REVIEW: Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series
Monsters University is the 2013 prequel follow-up to the Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. Fans of the original film only had to wait 12 years to get their anticipated sequel, which has pulled in mostly high grades among film review aggregators. I like to think of the film as Revenge of the Nerds in the Disney•Pixar universe.
Hot Toys, which has the license to produce their Cosbaby line based on Monsters University, has released a 6-pack Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series featuring the entirety of Oozma Kappa characters: Mike, Sulley, Squishy, Art, Terry & Terri, and Don.
Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series
Series: Cosbaby (S) Series
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: Plastic snap kits
Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Points of Articulation: From zero to five, depending on character
Designs: Mike Wazowski, James “Sulley” Sullivan, Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, Art, Terry & Terri Perry, and Don Carlton
Accessories: Mike’s lunchbox and bag
Pricing: $69.99 set ($11.99 each)
The series comes packaged in a long, rectangular plastic window front box. That window shows off all of the characters that you’ve just purchased in a long plastic tray. The back of the box features some great character artwork, that’s somewhere between the on-screen version and the Cosbaby figure.
If you’re not yet familiar with it, Hot Toys’ Cosbaby line features Baby Cosplayers (Cosplay is short for “costume play”). They’re pretty much the only ones at Comic-Con who can get away with dressing up in costume. And while some of the series features little human kids dressed up in the costumes of the film characters they represent, the Monsters University Cosbaby line is made up of what looks like younger versions of the members of Oozma Kappa.
They chose to go with Mike Wazowski’s look as he first arrived on the Monsters University campus. Rather than the MU cap, they gave him an OK (Oozma Kappa) hat. And Hot Toys also went with an OK shirt for Sulley. From my recollection, I don’t remember him ever wearing such a shirt in the film. Another thing I found a little strange was that Art doesn’t have any arms…or they’re hidden somewhere in the leg sculpting.
My favorite figure in this series would have to be Don. I give it to Hot Toys, who had to make an old guy with male pattern baldness look like a baby, but they were able to pull it off.
The quality on the line is about average for this price point. While there are no glaring issues, I do see a few spots where paint overlaps. Also, you probably won’t want to let the kids play with some of these – mainly Mike and Sulley – since they have small ball joints.
The entire series is available as a set, or if you only dig one or two characters – you can purchase a few of them individually.
You can pick these up at the following:
Sideshow Collectibles: $69.99 set ($11.99 each)