Packaging - B&B ****; Rizzo **1/2
The boxes that Palisades is using for their exclusives work and look
great. These are based on the new blue packaging (yes, I know I had my
camera set for the incorrect lighting in the package picture - it really is
blue), with some great graphics and text. They are also collector
friendly, as you can easily take them out and put them back again.
Rizzo's little baggie isn't quite so
spiff. Out of need of course - you tend to try to keep costs down on
something that's being given away - they go with the small bags, but at least
the text on the card includes the date, time and the fact that it was a 'party
Sculpting - Rizzo ****; B&B ***1/2
There are very few companies that consistently turn out great sculpts, but
Palisades is one of them. There's little to complain about here, and the
detail work and attention that's been paid to each character is readily apparent.
I took a half star off Bunsen and Beaker, not
because the *quality* of the sculpt is poor, but because the choice of outfits
here is fairly dull. The tuxedos look fine, and with the Tux Kermit and
Rowlf they don't look bad, but it's not a very exciting look or even one that
most people will associate with this pair.
On the other hand, the Rizzo is perfect. I
will warn you though - he's tiny. Not as tiny as he could have been, but
still much smaller than the other figures. See the photo at the very
bottom to get some idea of the scale.
This was a tough figure for Palisades to
do. Do it to actual scale, and he'd be too tiny for any real detail.
Yet, he's an extremely popular character, and they wanted to do a great looking
version. That meant upping the scale, but they couldn't make him just as
big as Kermit or worse, since they aren't going for a Food of the Gods
look. They compromised, and I think it was the wisest choice.
You could pick a nit and mention the seam in his
nose. It's there to allow for the whiskers to be inserted, and some people
might find it distracting. I don't have a problem with it however, and
really like the solid nylon fishing line whiskers.
Paint - ****
All three of these figures are much better than my series 3 set - it's looking
like that was a fluke, and I'm certainly glad. There are some minor issues
- there's a little black bleeding into the white of the sleeves, some of the
white t-shirt on Rizzo is bleeding onto his fur, and Beaker's eye whites are a
little sloppy, but overall they are extremely well done.
Particularly impressive are the tiny black
buttons on the tux shirts, the silver buttons on Rizzo's jacket, and the gray
trim on Rizzo's jacket. These are very small details, and they are very
accurately and neatly done.
Articulation - B&B ****; Rizzo ***
The articulation on Beaker and Bunsen is of course exactly the same as the
originals. They have neck, ball jointed shoulders, wrists, and waist.
Bunsen adds to that with hips, a pin joint on the left arm and a cut joint on
the right. Beaker has ankle and pin joint elbows.
While this isn't 30 points, that level of
articulation isn't necessary here. More importantly, all the articulation
that is present works well have add value.
Rizzo is smaller, and as you might expect less
articulated. He has neck, ball jointed shoulders, waist and hips.
The joints work well, give you some decent options, and allow you to get him to
stand easily on his own.
Accessories - Bupkis
The lack of any accessories is not unusual for an exclusive, particularly one
like this Rizzo. It won't hurt them too badly in the overall score, but
it's still important to note.
Value - B&B **1/2; Rizzo ****
This is assuming of course that you got both of these last weekend. Bunsen
and Beaker cost $25, but considering the lack of accessories, that seems about
$5 high. Still, it's not an awful value, and I certainly didn't feel as
though my pocket had been picked.
Rizzo was a great price - free!
Unfortunately, the ones on ebay are likely to run $100 or more. Are they
worth that? It's a tough call, one each collector will have to make, but
he's a great value if you were fortunate enough to attend the party.
Overall - B&B ***; Rizzo ***1/2
Three more great figures for the Muppet collection, even if they are
exclusives. The overall score for Bunsen and Beaker is hurt for me because
of the theme choice, but you can't fault the paint ops, sculpting or
articulation for that. They did a great job with them, but they'll never
be near the top of my favorites.
Rizzo is a little skimpy since he's a
giveaway. You can't really expect too much from a free figure.
Still, he looks great, and bodes extremely well for the regular Series 4
Where to Buy -
You can get the Bunsen and Beaker by being a member of the Palisades
Collectors Club, or you can break down and buy one on ebay. Ebay will
be your only real resort for this Rizzo, but take heart that he is a very
basic repaint, and this cool figure will be available, with a TON of accessories, as part of the next series shipping in the next few weeks.
If you're looking to pre-order series 4 with
Rizzo, Link Heartthrob, Sam Arrow and Dr. Strange Pork, check out:
- Beans Toys
has the set of four regular figures for $33 plus shipping, or you can get the
four with the repaint Rizzo instead of the standard Rizzo for $36. Check
under their Muppet link, as they have a ton of the earlier stuff for great
prices as well.
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