Review: Uncle Deadly (Steppin' Out Variant, OMGCNFO Exclusive)
Posted by Lindsay
I miss this line. The Palisades Muppet line had fantastic articulation, amazing design, great paint, great characters, a decent price point.... and then the company went under. Much sadness was felt throughout the world of toy collecting.
Erin previously wrote an article about the Palisades Muppets here.
More information about the company's downfall is on their Wikipedia entry.
This figure is Uncle Deadly, one of the more well known second-tier Muppets. In his first appearance, he was identified as the resident ghost of the Muppet Theater (where the Muppet Show takes place), but then became a steady occasional character.
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Appearance and Construction: 9/10
This is an awesome figure. Let's just say that right at the beginning. The sculpt is astonishing, the paint clean and vibrant. There's some lovely shading on his jacket.
He only misses out on a ten for a handful of small things. There's a spot of paint slop on the lapel of his vest, and a little more on his teeth. Also his tail is attached to his jacket instead of to the figure. I know why they did this (more on the articulation below), but it does look a bit odd from some angles.
But just look at him! The vest and jacket are made of a flexible plastic so they don't interfere with articulation. And of course, his vest chain is real chain.
Packaging and Accessories: +1
Packaging is pretty standard. Sturdy, looks good. The back is nice, too.
The accessories here are pretty sweet. You get a good-size Muppet-style ghost and skull, like those that often accompanied ghostly numbers on the Muppet show.
The non-variant comes with these pieces painted white instead of being clear plastic, and the white is more accurate. We were unable to get that version for a reasonable price, though.
They are still pretty cool, although the clear plastic makes it hard to see the details. The ghost comes with a clear stand to hold it up.
Play and Display: +2
The articulation on this guy is actually pretty remarkable. I think the designer caught an almost perfect balance between aesthetic design and joints. I say almost because I would love if his jaw were articulated, or he had a ball joint in the neck. Those are my only small complaints, though.
He's got a cut at the neck, ball-jointed shoulders, posts on the upper arm, hinged elbows and post wrists. The combination gives his arms a lot of expressive positions, and all the joints work well. I was already impressed when I turned my attention to his waist.
Let me see if I can explain this. His waist under the vest is a giant ball-joint, there is a cut at the top of each leg (and at the ankle), and the hip section is split with another cut in the center. It's amazing. I've never really seen anything like it. And all the joints work beautifully with the sculpt. He looks just fantastic.
Price Tag and Final Analysis: 10+/10
We got a pretty good deal on this guy, especially considering that Palisades has been out of business since 2006. The Muppets line generally went for around $12-15 per figure when they were in stores, and I often see this pack in collectible shops for up to $30. We found a sale online and paid $7 plus 4 or so for shipping.
He looks great with our other Palisades Muppets, but actually, he looks great alongside almost any of our figures.
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