Lenore PVC's

These days, you can't throw a rock without hitting some fictional cute little girl who just so happens to be dead. It's been a pretty common theme in the goth market, enough to be a cliché by this time.

But back in 1992, when Roman Dirge created Lenore, the field wasn't quite so crowded. Roman was inspired in part by the poem Lenore by Edgar Allen Poe, but I suspect Poe wouldn't recognize this Lenore. He'd approve, oh yes, but it's not the same Lenore he wrote about so long ago.

Considering the popularity of goth in general, and Lenore in particular, it's surprising there isn't more merchandise out there. There were talks of a film at one time, but I believe that's fell through at this point.

Dark Horse has picked up the license however to do a PVC set, along with some other miscellaneous merchandise. This set includes Lenore of course, along with Mr. Gosh (he's the one with a knife in his head) and Ragamuffin (a vampire forever trapped in the body of a doll) with Pooty on his head. And if you know anything about Pooty, you know you don't want it on your head.

The set is due for release in December, and can be ordered online or picked up at your local comic shop for around $15.

Packaging -  ***
The graphics are attractive if the text is a bit sparse, and you know I prefer boxes. They open easy for MOCers, they store easy for MIBBers, and it's easier for them to be collector friendly, which this box is. Just open it up and remove the figures, no need to damage a thing, and you can pop them back in later for storage if you'd like.

Sculpt - ***1/2
Each of the figures stands about 4" tall, with a decent chunk of PVC going into each one. Lenore is sculpted holding her monkey wand in her right hand, and one of her kitties in her left. He's dead of course, although I'm sure he didn't start out that way. She doesn't mean to kill them - Lenore is actually a very sweet girl - but these things just seem to happen.

The work on Lenore is quite good, particularly by PVC standards. She's done in a rough style that matches the artwork well, and both the pose and expression seem just about right for her personality. There's a fair amount of detail work as well, considering that this is a 3-D version of a very basic 2-D design.

Mr. Gosh loves Lenore, although she tends to kill him over and over, ala Kenny. This time he's managed to end up with a knife in his head, and I'll bet you dollars to donuts that poor Lenore had something to do with it. He also is holding a box of chocolates for her, professing his feelings.

Again, the detail work is quite good, and I love the pose. It's as if he's saying, yes, I know you just stabbed me in the head with a knife, but I know you really didn't mean it and I love you anyway. And isn't that what love is all about?

Finally, there's the ex-vampire Ragamuffin. He and Pooty are goind some sort of Chinese balancing routine, and from their shocked expressions, I'd say they weren't feeling particularly successful. While there's some small parts on this PVC, the material is high enough quality that breakage or damage is pretty unlikely.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint application is clean all around, with only the slightest hint of slop here and there. That's extra impressive since there's a fair amount of black and white here, too tough colors to put next to each other and avoid bleed or over spray.

Articulation - Bupkis
Remember - these are PVC's, not 'action' figures.  Hence, no articulation.

Accessories - Bupkis
Nope, none of these either.  Of course, that's not a surprise with PVC's, but still worth mentioning since occasionally we do see accessories with them.

Fun Factor - ***
Kids don't mind that PVC's don't have articulation - they can play with army men, for God's sake. If you know a pre-teen that enjoys the books, they'll also enjoy this set of figures. And while older teen fans are unlikely to 'play' with these, making the Fun Factor a bit different, they'll still appreciate something like this as a gift.

Value - **
Even at this quality level, $5 a pop for a PVC is pretty stiff. Find these closer to $10 - $12, and you'll be getting a decent value. I'm betting the production run on these is probably pretty small though, so they may never make it to clearance prices.

Things to watch out for - 
Not a thing - it looks like the quality is pretty consistent and reliable.

Overall -  ***
If you're a big Lenore fan, you're likely to overlook the high cost - my only real quibble - and end up giving these another half or full star. The paint and sculpt are certainly above average for the PVC market, and I really love the sculpted poses and expressions. If you have friends or relatives that enjoy this genre, but have not yet been introduced to Lenore, this might be a great way to make that introduction.

Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Bupkis
Accessories - Bupkis
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - ***

Where to Buy -
The Dark Horse site has a link to find retailers. None of my sponsors have this set listed, but Yikes Comics does carry a variety of other Lenore products.

Related Links -
You should check out Roman Dirge's official site for more info on various Lenore releases and products. 

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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