Wendy's Night at the Museum 3 Jedediah in the Wild West Wendy's, 2014
Day #1,146: March 26, 2015
Jedediah in the Wild West Army Man, Sorta
Night at the Museum 3 Wendy's Kid Meal Toy Prize
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Wendy's Includes:Figure, viewer/base, 3 backdrop cards Action Feature:3-D Viewing Action Retail:$2.99ish Availability: November 2014 Other: 1 of 6
Modern kid's meal toys are really all over the place. Sometimes you get something awful, and sometimes you get a strange item like Jedediah in the Wild West which offers a little too much. You get an army man-size figure, a base which also works as a 3D card viewer, and diorama backdrops. If they dropped the viewer part, I think it'd be pretty awesome - what can I say? I've got bad eyes.
The figure itself is almost great. The problem is - and this is the theme of the set - they're trying too hard. The figure sculpt itself is nice, cast in light brown plastic, and measures about 60mm tall. It's about the same size as some of your Tim Mee and Star Wars Command guys, but here's the thing - they painted the head. They shouldn't do this, because the eyes are all wonky, the flesh mask is kind of creepy, and the red kerchief seems unnecessary. The glossy figure has his hands on each holster, so he's not shooting or anything. It's a charming figure with pretty soft features, and I wouldn't mind getting a bag of little army men toys like this in kid meals. It's kind of funny when you think about it, it's such a cheap thing to do and it's on the happy side of decent. I think it's also the only Owen Wilson toy I own, but I may be forgetting something. I'm pretty sure Hot Toys doesn't have anything from You, Me, and Dupree.
The base is sort of neat - you can see what they're trying to do here. The sculpting is nice, but sometimes you can't be two things and do them well. The big goggles get in the way of it looking like a nicely-sculpted dirt display base, and at least my eyes aren't good enough to see the backdrop cards as 3D when I look at them. It's almost great - the unpainted design and sculpting aren't at all bad, but it's just not a practical feature that works for me. It does have a little indentation for Jedediah, though, which is sort of nice. If it was just a small figure and a display base, I'd have been plenty happy with it.
This is a pretty meaty package for what you get in a bag, but it's not exactly fantastic. It's close though - it seems companies are willing to try some wacky stuff for food premiums still. I hope to see more stuff like this down the road for other movies, but the chances of it overlapping with something that I'm actually interested in are pretty low. This is neat enough as a freebie with a snack or lunch, and as of my writing this I hope to get another one from the line. I went a few weeks later and got another of this same item, so again, I'm not hopeful.
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