Packaging - ***1/2
These figures are all in the new smaller clamshells, but the interior
backer cards are quite plain. They are just a simple Christmas green
with a few snowflakes... and yet I really, really like these.
There's two key reasons. First, even though they've had to go with
tri-logo packaging, they still managed to fit some personalization on the
back of each package.
But the big plus here is the cool artwork by Todd on the small nameplate
for each figure. He's drawn up a cute little version of each character
very traditional in style. The contrast with the actual figures is
hilarious, and a really nice touch.
Sculpting - Snowman, Jack Frost ****; Santa, Mrs. Claus, SLH's ***1/2;
There's no bad sculpting here. I don't think that's a surprise,
since sculpt is what Mcfarlane has made their reputation on. If
you're looking for technical flaws, you'll have a tough time finding
That doesn't mean however that the overall appearance of certain sculpts
are less appealing than others. A sculpt can be perfect from a
technical perspective, and yet not reach a status of 'art'. The design,
style, and your own personal preferences are going to heavily influence how
you end up feeling about each of these.
For me, the Snowman is the most appealing. There was something
creepy about Frosty to begin with, and giving him a maniacal, homicidal
appearance wasn't a huge stretch. And while he's definitely twisted,
there's something classic about the horrific appearance.
Jack Frost is my next favorite, but I have to ignore the itty bitty
buildings on the base. They were implying that Jack is HUGE,
monstrously gigantic, sort of a Christmas Godzilla. But since that puts
him completely out of scale with the rest of the line, I'd rather ignore it
and pretend he's just a big ice beast, but still in scale with the other
characters. Since he can stand on his own without the base, it's not that
The somewhat translucent plastic used for the icy appearance of both
these characters really works well, and these two look terrific on the shelf
Mrs. Claus is another beautiful sculpt, but she's a tad too beautiful for
the line itself. The rest of the series is more horror than torture
porn (which tended to be the way most of the previous 'twisted' lines went),
and yet this Mrs. Claus isn't horrific at all. She's hot! Smokin'
hot. Oh, the two little perverted elves help add some gross to the
otherwise attractive overall figure, but I think most folks will end up
displaying her with the likes of Gretel or Dorothy from previous lines,
instead of with these Christmas monsters.
Santa Claus goes a bit overboard on the 'claws', but the underlying
rotted skull adds some nice gruesome to his look. I'm a tad confused
about the gas mask - which is a design element that harkens back to the
Wizard from the Twisted Oz line - but I suspect fans of the series will put
him someplace in the middle of the pack. You can't really have a
Christmas line without a Santa, but I think he could have been a tad more
Santa's Little Helpers are some nice, gross, evil looking little elves,
with big blades and bad skin. Since these guys stand on their own
without the base, you can place them strategically around Santa or Mrs.
Claus for the full family effect.
The only real disappointment for me is Rudy. I like the horns, the
overall pose, and the addition of the holiday lights around his body.
But the weirdly designed lower jaw just doesn't look right to me.
Rather than looking like a dangerous gaping mouth, it appears as though his
lower jaw is actually a permanent part of his chest, so biting you would be
pretty much out of the question. Add to that the fact that he can't
stand on his own easily without the display stand (and even has some trouble
with it), and you get my least favorite of the bunch.
These guys are in the usual 6" scale, with Santa at about 5
1/2", the elves between 3" and 4", Mrs. Claus at 7"
(she's a tall babe!), Rudy about 6" without the antlers, Jack at about
6", and the Snowman at about 6 1/2" with the hat.
Paint - ***1/2
Again, if you're looking for technical issues with the paint work,
you're looking in the wrong place. Mcfarlane still seems a bit hit or
miss with the consistency of the paint quality on their cartoon lines, but
when it comes to the monsters, the paint is always well above average.
All of them have great small detail work, like the words on Santa's
shirt, the bells and lights on Rudy, or the costume on Mrs. Claus.
There's a few slop spots here and there on some of the cut lines, but
for the most part the work is excellent.
Jack Frost has the best looking overall job, with a truly amazing
application on the white frost over his ice body. They managed to make
this look extremely realistic, and it's an application that could have
easily gone very wrong in the hands of another company.
My least favorite aspect is the muddy look of the snow on the
Snowman. I really wish he was a bit whiter, like the version shown on
the back of the package. What we got was a very, very dirty snow,
almost so dirty that you don't recognize it immediately as snow. I
would have been much happier had it been predominately white with a dark
wash, instead of predominately dark with a white wash.
Articulation - Snowman, Santa, Rudy **1/2; Mrs Claus, SLH's, Jack
If you're looking for anything more than a Nerd Hummel, then you're looking
in the wrong place. There's little articulation here, and these
figures are generally only designed to be posed in one way.
Santa has cut shoulders, cut wrists (at the sleeves) and cut
ankles. Even with that limited articulation, he's really the most
poseable of the bunch, since you can do a few things with the arms.
