As one of the people lucky enough to be aware of The Nightmare Before Christmas months before anyone saw it thanks to Tomart's Action Figure Digest I was also lucky enough to scope out the toys as they were new. I didn't buy many - I still regret that, but I was also pretty young and unable to find work. So this Behemoth is the first one I've ever owned - and it's pretty great. He feels like a bulky, beefy Kenner figure of old (not unlike a Sise Fromm or a Rancor Keeper) with sculpting and detailing pretty much on the mark. Given the use of puppets, there's really no reason to get it "wrong" as there is a disgustingly large quantity of photos.
The 3 1/2-inch figure has a non-articulated hatchet in his head. It's flexible and I assume may not react well to storage in a box with other toys - so be careful with it, or just display it on your desk. It has a painted head, and a brown handle. It's nice. It's worth noting that the figure's deco as a whole really clicks - shiny blue skin, painted overalls, and for some reason yellow cleaning gloves all work together nicely. He has the Burton-esque black rings around giant white eyes, and while his mouth is unpainted I doubt more paint would add to the oldness of the authenticity. As it is, it's pretty convincing - they even sculpted some hair on his chest. It's a great little figure.
I can't fault the sculpting at all. It's great - the arms swivel, the legs move, the neck turns, and things basically line up as they should. He can even carry around the Nutcracker Toy Soldier accessory, which is good because the little red guy will not stand up on his own.
The Nightmare Before Christmas line is pretty good in that it looks like an old figure. The shape is right, it's not ridiculous, but it's not too bland either. There aren't too many details to pick out and illustrate to you, mostly because you can see them. He has his buttons, and the copyright informtion is sculpted right in his hard plastic tuckus. They got it right. It's not really Tor Johnson but it's close enough for me to say "get one." It's a nice enough line that I wouldn't suggest skipping it - I don't see the retro aspect as really adding (or detracting) from the figures given the price and size. It's ten bucks, it's decent.
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