I’m a bit late to the Adventure Time bandwagon, not discovering it until Netflix started carrying it this year. Since then it has become one of my favorite animated series, and I quickly caught up with all the aired episodes. And being an avid toy collector, I also felt the need to show my love through the purchase of little plastic totems.
Currently the license is being held by JazWares. The make a variety of figures from two inch figurines to three and five inch articulated action figures. I was originally going to start with the larger five inch versions, but they’ve been out for a while and the pickings are pretty sparse at my local TRU. So I ended up trying the three inch figures, which seem to have just started hitting the shelves the last few weeks. I got the Finn & Jake Comic Book Pack, and the Fionna & Cake two-pack.
I’m actually a bit impressed with JazWares ability to capture these extremely animated characters in a pretty realistic 3D form. The animation on the show is simplistic yet exaggerated at the same time, and proportions only get more skewed when you have a character like Jake the Dog who constantly changes his look. The figures may look a bit odd when compared to more traditional human-shaped sculpts, but I’m pretty happy with their design when seen in the context of their animated style.
Unfortunately, it gets a bit more dicey once you go beyond the sculpt. Paint is definitely an area that you’ll want to watch out for in the stores. Simple figures like Jake and Cake have been mostly molded one color and given a few paint apps for details. This tends to work out fine, although I did notice a few Jakes with some slightly messed up eyes.
Finn and Fionna were a bit more difficult. The two I ended up picking are actually pretty good, but there were definitely some with issues at the store. Finn was the easier of the two. I mostly had to watch out for blurred paint lines between his pants and shirt, or his pants and the flesh of his legs. Fionna was a bit more challenging. The blue stripes on her socks were a constant issue on all the figures, while her black shoes also varied against the white of the socks. I even saw one where the yellow of her hair had gotten on to her face. And unknown to me until I got the figure home, there’s an unfortunately large tampo on her back that displays the copyright info. I can’t help but think that could have been done better somehow. Continue to page 2…