Tin Woodsman (Item No. 51500/2): The second in the line of Wizard of Oz figures, this item recreates the character of the Tin Man (denoted here by Mego as the "Tin Woodsman") (Jack Haley) from the film. The Tin Woodsman comes on a standard male Mego body with silver hands. His outfit is comprised of a gray bodysuit, which is in turn covered by several pieces of "tin" plating: the arms and thighs each have a silver, tubular, soft plastic piece of armor, while the torso is completely covered by a large, silver, fused-hard-plastic abdominal piece. The Tin Man's famous "heart" is represented by a small sticker on the abdominal plating (which is rather cheap and unfair, considering that both the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion got their diploma and medal (respectively) made out of actual plastic. A pair of silver, soft plastic boots completes the ensemble. His only accessory is an axe, which is made up of two pieces, the handle (brown) and the blade (silver).
Package Variants: Like all of the other first series figures (except the Wizard), the Tin Woodsman is available in both the "plain green" and "yellow brick road" boxes. He was also available in a plastic header-carded baggie for clearance purposes (a rare end-run variant), as well as being included in the ultra-rare Emerald City Gift Set (along with the other six figures form series one).
Figure Variants: The Tin Woodsman is available on both a Type 1 and a Type 2 body.
Caution Collectors: Treat the Tin Woodsman's axe gently, as the blade piece is extremely prone to cracking and breakage. When buying a loose Tin Woodsman, inspect the axe for signs of cracking or repair (usually performed with Super-Glue).
Did You Know?: The Tin Woodsman's torso armor is so big and bulky that it does not permit the use of a white twist-tie to anchor the figure to the insert (as is the standard packaging method for the other six first-series figures). Therefore, the Tin Woodsman is the only first-series figure not to come with a twist-tie, or twist-tie holes in its insert.
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Above is an example of a mint-in-box Tin Woodsman on a Type 1 body in a "plain green" box (left), and a mint-in-box Tin Woodsman on a Type 2 body in a "yellow brick road" box (right).
Above is an example of a catalog mailer box for the Tin Woodsman figure (perhaps the "C" denotes a Canadian of Catalog release?).