I was pretty jazzed to see Monsters Inc. characters in the Funko Pop! Vinyl line, and couldn't leave without snagging a few of these-- in particular Mike Wazowski, Billy Crystal's highest-profile non-Oscar role since, I think, City Slickers 2. The 3 3/4-inch-ish vinyl figure is green and heavily stylized, retaining most of the figure's features but, like most of the line, he dropped the mouth. Since Mike had no nose in the first place, seeing him as just an eye with horns, arms, and legs is a little unsettling-- that grin was a huge part of his character.
The figure has no articulation, a departure from the bulk of the rest of this line. His box boasts "glow-in-the-dark" plastic, but after putting him under bright lights with other glow-in-the-dark figures, he didn't glow. I was very disappointed by this, as I'm a fan of that kind of plastic. Instead, he's cast in a semi-translucent green which looks kind of moist or slimy, with very little paint-- just the horns and his eye. It's a simple design and rather neat, although I did find myself wishing they tossed on a spot or two in order to give him a little more "oomph." No articulation means less "oomph."
You should be able to get the non-exclusive plain green Mike Wazowski at a Disney Store right now-- and he's probably worth it, if you like the style and scale. Since he's just a head with limbs, it stands to reason that he-- unlike the other figures in the line-- wouldn't have an articulated neck. (You need a neck for that.) As a display piece, it's wonderful-- but I wouldn't suggest running out and grabbing it unless you like the design. It doesn't do much, but considering Pop! Vinyl is mostly about style I'm fine with this. Pick up a Sully to go with it and you'll have yourself close to everything you could need for your very own Pete Docter shrine. (You might want to get Boo as well-- she's out now, as part of series 2.)
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