These should be
hitting stores soon, and retail for around $10 each. They come
packaged in pairs - Davey with Goliath standing, Davey with Goliath sitting,
Davey and Dad, and Mom and Sister. The two Davey's that come with Goliath
are identical, but the paint ops are different on the Davey that comes with the
Packaging - ***
When packaging is good, it becomes art. Okay, so this isn't quite that
good, but it does show how a little creativity with a license can produce eye
catching and appealing packages.
The old time television set is used as a border, giving the impression that
the characters are on your tv. Of course, when I was watching them on my
tv in the 60's, they were in black and white, but that's my own personal issue I
have to work through in therapy.
The clamshell packaging works great, although you'll need a handy knife to
get into it. The insert could have been a little better, with perhaps a
yard or house scene behind the figures, but overall it's very nice work.
There is one negative - the twist ties around Goliath. They leave an
impression in the 'fur' that's tough if not impossible to get out.
Sculpting - ****
This license may not be your thang, but you can't argue with the
sculpting. They've captured the look of the claymation figures
perfectly! Now, you might argue that with simple designs, and characters
that are all ready three dimensional, that shouldn't be very hard. And I'd
point out the recent Cartman from Toycom to remind you that it is possible to
screw up even simple designs.
That's not a problem here. The sculpts are dead on, especially
Goliath. Sure, my two year old daughter called him Scooby Doo, but anyone
familiar with the old show will recognize him instantly.
There's just the right amount of detail work as well, with folds and wrinkles
in the clothing, and the dresses and pants hanging just right. These
figures are fairly large, with the dad standing about 7", but it fits the
feel of the license fairly well.
I'm also very happy with the fuzzy texture on Goliath. It's some sort
of, well, fuzz that's been applied to the plastic. It's not unique, and
used to be pretty popular back in the day. But it was always spotty, and
wore through easily. The quality on this appears to be much better, and
it's very even and consistent.
The hands aren't sculpted to hold accessories - there aren't any - but that
would have been a nice addition. There's items from other lines that you
could use here.
There is one weird thing to mention - Davey's hair is parted on the opposite
side from the claymation picture on the front of the package. I've also
seen original photos that show it this way, so I'm betting it varied on the
Paint - ****
Wow! Here's one of the toughest areas for companies to do well, and it
seems like the factories always get sloppy when it comes to paint application.
Majestic has managed to do a terrific job pushing the quality with these
figures. The stripes on Davey and his dad's shirts are perfect, and every
dot on mom's dress looks exact. Even the eyes and basic facial colors are
clean and consistent. There's no bleed, and even with quite a bit of
palette variety, there's almost zero slop.
Articulation - ***
This varies slightly from figure to figure, but in general is above
average. There's neck, shoulders, cut elbows, wrists, waist and
ankles. It allows for most basic poses, and you can easily have them
petting Goliath or waving to each other. The articulation works well with
the sculpting, not being too obvious, but giving you the basic claymation style
Accessories - **
The one category that takes a hit is accessories. There are almost
none, if you consider each figure a unique figure and not an accessory to the
The only real accessory is the dog collars that come with both versions of
Goliath. I can't tell exactly what the symbol is on the tag, but I'm
betting it has something to do with the Church. While the clasp works well
on the collar, I can't actually close it once it's on his neck - the collar is
too small. Maybe there's a trick to it I'm missing...
Value - ***
At ten bucks a pair, that's just five bucks a figure. Not bad for such
a small license from a small company with limited distribution. Throw in a
few more accessories, and they would have been a great deal. I'll be
interested in seeing what Majestic can do when they start working on a large
line that has wider appeal.
Overall - ***1/2
Okay, so maybe this license isn't for you. You have no idea who these
characters are, and always hated claymation anyway. Hey, I understand -
but you have to be intrigued by what Majestic has done.
These figures sport excellent sculpts, excellent paint ops, and solid
articulation, all for a reasonable if not perfect price point. Just
imagine what Majestic might do with a license you did like?
Oh, and for those of us old enough to be nostalgic about the old cartoons,
all I can say is..."Oh, Davey."
Where to Buy -
These should hit any day at stores like Media Play, Tower and Sam Goody, along
with comic shops. On-line options include:
- Time and Space Toys don't
have these listed yet, but they have a bunch of other Davey and Goliath product,
so I'm betting they get them in. Give them a call!
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