Welcome to a brand new edition of Hits and Misses as members of the Vinylmation Kingdom community share their thoughts on a series and this week we take a look at Afternoon Series #2 which includes Talespin, Gummi Gears, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and Duck Tales.
RogPalmerUK – The first Afternoon series was one of the most successful twin pack series ever released and expectations for Series 2 were high, I did buy all 5 sets however I have to admit, I made a mistake in buying some of them. First off there are two twin packs I do love which are the Chip & Dale Rescue Ranger set with Gadget, Monterey Jack and Zipper, this little pack is fantastic as this cartoon was without doubt my favourite Afternoon cartoon. I love this cartoon and this pack was a instant “gotta have it”. Its just a shame Zipper was hidden in the box, so the box had to be opened to get him out! The Gummi bears set is also a very well designed set featuring two great characters and I also was a huge fan of this show as a kid.
WDWRobert – Tailspin – This is my favorite of all of the Disney Afternoon Series 2. I love they captured King Louie’s charter & personality from hat to feet. I have always been a fan of the matte finish for some reason. Karnage though not one of my favorite characters in the show still looks goo. Its hard to take a slimmer character and put it on a larger body. Asides from that they got the look and feel of the TV counterpart. Ducktails – For me the Duck characters look great in Vinyl form and Fenton Crackshell does not disappoint!I just love Fenton’s daft smile. For being such a tall and “Wheeled” character, Gizmoduck is a big hit for me! I always love when the designers take the time to accessorize and in this case a what I call a “Helmet Mowhawk”.
Joshua Jackson – When Disney came out with the first afternoon set I was really excited, I watched these cartoons all the time as a kid and actually own a lot of the series on DVD. When I found out there was to be a second set that got me really excited especially with the lineup they had. My first from the set is Don Carnage, tales pin was hands down my favorite cartoon ever, and Carnage was my favorite character form the series. I really love the detail the artists out into him, they framed the face very well, have him the perfect expression, and made him just a really great figure.
Second hit is Rescue Rangers, I love the Monterey Jack figure, and Zipper most. Monterey’s fat face works really well on the vinyl, and zipper was a perfect choice to add, I’m wax paint happy they made him a junior and not a 3″ which has happened to other figures before. My finally hit is easily Negaduck, I love him! Negaduck was and still is, one of my favorite Villains of all time. I love the colors, the expression, the hat, and the artist just did an overall great job on this guy.
RogPalmerUK – I mentioned earlier that I made a mistake in buying some of this series, first up we have the Darkwing Duck twin pack, I just honestly have no memory of these characters and its just lost on me, so while the designs are fine, I have no connection to them. Duck Tales is a strange set too, when I first got them, I really liked Gizmo Duck but I was always a bigger Rescue Ranger fan than Duck Tales. And then we have the Talespin set, King Louie is a great figure but I have no memory of Karnage and once I saw the Animation 4 combo topper, I decided to leave it. There isn’t anything wrong in the Afternoon Series 2, it just doesn’t have that same wow factor that the first series did as almost every figure is based on a secondary characters and I think had this twin packs had smaller LE’s that might have helped as well.
WDWRobert – From the Darkwing Duck set I will only select Bushroot. From the Flat looking Moptop to just about everything else that does not look nor feel right about this one. Adventures of the Gummy Bears – Again I will only single out one of the characters from the set and that would be Cubbi. For the life of me I could not pin the exact reason why this one looks so off balanced from Screen to Vinyl and then it hit me its the hat. The hat looks terrible being painted on. With so many hats to choose from why could they not find or even make one. I guess in this case it is the hat that does the Gummi Bear. Or should I say the lack of a good hat does not make the bear.
Joshua Jackson – The only miss I have for this set is the gummy bears, I loved the cartoon, I’m just not a fan of the way the figures turned out. The colors seem a bit off, and they look rather bland to me.
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