Safari Ltd Hidden Kingdom Scorpion and Tarantula
As you've probably already guessed, this is going to be a weird one.
My wife and I have been going by Michaels a lot recently to pick up supplies for custom projects she's working on. During our last trip, she picked up a pair of very large bugs. One or both of these guys may soon be going under the knife; dissected for a project that I'm sure my wife will share once completed.
For now, I thought I'd take a look and see how plastic bugs pulled out of a bin hold up on close inspection. We're going to look at two figures today, a scorpion and a tarantula. Both were produced by "Safari Ltd" as part of their "Hidden Kingdom" line.
Packaging and Extras:
Packaging? What packaging?
These guys were pulled out of a compartmentalized bin on an endcap at Michaels. No boxes; no bags: just two little tags: one containing some information about the insect, the other advertising the articulation (more on that later).
Fundamentally, I could care less whether these were packaged or not. Unless, of course, that lack of packaging is the cause of damage to the figure. And, sadly, that seems to be the case for the scorpion. Oh, it's nothing serious, but the segments on his tail are beginning to tear. I suspect the culprits are the children who have been playing with him. And how were they able to do this? Because he's completely unprotected. I'm taking the unprecedented step of deducting a point for the lack of packaging. I'm only docking the scorpion, however, since the tarantula was undamaged.
Play and Display: +1
I don't expect toys like these to be poseable at all. These surpass that expectation by providing bendable appendages. The four large legs on the tarantula contain a hard wire, as do the pinchers and tail of the scorpion.
This opens up your posing options quite a bit, particularly on the tarantula. It's too bad the smaller legs aren't poseable, too, since that would really give you some choices.
I'm handing over an extra point to each for this poseability. Had the little legs bent as well, I'd be giving the tarantula two.
That doesn't mean we couldn't use them as accessories around the apartment. If my wife leaves the tarantula intact I may stick it on my Lord of the Rings shelf: it should be passable as a Shelob, albeit a bad one.
This doesn't mean it's worth five bucks. Plastic spiders are easy to find around Halloween, and they get far nicer - and cheaper - than this one.
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