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by yo go re

Are we going to have to dig up that Mac Lethal pizza order again?

Extra saucy.

The nameless Fortnite island is not just a battleground - it is, in theory at least, a place where people would live. And laugh. And love. Just like your aunt's tacky wooden block art says! Anyway, it's not just secret spy bases and ski chalets, there are various residential areas (quaint mountain towns, modern apartments, beachside condos, suburban neighborhoods, and so forth) and businesses to be found all around the map, too. And sure, some of the businesses are generic things, like the Box Factory, but others are more specific; for example, Uncle Pete's Pizza Pit, a chain restaurant (and now food truck) that serves the locals' desire for cheese and crust. The Pizza Pit mascot is Tomatohead, and he's available as a skin in the game, and as a toy from Jazwares.

It should not surprise you that the defining feature of a character called Tomatohead is that he has a tomato for a head. This isn't a realistic veggie (or "berry," if you want to get all nitpicky on us), because it is, after all, a mascot suit: very few real tomatoes have eyes and eyebrows, and even fewer have a large handlebar mustache. Tomatohead has all those things, though, plus a big wide smile.

His body is the usual style we've come to expect from Fortnite: thick boots, armor on the shins, all that. In fact, a lot of the molds on this figure (everything from the waist down, specifically) are shared with Crackshot, because that's how the Fortnite costumes work - it's a standard "base" outfit that's been specialized to fit its current wearer. Tomatohead's, for instance, is meant to represent a Pizza Pit uniform, with teal pants, and a red shirt with teal sleeves and white stripes running down the chest. A stylized slice of pizza is sculpted on the center of the chest - pepperoni and pineapple, because Tomatohead is a classy guy with excellent taste. The shirt collar, the fingerless gloves, and the patch on his pants are purple, while his shin armor is the same red as the top.

The Fortnite Legendary Series has good articulation. Tomatohead has a balljointed head. hinged neck, pectoral hinges, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged fingers, a balljointed chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, swivel shins, swivel/hinge ankles, and hinged toes. Because of the way his chest is shaped, with big white straps meant for his backpack, he's one of the few figures whose pec hinges are actually useful for more than a millimenter or two of movement. So that's nice.

Other than Leviathan, all the Jazwares Fortnite figures feature interchangeable faces, but that wouldn't work for Tomatohead. So instead, he has a full alternate head. He doesn't change expressions, but rather represents the skin's alternate style: it's wearing wearing white face paint and a crown made from utensils - forks, spoons, knives, etc. He looks like his teleprompter broke and he declared himself king of the wilds. Of ourse, that skin also adds more war paint on the clothes he's wearing, so this is a half-measure at best.

Beyond that, the accessories include the Special Delivery back bling, designed to look like an insulated carrier bag; the Axeroni harvesting tool, a gigantic pizza cutter with cheese painted on the spinning wheel; a tomato; a Shield Potion jar; a Hunting Rifle; and a Suppressed Submachine Gun. There's no way he can hope to hold all the pieces at once, and the hand-hinges will open if you bump what he's holding the wrong way.

A Tomato Man using a pizza cutter as a melee weapon is a fun idea, even if you don't play Fortnite. He almost feels like a forgotten TMNT character. It's not every toyline that can promise you a warrior mascot.

-- 09/18/20

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