Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The Queen of Novelty Figures - Marie Antoinette - Accoutrements 2003
Novelty figures have their ups and downs.  There's the initial gleeful shock value... then the slow creeping guilt at having giggled at something so inappropriate.  (And then you go and watch Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and you really start to pity her).  Accoutrements' Marie Antoinette is the epitome of this phenomenon.   The figure itself is very fun.  She has a removable wig and dress, which presumably reveals her previous persona as Maria Antonia Josephina Johanna of Austria.  She has bright colors, a decent sculpt and limited but good articulation.  The big gimmick with this figure is that she has a button on her back that, when pressed, launches her head off.  This is a step beyond their "gliding action" Jesus or "Shushing action" Nancy Pearl.  I guess I'll just have to sum it up by saying that it's funny because it's so wrong.  For a real-life person with no truly tangible societal contributions, Marie Antoinette has become one of the most recognizable historical women in Popular Culture (Where's Amelia Earhart?  Where's Joan of Arc? ... but I digress).  Let's check out Marie's action figure below!

Marie Antoinette came packaged in two different styles.  I'm unsure of the significance of the change or which preceded the other.


Her wig is a softer plastic that is easily removable.  The dress is very rigid plastic that attaches in a two-part shell-like design.




Time for a Comparison Pic!

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