Packaging - ***
The packaging is fairly basic and average, but it does a decent job showing
the rest of the line. The font face is definitely Peanuts, and the
style of the card art is reminiscent of the old shows.
Sculpting - ***
I think I've found my favorite in the series. The sculpt is solid, and
I think I'm getting used to the larger scale of these figures. The
head looks particularly good with the wild, spikey hair, which is rooted and
stiff. It actually looks much better than I had anticipated, and I'm
very happy with the end result.
I'll complain about the clothes
as part of the paint category too, but it's worth mentioning as part of the
sculpt. An outfit that didn't look quite so much like he's wearing a
dress would have been far better. And the hands still can't hold
anything, which still holds the sculpt back overall.
Paint - ***
The paint ops are fairly standard, and there aren't tons of details, but
it looks like Playing Mantis has managed to get past the paint problems of
the original figures.
There aren't the glops on the hand paint, his eyes, smile
and eye brows are straight and symmetric, and most of the lines around his
clothes are clean.
Sure, it's not quite perfect, and there's the occasional
mistake here or there, but overall it's nice to see the improvement.
My only real is that the overall/shorts being the same color
makes him look like he's wearing a dress. This outfit doesn't seem
right for Pig Pen, but perhaps it's because he was always so dirty that it
was tough to see what he was wearing. A different colored outfit would
have been an improvement.
Articulation - **1/2
He has the same articulation as previous figures, neck, shoulders, elbows
and waist. While it works alright for this series now, it still isn't
going to get them high articulation scores. There's not much else they
could have done with this design, but that means they should have tweaked
Accessories - **1/2
Pig Pen only has one, unlike the other figures in this series.
With only one accessory, he doesn't get as good of a score here as the other
Still, the one he has is pretty cool. It is a plastic dirt cloud,
designed to encompass him around his feet and waist. It looks pretty
good, and is a fairly imaginative way to handle a necessary component of Pig
Color Change Feature - ***1/2
Another imaginative touch is the 'wash off the dirt' effect. Put
Pig Pen in some warm water, and the dirt disappears instantly. Let him
dry and it reappears.
I tried it out a couple times, and it worked perfectly. The dirt
really did disappear too, and there was no sign of it when he was wet.
It came back pretty quick - you can see it returning on his shirt and hand
in the photo I took, which started drying during the trip from the kitchen
to the photo spot - but kids should enjoy it.
Value - **1/2
I paid eight bucks, a bit of a premium for this type of figure. If you
manage to find it at Target for $6, you can add another half star or so.
Overall - ***
The Peanuts line is growing on me. The first couple series weren't
great, but with the improvements in the paint ops, and some more creativity
in the classroom and this figure, the line is definitely improving.
Where to Buy -
I found mine at a local Media Play, so that means Musicland, Suncoast
and Sam Goody could have them any time now as well. Target may get
them soon, although after Christmas can sometimes be a tough time to find