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REVIEW: Edwin Morose Morgue Mini

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Applehead Factory’s Teddy Scares are those forgotten about teddy bears you used to care for as a child. Well, they’ve come back from the grave to exact some revenge. The plush line was originally released as a series of 12” tall undead teddy bears. Several of these designs are a part of the Morgue Minis line…including Edwin Morose.

Edwin started his life as a love token. He served most his days on red satin sheets with the sweet smells of perfume and a daily hug from his beautiful owner. Then the day came when loyal Edwin was thrown into the trash. He cried himself asleep every night surrounded by the comfort of dried up roses, torn up memories and old love letters.

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The Facts

Edwin Morose Morgue Mini
Series: Teddy Scares Morgue Minis Series 3
Manufacturer: Applehead Factory
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 6” tall
Outfit: Black sweatshirt
Accessories: Body bag

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The Morgue Mini plush is tied into an open card packaging. There’s a small box on the bottom, where the body bag is located. On the rear of the card, there is information about the line as well as the “Teddy Scares Office of the Medical Examiner” summary of Edwin Morose.

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Our Opinion

If you’ve ever gotten your hands on a Teddy Scares plush, the first thing you’ll notice is that the faux fur plush material is super soft. However, the stuffing on the Morgue Minis is solid. They have embroidered eyes, eyebrows and pads on their feet (Edwin has a tear on his cheek). And in the case of this specific bear, he’s wearing a stretchy sweatshirt.

The removable hooded sweatshirt that Edwin Morose is sporting features tattered sleeves and waist. It has an actual string around the hood, so you can tighten it for the cold months. There’s a zipper printed on the front and a broken heart embroidered on either side of the zipper.

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There were a few issues with plastic being left around the embroidered eyes. It’s something that could be peeled off, but it shouldn’t have been there. There were also several stray strings around the embroidered areas.

The Teddy Scares line probably appeals to collectors of gothic, zombie, horror or teddy bear related toys. I think the characters would make great vinyl figures, lending themselves to a larger audience. As far as the Morgue Minis, they're a good avenue for collectors who aren't sure that they want to purchase on of the larger (12" tall) Teddy Scares.

You can pick one up at the following:

Teddy Scares Superstore: $9.95 ea.

Edwin Morose Morgue Mini Grades:

Plush Quality: 7/10
    Stitching: 7/10
    Material: 8/10
Softness: 8/10
Packaging/Tag: 7/10
Cuteness: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 8.3/10

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Feed My Tummy Customs

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John Hook was recruited to be the official photographer for the “Feed My Tummy” show. For the event photoshoot, John had a vision in mind. “The concept I had of the shoot being that these figures invade a kitchen in a restaurant in search of some food so they could ‘Feed My Tummy”.  The Tummy figure, created by Marine Randamhi, an Indonesian native, were customized by the very talented Scribe, Leecifer and Squidnik.

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The “Feed My Tummy” show will make it’s public debut on December 1st, at Prototype’s Ala Moana store location from 6PM until 9PM, and will feature a total of 15 different artists from across the globe.

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REVIEW: Turtle

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David Horvath, known for being part of the husband and wife duo responsible for the Uglydolls, has released a pair of books based on his Bossy Bear character. In Horvath’s “Just Like Bossy Bear” book (the 2nd in the series), Bossy’s best friend – Turtle – picks up on those bad behaviors.

With Turtle becoming a more important character in the book series, the folks at Toy2R have teamed up with David to release Turtle as a vinyl figure. Available in both a 7.5” Crown version and the regular 3.5” figure, Turtle joins the previously released Bossy Bear vinyl.

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The Facts

Series: Bossy Bear
Manufacturer: Toy2R
Artist: David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 3.5” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero

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The Turtle vinyl figure is packaged in a window-front box. It’s styled similar to the cover of the Just Like Bossy Bear book (a yellow background with a blue text bubble). There are a ton of great illustrations of Bossy Bear and Turtle, presumably from the book, as well as a mini bio of the Turtle character.

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Our Opinion

If you’re an Uglydoll fan, it would make sense that the Bossy Bear characters would also appeal to you. Most of David Horvath’s character designs have a similar feel to them. They’re fairly simple, yet cute and unique. And Turtle is no exception.

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Toy2R has done an amazing job bringing the Turtle character from illustrative form to the three dimensional world. He has the beady eyes, three teeth, tail, shell - everything that the illustrated version has – and they’ve been sculpted to perfection. The quality of the piece is excellent for the size of the figure (and the price point). The few painted areas (eyes, teeth and around the mouth) are without real issue. And the rotocast vinyl has a matte, almost powdery, look and feel to it.

Bossy Bear’s pal Turtle would make a great addition to your collection...whether it’s an Uglydoll, Horvath, Bossy Bear or random turtle collection. It’s one of the better-produced Toy2R figures that we’ve seen in a while.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Frozen Empire Toys: $14.95 (Yellow version)
Tenacious Toys: $14.95 (Yellow version)

Turtle Grades:

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

Overall: 9.1/10

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