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Click here Monster Unknown's Mr. Oneman
by Jager

Do you like money? Sure, we all do! We all like having it, so much in fact that many people have jobs that they hate just to get it, and sometimes it's not best to think about the things that go on behind the scenes to make it. With Mr. Oneman, eye witness expands its Monster Unknown line in a more corporate direction casting an eye, or in this case four, in the direction of those who covet money and will do anything to get it. This vinyl figure makes you stop and think about all the nastiness that goes on behind "wizard's curtain" to make the cogs of big business keep turning. It's an ugly job and this toy represents what could be called the evils of big business.

Click hereThe symbolism in this piece is impossible to miss. For a head, the artist (the Witness) has used a symbol that can be found on the back of any dollar bill: the Illuminati symbol of the All Seeing Eye. You know, that pyramid with the eye ball that never really made sense to any of us. Just what does that symbolize? Well, basically the eye represents the inner eye of the soul. Let's just leave it at that. I did a little research on it, and to be quite honest it freaked me out a bit. Needless to say, the use of this as Mr. Oneman's head is appropriate and can be recognized by both the scholar (who understands that the eye is all knowing/seeing) and the casual observer (who associates it with money). The expression on his face is grumpy to say the least. His mouth is crooked and he has sharp teeth coming from the bottom of his mouth. In other words, this guy could be a scarier boss than the Donald. The figure is sporting the standard blue power suit, only he accents it with an orange tie (instead of Republican red). The tie is held by a skull piece at the collar. The suit is ripped at the left shoulder and on its back exposing a green money color. There's money falling from his sleeve too. Could this guy literally made of money? Speaking of money, the figure comes with one accessory: a wad of cash that can be removed from his fist. The only points of articulation are the arms which can be raised or lowered with a simple twist joint. I was disappointed that the head didn't turn. I thought it would be a nice touch to have that with a different eye on each side of the pyramid. But maybe that's the MOTU fan in me (Triclops, anyone?) The final detail I'd like to mention is the bottom of his shoes. There is a skull on each sole. I thought this was a nice little touch that you wouldn't realize was there unless you owned the toy and looked it over. This could represent the innocent people he's stepped on to rise to the top of the cooperate ladder, or maybe I'm thinking about this too deeply.

Click hereI would be remiss if I didn't mention the packaging. Like the Bionic Sasquatch, it appears to be a recycle bin that's been tagged by the Witness. There are windows on front and sides showing the toy nicely for the MIB folks. The back of the box is the nicest though. It has an excellent painting of Mr. Oneman and a description of the vile businessman. Plus, the hinged back makes it very easy to slide the toy out and then place it back if you wish.

Click hereOverall, I like Mr. Oneman. It's a nice Designer Toy to add to your collection. Especially if you're into the kind of thinking I've been mentioning through the article. I for one, do not like the thought of big business putting money first and not considering the ramifications of some of their decisions. This toy totally represents what I hate about big business so this is a great conversation piece. It may not be the most intricate toy in your collection but it definitely starts you thinking about these things, so for that I appreciate Mr. Oneman.

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