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REVIEW: Dark Horse’s Nancy and Sluggo

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Background

Nancy, a smart and witty 8-year-old girl, first appeared in the 1922 comic strip Fritzi Ritz, which was taken over by Bushmiller in 1925, and gave the strip its ultimate success. Bushmiller drew Nancy in ways she had never seen before, using each line and stroke to build her range of emotions to a human level. Known for her slapstick antics, Nancy soon dominated the strip, which was renamed Nancy in 1938.

Dark Horse has brought Nancy and her sidekick pal, Sluggo, to vinyl form.  The recently released 8” tall rotocast vinyl duo were sculpted by Yoe Studios and blessed by the Bushmiller Society – who oversees everything Nancy.

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Packaging

Each figure is packaged in a window-front box.  The back features a drawing of the character from the original comic strip.

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The Figures

Both Nancy and Sluggo are made of rotocast vinyl with zero points of
articulation
.  Sluggo stands approximately 8” tall, while Nancy, who is
in a walking stance, is about 1” shorter.  There are balance issues
with the Nancy figure that probably arise from the sculpting of the
figure’s “walking” legs.  Sluggo stands perfectly.

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Our Opinion

Dark Horse has acquired several lesser-known licenses.  However, Nancy
is known by several generations of Sunday Comics readers.  And I am not
talking about known as in Mark Trail or Family Circus…people actually
enjoyed reading Nancy.

The sculpting work on the duo is more impressive than Dark Horse’s
norm.  There are no visible seams, and if not for Nancy’s gimpy leg,
there are no noticeable defects.  While Nancy might only appeal to fans
of the comic, Sluggo will probably garner some interest from vinyl
collectors.

You can pick up these figures at the following:

3DRetro: Nancy - $14.99  Sluggo - $14.99
Panik's Toy Box: Nancy - $17.99  Sluggo - $17.99

Nancy Grades:            Sluggo Grades:

Quality: 6/10               Quality: 7/10
Paint: 7/10                  Paint: 7/10
Durability: 9/10           Durability: 9/10
Hype: 6/10                  Hype: 6/10
Fun Factor: 6/10         Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 8/10                 Value: 8/10
Overall: 7.1/10            Overall: 7.3/10

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Comments

Jeff Pidgeon
Reply

Nancy's pose is a shame – these characters are usually so firmly planted in the original drawings, it's a little odd to choose such a balance risky sculpt. I bought the figure, but I'll probably get rid of it because it doesn't stand up.

My only other quibble is that I think both toys should have dot eyes (again like the source art) rather than more directional eyes with pupils.

Otherwise, these are neat toys, and quite affordable!

Jeff Pidgeon
Reply

Nancy's pose is a shame – these characters are usually so firmly planted in the original drawings, it's a little odd to choose such a balance risky sculpt. I bought the figure, but I'll probably get rid of it because it doesn't stand up.

My only other quibble is that I think both toys should have dot eyes (again like the source art) rather than more directional eyes with pupils.

Otherwise, these are neat toys, and quite affordable!

Jeff Pidgeon
Reply

Nancy's pose is a shame – these characters are usually so firmly planted in the original drawings, it's a little odd to choose such a balance risky sculpt. I bought the figure, but I'll probably get rid of it because it doesn't stand up.

My only other quibble is that I think both toys should have dot eyes (again like the source art) rather than more directional eyes with pupils.

Otherwise, these are neat toys, and quite affordable!

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