REVIEW: Uglydoll Action Figures Series 3
When you hear the word Uglydoll, it's natural to first think about the cuddly soft plush dolls. But in recent years, they've been expanding into tin, vinyl, clothing, etc.
Designer toy collectors are probably well aware of David + Sun-Min's Uglydoll Action Figures. Now on Series 3, the 3” tall vinyl toy line brings some of the most popular Uglydoll characters from plush to plastic.
Uglydoll Action Figures Series 3
Manufacturer: Pretty Ugly
Artist: Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: About 3” tall each
Points of Articulation: Most have 3 points (arms and waist/head)
Designs: Babo's Bird, Kaiju Ice-Bat, Ket, Nandy Bear, Ninja Batty Shogun and Pointy Max (2 colors of each)
Similar to Series 2, Pretty Ugly has chosen to not go with a blind box series. Each box has a window front, with a photo of the character on the top lid. Actually, the entire box is decorated in a photograph.
Of course, Ugydoll “Action Figures” is a little bit of a misnomer. It was joked – by David Horvath – that each figure had an "action feature posable waist line". But most of them do have three points, except for the figures with wings (Ice Bat and Ninja Batty Shogun).
Uglydoll Action Figures Series 3 features six characters (five of them being new). While we've seen Ice-Bat in Series 1 and a Glow-in-the-Dark Ice-Bat series, this version is a little different featuring a new body sculpt. The Kaiju Ice-Bat is also the first Uglydoll Action Figure that never was a plush – it was released as a larger vinyl figure.
We're also seeing a number of recent Uglydoll plush releases, with Babo's Bird, Ket, Nandy Bear, Ninja Batty Shogun and Pointy Max in this series. Like the previous two series, Series 3 is made of of 12 figures. There's an alternate colorway of each of the six characters. And there's a variety of really bright alternate versions.
As a whole, I think this might be the brightest series of the three. As far as likes and dislikes, I'll start off with my lone dislike: Pointy Max's arms. They just look a little awkward. But I think this might have been one of the more difficult characters to transition from plush to vinyl. I like the little bit of spray on the Kaiju Ice-Bat. And I think the character choices are solid, with some plush favorites in there.
OVERALL: Series 3 features a solid lineup of some newer Uglydoll characters. The quality is superb, especially for a 3” line. Even though they were produced in China, the vinyl almost feels like the high quality stuff you get out of Japan. Uglydoll fans should be happy to add these twelve new figures to their collections.
You can pick one up at the following:
Uglydoll Action Figures Series 3 Grades
Figure Quality: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Babo's Bird: 9.2/10
Kaiju Ice-Bat: 9.1/10
Nandy Bear: 9.1/10
Ninja Batty Shogun: 8.7/10
Pointy Max: 8.6/10