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REVIEW: Shortpacked! – Mike Warner

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Background

Patch Together and artist David Willis have been teaming up to produce resin statuettes based on the various characters from David's webcomic – Shortpacked! We first saw Amber O'Malley and the Robin DeSanto figure is currently in production. But for this review, we're going to look at the middle child – Mike Warner.

Mike is just a jerk. Claim anything else, and you're reaching. The only time he ever says anything helpful is if it depresses you. And he has made a pretty fine career of saying just the right truthful things just to blow your mind. He's got an embarrassing secret, though, and Amber, after discovering it, is extorting boyfriendship out of him to keep it that way.

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The Facts



Mike Warner
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: David Willis (Shortpacked)
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 7” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero

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Packaging

The resin piece comes packaged in Patch Together's white box with custom cut Styrofoam inside. On the outside of the box, there is a sticker with artwork of the Mike Warner character.

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Our Opinion

Either Patch Together has a deal in place to produce characters from a pair of webcomics – Shortpacked! and Wapsi Square – or their online readership does an amazing job voting and pre-ordering. The Mike Warner figure is the second of three characters from the Shortpacked! series to be released – Amber O'Malley and Robin DeSanto.

I am guessing that unless you're a fan of Shortpacked!, you probably would feel no connection to this character. It's really just a guy with weird hair who looks angry. But readers of the webcomic must obviously be big fans.

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The sculpt gets the character's pose correctly. The hair is a little difficult to recreate, but the folks at Patch Together did an admirable job. There are a few paint minor issues, mainly involving the hair. For instance, some of the sculpted areas didn't get filled in, and you can see some greens splotches on the front section of hair.

The resin figure comes attached to a simple black base. It's oval in shape and should the one attached to the Amber O'Malley Shortpacked! figure.

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Unfortunately for collectors, the Mike Warner figure is currently out of stock. But if enough people click on the “I Want This Restocked” button, I'm guessing that Patch Together might be swayed to produce a few more resin figures.

OVERALL: Readers of the Shortpacked! webcomic obviously loved this figure (the run sold out). But I'm not sure the ordinary looking character will make the average collector, unaware of Shortpacked!, want to purchase the resin piece. Still, I think it's great that an indie webcomic is able to get its characters produced in a toy series.

You can pick one up at the following:

Patch Together: $39.95 (currently out of stock)

Mike Warner Grades

Figure Quality: 7/10
   Sculpt: 7/10
   Paint: 7/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 7/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 6/10

Overall: 7.3/10

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Dark Dargon Child

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You can now pre-order the Dark Dargon Child plush line from Patch Together. Designed by Thaz (Christopher Schmid), the plush is available in four different colorways: Fire/Red, Water/Blue, Earth/Green and Air/Light Grey. They're currently available for a pre-order price of $22.95.

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Felix: Volcanic Fenra Sculpt

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Patch Together has posted some work in progress shots for the Felix: Volcanic Fenra resin figure. This was designed by an artist named Fenra and is currently available for pre-order for $49.95.

REVIEW: Acacia “Bud” Budur

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Background

To date, Patch Together has brought six of Paul Taylor's Wapsi Square characters to collectible reality. If you're not familiar with Wapsi Square, it's Taylor's webcomic series that revolves around main character Monica and a fictitious neighborhood in the Minneapolis, MN area. One of the newest Wapsi figures released by Patch Together is Acacia “Bud” Budur.

This is "Bud" from the graphic novel Wapsi Square. One third of the ancient chimera and golem guardian to Monica. Bud appears in the form of an 18 year old gawky blond girl but she can also manifest into a monstrous looking goat. Bud tends to still have her young adult fussiness and clings to what is simple. Her fondest memory is listening to the night wind while sitting by her family’s small oil lamp. She’s fiercely loyal to Monica but reminds her that she is still very dangerous and could eventually turn on her, as she feels herself to be a machine.

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The Facts



Acacia “Bud” Budur
Series: Wapsi Square
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: Paul Taylor
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 9” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero

Packaging

Bud is packaged in a plain white box between a pair of cut Styrofoam pieces.

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Our Opinion

Bud is the third Patch Together/Wapsi Square resin figure that we've reviewed on Plastic and Plush. And while I thought the previous two (Monica with Eightball Tee and Tepoz) were troubled by sculpting issues and pricing woes, respectively, they've stepped up their game with Acacia Budur.

If you're not familiar with Wapsi Square, Paul Taylor's webcomic features a cast of ladies in varying shapes and sizes. It's an interesting tale with female empowerment as a central message...and it features some well-drawn characters.

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The first thing you notice is how the sculpting work really reflects the illustrated version of Bud. The boxiness of the face, the hairstyle, even the stance are all sculpted accurately. But it takes more than sculpting – there's also the paint.

The paint on this piece is what raises it from an average piece. I like that Patch Together has only partially painted Bud's teeth. There's a little bit of hair around the face and an eyebrow that somehow missed a little paint. Also, I would have preferred it if they went with a matte paint on the entire figure (the dress is a glossy purple). With all of that said, overall, I like the paintwork on this piece.

