Toyfare Exclusive Super Scooter

The Wizard Entertainment Group - those guys behind the Wizard World shows, and magazines like InQuest and Toyfare - have been involved with quite a few of the Palisades exclusives.

While the Toyfare Tux Kermit was really a shared exclusive with Toys R Us, the Wizard World Dr. Teeth, and the Vanishing Cream Beaker, along with the upcoming Bunsen and Beaker in tuxes and Statler and Waldorf in Vaudeville duds, were all done in conjunction with Wizard.  Tonight's review is for the latest shipping exclusive - the Toyfare Super Scooter.

The Muppets line has certainly had its share of exclusive figures so far, but of all of them, none are quite as cool as the Super Scooter.  A great looking figure, with some terrific accessories, this is one exclusive you don't want to pass up.

He was available through the magazine coupon back in February, but you can still get him at the Wizard on-line store. Price is $15 plus $5 for s/h.

Packaging - ***
I've been a big fan of the art and style of the Muppets packaging from the start.  This figure will be the very last we see ship on the red cards, and starting with wave 4 next month they'll switch to the blue.

Although I'm a big fan of the packaging, I took off a half star here for a related problem.  Every one of the four I've seen have had crushed bubbles.  I don't know if Toyfare was just unlucky this time around, or I was just unlucky, but it seems that it's a problem.  I really prefer the small boxes for mailed exclusives like these, since they are less prone to damage.

Sculpting - ****
Did you like the Scooter in wave 3?  Then you'll love this one.  Going from that base figure, we're treated to the addition of his superhero helmet.  That's a key distinction for this exclusive, since it's not simply a repaint, but a redeco of an existing figure.

The helmet is not removable, but there's really no need.  The sculpting on the figure follows the usual Palisades level of detail and quality, and I think Super Scooter has jumped to the top of my list of favorite Muppets exclusives - at least until the vaudeville Statler and Waldorf.

Paint - ***1/2
I had some problems with paint ops on the wave 3 figures, but even then Scooter wasn't one of the big offenders.  This time around he looks terrific, and there's no sign of bleeding colors, inconsistencies, or edge slop.

He does have the Muppets logo on the back of his jacket, as did the original, although you can't see it while he's wearing the outfit.

Articulation - ***1/2
Scooter has the same as the first time around - ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips and knees.  You'll be able to use him with these accessories, and the multitude that came with the original figure.  There are a ton of posing possibilities, enhanced by the inclusion of the small foot stand.

Accessories - ****
Scooter comes with five accessories, all well done.  There's the necessary ladder, 'How to Fly' book, chest protector/emblem, small black stand, and cloth cape.

The ladder is the big standout in this set.  It folds together and opens up smoothly, with a hinge just like the real thing.  It looks fantastic and works great.  The scale is good as well.

The book is the same sculpt as the one we got with the Muppets Lab set.  On the front it says "How to be a Super Hero", "by Jim Henson and Frank Oz".  On the interior are the basic instructions for flying.

The cape looks good, both front and back, but is a little thinner than I had expected.  Still, it works well and is easy enough to put on and take off. 

His chest doohickey isn't easily removed, but I'm counting it as an accessory any way.  It fits him tightly, and protects his chest and back.  The star emblem on the front appears to be stitched on, but is really part of the sculpt.

The stand is the same as we've seen with the original Scooter, and works fine.  It's not much to look at, but works just as you'd expect.

Value - **1/2
Fifteen bucks is getting a tad too common of a price point these days.  That's about five bucks more than I want to pay for Scooter, especially since you'll have to pay $5 in shipping on top of it.  Still, the exclusivity of this figure drives up the initial cost, so I can only complain so much.

Overall - ***1/2
The only thing stopping this from four stars is the slightly high price point.  As I mentioned earlier, he's quickly become my favorite Muppet exclusive to date, and that's saying a lot considering how many there have been.  He looks great with terrific accessories, and isn't hard to come by.  But do yourself a favor and pick him up now, rather than kick yourself six months from now.

Where to Buy - 
Eventually, ebay will be your only choice.  Don't make that mistake.  If you're a big Muppets fan, pick him up on-line now at the Wizard Store for $20.


Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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