Are the Playboi Carti action figures real, and can you buy them?

Bruno Cooke January 7, 2022
Are the Playboi Carti action figures real, and can you buy them?

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Playboi Carti has posted pictures of eight individual action figure toys to his Instagram followers, each wearing a different outfit and some sporting unique hairstyles – but are they real, and can you buy them? How are Playboi Carti fans taking to the possibility of this new type of merchandise?

Are the Playboi Carti action figures real and available to buy?

If video evidence is to be believed, then these new Playboi Carti action figures are indeed real. 

The rapper posted a video to his Instagram followers of someone holding a boxed Playboi Carti toy/figurine 10 hours ago.

It’s already picked up 130K likes and dozens of comments requesting details of where and how to buy – or indeed if it’s possible to.

One user even wrote, “i’m buying these & gonna give them to my grandkids”. 

But they don’t appear in Carti’s online shop

However, another, commenting on a horned figurine in a white shirt and black Converse shoes, wrote that, right now, the pieces are “1/1” – meaning one-offs – and “not for sale”, at least for now.

They don’t feature in Playboi Carti’s online shop, alongside his other items of merchandise – although that’s not to say they never will.

Were they to go on sale, it looks like his action figures wouldn’t have a hard time finding buyers. 

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How have fans reacted to the idea of a Playboi Carti action figure?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, fans of Playboi Carti have taken well to the dolls. 

But predictions of how much they would cost, if they were to go on sale, reveal something about how Carti’s fans perceive his business instincts.

“You already know they would charge like $600 for these”, writes one. Another reckons they’d cost a mere $40-60 apiece – although even that’s pricey for a plastic figurine – while others, perhaps more soberly, estimate $100, $120+, or even up to $1000 for a single figure. Others have compared the Playboi Carti toys to NFTs, which trade for the purposes of investment as much for personal enjoyment.

It’s also worth noting the number of times commenters have raised the fact that Travis Scott action figures have been around for some time already.

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Not everyone is keen, however

Playboi Carti fans have been waiting eagerly for the release of his third studio album, Narcissist, since the Miss The Rage rapper teased its existence in September last year.

The mounting anticipation has led to impatience. Especially, it seems, when Carti unveils items of merchandise – or items that aren’t even merchandise – rather than releasing music.

One user’s complaint, that Carti “drops more pictures than he drops music”, chimes with several others. 

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.