Packaging - **1/2
The carded figures aren't quite as nice as the boxed sets of three. The
boxes are easier to store, are more likely to be collector friendly, and they
are a better value. Still, the graphics on the single carded figures is
good, even if they are tough to pack in a box. Not that the openers will
Sculpting - ***
The head sculpt is great, and it looks like the character, although the
scale may put some folks off. If you're already happy with the line
though, the large size isn't going to be a surprise.
The hand sculpt is slightly better than the
original series. Those figures had unsightly mitts that couldn't hold a
thing. Poor Frieda has one of those for a left hand, but her right hand is
sculpted to hold things a little better.
Paint - ***
The paint application is good here, but nothing spectacular. There's not a
lot of colors, and little detail.
Most of the lines are clean, but the shoes have
some bleed between the black and white, always tough colors to keep
separate. The hair line is good, with well done eyes, eyebrows and
mouth. She comes in multiple expressions of course, just like the rest of
There's a little variation in the color of her
dress, particularly between the upper and lower halves, and the skin color on
the arms and hands is a little gloppy again, but an improvement over the
Articulation - **
Frieda doesn't have the level of articulation of the new figures, and that
means I'm being a little rougher on her in this category than I was with the
Frieda has neck, shoulders, waist and cut
elbows. That's not terrible, but now that we've seen just what Playing
Mantis is capable of with this line (see this review
of the Christmas figures to see the new articulation), this few of joints pales
Accessories - ***
Frieda comes with the pumpkin patch base, coonskin cap, goodie bag, ghost
costume, and a lenticular card.
The bag and costume are similar to what we got
with Chuck, but there aren't rocks in there this time. And she's only got
two eye holes. The hat fits on over the costume, and looks great, although
the lack of paint ops means less detail is obvious.
The base is the same as the previous bases, and
while it has good detail, the figures have trouble standing on them and the
don't actually hook together. The lenticular card is cute, but helps the
packaging more than the figure.
Value - **1/2
At eight bucks, she's about two bucks too expensive. Considering the
value you're getting in the other lines like the new Charlie Brown Christmas
line, or the Mickey's Christmas Carol line
(also from Playing Mantis), and you can see why she takes a hit here.
Overall - **1/2
Poor Frieda takes some abuse from me this time, but that's because they've
spoiled me with the new series. I have to give Playing Mantis a lot of
credit there, since they listened to their customers and corrected the line
right in the middle.
Where to Buy -
I picked her up at Media Play when the line first started hitting,
but you should be able to find her pretty easy at Targets and TRUs.
and Space Toys is your one stop shop for all things Peanuts, including both
the Halloween sets and the Christmas stuff.