Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bendy and the Ink Machine - ALICE ANGEL!

Bendy and the Ink Machine - Series 01 - Alice Angel - PhatMojo 2018

I'm loving the new video game trend of incorporating classic animation styles. Both Cuphead and Bendy and the Ink Machine are making a huge impact on the gaming world. And although I don't play video games myself, I'm kind of obsessed with them. Both games pay heavy homage to "rubber hose" style animation by greats like Max Fleischer and Tex Avery. What I especially love about Bendy and the Ink Machine is that it plays off the inherent creepiness of this early animation (at least I always thought it was creepy). In Bendy, you play a retired animator who is answering a mysterious call to return to his old animation studio - only to find that it is haunted and the old characters have come to life. Alice Angel is one of these newly-manifested characters. They each appear to have two forms, the original animated 2-D innocent style, as well as a second monstrous 3-D form where they usually look more realistic, but have deformities and are murderously insane. In Alice's case, half her face is melted and her halo is broken.

I especially wanted to buy this figure to check out the company, PhatMojo.
They are known for Crossy Road toys and novelty keychains from a variety of licenses, but to my knowledge this is their first series of action figures. (Although, I believe they will be releasing toys for the new Duck Tales cartoon soon).

The plastic she is made of is very rigid, (like a dense plastic #2 if you're a recycling nut like me). I actually prefer this over the typical rubbery plastic you see in a lot of toys these days, but it means the joints can easily be too stiff or too loose. And in my case, I had to use an Xacto to shave off some casting flares in order to get her shoulder to move.

Alice comes with a microphone and some sort of mechanical tablet accessory. Maybe a tape recorder?

Alice's articulation is pretty basic, but it fits with a style of a retro animation character. She has Hinge Hips, Knees, and Elbows, Hinge-and-Swivel Shoulders, and Swivel Ankles, Wrists, and Neck (although the stiff hair makes the head essentially stationary). There is no waist articulation, despite all appearances.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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