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REVIEW: Edward Cullen TCF

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Background

You might have heard of Twilight. The first book in the uber-popular saga - written by Stephenie Meyer - made its way to the silver screen in 2008. And with the second installment (New Moon) set to hit theaters later this year, movie merchandise is bound to be a hot commodity.

Enter Tonner Doll Co. Earlier this year, they released the two main characters from the first Twilight film – Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. For purposes of this review, we’ll be looking at the Edward Tonner Character Figure.

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The Facts



Edward Cullen TCF

  • Series: Twilight – Tonner Character Figure
  • Authorized Likeness: Robert Pattison
  • Manufacturer: Tonner Doll Co.
  • Material: hard plastic body, vinyl head, rooted saran hair
  • Height: 17”
  • Points of Articulation: 14 (neck, shoulder, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees and ankles)
  • Accessories: Display stand
  • Outfit: Grey tailored overcoat, blue t-shirt, faux leather bracelet, jeans, socks, black shoes with real laces
  • Edition Size: 3,000

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Packaging

Pretty much standard Tonner packaging here. The top lid has the Twilight logo on the front. And on the inside, the first is tied into place and features all of Tonner’s standard figure protection – bags, plastic, hairnets…

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Our Opinion

I’d like to preface this section by saying that I have not seen the Twilight movie. I did read the first novel (insert your jokes in the comment section below), so I have a decent idea about the license and characters.

When I first heard that they’d be producing Tonner Character Figures based on the Twilight movie…I thought, “That makes sense”. This license just had Tonner’s name written all over it. Edward and Bella aren’t fit for action figures, they’re more large articulated doll characters.

Why? Well, Twilight’s demographic isn’t 31 year old men - it’s teenage girls and young female adults. And I’m assuming they’d prefer something realistic - for displaying purposes.  But that gets into the question about affordability. And while the $130 totals about 4 months of an average 13 year olds allowance, these aren’t out of the birthday/Christmas/Festivus price range.

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So how about the figure? They’ve done a great job capturing the actor’s (Robert Pattison) look. The face sculpt looks great, although I thought that the skin tone could have been a little pastier. (Look at me for reference) I’m a little “meh” about the painted sideburns with the rooted hair. Though, the hairdo is done perfectly. And the outfit? Well…it’s 100% Tonner quality. You just need to check out the overcoat to see what I mean.

Overall, the kids are going to swoon over the Edward Cullen Tonner Character Figure. Good things happen when you team up a company at the height of their game with one of the most popular current film licenses.

You can pick one up at the following:

Panik's Toy Box: $139.99

Tonner Direct: $125.99

Edward Cullen TCF Grades:

Figure Quality: 9/10
    Sculpt: 9/10
    Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: 9/10
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 9.3/10

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