They’re tiny, they’re toonyon November 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm
I know it’s fashionable to hate every new entry into the Looney Tunes franchise because it’s not immediately as perfect and timeless as “Duck Amuck” or “What’s Opera, Doc” (forgetting that Looney Tunes is subject to Sturgeon’s Law same as anything else), but despite this I think The Looney Tunes Show is pretty damn great. It doesn’t try to plagiarize famous moments from the past; instead it just takes a set of characters, puts them in a neighborhood, and lets them interact. No one’s exactly the way they were sixty years ago, despite being recognizably themselves, and that’s for the best. Stuff’s gots to evolve, man, and not just exist in this living death of ad nauseum rehashery.
Plus, dude, I now live in a world where I legitimately enjoy Lola Bunny. Possibly more than Daffy. If you’d told me this was possible two years ago, I would have punched you in the face.
What I’m trying to say is that Space Jam is bad and it should feel bad.
Anyway, I’m a big enough fan of the show that I was super excited to learn there’s some figurines! The designs are based on the character models seen in the promotional material and resemble sort of how the characters look in the first season. By season 2, everyone sorta got Chuck Joneserized, which is kind of annoying. Do they always have to look the way they did in 1950? It was nice seeing them evolve visually a little. I think I may have touched upon this subject before.
Toys”R”Us has an exclusive five-pack of Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer, and Lola. There’s also two-packs, some of which have different characters, but the ones I found during my visit only had repeat guys from this set. (There’s Daffy/Marvin, Sylvester/Tweety, and potentially Coyote/Roadrunner sets out there.) The figures are bigger than I’d guessed from the photographs, being about 2-3 inches high at my estimation. Each figure’s head turns, though Daffy’s is a little restricted due to his sculpt.
I am not exactly why Elmer is in this set. Well, okay, the answer is that he’s a popular and recognizable character. However, he’s shown up for one Merry Melodies segment about having sex with a sandwich plus a cameo so far out of dozens of episodes, so he seems kinda back-burner. And I don’t think he’s ever been seen in his classic hunters outfit.
What I want is a Tina, dammit. Speedy wouldn’t be bad either, but there’s no way they’d make him to scale.
Anyway, I found these guys in TRU’s plush animal aisle. Yeah. Glad I searched the store pretty thoroughly.