As I've mentioned previously, I really wanted this set. My main draw was the PhoenixXfigure combo and I'm almost certain the Phoenix is a complete new mold. This set reminds me of Playmobil Dragons theme, which was easily on their greatest themes IMHO and I believe they took a note from it while making this set. When I first saw it, I hoped for an entire line of figurexbeast sets , but alas (the theme is still great and I like the story of winter princess forbidden romance with the spring prince). I still hope for one...
The Phoenix' sculpt and paint is beautiful; there is use of six different color molded plastic and 4 different paints. The sitting era for the figure isn't too intrusive and blended quite well.
It have 6 PoA: neck, tail, wings and legs. The articulation is decent, however I wish the head could look down (looking up is fantastic) and the wings could be completely folded downwards.
I'm truly fond of this new mold and hope to see fire version in a boys theme to contrast.
In addition, the Phoenix have some customizability by adding decorations in the wings and in the tail (3 at each), I like this feature a lot. Which brings me to the accessories; the set comes with a chest, a key, decorations for the Phoenix (9 stars, 6 green flowers, 9 white ribbons, 4 big blue ribbons and 5 purple flowers) and a spare tiara and bracelet. They key is meant to interact with a different set, which is a bit of a bummer, but understandable (collect them all!).
Apparently, the Phoenix is able to hold the chest, but because the handle is short, it can only hold it in one feet at time. To my great disappointment, it cannot hold figures, the holding section is just too wide. I don't see the point in this feature which allows the Phoenix to hold one very specific item, instead of multitype of items and figures, what a wasted opportunity!
As for the female wizard figure, unfortunately her left eye is smudged and her left arm have sleeve in brighter non-shimmery plastic which sucks. In regard to general issue, I wish Playmobil would give their black figures the same eyes and mouth like regular figures, but in black (as they do for the tanned figures). The white eyes and mouth look creepy and out of place, and to add insult to injury they don't bother to give black female figures eyelashes and thus look even weirder and uglier. Specifically for this figure, they should've gone with a face up similar to the fairy figure (pic related), it would give the figure more wizardry character rather this happy~surprised/"harold hides the pain" expression.
To sum up, I still think it's a wonderful set. It does have it flaws (the figure design and worse of all the disappointing carrying feature), but I would still recommended it.