Another guest review! Bob Snare kindly agreed to put
together this review on the new large Shrek plush figure from Mcfarlane
Toys. Take it away, Bob!
From the time I saw the first trailer
for the movie Shrek I knew that I was going to be getting a piece or two
from the inevitable action figure line - the character was so gosh-darned
appealing, and he was green! Needless to say, when I heard that McFarlane
had the license, I had mixed feelings. While his figures are usually dead
on in the likeness department, the play value is usually nil, the figures
usually being more in the way of slightly poseable statues
than actual "action figures." And, face it, they don't
tend to be the best things for three-year-olds whose idea of
"play" is to pound one figure with another until one goes to
the McFarlane line turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag, with the actual
figures being rather traditional McFarlane (that is, excellent sculpts,
so-so play value), while some of the other items in the line (the playsets,
the beanies, the plush) were top notch. One of the first items I came
across was what I considered to be the "Holy Grail" of the
initial push, the large "plush" figure of the title character.
So, how does he stack up, you ask?
Packaging - ***
A nice box, open on the front and top with
attractive Shrek graphics and logo. You could leave him on display in the
box and still touch him, or snip the five or six twisty ties holding him
in, play with him a bit, then put him back in for display. Myself, I just
recycled the thing, not being a collector of cardboard.
Sculpt - ****
Excellent! Of course, only the head and hands are
truly sculpted, with the body being "soft-sculpted" (and
minimally at that, but what there is has been terrifically done! Of
particular note are the eyes, which are not merely sculpted and painted
(like McFarlane's previous plush of Mini-Me) but are actually "doll
eyes," giving the figure's face a life-like dimension unattainable
without them. And that grin - a friend who had no idea of the movie's
existence and not a clue as to who Shrek was fell in love with him
immediately! Even my wife is a sucker for him. The head and hands are made
out of a soft rubber as well, not a hard plastic, like the aforementioned
Value - **1/2
Really more of a $15-$18 figure, he goes for $24
at Toys R Us, although he may be a few bucks less if and when he shows up
at Target and Wal-Mart. These aren't shipping too heavily, though, so
don't count on a markdown. Still, how can you truly put a price on such a
Accessories - no stars
No accessories, although why would you expect any,
given the nature of a plush?
Outfit - ***1/2
Well, I suppose it's technically his body, but it's dead on to what you
see in the movie, right down to the frayed cuffs (which are serged above
the fraying to keep it from getting frayed out of hand). And, yes, the
vest comes off. He woulda gotten five stars if his shirt came off as well.
Articulation - **1/2
The box says "fully articulated" but that's not completely true.
Yes, this is a stuffed doll and, yes, he has a wire armature to help him
move, but he doesn't really hold any positions (other than seated) very
well. It would have been nice if Todd had spent the extra buck to give him
one of those ball and socketed skeletons that Disney uses on some of their
stuffed dolls - they're durable and work well for this sort of figure. As
it stands, I may yet stick one in there myself.
Overall - ***1/2
I really, really like this guy, and I suspect he may hold a place of honor
in our master bedroom figure/doll display for some time to come. If you
only get one Shrek figure, this is the one!