Did you know that you can succeed in jobs just for knowing a lot of trivial information? It's true! In the first season of Sesame StreetOscar the Grouch was orange - and as far as I knew, there was never a toy of this. Why not make one? Now Entertainment Earth has one as an exclusive - and yes, I work there, and yes, I asked for this. The big differences: orange fur, and a sign that says "GO AWAY!" It's a great desk toy.
Standing about 4-inches tall, Oscar delivers the goods - well, consistently as this format of plastic goes. The head rotates, and there's a nicely sculpted (and decorated) plastic garbage can that looks like metal. The orange fur - according to reference - is a lighter shade used for the back half of the first season, rather than the more vibrant shade that predates the addition of viable arms to his puppet. The red tongue in his mouth and trash can are indeed consistent, but his worm pal Slimey didn't appear until 1971 - so that's something of an added bonus, or an anachronism. Hey, redoing the molds costs money.
For all practical purposes, you're buying a toy garbage can with a head in it. The design of any character that starts with stylized eyes can be tough to translate to the Pop! Vinyl Figure format. Without the whites, Oscar's peepers look a little peculiar. (See also: The Simpsons.) It's unquestionably Oscar, though, and it's really awesome for me when Funko gets to trot out an obscure piece of TV history as a low-priced collectible. The fact that this exists is somewhat staggering, and I'm the one who asked for it - at work we had a pretty good year with Crimson Stormtroopers, this dude, Commander Catbug, and a lot of other weirdness - and next year I've got a lot of stuff ranging from "that's obvious" to "that's awesome!" So this is sort of a plug for what I'm doing at work, but hey, they're giving me two consecutive four day weekends and I have some space to fill.
Oscar's deco is pretty good and he's got a sturdy build. I'm not seeing much paint slop and the garbage can makes a steady base - there's no teetering over here. I won't say it's the most amazing figure yet, but I'm a sucker for weird, obscure, and off-model stuff. This is, at least, weird. Get it if you care to do so, and I thank you for your continued support.
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