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REVIEW: Skullboy Vinyl

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Background

Skullboy was conceived by Jacob Chabot.  The immensely talented comic book artist won the right to have his comic published.  See…Dark Horse ran a contest called New Recruits, which received hundreds of comic book submissions from around the globe.  The top 6 contestants were chosen to be published in a compilation book.  Dark Horse then produced The Mighty Skullboy Army Volume 1 comic book.

While still in elementary school, Skullboy has plans of corporate and world domination.  Turnips, monkeys, robots and interns…the comic has it all.  So it was only fitting for Dark Horse to produce the 3D vinyl version of the main character.

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Packaging

Skullboy’s packaging is pretty impressive.  The window-front box allows you to display the figure MIB (…err mint-in-box).  There is a mini comic on the back, as well as an ad for The Mighty Skullboy Army Volume 1 paperback.

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The Figure

Made of rotocast vinyl, Skullboy stands approximately 6” in height.  There is no articulation in this figure.  The paint used is glossy, so there is a definite sheen to the toy.  As an added bonus, there is a mini comic, entitled Terror Is A Tiny Skullboy, that comes packaged along with the figure.

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Our Opinion

This is my favorite Dark Horse produced toy, hands down.  I’m sure it has something to do with the fun character – Skullboy.  But Dark Horse has also stepped up their game – quality-wise.   For example, they’ve done sculpting work on the bottom of Skullboy’s shoes.  These details might never be seen or noticed (by the average consumer), but it’s a nice added touch. The company has always been known to produce affordable vinyl figures.  When some 6” figures are selling for $50 to $200, Dark Horse is usually right around $20.

The Skullboy story and character are right up my alley.  I enjoy the humorous, and sometimes random, comics better than the intense super-hero stuff.  I’ve quickly become a fan of Jacob Chabot’s work.

One word of warning.  Skullboy’s giant white head is a target for paint exchange.  I had him out of the box for a couple of minutes and he was quickly wearing the same shade of paint that decorates my living room walls.  I suggest a Mr. Clean Magic Erase Pad or some Scrubbing Bubbles and a cloth, if he bumps into anything.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Ningyoushi: Skullboy - $18.00
Panik's Toy Box
- Skullboy - $17.99
3DRetro
- Skullboy - $16.99

Skullboy Grades:

Quality: 7/10
Paint: 7/10
Durability: 8/10
Hype: 6/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Overall: 8.8/10

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