REVIEW: Cozo from Mishmish
Mishmish is a small company based out of Argentina. They've fairly new to the designer toy scene and have just recently released their first figure. Named Cozo, these handmade figures have a little bit of a backstory.
“Cozo” came from a far planet called Pypon in an inspection trip to planet earth. He is the one who’ll decide if we live or die…but he seems to be a cool guy! His belt shows his mood: green means good mood, red means… start running.
Artists: Vanina and Gabriel
Material: Rotocast Vinyl
Dimensions: 5” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Edition Size: 25 pieces
The Cozo figure comes in a collectible custom drawstring bag. It features the Cozo logo and an illustration of the top of Cozo's head. It's also shipped in a cardboard tube, to make sure the figure gets to you well-protected.
I like that more and more artists are producing their own figures. Obviously, it gives them complete control over the entire process. And while they might be produced in more limited runs (and cost slightly more), it allows for a greater number of designs – and designers – the ability to be recognized.
Cozo has the look (design-wise) of a platform toy. I could see artists lending their own take to the figure. While Mishmish says the figure is made of rotocast vinyl, it feels more like rotocast resin.
The paintwork is done with a mix of airbrushing, hand-brushing and what appear to be decals. We did notice a few significant issues with the paintwork. Luckily, these issues were on the back of the figure. There are a pair of holes on the back of the Cozo, possibly from the rotocasting process. A lot of the time these are plugged and painted over. Unfortunately, the paint around one of the holes began to peel...however, luckily, this was all on the back. I like the incorporation of the decals, since it gives the figure a little more of a production look.
As far as pricing, you'll have to remember that these are all handmade...and they're coming to you from Argentina. The $45.00 price tag doesn't includes shipping, which would be an additional $14.00 for US residents.
OVERALL: I like the Cozo character. I think that Mishmish could release several one-off colorways to really get collectors interested. With it being their first ever figure, I understand that there's a learning curve with the painting process. (We did get one of the first Cozo's produced)
EDIT: So, it appears that those holes were actually drilled by customs. I guess they wanted to make sure they weren't shipping drugs inside of this little toy. The folks from Mishmish were shocked by the state of the figure they shipping. Obviously, the paint issues were caused by the figure being manhandled. Check out the revised grades (formally a 7.1/10).
You can pick one up at the following:
Mishmish: $45.00 (plus shipping)
Figure Quality: N/A
Fun Factor: 8/10