Packaging - ***
Palisades always produces eye catching, colorful packaging. Mega Animal is the first release to use the new blue package art, under the
more general banner of 'Muppets', rather than the Muppets Show banner of the past releases. And just like always, it's eye catching and
colorful. I'm still not sure if I like it better though, and it might take some time to grow on me. It's fairly collector friendly
though, if you don't mind replacing a lot of twisty ties.
Sculpting - ****
The first Mega figure, Beaker, was identical in sculpt to his smaller cousin. Not so this time around, as Palisades has given us an
improved - at least for this scale - head sculpt. The hair is wilder, and there's more overall detail than in the smaller version.
That's great, although the overall appearance of Animal, both in this version and the smaller one, isn't quite as appealing to me as
many of the other figures. Perhaps it's his overall gangliness, or perhaps it's the bent leg pose. Whatever the case, it's not quite
the perfect sculpt for me, but may be just right for you.
You can't fault the figure for overall attention to detail though, and there are some nice touches like the large metal chain attached
to his neck cuff. The new head sculpt is particularly nice, and if you're a big Animal fan, this is likely to be one of your favorite figures in your collection.
Paint - ****
The paint application is damn near perfect. There was a little over spray
on the rope belt onto the pants, but it was very minor, and there's plenty of
detail here that could have had issues. Instead, the paint looks great,
with even consistency across the colors and great detail work.
Articulation - ***1/2
Animal has a ball jointed neck joint, eyebrow and mouth, ball jointed shoulders,
cut biceps, wrists, hips, ankles and a waist.
Some of the joints were a little loose, and
getting him to stand on his own takes a little work. That solid head of
his weighs a ton, so it throws him off a bit, but you'll find the sweet spot
with a little effort.
Both the eyebrows and mouth work much better
than the smaller version, and you shouldn't have the same issues getting the
Accessories - ***
Mega Animal comes with his trademark drum sticks, and the fit nicely in both hands. There's not much to say about them, since they look
exactly like you'd expect, and aren't really a complex or unusual item.
Value - **1/2
I can be a cheap bastard at times, and of course I'd like to see the Mega figures in the $20 range. As it stands, they aren't a terrible
value, and I certainly don't feel ripped off, but $20 a pop is really the sweet spot. I'm betting that the
production run size precludes them from getting them down into that price range, at least at this point.
Overall - ***1/2
I'm not as big of a fan of the Mega Muppet line as I am the smaller line,
but this figure is certainly an improvement over Beaker. With the basic
accessories and the new head sculpt, you're getting a bit more for your money,
and he looks terrific on the shelf.
Where to Buy -
As I mentioned earlier, I've seen these at Media Play and Sam Goody store so far. You also have some on-line options:
- Aisle Sniper has him available for shipping at $24.95 plus s/h.
- Beans Toys has him still as a pre-order for $24.99, but they also have some series 1 and series 2 sets available, along with
great pre-order pricing on series 4, 5, and 6!