Review: Lemax Spooky Town Collection
I graduated from college in 2002, right in the middle of a recession, and found myself living in Western Massachusetts, where the difference between a liberal arts degree and a paper towel is absorbency.
Since the writer/philosopher market was flooded, I needed to look for employment outside my field.
I got a job selling arts and crafts supplies at a nearby Michaels Arts and Crafts. To this day I can tell you that the glue is in aisle 9B.
Now, you wouldn't think of Michaels as a good place for toy collecting, and, for the most part, you'd be right. But, for those of us out for a deal, it pays to think outside the box.
Let me tell you a little about a company called Lemax.
Appearance: 6 (5 - 7)
The paint and sculpt work varies quite a bit. Our scale may be a little different now, since these have more in common with bases and accessories than figures. But, compared to many accessories you'll get, most of these (at least the ones I picked up) are pretty good.
I actually bought THREE packs of these, because I have uses for an army of miniature rats (more on this in the 'play and display' section). The rats are actually pretty nice, with red eyes and small teeth. You get two versions: four rats on four legs, two standing upright (how apropos). I have a hard time imagining how I'd score these: probably a six, ignoring the snakes entirely.
The Swamp Monster is a little mixed. Mixed twigs, mixed vines, and a mixed appearance. On one hand, he's kind of cool. On the other, a plant elemental in this scale looks a little like a green blob. Still, he's kind of neat, so I wouldn't score him lower than a 6.
The zombie dog and cat are also somewhat mixed. The paint and sculpt work is definitely on the low end. On the other hand, you get zombie animals. Kind of cool. I'd say they're a 5.
On average, I'd peg the ones I got as about a 6. You'll find others that might go beyond this range in either direction, though.
Packaging and Extras: ---
The packaging is dull and bland. On the other hand, you can clearly see what you're getting. You can see both sides, in fact.
Depending on your point of view, you're getting no extras or all extras. Obviously, no bonus or penalty is called for in this case.
Play and Display: +1
Price Tag and Final Analysis: 7, plus or minus, out of 10.
Our final score is admittedly a bit vague, but then it's hard to rate a selection of figures together. The price tag at full retail varied; around $3 - $4 per package. But who pays retail? I dropped by Michael's the other day and found them half off. At $1.50 - $2 each, they're definitely worth the money.
Of course, this will depend on which packages you buy. There were some packs that were downright awful, others that are nice but not in a scale I was interested in. These come in huge sets, items with lights and motors, etc. If you find yourself near a Michaels, head in and look around. You might just see something you like.
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