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REVIEW: Flocked Domo

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Background

Domo (or Domo-Kun) is the mascot for Japan’s NHK television network.  The mysterious creature was hatched from an egg, and for years has been seen in stop motion animated shorts on Japanese television.  The furry brown character has beady black eyes and a full set of choppers.

Dark Horse Comics has launched a line of Domo related merchandise: magnets, journals, patches and a stationary set.  O…and flocked vinyl figures in several different colors.

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Packaging

Domo comes packaged in a window-front box, which secures the piece with plastic on the top and bottom.  The box has photos of the iconic character, however, they’re not photos of the actual figure.


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The Figure

The Flocked Domo rotocast vinyl figure stands approximately 8” tall and has two points of articulation (the arms).  The 8” line comes in four different colors: Classic Brown, Fabulous Fuchsia, Royal Blue and Polar White.  And because they are flocked, they are slightly furry to the touch.  The Royal Blue version, which is what we are looking at, is limited to a run of 500 pieces.

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Our Opinion

Flocked figures attract a lot of things.  In my house, it’s usually hair from my five dogs.  But some folks don’t like them because they seem to show off dust worse than regular vinyl.

That being said, this Domo flocked figure is nice and soft to the touch.  The flocked version is a good replication of the well-known Domo character.  The vinyl is actually a little soft, which is always good.

It would be great if Dark Horse had gone with a plush material, similar to the stop motion character.  But, you probably would end up losing that vinyl toy feel if they went down that route.

Dark Horse will also be releasing a slightly smaller line of Domo figures (5.5” tall) this coming fall.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Fugitive Toys: All four designs - from $39.99 to $49.99

Panik's Toy Box: All four designs - from $39.99 to $49.99

Tenacious Toys: All four designs - from $39.95 to $39.99

3DRetro: Brown, Blue & Fuchsia - $37.99 ea.

Yoyashop: Brown - $39.99

Flocked Domo Grades:

Quality: 8/10
Paint: 7/10
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Overall: 8.6/10

Have this figure?  What do you rate it?

Comments

janedoe
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this is like… 5 years too late in the making!

janedoe
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this is like… 5 years too late in the making!

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