Action Figure Review: Plunderlings Fawn Grotto
By Nolan P. Smith
If you want to talk about an action figure line that caught on like wildfire, let’s talk about Plunderlings from Lone Coconut. The figures, all gremlin-like little creatures, made a splash on Kickstarter when they launched. However, it wasn’t until the actual products hit collectors’ shelves that the demand really sparked. I was lucky enough to check out one of their latest releases- the Fawn Grotto figure.
I am always wary of indie toy companies. It’s such a hit or miss- it’s fantastic to support new and original ideas for toy lines, but sometimes the end result’s quality is nowhere near what you had hoped. Trust me; this has happened with me with a toy line that just released more figures after their initial batch was plagued with cheap plastic, missing accessories, and such. I am so happy to be able to say that Lone Cococut delivers big time. From the moment you see the fantastic box and artwork on the box, you know you are in for something special.
Being a marketing teacher in my other profession, I am so impressed with the smart, well-thought-out, well-designed, and well-branded packaging. It’s not often I get to say that, but it’s true. I love the tray stacking system that holds the figure and accessories in place; I love the vibrant colors; I love it all. But what about the actual figure?
First off, let me say that it carries some weight for such a small figure, and that’s a good thing. The figure feels like a quality piece. Now, articulation-wise, I don’t think you will be disappointed for the most part. The articulation is well designed, robust, and works exceptionally well. The sculpt is fantastic, and all three heads look terrific. The accessories and weapons it comes with work very well, too. (Note: the flame sword pictured with Hellboy belongs to Hellboy- those dang Plunderlings).
My one gripe would be the difficulty in standing the Fawn, given its Fawn-like feet and legs, which doesn’t lend well to standing and posing. There is a significant amount of articulation on the legs, but you really have to work to find that perfect balance for the little Fawn to stand.
That aside, Lone Coconut has impressed me thoroughly with this figure. It looks incredible and is a welcomed change of pace from what we see for the most part in the world of action figures. I hope Plunderlings are here to stay, as the fun factor and collectability are perfectly balanced here. If you can track one down, I highly recommend it.
Rating: FOUR Pastrami Nations out of FIVE
Nolan P. Smith is the Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of Pastrami Nation. For the past ten years, he has worked for various media outlets, from newsprint to the ever-evolving internet platform. Residing in Victorville, CA, writing has always been a significant aspect of his life. A reporter, teacher, public relations specialist, and more, he takes the most joy out of covering the world of pop culture. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @pastramination.