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REVIEW: Crappy Cat

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Background

Jamungo has primarily been known for producing their popular Blow Up Dolls (BUD) line of platform toys.  The duo of Ferg and VanBeater have produced several other lines, most recently releasing the Crappy Cat vinyl figure.

Designed by VanBeater, the somewhat intoxicated feline is available in a Standard version as well as a Mono variant.  And he comes with an almost spent six pack, but you’re in luck…there’s one left.

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Packaging

The Crappy Cat packaging is clearly not for display.  While there is a great deal of artwork on the box, there is no window for you to see the actual figure.  That artwork consists of Crappy Cat getting drunk on several of the box panels.  There is a sticker depicting which version (Standard or Mono) is inside.  And each figure is secured between two interlocking plastic trays.


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The Figure

Crappy Cat is a rotocast vinyl that stands 9” tall and has 7 points of articulation (arms, wrists, legs and tail).  The figure’s head is approximately 7” wide, so it’s a rather large piece.  He is decked out in a v-neck sweater, dress shirt and tie (no pants though).

There are two versions available – the Standard Edition (limited to 750 pieces) and the Mono Edition (limited to 250 pieces).  Each figure comes packaged with a can of Big Winner malt beverage and the plastic rings for a six-pack.  With the Mono Edition, these accessories are actually grayscale.

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Our Opinion

After seeing this figure on the Jamungo blog, I had to laugh.  Is it me, or does Crappy Cat remind you of some drunk frat guy?  Maybe it’s the yuppie combo of the sweater, dress shirt and tie.  Or maybe the beer he’s dragging behind him.

Whatever it is, the figure is slightly larger than I first imagined.  Even though it’s 9” tall, it appears larger because Crappy Cat’s head is so wide.  This also necessitates the need for a stable head, and no articulation at the neck.

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When it comes to quality, there are a few minor issues.  The feet don’t seem to set flush on a flat surface.  However, it doesn’t result in any balance issues.  And the paintwork around the eye and in the mouth isn’t as tight as the work on the body.  This really is only noticeable with the Standard edition.

So what’s our overall opinion of this figure?  It’s fun, it’s big and it’s unique.  And in a genre of so many designers and concepts competing for a limited number of collectors (and dollars), being unique is a good thing.  Plus, he comes with beer!

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For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

You can pick one up at the following:

Cardboard Spaceship: $64.99 (Standard)

Frozen Empire Toys: $57.50 (Standard)

Permanent Revolution: $65.00 (Standard)

Popup: $125.00 NZ (Standard)

Strangekiss: $64.95 (Standard)

Tainted Visions: $64.95 (Standard)

Vinyl Fallout: $64.95 (Standard) $129.90 (Both)

Crappy Cat Grades:

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

Overall: 8.7/10

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Have this figure?  What do you rate it?

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