Packaging - ***
FOX limits the creativity that licensees can exhibit in their packaging by
having set guidelines, but Rocket USA does a good job within those
guidelines. They manage to capture the feel of both the television
show AND the vintage feel of tin toys. The package isn't particularly
sturdy though, but it is completely collector friendly.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Sculpting isn't the right word of course, but the tin shapes are cut out as
perfect representations of the characters on the show. Perhaps it's
simply the fact that this is a 2-D representation of 2-D characters, but it
really works well for this license.
Paint - **1/2
The color, consistency, and accuracy of the paint operations is
excellent. Since this is lithography, an art well defined in the
industry after over 150 years of use in packaging, I'm not surprised.
The only negative is that the paint is very
easy to chip or scratch. The application isn't very thick, so you'll
have to be careful, both in picking one out and in handling it after.
Design - ***1/2
The design and engineering of the toy itself, ignoring the license, is
great. The action works smoothly and consistently. It's not
super complicated, but it does what it's advertised to do.
The only negative here revolves not around
the toy, but around the characters. How many times have you seen
Scratchy get the better of Itchy? It doesn't really fit in well with
the show, although I'm betting someone with a better memory than mine is
going to tell me that this exact scene happened in an I&S short some
where along the line.
Value - ***
I paid $13 plus shipping for this, which is a little high. Yes, tin
toys tend to cost more than plastic, for obvious reasons. But a buck
or two cheaper would have been ideal. It's not a terrible deal, but
not at that sweet spot.
Overall - ***
I wish the paint application was a little less prone to damage. But
this is a great little 'show off' toy - that's the type you put on your desk
at work, and show off every time somebody new comes by.
Where to Buy -
I haven't seen these at any bricks and mortar stores, but there are some good choices on-line:
- JGP Toys has this in stock for $13,
and they also have the Moe's Tavern Pool Game and the Bowl A Rama set. Great customer service is their standard.