Ren and Stimpy 6.5" Figures

Ren and Stimpy fans have been tremendously excited by the news that Palisades Toys is producing a line of action figures based on the property. But don't get too excited - those aren't due out for awhile yet.

Instead, we're getting a taste of some other new products from a company called Sababa Toys. They've released several products so far, including some smaller PVC's, plush dolls, and the 6.5" PVC reviewed today -  Insane Eye Poppin' Ren and Joy o' Brushing Stimpy. They have at least two more in this style planned, including Infected Eye Sore Ren and Stinky Breathe Stimpy.

I've only seen these at Media Play so far, but I'm betting that other pop culture type stores pick them up as well. They were ten bucks each at Media Play.

Packaging - **
These are packed in open boxes, similar to other roto-cast figures from Toybiz. They don't protect the figure very well, they're tough to store, and they aren't collector friendly in the least bit. They provide the basic values, but add little extra.

Sculpting - ***
Ren is in a classic pose from the Space Madness episode. This episode was a huge fan favorite, and a great choice. Here they've captured the bugging eyes of a clearly mad Ren Hoek, at his most psychotic. The overall look is great, although I had a couple eeessuses with the left arm positioning.

Stimpy has his usually innocent because he's clueless expression, and has his toothbrush. I should probably remember what episode this is, but I don't.  (EDIT:  It took all of 30 seconds for a faithful reader to write me and point out that this is from opening sequence of the episode "Ren's Toothache".) Therefore, through highly scientific analysis, I conclude this choice wasn't quite as good. I would have much preferred something with kitty litter, or 
even rubber nipples.

Paint - **1/2
The paint work is fairly standard, with very little small detail. There's a little work in the veins around Ren's eyes, but for the most part, there aren't many specifics brought out by the paint ops.

The colors used for large areas are consistently, but there is quite a bit of bleed and fuzzy definition between the various colors. Overall, the look comes across more less like expensive collectible and more like cheap dog toy. If there were cheap, that wouldn't be such a bad thing, but at this price point, you should be treated to better paint ops.

Articulation - Bupkis
Unlike most modern roto-cast figures, and even urban vinyl (which is very similar in size), these have zero articulation. That was fairly surprising, especially with none at the shoulders, neck or waist.

Accessories - Bupkis
I wasn't expecting any, and I got exactly what I was expecting. These aren't 'action' figures, and as such, there's little expectation for accessories.

And before you ask - the base is part of the sculpt.

Fun Factor - **
Ren and Stimpy was a kid's cartoon, at least as originally played. Oh, sure, you had to be a pretty sick and twisted kid to get all the jokes, but it was a Nick show, home of things like Fairly odd Parents and Spongebob. These really aren't meant as toys for kids though, but shelf pieces for adult fans.

Value - *1/2
Ten bucks each is a hefty price tag indeed, especially with all the cool roto-cast figures we've seen in other lines for about the same money. Six bucks? Sure, but at ten, I suspect a lot of folks will wait for clearance.

Overall - **1/2
Since these are designed as large, hollow PVC toys, there's not much complaining you can do about the lack of articulation and accessories. Sure, a few joints would be nice, but considering what they were going for, not necessary. So the majority of the overall impression has go go off of the sculpt and paint. Both these areas were average at best. At ten bucks a pop, you expect more for your money. Considering that I can get a fully articulated roto-cast Marvel figure like Spider-man or the Hulk for ten bucks, these suddenly look far less attractive.

Sababa is also doing several smaller PVC's, which look very interesting, but the only one I've seen so far is the bumping-butts version of Ren and Stimpy (with magnets in their butts!), and at ten bucks for the pair, it's too rich for my blood.

Where to Buy - 
I picked up this pair at a local Media Play last week. I'd expect other specialty type pop culture stores to stock them as well.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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