) it makes sense to have him as a brick set, and he even looks pretty fun alongside the Funko offerings!

Purple Guy stands just under 4" tall including his black base, and he's constructed from 16 pieces, and a large black base to keep him standing. This is essential because of how top-heavy the design is. The quality of these bricks seems quite good, holding together sturdily and with round, hollow pegs up top to properly make them distinct from Lego. I dislike how there are injection artifacts on one side of the brick, though, but these can mostly be hidden turning them to the "rear" of the toy.

As a brick toy he doesn't have any articulation, but he doesn't need it; he's a great representation of the character from the 8-bit games, looking basically pixel-perfect. He's only "painted" on one side; turning him around just allows you to see all-purple, which is probably accurate to his appearance if he was, uh, in real life, and not just an 8-bit... thingy. The base is the only thing that really disappoints here; because of how the toy is polybagged it isn't flat, and there's really no good way to try to flatten bent brick products without risking permanent damage (as I have seen first hand with Lego, sigh). But it's mostly ignorable, and you can quite easily put this guy on a regular Lego plate if you want.

Purple Guy includes something neat I'd never even thought of for brick toys: build-a-figure pieces! Yes, he includes three gold brick pieces, that go together with others from this series to make a Golden Freddy brick toy. It makes for a neat addition, a bit of extra value if you're collecting these, or just some extra bricks to throw into your Lego collection for future builds.

So that's Purple Guy. He's a neat little addition to my collection, no-frills, but for a great price; these polybags are inexpensive and thus easy to recommend. Although this is the only one I wanted, the series features great brick representations of the other Five Nights crew from the minigames, ideal for child and adult collectors alike, and an excellent addition to any FNAF collection.

-- 10/16/18

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