REVIEW: Monstrocity High – Crush
Neptoon Studios recently released the first vinyl figure from their Monstrocity High line - Crush. Todd Kauffman, the co-founder of the Toronto-based company, designed the character. And with an entire high school full of students and teachers, he’s bound to bring a number of new characters to life…err…vinyl form.
The packaging for the figure has the same basic color scheme as the Crush vinyl. There is a decent amount of reading material on the back, although it tends to be more about the vinyl…and not background info.
There is a clear plastic window in the front of the box, for easy displaying. And the piece is packaged in a blister tray. Bravo!
The Crush rotocast vinyl figure is approximately 9 ½” in height. It
has two points of articulation (neck and waist) and is limited to a run of 500
total pieces. There are 450 regular edition figures and 50 white
DIYs. Each figure is packaged with an anaglyphic certificate of
authenticity and a pair of 3-D specs…official Monstrocity High 3-D
glasses so you can view the three dimensional COA.
There were a number of designers involved with the Crush project. Todd
Kauffman designed the character. Eric Nocella Diaz was responsible for
sculpting the figure. And Erick Scarecrow of ESC-Toy was the project
While it sometimes takes years for some designer toys to go from idea
to sculpt to production piece, it’s always interesting to watch the
journey. Todd Kauffman made that possible by updating readers of his
blog. While it’s great seeing the progress…it can be equally
frustrating for designer and collectors since delays are bound to
happen. Luckily, everything seemed to be right on schedule with Crush.
So, what did we think of the figure? We had high hopes for this
vinyl…and we weren’t let down. The sculpting is great. For a fairly
complex sculpt, there are no balance issues. Although, as often
happens with rotocast vinyl, it could end up bending down the road.
The paintwork is great. All of the “Frankenstein’s Monster” like
stitches are painted on. The lines are fairly clean. And the only
issue I see is where yellow paint was used. Another coat could have
been used since it appears to have been applied on top of the black
Overall? Crush is a great design. And I’m definitely looking forward
to more characters from Neptoon Studios and the Monstrocity High line.
Contact DKE Toys for wholesale information.
You can pick one up at the following:
Project Neptoon: $54.99
Fun Factor: 7/10