OVERALL: Bud is by far and away my favorite of the Wapsi Square/Patch Together collaborations. They've done a really good job replicating Taylor's illustration style into a three-dimensional form. Actually - the upcoming Monica resin looks like Patch Together and the Wapsi Square characters are starting to gel.

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You can pick one up at the following:

PatchTogether.com: $52.00

Acacia "Bud" Budur Grades

Figure Quality: 8/10
   Sculpt: 9/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 6/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Overall: 8.3/10

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REVIEW: Bad Bad Kitty Monster

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Background

Patch Together, who has been known to release a resin figure or two, has teamed up with artist/designer ProjectBlue02. The figure, which is named Bad Bad Kitty Monster, is described by the creator as follows:

Inspired by all the things I always loved about creepy corky characters. Hoodies and huge zippers, zigzag glowy mouth, black out face with glowing eyes and some bright blue with stripes to help liven up this dark creature. It's cute but has huge clawed hands, makes you a bit unsure if you want to hug it or run away.

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The Facts



Bad Bad Kitty Monster
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: ProjectBlue02
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 5” tall
Points of Articulation: None

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Packaging

The Bad Bad Kitty Monster is packaged in a plain white box. Inside, the figure is stored in between two pieces of Styrofoam. Included with the resin piece is a tube of super glue that will allow you to glue the tail on to the body.

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Our Opinion

The Bad Bad Kitty Monster resin is...hmm. There are things about the design that I like and others that I don't. Let's take a gander at the stuff that I don't like, first.

Essentially, I'm not a fan of the bottom half of the figure. I'm not sure if it's the running pose or the chosen colors (or a combination of the two), but something just seems awkward about it. Also, I noticed that one of the feet has sculpted and painted pads on the paw, while the other is simply painted on.

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But I do like the top half of Bad Bad Kitty Monster. I like the oversized zipper pull tab. I'm a fan of the blue seams that run along the character's sweatshirt. But my favorite aspect of this figure is the paintwork around the eyes and mouth. The various shades of blue replicate the glowing look that the artist's illustration was conveying.

So that's why it's a mixed bag for me. Maybe if there was black paint separating the shades of blue on the legs and tail, since the bottom half lacks the color that is so predominant on the top half.

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OVERALL: Tis the quandary of a toy review. When the same figure has aspects that you really like and others that you don't, what can you say? My suggestion? If you like the design, as I do, put it behind a row of slightly smaller figures. Problem solved.

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You can pick one up at the following:

PatchTogether.com: $29.95

Bad Bad Kitty Monster Grades

Figure Quality: 7/10
   Sculpt: 7/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 6/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 6/10

Overall: 7.3/10

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REVIEW: Skulldog Plush

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Background

Patch Together is primarily known for producing resin figures from a community of designers and artists – some professionals, some amateurs. Recently, they've tried their hand at production plush pieces. One of those is the Skulldog plush, from the artist Keryn Everett. She describes her plush design below:

My online mascot, icon, and user name has been Skulldog, for years and years. I made myself a plush version for my art display, and ever convention he was taken to, I\'m asked \'Is that for sale?\'. Now I can answer, YES!

Skulldogs are short, stubby, and kind of lazy, this one will be huggable, with extra fuzzy neck poof, and soft vinyl \'skull\' face.

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The Facts



Skulldog Plush
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist:
Keryn Everett aka Skulldog
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 14” long by 14” tall

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Tag

Nada. It will probably come packaged in a large plastic bag, but there are no tags at all on the plush.

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Our Opinion

Patch Together started out releasing a few roto-vinyl figures, but they really started to pick up steam with their resin pieces. Currently, resin makes up the majority of their releases, but the company has dipped their feet into plush. And when they release plush...they go BIG!

I was surprised that the Skulldog plush measured in at 14" tall by 14" long. That's actually bigger than a couple of my real dogs (yeah...we have five dogs). So just be aware of its size. But the price ($29.95) that Patch Together is selling these for - for a plush of this size – is pretty...pretty...pretty good.

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The actual plush design strays slightly from the original drawing. The white mane and the white on the ears and tail where supposed to be a sky blue, while there was no white on the original Skulldog's body – only the face. The mane had some designs on it, but that probably would have been difficult to replicate through embroidering.

Patch Together ended up nailing the face. The eyes and nose are made of a faux leather/vinyl material. I like how they have sewn in a row of teeth, adding the two upper canines separately. And the material that makes up the ears actually starts at the base of the neck.

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OVERALL: The Skulldog plush is a solid production piece from a company that is still in its infancy when it comes to plush toys. While the design is middle of the road (milquetoast), I like that the Skulldog easily stands on its own – allowing for some great displaying options.

