Medicom Genie from Aladdin

CB checks in tonight with a review of the new Medicom Genie figure from the Disney film Aladdin.  What's the 411, Coheteboy?

MEDICOM has, over the years, become one of the most under the radar toy companies but have consistently turned out high quality product. In Japan, vinyl dolls are a hot commodity and so is the Disney brand. Medicom has released approximately fifty "Disney Collectible Vinyl Dolls" from a number of different films including Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Toy Story. Even obscure characters get the vinyl treatment (Susie the Blue Coupe, Pedro the Baby Airplane, just to name a few).

Today we will take a look at the Genie, from one of my favorites from the early 90s, ALADDIN. Previously released from this film is EVIL JAFAR, which is where Jafar becomes a genie. Two other vinyl dolls released this year are Jasmine and Aladdin with Abu.

Packaging - ***
Each vinyl doll has its own unique box so I have to give Medicom props for trying, but it still comes up unbelievably plain. There's a window on the front that shows the doll inside, which is enclosed between two plastic trays. And there's plenty of room between the figure and the box so if the box gets damaged (as mine did), the toy inside is perfectly safe. 

The back side of the box shows what else from the film has been released in case you were a fan of that particular film and wanted them all. 

Sculpting - ****
This is undeniably the best Genie sculpt I've seen on a toy. Better than the small scale Tomy figures? You bet!! This is as close to getting a maquette from the Disney Studios as you can possibly get. 

Standing at about 10" tall, the Genie is posed with his hands crossed with a big smile on his face, capturing the character in beautiful three-dimensions. And is this figure heavy? Not at all... it's extremely light.

As far as scale goes in comparison to the Evil Jafar, this Genie towers over him. Not quite the same scale, but I suppose this Genie would need to be about 3 inches to be even close to accurate to Evil Jafar. 

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are generally excellent on these figures. Everything is painted with cleanliness and accuracy, and the colors are well selected also. The powder blue is just the right tone and consistency and the paint on the eyes, teeth, ear ring, etc... all executed just right. 

Articulation - n/a
While some vinyl dolls have limited points of articulation, The Genie has none. Completely meant for display purposes only.

Value - ***
Being an item imported from Japan, the cost of this item already soars just a tad, but it's worth it to me being the Disney fanatic that I am. It's also comforting that I know that these aren't going to be released cheaper in the states either... although I wish everyone who wanted these would be able to get them as easily. The price on The Genie here was $50, which is pretty close to most busts these days, but it is a bit costly for a vinyl figure. 

But if you have a friend who is a big fan of the Genie, this is definitely an attractive and more inexpensive route to go compared to the porcelain products at the Disney theme parks. Those usually go for a few hundred dollars... and break much easily.

Overall - ***1/2
I'm extremely happy with The Genie, as it stands on your table looking awesome. The quality in this vinyl is unsurpassed in any American product, which is unfortunate. I tried to get the Suits at Disney to start importing this line to the US but I'm afraid the passion for quality is gone, and all they want is a quick buck. And though I'm willing to shell out the dough for this, I don't know how many more are as well. 

But you know those Disney fanatics... they spend a lot more money on pins, so a 10 inch Genie (har har har) shouldn't be too much of an expense. 

Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - n/a
Accessories - n/a
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
Ebay and import stores are the places to hunt if you're not in Asia. This particular piece was bought at Anime King in Huntington Beach, CA for $49.99.

Figure from the collection of Coheteboy.

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