Fairly Odd Parents

Unless you've been living under at rock, you know who the Fairly Oddparents are.  One of the hottest new cartoon properties, it gives Nick a double whammy in licensing along with Spongebob Squarepants. 

And speaking of licensing, be prepared to get a ton of Oddparents merchandise.  How long would it be before we got figures?  Not long.

Jakk's Pacific is producing a fairly big first series of figures, including Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, Chester, A.J. and Vicky.  Oh, and for those who's domiciles are under said rocks, Timmy is a little boy with two fairy Godparents: Cosmo, the less than ingenious fairy pop, and his wife Wanda.  They hang out in his room pretending to be goldfish most of the time, and granting Timmy's every wish.  Due to Cosmo's bumbling, and Timmy's lack of forethought in making wishes, hilarity ensues.  Chester and A.J. are Timmy's best buds, while Vicky is his babysitter, who loves to terrorize him.

These are popping up at most major retailers - I've seen them at Kmarts, Meijers, Target and Toys R Us so far.  I'm sure Wal-mart will be close behind.  Retail runs from $6 to $8, depending on where you shop.

Packaging - ***
Clamshells, clamshells everywhere.  While some folks have said clamshells won't take off with 'kids' lines since they are tough to open, here's an example that proves them wrong.  They are still tough to open, but that doesn't preclude them from being used for kid's lines.

The graphics are good, and the line is highlighted on the back.  The accessories are bubble packed against the 'background' (more on this thing later), and everything is easy to see.

They lose points though because the packaging and branding are a tad misleading.  The title of the series is "noggin' knockers", which seems to imply they are head bobbers.  With the oversized heads from the 'toon, they even look like head bobbers.  But they aren't, and you have to read the fine print to figure out just what they are talking about.

Sculpting - ***
The sculpt isn't bad, although it doesn't quite capture the character.  Again, even though a cartoon design may be simplistic doesn't mean it's simple.

Here they have the general look down, with the large heads made of solid rubber, and a rubber body with bendy arms and legs (stubby as they may be).  The arms and legs are so tiny that you won't get much movement out of them, but at least you can get him to balance his massive head if you use the bendy nature in combination with the small display stand.

There are minor problems with the face.  Cosmo's pupils should be round, but are oval.  The large eyebrows are shorter than the eyes, rather than slightly longer, and the shape of the head seems slightly off.  And sculpting the hands to actually hold any of the three accessories, rather than going the bendy route, would have been preferable.

Paint - **1/2
Again, nothing here that's terrible, but nothing stupendous either.  They eyes and face aren't bad, but there's a lot of poor definition between the shirt, pants and hands.  There's some inconsistency in the hair, and a couple spots where you can see through the green to the molded color below.

Articulation - **1/2
As I mentioned, they went in the bendy direction.  In this scale, I'm not surprised they avoided articulation, but it does hurt the figure overall.  There's not much posing you can do here, and he certainly can't stand without the yellow display stand under his feet.

Accessories - ***
There are three accessories, a display stand, and a 'diorama'.  I'm being fairly loose with that term here.

The three accessories are a book of 'Da Rules' (the rules that govern just what fairy Godparents are allowed to do), a gavel, and a wand.  The sculpts are basic, as are the paint ops, but both are decent on all three accessories.

The small display stand works fine, and is a yellow star, a symbol based on the end of their wand.  His feet fit nicely in the holes, and he stands fairly well with it.

The diorama is more packaging than playset.  The pink base is the cheapest of plastic with no detail, and the background is paper taped into a plastic bubble.  The star base fits into the pink base in the package, but out of the package I had a tough time getting it to work.  Cosmo's head was just too big, and he looked better standing to the left of the hole.  This thing is probably going to end up in the trash.

Fun Factor - **1/2
These are clearly toys, not 'collectibles', so you'd assume they'd be going for the fun factor.  They've included a rather unusual action feature.

Inside that thick head is a magnet, just about dead center between the eyeballs.  There's another (or a chunk of metal) in each of the accessories.  That means they stick to his head.  This is the same feature that all the figures have.

I'm not sure why - I don't ever recall an episode where this particular problem occurred.  Maybe it just seemed like a good idea, I don't know, but it doesn't seem particularly fun to me.  Had they thrown in a little articulation and let the figure actually hold the wand, that would have been a little more fun.

Value - **
Almost every store that I've seen them at is charging eight bucks each for these, and that's how I'm scoring them.  Compared to other eight dollar action figures, especially those at mainstream retailers, these come up very short.  Literally.

I paid six bucks, and that's a much more attractive price.  Not great, but you could add another half star to the score.

Overall - **1/2
When I picked this up, I had some high hopes.  Here was a pretty good looking cartoon figure with several accessories and an action feature for six bucks.  On top of that, there was enough figures in the first series to make for a cool display together.

Too bad it wasn't quite as nice out of the package as it was in.  They aren't terrible, and kids will have some fun with them, but I have high hopes we'll see a superior looking line from someone else before the Oddparents license goes stale.

Where to Buy - 
I've seen these at most major retailers like Target, Toys R Us, Meijers and K-marts so far.  Meijers was my place to buy, as they had them for the much better price of six bucks each.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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