story itself is not particularly well-written, but
neither are Bazooka Joe comics so I can forgive the almost Penthouse
The actual figure is just plain disturbing. Dorothy, hooded and looking like a
lost member of the Spice Girls, comes packed with a pair of Munchkins. The
Munchkins are shrivelled bags of skin and the fact one is riding the other (with
crop in hand) make them an eerie pair, but the detail is very good (no matter
how gross). The detail of Dorothy is equally good with her breasts squished
realistically and corset more than snug. The coloring is excellent and I
especially like the sparkle of her mammoth-heeled boots. But overall she’s a
disturbing figure to look at.
Poseability is almost nil. Including the Munchkins,
she has exactly one point of articulation. If you missed it, it’s at the neck.
And because the neck is slightly angled the only “normal” position is the
default position, begging the question as to why it was even included. She’s a
display figure, although when and where you would display her is anyone’s guess.
She’s not very stable, which is surprising because she is so statuesque.
Fortunately, like all the other Oz figure (except Toto) she comes packed with a
section of yellow brick road to keep her completely solid.
If you haven’t guessed, Dorothy and the Munchkins are less playable than a
harmonica in the mouth of a squid. The package recommends these figures for
people 17 years and older, which seems pretty low to me. They’re just too
gruesome to be played with. But if you do, watch out for Dorothy’s ponytail
which is easily separated from her head.
Dorothy (and the entire series) is not for squeamish or easily offended, but it
measures up well to McFarlane’s penchant for high detail and creativity
(particularly with the serialized story).
(September 26, 2003)