Playset Products’ Marvel 3 age
Freebento is always on the lookout for interesting and fun Japanese toys and that search has led them straight to Marvel 3 Age. These toys are super deformed versions of five Marvel characters (more coming in series 2) that stand 3 inches high and almost look like kids dressed up as their favorite Marvel hero.
The design on these is pretty clean and simple. Large heads, round tummies, short arms and legs, and no nose. This is a sure fire recipe for cute and they pull it off in spades. The figures sport six points of articulation at the head, arms, legs, and waist. Since the legs’ articulation is at an angle it’s tough to get them into many poses, but the other joints make up for it. The paint apps are clean with no smears and the sculpt is nice on each. For example, the eyes aren’t just painted on, they are sculpted to add dimension to the bulbous head. Each toy comes with a stand and you need it because with those tiny feet and huge head they don’t stand up too well without it. The toys are made from a thinner plastic than I’m used to (not vinyl), but still they seem pretty sturdy and able to stand up to some wear and tear. We got a chance to check out three of the five released and each has something worth checking out.
The Hulk is the best of the three and maybe the five. It probably has something to do with the fact that his design is already so simple it translates well to this super deformation. Also it’s hilarious to see one of the toughest characters in the Marvel Universe as such a cute little guy.
I used to love Silver Surfer back in the early nineties so this guy is something special. If you never were into the tales of Norrin Radd then you may not be as excited. The design is true to the original character, but it’s a bit boring. I love how the base has a surf board attached.
This icon of freedom is ready to liberate the cookies from your cabinet! I love the wings on his mask and the “A” is cut not just painted on. I was more than a little disappointed that he didn’t come with a shield, but couldn’t complain since his smirk and almost evil eyes scared me out of it.
The boxes break tradition and aren’t blind. So you know what you are getting when you pick it up. They are pretty simple and not one that you’ll be inclined to keep, which is alright since you buy these for the toys not the boxes, right?
I was pleasantly surprised by this line. I really warmed up to them and think they would make a great addition to a Marvel fan’s collection. Seriously, you need a Hulk. Or if you’re looking for a toy that doesn’t take up space and you’re tired of dunnys, these guys are worth checking out.
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