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REVIEW: House of Liu Contemporary Series

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Background

“Long before the attack on the House of Liu by the Qing soldiers, Di Di and Mei Mei were playful little kids.” Crazy Label has released their House of Liu Contemporary Series, a 3” tall blind box line. Artist Veggiesomething has decided to remix his characters in a more contemporary style – Kawaii.

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The Facts



House of Liu Contemporary Series
Manufacturer: Crazy Label
Artist: Veggiesomething (James Liu)
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 3” tall
Points of Articulation: 3 (neck and arms)
Designs: Baby Di Di and Baby Mei Mei in Blue, Pink, Green and Purple (or secret Pirate colorway)

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Packaging

The House of Liu Contemporary Series is packaged in blind boxes. The outside of the box features illustrated versions of Di Di and Mei Mei, as well as a lineup of the possible designs you might pull. Inside, the figure is held in a semi-transparent cloth-like bag.

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Our Opinion

Luckily, I was able to get one of each character – Di Di and Mei Mei - when I pulled only two of the blind boxes. The 3” tall baby figures do differ a little from the original (larger) vinyl figures. But this isn't the first 3” tall line of Baby House of Liu figures. Crazy Label released smaller versions of the original Di Di and Mei Mei colorways about three years ago.

So, the Contemporary Series adds a splash of color to the House of Liu platform. I like these a little more than the originals. I think that adding the different color “clothing” works for a blind box series. Of course collectors will want to pick up their favorite color.

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As far as quality, these are your average mini vinyl figures. The pad printing on the shirts (and Mei Mei's hair) looks good. Some of the white paint on the face isn't super-tight, but it's not sloppy either. (These were actually some of the most difficult toys to photograph because of the various depths of the figure.)

Crazy Label was able to keep these under the dreaded $10.00 per blind box mark, which always gets extra points from me. While this probably wouldn't be a series that I would need to collect every design, picking up one or two would definitely brighten up your House of Liu collection.

You can pick one up at the following:

Crazy Label: $9.95 ea.

House of Liu Contemporary Series - Grades

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

Overall: 8.7/10

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