Packaging - Doll ***;
The doll comes in a collector friendly box, safely held in place. The
window is a little small, but I like the style and look of the graphics
the other hand, the globe comes in a plain white box with that damn
annoying cheap styrofoam. Regular readers know how much I hate that
Sculpting - Doll
***1/2; Globe **1/2
The doll is very screen accurate, at least in terms of overall details.
The costume matches the on screen counterpart, right down to the
paterning on the yellow slicker. The slicker has a wire in both the
hood and the edges of the jacket that allow you to pose it quite well.
The hood doesn't fit over the large Stewie-like head particularly well,
but it looks just fine hanging down her back.
head sculpt has the textured pattern on the skin that looks like a
burlap type material, with the hair made ffrom string. There's some
black hairs in there that I don't remember, but I'll give them the
benefit of the doubt on that one.
The various materials are very
high quality, with the yarn hair maide from...well, yarn, the body
stuffed material over a bendy armature, and the head a solid resin-like
material. Even the button eyes are actual buttons.
The only think
holding this back from a better sculpt score is the size. At just 10",
she seems just a bit small to me in comparison to the other characters
in the film.
The globe is NOT close to the actual
-not by a country mile. While I can appreciate that the Zoo officials
did this as a general globe first, and as something tied to Coraline
second, I still have to grade it based on it's value as a prop replica.
I also think they missed a terrific opportunity to cash in on the
popularity of the film.
The bear fountain in the center
similar, but the base is very different. Rather than the large 'Detroit
Zoo' on a front plate, there's a small text version along with the
lable of "Horace H. Rackham Memorial Fountain". The white and yellow
base is intended to replicate the ornate column edge around the
fountain's pool, which is a nice touch but again, not screen accurate.
Paint - Doll ***; Globe *1/2
work on the doll is quite nice, although there's not a lot. The black
eyebrows and pink lips are clean, with a similar wear pattern to what
was seen on screen. There's some blush on the cheeks, and freckles
added in around the eyes.
The work on the snow globe is
hair above dollar store, sadly. Again, there's not a lot here, but the
black lettering is sloppy, and the white and yel;ow base isn't as clean
or bright as it should be.
Articulation - Doll ***;
Snowglobe Bupkis (duh!)
Obviously, the snow globe isn't 'articulated'. Shake it and the snow
moves great, but that's not really articulation. Of course, I don't
expect it to be, so this has nothing to do with my overall score.
doll is surprisingly well articulated. The entire body and all limbes
are a bendy armature that works great, allowing her to take quite a few
poses. Obviously, she can't stand on those little bendy legs, but she
can take sitting positions, and even lean against objects in an upright
fashion. The head can tilt, the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips
and ankles bend, and you can get her in just about any pose short of
Value - Doll **1/2;
The $25 price tag on the doll seems about right considering the current
market, and the quality of the collectible. However, I'm not feeling
the $35 for this rather small, rather rough snow globe.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing in either case!
Overall - Doll ***1/2;
I've been waiting for this doll quite awhile now, since the original
ship date was back around Halloween. Thankfully, it was worth the wait.
It's a bit small for my tastes as a replica, but that's my only
globe doesn't fair as well, largely because I'm judging it as a prop
replica. Even ignoring that aspect, the quality really isn't up to the
$35 price tag.
Packaging - Doll ***;
Sculpting - Doll ***1/2; Globe **1/2
Paint - Doll ***1/2; Globe *1/2
Articulation - Doll ***; Snowglobe Bupkis (duh!)
Value - Doll **1/2; Snowglobe *1/2
Overall - Doll ***1/2; Snowglobe **
Where to Buy -
Online options for the NECA doll include these site sponsors:
doll for $23.
Big Bad Toy Store
doll at $26.
Earth has the doll at $25.
Getting the snow globe is a bit
trickier. You can pick it up at the Zoo itself for $35, but obviously
that's not practical for everyone. Perhaps an enterprising ebayer will
start selling them...
The NECA Coraline dolls
were some of my favorite female figures from last year.
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