Packaging - ***1/2
Like the Vanishing Cream Beaker, Fozzie comes in a terrific little window
box designed by Keith Wilson. There's great graphics, a nice little
blurb on Fozzie on the back, and a great picture of all the figures up
through series 2.
It's also 'collector friendly'
- just cut the tape, take him out, and put him back later if you so desire.
Sculpting - ****
This is the Fozzie Bear everyone knows and loves. This is the same
sculpt we'll get with series 2, and the sculpted fur looks terrific.
I love the look they chose,
with the eyebrows raised and open mouth. It's such a classic Fozzie
expression, that it was certainly the best choice.
And while it really isn't
'sculpting', I'm including the new magnetic hat here, since it actually
improves the sculpt by removing the need for peg holes in the head.
The magnet works excellent, and there's no worries about the hat falling off
easily or not looking good.
Paint - ***
There's not much paint here, but the color of the hands is a great
indication of the overall figure we'll see later. Those hands are
terrific, and the color looks accurate.
The duckie isn't quite as
perfect, with some gloppiness in the yellow application. Also, I still
don't particularly like the white on the eyes, but that's a Henson request,
and they may very well be right about it looking better with them than
Accessories - ***1/2
There's one, unless you count the hat. Okay, so let's count the hat -
there's two. And both make perfect sense.
Obviously, the duck was the
applicator from the movie, and it fits perfectly in his right hand. I
already mentioned how well the magnet holds the hat on, but the hat sculpt
itself is excellent and it fits on his head perfectly.
Articulation - ***
Fozzie has the least articulation so far, with only neck, ball jointed
shoulders, and hips. Cut joints on the arms would have been nice,
because as it is you can't move his hands up by his mouth to recreate the
photo on the front of the box. Having the hands up like that fits with
the head sculpt they chose.
Value - ***
Due to the exclusive nature of this figure, I'm not surprised by the $15
price tag. Low runs and exclusivity tends to drive the price up, but I
certainly wouldn't pay scalper prices for him. Join the collectors
Overall - ***1/2
While this isn't a complicated 'repaint', it's still a very imaginative
one. Rather than some simple paint change, we get a figure from a
specific scene in one of the movies, with a specific accessory that ties
in. Very imaginative work!