Peanuts It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! Charlie Brown Action Figure Reviews

Peanuts It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! Charlie Brown Action Figure

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"Of all the Charlie Browns in the World, You're the Charlie Browniest!"

Aug 20, 2003 (Updated Aug 29, 2003)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Great likeness, fun accessories, "classic look."

Cons:He doesn't have kung fu grip...

The Bottom Line: Everyone's favorite Blockhead just showed up at my house. I'm gonna give him a rock.


There are some action figure lines that fans have been waiting a long time for. And with the action figure explosion of the 1990’s, it seems like a lot of those fans are getting their wishes granted. Things like a Star Trek line of action figures with hundreds of figures would have been unthinkable, but Playmates pulled it off. The revival of the Star Wars line by Hasbro was more of a no-brainer, but they’ve made more than three times the number of figures initially released by Kenner from 1978 – 1985. Then of course you have my own dream come true, the Palisades Muppet action figures—they’re already up to more than three dozen different figures released, and more are on the way in September! So it was with great pleasure that I first saw Playing Mantis’ Peanuts Figures…and after getting over my first impressions, I see that these are pretty nice figures that do justice to the legacy of Charles Schulz.

There have been at least three different series of Peanuts figures released to date by Playing Mantis, but I chose to collect “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” series. I chose these for a few reasons:

1) The characters are in their “regular” colors. I.E., Charlie Brown is in a yellow shirt, Lucy in a blue dress, Schroeder a purple shirt, etc. This is the way they always dressed in the tv specials and movies, so I thought I’d go with them. The other series include a Baseball-themed series and “Good Ol’ Charlie Brown” series that have the characters in variant colors of clothing (but with awesome accessories like Lucy’s psychiatric booth).

2) “Great Pumpkin” is one of my all-time favorite “Peanuts” specials, and they make a nice little Halloween display for that haunting time of year.

3) The characters each come with Halloween-themed accessories; they’ve got bags to go trick-or-treating, Lucy has her witch’s mask, and Charlie Brown has his ghost costume with ALL of the eyes cut out of it “I had some trouble with the scissors!”

4) The characters also come with pumpkin patch bases, which all connect to form a large pumpkin patch, where Linus and Sally await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

So that’s why I chose this series.

Now down to brass tacks. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used that phrase.

This review is for the Charlie Brown figure in particular; of course with Snoopy, he’s going to be the most important figure in the line, right? Right. So how does he measure up?

My first impression was that these figures are BIG. They’re each about five inches tall, which is pretty average size for an action figure these days, but when you consider they’re children, it makes for a large scaled action figure. My next impression was that MAN Schulz drew these kids with BIG heads! I mean, Miles has a big head, but Charlie Brown in particular was generating his own gravitational pull on the other toys on my toy shelf!

Many people have complained about these figures. They’re produced by a process called rotocasting, which results in a hollow action figure. The head is made of a softer plastic, leading some toy critics to revile them as “doggie chew toys.” In my opinion, it works for these figures, and if they had been made with solid hard plastic heads, they would have been nearly impossible to keep upright. Some think this gives them a “cheap” appearance, but I think the look is one of their strong points.

The paint jobs are great, and Playing Mantis has added touches to make the figures look more like the cartoons that they’re based on; for example, Charlie Brown’s “zig-zag” that runs around his shirt isn’t a solid black color, but has little patches that look like they weren’t completely filled in by the inkbrush. This is consistent with the way Schulz drew, and little things like that, and Charlie Brown’s crooked smile really stand out to me.

The articulation of the figures could be better, I suppose, but they’ve got more points of articulation than the Simpsons action figures. They’ve got a swivel joint at the waist, the neck turns, and Charlie Brown has joints at his shoulders and elbows. It works for him. He was never really a ninja or anything, ya know?

His accessories are appropriate to his appearance on “Great Pumpkin,” and include the Pumpkin Patch base, his “ghost” costume with all of the eyes, and a little trick or treat bag. And the bag is filled with rocks. NICE touch, Playing Mantis.

In all, this is a great toy for either kids or adults—although adults will probably find the figures more fun out of nostalgia’s sake.

I picked up the entire series of six figures on clearance at Kay-Bee Toys, and got a killer deal on them…the figures will be re-released with additions to the line (Pig-Pen and Frieda With The Naturally Curly Hair) in time for Halloween this year.

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The other figures in The Great Pumpkin line include:

Linus Van Pelt
http://www.epinions.com/content_110064733828

Lucy Van Pelt
http://www.epinions.com/content_110433242756

Schroeder
http://www.epinions.com/content_110467059332

Sally Brown
http://www.epinions.com/content_110546161284

Snoopy and Woodstock
http://www.epinions.com/content_110593281668


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 3.33
Type of Toy: Action Figure

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