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Toy Review: Fresh Monkey Fiction Naughty or Nice Wave 1: Pirate Santa

Unlike the other figures I've reviewed in this wave , I didn't preorder Pirate Santa. But after receiving the other three, I was impressed enough with the overall quality and look of the figures, I wanted to see if there were any extras in stock. Turns out I was in luck. This one's actually a minor mark of pride for me, albeit for a pretty silly reason. When the Naughty or Nice line was initially announced, there was a period where preorder goals resulted in new figures being announced and made available. I predicted they'd have a Pirate Santa waiting in the wings because elements of existing figures implied they were drawing inspiration from EC Comics and I knew the company released a story featuring a similar character  from reading this article a few years back  (third paragraph down, but the whole thing's a great read if you have the time). So 10 nerd points for me, I guess. I should note this looks nothing like Captain Bigg from the comics, though it does bea

Toy Review: Fresh Monkey Fiction Naughty or Nice Wave 1: Krampus

I've recently been looking at several action figures I ordered from Fresh Monkey Fiction's first wave of "Naughty or Nice" line. The first two - Classic Santa and Zombie Santa - were absolute successes in my opinion. I'm going to ruin a bit of the suspense by telling you upfront my opinion of the figure I'm looking at today, Krampus, is a bit more mixed. There are absolutely aspects I love, but it's the only one of the three I'm not entirely convinced was worth the price.   Part of it comes down to what that price was: the other two ran me $37 each, which is steep for the scale but - between the quality of the figures and the great accessories - not at all unreasonable. Krampus is one of the line's "deluxe" figures, which means he came with a few extra accessories, including a fabric cape and sack. But it also meant the price tag jumped to $50, which is pushing what I expect high-end figures in this scale to go for. I should probably ac

Toy Review: Fresh Monkey Fiction Naughty or Nice Wave 1: Zombie Santa

Yesterday, I looked at last year's "Classic Santa" figure from Fresh Monkey Fiction , a small toy company producing - among other things - a line of Christmas action figures. When I ordered the Classic Santa, I also picked up a couple other figures, including the one I'm looking at today. Only in this case, "one" isn't entirely accurate, as this comes with an alternate set of hands and a head sculpt allowing you to effectively choose between two very different figures: the Zombie Santa promised on the package, or a sort of psycho-Santa. As I said in my last review, the box is pretty straightforward. I threw mine out a few minutes after snapping some pictures, but anyone who wants to keep their figures in the original packaging has something that will look good on the shelf. The body is a simple repaint of the Classic Santa, though they went to some notable effort to differentiate them. The coat is a darker color, almost halfway to purple compared to the

Toy Review: Fresh Monkey Fiction Naughty or Nice Wave 1: Classic Santa

For a variety of reasons, it's been a while since I last reviewed a toy. We really don't have room for me to collect the way I used to, the blog's focus shifted more towards movies, and - frankly - after a while, I felt like I was repeating the same basic descriptions I'd written a thousand times before. Also, we rarely saw much interest in those posts relative to the time it took to write them. That's why you don't see reviews of random toys the way you used to in the early years of this blog. However, once in a while something special comes along. And that brings us to the "Naughty or Nice" line from Fresh Monkey Fiction. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of them - I hadn't either before these showed up on preorder a couple years ago. As far as I've been able to piece together, they're a small toy company specializing in original creations. And most importantly, they're the company that finally realized there'd be a mar