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Humerus the Funny Bone

Humerus the Funny Bone toy


Look at enough high priced action figures and collectibles, and you can start to forget they're just toys, and take them a bit too seriously. It's nice to step back once in awhile and look at something that's just silly and fun.

Such is Humerus, the Funny Bone. We all know that our humerus bone is also called the 'funny bone', although it's never funny when you hit it. The Drew Oliver Company took the concept and came up with a humerous bone that does stand up - makes perfect sense!

Humerus tells jokes - silly ones, of course - whenever he hears a clap or other loud noise. You can pick him up for around $30, depending on the retailer.

Packaging - ***
Humerus comes in an open faced box, with a cute backdrop. You can use this for the display if you'd like. The box looks terrific, but I fear it won't hold up well to shelf wear or storage.

Do you notice the little guy on the package insert sitting on the stool? That's Ulnar, the nerve. When you smack your funny bone and it hurts like Hell, that's because you're pinching your ulnar against your humerus. Get it?
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Humerous the Funny Bone toy
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Humerus the Funny Bone Toy

Sculpting - ***
The bone is actually about the right size, coming in at just under 12" from end to end.

He's done up in a cartoon style of course, with goofy eyes and wide smile. The big bow tie, funky sport coat and large flower all scream "stand up".

He does stand up, too, wearing a large brown loafer. It's removable, although that's more helpful in posing him than in actually removing it.

The speaker for the sound feature is on top of the head, out of the way but very loud. However, my one big issue with the sculpt is the obvious line around his head. I find it a bit too obtrusive, although they did it with a wavy design which makes it look a bit like a hairline.

Paint - ***
The paint work on the eyes, mouth, bow tie and jacket is great. The white of the bone is bright, and the cut lines are fairly good, considering the style of the toy.

I did have some trouble with rub marks, especially on the 'foot', caused by the shoe.

Articulation - **1/2
Sorta, kinda is the best way to describe this category. Because the shoe is a separate piece, the bone can tilt forward and back inside it.

Accessories - **1/2
Since the shoe is removable, I'm counting that as an accessory. I was surprised to get anything extra here, so any score is a positive, even a lower one.

Sound Feature - ***
The sound feature has some major pluses - it's very loud, very clear, and there are dozens of jokes. They're all pretty silly of course - "How did the funny bone get broken? His jokes cracked him up!" - but there's a ton of them, enough to keep you entertained.

I'd have gone higher here except for two issues. First, I'm not quite sure how you're supposed to replace the battery. I think you can, but it's not clear and there's no instructions. It's also possible that you can't - the power draw may be low enough that they assume you'll long grow tired of hearing his jokes before the battery kicks it.

My other issue is that there's no on/off switch that I can find. Once he's on, he makes jokes at every loud noise, which you may find a bit annoying after awhile.

Fun Factor - ***
It's all about the goofy jokes, and if you like silly toys, you'll have a lot of fun with this one. Do you know someone that shops at Archie McPhee a lot? Yea, this is right up their alley.

Value - **
This isn't a toy from Hasbro or Mattel, so the production numbers are going to be lower on him. Still, $30 is quite a bit, even for the cool sound feature.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!

Overall - ***
This is not some sort of serious collectible - it's just goofy fun. The sound feature works great, although I think some folks may want to turn it off after awhile.

I've said before that I love it when small companies can make a go of it with unique and unusual ideas. Humerus is definitely unique, and if you have someone on your Christmas list that likes singing fish, librarian action figures, and dancing gerbils, then Humerus is sure to make them smile.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***
Paint - **1/2
Articulation - **1/2
Accessories - **1/2
Sound Feature - ***
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - ***

Where to Buy -
You can get this guy directly from the Drew Oliver Company for $30. 

Related Links -
If you like this guy, check out the Giant Microbes, another fun, silly product.

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