REVIEW: Ox and Ice-Bat Uglydoll Be@rbricks
Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath have always been Be@rbrick fans, so when Medicom suggested that Uglydoll and Medicom collaborate on a series of Uglydoll inspired Be@rbricks...they jumped at the chance. The first two characters to be released - Ox and Ice-Bat - come packaged as a two figure set.
The adventure begins! Help Ice-Bat and Ox get back home! First they need to scale the walls of your old computer...OK well then after all that hard work, It's time to break for snacks!..the rest is up to you.
Ox and Ice-Bat Uglydoll Be@rbricks
Artist: Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath
Material: ABS Plastic
Dimensions: 2.75" tall
Points of Articulation: 8 (neck, shoulders, wrists, waist, legs)
Designs: Ox and Ice-Bat
Edition Size: Limited Edition
The set comes packaged in that traditional “Uglydoll green” themed box. The box has a plastic windowpane front, illustrations of both characters and some information about the series. Inside, the Be@rbricks are packaged between dual, interlocking plastic trays.
It seems like Be@rbricks have been around forever (only 2001). Medicom's staple platform toy has been transformed into plenty of characters., but this is the first time that we've seen Uglydoll characters take on the form. (Actually...Wage did appear in Be@rbrick Series 19)
So how did these turn out? If you like Be@rbricks, you'll be happy. If you like Be@rbricks and Uglydolls, you'll be ecstatic. If you just like Uglydolls, you might be slightly underwhelmed. I'll explain.
Since David and Sun-Min are working with the Be@rbrick platform, the designs need to fit that shape. That's a pretty big constraint, considering that most Uglydoll characters have unique bodies, arms and ears. Essentially, you are getting the face (on these two characters, mouth and eyes) on the Be@rbrick head. The color matches the Uglydoll plush version, and there's the David + Sun-Min logo on the back of the figures.
What's my opinion on these? I keep comparing them to the Uglydoll Action Figures, which isn't really fair since the action figures were sculpted to look like the characters. I think the Ice-Bat and Ox Be@rbricks are a nice addition to a plastic Uglydoll collection, but they wouldn't be the centerpiece.
Overall: Bringing these Uglydoll characters to a platform toy that limits their uniqueness doesn't do the character design justice. However, both of these characters are available as Uglydoll Action Figures, which are truer to their plush and illustrated roots. The Ox and Ice-Bat Be@rbrick set will appeal to Uglydoll collectors who are looking to expand their collections outside of the normal lines.
You can pick one up at the following:
Uglydoll Shop: $25.00
Ox and Ice-Bat Uglydoll Be@rbricks Grades
Figure Quality: 8/10
Fun Factor: 7/10