Futurama Christmas Ornaments
Posted 08/03/01
Overall score - **
*1/2 out of ****

(originally published at the Comic Book Galaxy)

Moore Action Collectibles is producing two sets of Christmas Ornaments this year.  The first is available only through the collectors club and comic conventions like Wizard World and the San Diego Comic Con.

Julius Marx was nice enough to pick up this first set for me from the SDCC.  The next set will actually be Christmas themed, but this set is more simplistic.  You can expect to pay around $15 right now, but with only 1000 of these produced, I'd grab a set asap if you really want them.

There are three in this set - Bender, Fry and Leela.  They are in standard outfits and poses, with a small red string attached to allow them to hang from the tree.

Packaging - ***1/2
It's not fancy, but the little box these three come in is sturdy and colorful.  The style is very appropriate to the show, and you can easily take the three ornaments out without destroying the box.  That makes it nice, since most folks will need some place to store them in between holiday seasons.

Sculpting - ****
Once again, MAC has done a great job on their sculpts.  That really is their strong suit, and in something like these ornaments it shows.  All three characters look just like they do in the show, and they are in appropriate poses.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops on all three ornaments is quite good.  Colors seem correct, and the few small details that are there are done well.

Unfortunately, the twisty ties there were used to hold each one in tend to mark the paint across the center of the body.

Design - ***
These ornaments are all done in the standard look for these characters.  They are about 3" tall, about half the size of the regular figures.  The picture below gives you some idea of the scale.

Value - ****
At fifteen bucks, compared to Hallmark and Carlton ornaments, these are a great value.  A single Hallmark ornament this size is at least $9, perhaps as much as $15 all by itself.  Add in the extremely limited nature, and you have a great value.

Overall - ***1/2
I suppose it makes sense that the more Christmassy designs are being used as the wide release, but it the one thing that would have improved these would have been some sort of yuletide addition.

But for both the Futurama collector, and the ornament freak, these are a set you don't want to pass up.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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