Sculpting - ****
Palisades does some beautiful work, there's no doubt about it. All six
figures look just like the source material, and even though the cartoon
doesn't allow for a ton of detail, they found ways to get it in.
Along with the detail, Palisades has done a marvelous job
capturing the perfect facial expressions for the characters. My
personal favorite is the Heat Miser, but the whole gang look like they just
stepped off the screen.
Mrs. Claus shows just how good the detail can be even on a
fairly basic character. The detail on her hair and the lace of her
apron is excellent, although she's really quite a simple looking character
on the show.
Paint - ****
Another area that Palisades seems to have down to a science is their paint
ops. There's lots of places here where errors would have been easy -
the face tone of Heat Miser could have been inconsistent or lumpy, the red
of his nose could have bled, the blush on Santa, Jingle or Jangle could have
been over done - but there's not a single problem on a single figure in the
I'm very impressed by how clean all the lines are, even the
stripes on Santa's pants. This is the way you do a terrific paint
I did have my concerns about the sparkles on Heat
Miser. I was afraid they might come off on your hands, but there was
no reason to fear. It feels like they applied a top coat over them,
making them pretty permanent.
Articulation - ***
There's quite a bit to go around, although all of it doesn't work quite as
well as I'd hoped.
The Snow Miser has neck, shoulders, cut elbows, wrists,
thighs and ankles. With that many points, I was a little disappointed
in the trouble I had getting him into a reliable standing position.
Still, I found lots of great arm and hand poses were possible.
The Heat Miser has neck, shoulders, wrists, waist, thighs
and ankles. Unlike his brother, he stood just fine in several foot
positions, but there were far less I could do with his arms.
Santa has neck, shoulders, waist, wrists, and one cut
elbow. Do you own the Island of Misfit Toys Hermey? Then you've
seen his cool leg joint before - his legs are split into two pieces
vertically, allowing each to move independently. It's a great idea,
and works particularly well with a portly fellow like this.
The Mrs. has neck, shoulders, cut elbows, wrists, waist and
ankles. She stands extremely well in her big boots.
Jangle, the skinny elf, has neck, shoulders, wrists,
mid-leg, waist, and cut elbows. Jingle, his better half, has neck,
waist, ankles, wrists, cut biceps, and the same cut crotch as Santa.
Accessories - ***1/2
There's also a ton of cool accessories for each figure, although with the
boxed sets it's pretty much up to you who gets some of them.
Santa has his cane, which fits nicely in his left hand, and
his hat, which fits nicely on his head. I gave Mrs. Claus the
newspaper with the headline "Santa Takes Day Off", and the basket
containing Santa's red suit (all one sculpted piece). There's also the
funky North Pole phone, which could go with just about anyone.
There's a bunch of toys for Jingle and Jangle - an elephant,
giraffe, and zebra - plus an already wrapped package. Again, it's one
Both the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser come with a couple
miniture henchmen. They are basic PVC's, but well sculpted and nicely
painted. The only problem I had was getting the one Heat Miser
henchmen to stand - his foot position is sculpted in an odd stance.
The Heat Miser also has a 'icicle' cane. That's a
great quantity of accessories for the usual action figure, and Palisades has
gone out of their way to put as much value into these as possible.
Quality - ****
I add this category whenever I find a figure of either terrible overall
terrible quality or exceptional quality. I'm happy to say this time
it's the latter.
The figures are heavy, well made and sturdy. The
joints were a little tight at first (you may have to use the freezer trick)
but once they're loosened up they worked great.
Palisades went the extra mile as well on places like the
watch chains for Santa and Jingle, both of which are real metal. Those
types of little touches sets the line apart.
Value - ***1/2
I haven't seen the two packs at the local store yet, but the three pack sets
are $20. That's slightly more than $6.50 each, which is a nice solid
value. You're getting a ton of accessories, plus great sculpting and
decent articulation. Add to that the fact that they are an exclusive,
which could have easily driven the price up further, and it's an even better
Overall - ***1/2
These are some very sweet figures, and if you're a fan of the show
you'll want to pick them up pronto. You won't be disappointed, but I
do wish they had been in scale with the Playing Mantis figures. I
know, that's a pretty unreasonable hope, but they would have looked a lot
nicer next to each other on the shelf.
Still, with some fantastic paint ops, excellent sculpting,
and wonderful accessories, these are one of the best cartoon lines this
Where to Buy -
The Musicland stores is the place to be - Musicland, Sam Goody,
Suncoast and On-cue. Expect to pay about $20 for the three
packs. You can also find them on-line at the Suncoast or Media Play
Suncoast has the Heat
Miser 3 pack, and the Snow
Miser 3 pack for the same twenty bucks as the store, although shipping
is going to cost you more than tax would. They also have bobble
heads, snowglobes, ornaments, beanies - they're going all out with this