You can pick one up at the following:

Patch Together: $29.95 (Currently Out of Stock)

Skulldog Grades

Plush Quality: 8/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 8/10
Softness: 7/10
Packaging/Tag: N/A
Cuteness: 7/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 8.2/10

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REVIEW: Tiny Horus

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Background

Artist Claire Hummel's (Shoomlah) fascination with ancient Egypt and all related paraphernalia led to her designing and submitting the Tiny Horus character to Patch Together. Here's how she sums up her inspiration:

Chubby, younger versions of the Egyptian gods started showing up in the margins of my hieroglyphics notes several years ago, and so I decided to adapt one into a Patch Together design - in the case, my tiny Horus! I tried to come up with a style that was sleek, yet reminiscent of the traditional colors and motifs found in Egyptian carvings- a unique but recognizable little object. This is Horus before he got into that scuffle with Set... He's still playing with marbles and getting stuck in the mud.

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The Facts



Tiny Horus
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: Shoomlah (Claire Hummel)
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 5” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Edition Size: Limited Edition

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Packaging

The Tiny Horus is packaged in the blank white Patch Together box. Inside, the resin figure is tightly secured between two pieces of Styrofoam.

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Our Opinion

Ancient Egypt appears to be in vogue again. With the super popular Tuttz line from Argonaut Resins and Tiny Horus from Patch Together, you can start up a nice little shrine to all things Egyptian.

Artist Claire Hummel's original design featured two points of articulation – at the shoulders. That would have been great if the figure was produced as a roto vinyl piece. But since they chose resin, I think that a static statuette was the correct route. Although, I could definitely see this as a vinyl piece.

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It appears that the figure was cast in at least four different pieces (body, arms and base). The sculpt looks fairly close to the source material. The illustration shows the character with more of a cartoonish look, including a slimmer face and bigger head. There are a few spots, primarily the toes and around the gold ares, where the sculpted lines appear to be smudged.

The paintwork is average for a resin piece. There are a few areas that look sloppy, but they are actually a product of the above mentioned sculpting issue. Patch Together went with a matte paint for all areas except those painted in tan (glossy).

OVERALL: With the popularity of ancient Egyptian art, collectibles and movies...it's not a surprise that the first run of Tiny Horus figures are currently Out of Stock. Patch Together priced the piece perfectly (how about that for alliteration?). With a few minor sculpting changes, I would definitely boost the overall grade by a half point.

You can pick one up at the following:

PatchTogether.com: $34.99 (Currently Out of Stock)

Tiny Horus Grades

Figure Quality: 7/10
   Sculpt: 7/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 7/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 8.6/10

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Monica in Earphones

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Patch Together has revealed some painted up photos of their newest Wapsi Square resin figure. Called Monica in Earphones, this 6" tall piece is currently in production. Also, it's currently available for pre-order at a price of $44.95.

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NYCC10: Patch Together

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Patch Together has made the trip to New York Comic Con, and they've brought artist VISEone with them. VISEone came all the way from Germany with a number of his Comic Stripped custom pieces. And Patch Together had number of their new (and upcoming) toy releases on display...plush, resin and vinyl.

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REVIEW: Wapsi Square – Tepoz

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Background

Here's Wapsi Square's tepoztecal, also known as Tepoz the Aztec God of Alcohol. He's always ready for the party and he definitely brings his own booze as he can manifest drinks out of thin air! he may be short in stature but he really comes through if you need to wet your whistle!

Patch Together has released another one of artist Paul Taylor's Wapsi Square characters as a small-run resin figure. This time around, it's the diminutive Tepoz.

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The Facts



Tepoz
Series: Wapsi Square
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: Paul Taylor
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 3.25” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero

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Packaging

This figure was packaged in a plain white box with Styrofoam protecting the piece on the inside.

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Our Opinion

The Tepoz figure is one of the smaller resin pieces that we've seen Patch Together churn out. At only 3.25” in height (and bright blue), it reminds me of those old-school PVC Smurf figurines from Schleich. Yes..I had way too many of those as a youngster.

But the Tepoz character is from Paul Taylor's Wapsi Square comic. We've seen Patch Together produce several other characters from the popular webcomic. Those were a lot larger than Tepoz, but that's because the character in the comic is only one foot tall (hence, it's probably to scale with the rest of the line).

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Sculpting-wise, the God of Alcohol has a few minor issues. The silly grin on the mouth looks good, but the face might be a little thinner than the illustrated Tepoz. I noticed that they actually sculpted the individual teeth, rather than simply a line across separating the white space. Also, the beer mug just sort of stops. You can se the beer inside on the front, but the rest of the mug is gray. Finally, you might need to add some glue to the neck hole where the figure's head is inserted.

OVERALL: I know there are many fans of the Wapsi Square webcomic. And I'm sure those folks are super excited to collect all of the characters in resin form from Patch Together. The Tepoz figure is a decent replication of the illustrated character, with a few sculpting flaws/misses.

The big thing, though, is that the Tepoz resin will run you $29.95. The Monica in headphones 6” resin from Wapsi Square and Patch Together has a pre-order price of $39.95. I would have pegged this as a $9.95 to $14.95 figure.

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You can pick one up at the following:

PatchTogether.com: $29.95

Tepoz Grades

Figure Quality: 7/10
   Sculpt: 6/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 7/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 5/10

Overall: 6.8/10