REVIEW: Davy Crockett Tonner Character Figure
Davy Crockett is known as a pioneer, soldier and congressman. While he died at the Battle of the Alamo, his legend was really reborn in the 1950’s - over 100 years after his death. Due in large part to the popularity of the 1955 live-action Walt Disney adventure film – Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier – kids remember Davy Crockett for his coonskin cap and The Ballad of Davy Crockett song.
Tonner teamed up with Disney to turn this iconic character into a Tonner Character Figure. An authorized likeness of Fess Parker, who played Crockett in Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, this figure is bound to be a favorite of those who recall the film (or the original three part miniseries).
The Davy Crockett TCF is packaged in Tonner’s traditional rectangular box. The front lid has a photo of a mountain range (looks like the Rockies), with a transparent map of the southwest United States. Inside, the figure is secured using ribbons, plastic and a hairnet.
The Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Tonner Character Figure stands approximately 17” tall and has 14 points of articulation (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees, and ankles). The body is made of hard plastic, with a soft vinyl head that has rooted brown hair.
Outfit includes: fringed faux suede tunic and pants; faux leather belt; off-white socks; faux leather moccasins.
Accessories include: faux coonskin cap; fringed faux suede pouch with faux leather strap; resin powder horn with faux leather strap; resin rifle; display stand.
This figure has a limited edition run of 1,500 pieces.
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier aired well before my time (almost before my parents time). But I must say that I do remember watching the film on the Disney Channel when I was a kid. And while I don’t remember the events of the film, the song has found a permanent home in the recesses of my brain.
It’s always difficult to compare a face sculpt of a not so famous face. While Fess Parker was a popular actor in his time, not many folks could pick him out of a lineup. Some facial stubble would have been more film accurate. The clothes almost appear to be flocked nylon. (They feel "crinkly") But the outfit is a great reproduction of his onscreen garb (although the real coonskin cap might have had some actual raccoon parts in it).
You can pick one up at the following:
Tonner Direct: $149.99
Davy Crockett TCF Grades:
Fun Factor: 9/10
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