Talking Shrek

Shrek is clearly the winning film of summer 2001.  And McFarlane Toys has had a clear winner on their hands with the terrific figures and plush toys they've produced.

I've had reviews of a couple of the other toys earlier this summer, but my favorite toys are those that talk.  They produced two talking figures - one of the title character himself, and one of the Eddie Murphy voiced Donkey.

Why wait so long to review them?  Because now's the time to buy!  Target has started the Shrek stuff on clearance, with some stores having them down to $13.90, and others already down to $9.90

Packaging - ***
Appropriate packaging is used with this line.  The graphics are great, and the boxes sturdy.  Sure, you have to tear it up to get to it, but this is a kid's line, not a collectors line.

Sculpting - ****
The small figures were good, but the sculpting is excellent on the large figures.  It's a perfect likeness, and the details on the outfit and body are great.

The only flaw is that he has a bit of a tough time standing.  With such small feet and such a large body, finding the center of gravity is a bit tough.  But with the decent articulation he has, you'll be able to find the sweet spot with a little work.

Articulation - ***1/2
Speaking of articulation, McToys has done a great job.  No, there aren't any ball joints, but the cut joints are well used.  Shoulders, elbows, writs, hips and ankles are all jointed, and allow for a variety of poses.

Accessories - Bupkis
The only negative to this figure is the decided lack of accessories.  Something for him to hold or use would have nice. 

Talking Feature - ***1/2
The talking feature on this figure is great.  He has seven sayings directly from the movie. They are clear and easily understood, and it sounds just like Mike Myers.  There's no muffling or distortion, and the lines are great.

Value - ***
At $20, these were a decent value.  An accessory or two would have been nice, but still not a bad value.  But at $10 or less, this is a fantastic deal.  Don't wait for 75% off - if you can find one for $9.90, grab it.

Overall - ***1/2
The bupkis on accessories hurts what would have otherwise been a solid four stars.  But McFarlane has clearly gotten the handle on talking figures, and I'm looking forward to every movie based line they do.  Here's hoping to see them expand into other master licenses in the future.

Where to Buy:
Target!  Head on over and see what you can grab - all of the figures and toys are starting on their clearance journey at your local store.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford

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