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Review of Ripley's Believe It or Not Treasure Hunt Coins

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Overall Average Rating: 4 out of 4

Ripley's Believe It or Not Treasure Hunt Coins by Mezco

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Introduction

This is a bit of an odd review tonight, and I have to back into the concept a bit, so stay with me.

Mezco is hosting a VIP party for the new book, The Art of Living Dead Dolls. The party will be held on October 10th (during NYCC), and hosted by Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

To go along with this, Mezco and Ripley's have teamed up to create three very cool, large collectible coins. On the back of all three coins is an image of the Mezco mascot, while the face is one of three classic Ripley's images.

If you purchase this set of three coins, you get free admittance to the book party at Ripley's. Each coin is limited to just 300 produced.

But wait - there's more! Randomly inserted in the packaged coins are 3 (one for each style) special 'gold' versions. If you're lucky enough to get one of these gold coins, you'll be eligible to win a collection of merchandise valued at more than $502, and one of the three winners will receive a prize package worth more than $1007!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not Treasure Hunt Coins by Mezco

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Packaging - **1/2
I received each coin in a small black plastic case, with a foam insert that holds the coin safely. Nothing on the exterior of the case indicates what's inside or who's behind it. However, word is that this will be very different for the final release, with something a bit fancier.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Treasure Hunt Coins by Mezco

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Quality - ****
These are very large coins, measuring almost 1 3/4" in diameter. They are also very heavy and thick, quite substantial and quite unlike standard coins. I included a shot with the 15" Mezco Chucky to give you some idea, but also take advantage of the Lifesizer feature above to get a feel for how big these are.

The quality of embossing and paint is exceptional. The raised images and letters look terrific, done in the Mezco style. The paint feels like an enamel finish, very smooth and cool to the touch. Fans of all things Ripley's will love these, and creating a very limited collectible like this that ties in with both companies AND the release of the LDD book was smart move.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Treasure Hunt Coins by Mezco

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Paint - ***1/2
As I mentioned in the quality section, the enamel paint looks terrific, and has a very classy feel. My only nit is that on the back, with the Mezco mascot, there's some minor issues. The color looks off on one pincher, matching the background rather than his skin, and I had a small nick on the 'W'. The nick I can live with - it was probably my fault anyway - but the color mistake holds them back from a perfect score.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Treasure Hunt Coins by Mezco

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Value - **1/2
I'm going with an average value score at $50 for the set of three, largely because this is a rather unique collectible. Along with getting the coins, you're getting a chance at a substantial Mezco/Ripley's prize pack, making it tough to assess this in the usual way. Your odds are 1 in 300 of winning - way better than most raffles!

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.

Overall - ****
Kitschy collectibles like this always excite me. If you're an LDD collector, it's nice to have something different to add to the display that generates conversation and looks this good. Even better if you can buy the set and make it to the party - you'll have tales to tell of your time with Mez!

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ***
Quality - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Value - **1/2
Overall - ****

Where to Buy 
You can pick these up at the Ripley's gift shop in NYC, or online through Mezco for $50 a set.

Related Links -
Check out the Ripley's website for more info on the coins and the party!

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