REVIEW: Treeson and Other Stories Series 2
Over the years, Crazy Label has released Bubi Au Yeung's now iconic (at least in the designer world) Treeson character in a number of shapes and sizes. The latest release is a follow-up to the extremely popular Treeson and Other Stories blindbox line. The Treeson and Other Stories Series 2 drops seven new blind boxed figures (plus one super rare one).
If you've never heard the story behind Treeson, check it out below.
Treeson is a kind creature raised by the trees in the forest. He was stabbed in the chest with a tree branch by the logger who was trying to cut down the tree that raised him.
After being wounded, he met Ren, his only human friend. Neither Treeson nor Ren were very popular with the local kids, but they kept each other company and tried to save the trees in the city from being cut down by humans that wanted to put up more buildings.
Treeson and Other Stories Series 2
Series: Series 2
Manufacturer: Crazy Label
Artist: Bubi Au Yeung
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: Between .75” and 3” tall
Points of Articulation: 2 points (Mushroom); 1 point (b, Chestnut, Girl, Ren); Zero points (Shy Treeson, Star Pack, and Treeson)
Designs: b, Chestnut, Girl, Ren, Shy Treeson, Star Pack, and Treeson & Mushroom (plus one 1/128 mystery figure)
The Treeson and Other Stories Series 2 is packaged blindbox style. The front of the mini box features an illustration of Treeson and Baby Treeson hugging. On the back, there is an illustrated listing of the various characters that you might pull. Inside, the figure is packaged in a foil bag...so does that make it double blind?
With each Treeson and Other Stories Series 2 case you purchase, you will get 8 figures. You'll get a complete set of 7 figures, plus either that 1/128 mystery figure or a double of one of the other 7 characters. Since we just got the shown figures, we'll take a look at them one at a time.
Hmm...so I'm not really sure if b is a boy or girl. B looks a little androgynous. I leaning towards it being a girl because of the hairdo, but it could be that b is just from the 1970's. The appears that the figure was sculpted to be holding something (similar to Ren in Series 1), but there doesn't appear to be anything in this series. (EDIT: Saw a picture where b is holding Series 1 Ren's hand)
Chestnut was my favorite character when I saw the initial designs. He sort of looks like Sloth from Goonies, if he would have become a school teacher. The issue with him is that his head is a little too wide for his body, so part of the head overlaps on one side.
Girl looks a little bit like Little Red Riding Hood. She's primarily a foggy clear red vinyl. But she's sort of posed in a weird position, no? Well that's because she works in conjunction with another character – the Star Pack. The Star Pack features four stars of various sizes and a net. You can place the net in Girl's open left hand and even position a star inside of it.
The Ren character has been released in both Series 1 and as a 5” tall figure. This version of Ren features him in the same outfit (without a backpack) and in a seated position with his hands on the ground.
The Shy Treeson is probably my favorite character of the series. It's probably because Treeson is one of my favorite characters in the designer toy world. If you have other Treeson figures, you're getting something a little different here. This sculpt has Treeson holding a heart behind its back.
The Treeson & Mushroom pack includes a tiny Baby Treeson that appears to be ready to eat a leaf. You can place him underneath the red, white and tan mushroom that has a nice little base attached (no tipping over that).
Quality-wise, I found that one issue with Chestnut. The paint really depends on the character, but they're mostly average with some of the hand painted areas showing a little run.
OVERALL: I'm a sucker for the whole world of Treeson, and I know I'm not the only one. So, I'm glad that Crazy Label expanded on Series 1 and came back with some great new designs in Series 2. I like that they kept the pricing well below the $10.00 threshold I have for a blindbox series, and that you can get the entire series in one 8 piece case.
You can pick one up at the following:
Treeson and Other Stories Series 2 Grades
Figure Quality: 7/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Shy Treeson: 9.1/10
Star Pack: 8.0/10
Treeson & Mushroom: 9.0/10