REVIEW: Lisa Petrucci’s Kickass Kuties
"Lisa Petrucci collects old toys, dolls, kitsch, pinup art, and vintage men's magazines at an obsessive pace. Eventually these things made their way into her artwork and she found the perfect format to capture them-the souvenir wood plaque. Each slab of wood is lovingly painted with the things she enjoys most and celebrate sexuality, femininity, and all that is cute. Her work has been exhibited and enjoyed in the US, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, and has been featured in many diverse publications."
Dark Horse teamed up with Lisa to launch a line of her very own Kickass Cuties line of rotocast vinyl figures. Although there have been a total of four characters announced, we are going to be looking at two of them: Devilish Dolly and Lil’ Leona Leopard.
The packaging for this line is a clear cylinder. There is limited artwork on the package, but it is good for those who like to display in the package.
Both Devilish Dolly and Lil’ Leona Leopard are approximately 7” in
height. The line is made of rotocast vinyl and has one point of
articulation (the neck). The figure is sculpted in two pieces – the
body and the head. The cats are actually sculpted with the body.
Whether you want to call Lisa Petrucci's artistic
style lowbrow or pop surrealism, Dark Horse has done a good job
channeling her artwork in a vinyl format.
That being said, there were a few issues with the actual figures. While Lil’
Leona Leopard was without problems, Devilish Dolly smelled like she had
been huffing paint for a few weeks. Plus, her face needed a few
minutes with the blow dryer (to un-dent), and the base of the figure
actually bulged out making it difficult to stand.
I would double
check when you purchase, because Lil’ Leona Leopard had none of those
problems. And I would probably suggest displaying within the packaging.
You can pick one up at the following:
FreeBento: Devilish Dolly and Lil Miss Monster - $22.00 ea.
Ningyoushi: Devilish Dolly and Lil Miss Monster - $25.00 ea.
Panik's Toy Box: Devilish Dolly and Lil Miss Monster - $24.99 ea.
3DRetro: Devilish Dolly and Lil Miss Monster - $19.99 ea.
Kickass Kuties Grades:
Fun Factor: 7/10