Mrs. Claus is on the opposite end of the spectrum, with just a cut left
calf and a cut neck. Even a ball joint at the neck would have been so
much better, allowing her to look in more than one direction.
Jack Frost has cut legs, one cut bicep, and cut wrists. These
joints allow him to stand without the base, and hold the branch.
The Snowman can turn at each arm, allowing him to pose threateningly in a
number of ways. His hat is NOT removable, in case you were wondering.
Rudy has the most articulation, but none of it is particularly
useful. He has cut shoulders, cut wrists, and cut hips, but you really
can't do a lot with any of them due to the design of the figure.
Finally, there's Santa's Little Helpers. Each one has a cut neck
and cut waist, but none have much movement. Two of them also have a
cut left shoulder, and one of them (the guy with two big blades) has cut
joints on each arm at the sleeves. Again, there's not much you can do
with these joints other than get them in the one basic pose.
Accessories - SLH's, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus ***; Rudy, Jack **1/2;
The line isn't filled with accessories, but all the characters at least get
an item or two.
The Snowman only has his base, which looks like he's dragging himself
through the snow. That's good, because an evil snowman that can't move
easily really isn't much of a threat, unless you're a complete moron. He
also stands fine without the base, which is a plus.
Jack and Rudy do him one better. They have bases, but Jack, like
the Snowman, doesn't require his to stand. However, Rudy absolutely
needs his to stand, and even with it, it's a bit of a trick.
Rudy comes with a mean looking blade, that appears to be made from parts
of the sled. The back handle pops off to allow it to fit in and out of
Jack comes with a big stick that fits in his hand, and although it's sort
of an accessory, he really needs it in his hands to look good.
Mrs Claus comes with the most intricate base, which includes not only her
candy cane stripper pole, but two elves that appear to be getting quite a
good look at her Christmas package. She obviously needs the base to
stand, but the elf in the small box can be left off the base if you'd like,
or placed someplace else.
Santa Claus has the smallest base, but he also has a removable mask/beard
and hat. These snap into place well, and don't fall off easily.
Finally, there's Santa's Little Helpers, which have the most
accessories. There's three of them of course, with one base that all
three can stand on. They don't need the base though, and can each
stand independently as well. Each has a huge weapon, but there are
also two small knives that fit in the belt loops of two of the elves.
Fun Factor - **
These aren't 'fun' kid's toys. They are designed for adults with a bit
of a twisted sense of humor. Okay, a lot twisted. But you knew
that going in, so this score shouldn't effect your overall much - it
certainly doesn't effect mine.
Value - **1/2
At around $12, these are the usual unlicensed Mcfarlane price. I'd
liked to see these at $10 of course, like the old days of just a few months
ago, but with the price of everything rising, and the number of retailers
carrying this type of product decreasing, the slightly higher price has
become the usual.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not much. The various parts that pop on - Rudy's antlers, Snowman's
arms, Jack's branch's - are all designed to fit in specific holes, so don't
force them where they don't belong. But for the most part, things are
quite well built, and very sturdy.
Overall - Snowman ****; Jack Frost, Santa, SLH's, Mrs. Claus ***1/2;
I've reviewed most of the 'twisted' figures from Mcfarlane over the
years with favorable results, although I'm generally not a fan of the
torture porn style. Even with my own lack of personal preference for
the style, I still can recognize that the quality was there, particularly in
the sculpt and paint.
This series is more horror though, and much more up my alley. I
really like Jack Frost and the Snowman, and Santa's Little Helpers look
terrific together or individually as well. While Mrs. Claus doesn't
really fit in with the rest of the set, she's certainly attractive, and even
poor old Santa has his positive aspects. Rudolph...uh, I mean
'Rudy'...was the only disappointment for me in the series, due to the design
of the gaping mouth.
Fans of the more classic Mcfarlane style should enjoy these, and I'm
betting that even horror fans that weren't enamored with the older twisted
lines will find a least a couple of these appealing.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpt - Snowman, Jack Frost ****; Santa, Mrs. Claus, SLH's ***1/2;
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Snowman, Santa, Rudy **1/2; Mrs Claus, SLH's, Jack Frost *1/2
Accessories - SLH's, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus ***; Rudy, Jack **1/2; Snowman
Fun Factor - **
Value - **1/2
Overall - Snowman ****; Jack Frost, Santa, SLH's, Mrs. Claus ***1/2; Rudy
Where to Buy -
Online sources include these recommended Sponsors:
- Toys and Cool Stuff has
them for about $15 each Canadian.
- Amazing Toyz has all the
singles for about $12 each, or the set for $68.
- CornerStoreComics has the singles for around $12, with package deal on
the figures for $68.
- Time and Space Toys
carries many Christmas themed toys...but not these. They have plenty
of much more traditional Christmas toys.
- Related Links -
Other 'twisted' reviews include:
- the full set of Twisted Fairy Tales.
- Here's my review of the Monsters series 1,
the cowardly Lion from series 2, and
several of the Six Faces of Madness.
- there's also a guest review of the Lion from
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