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Mr. Poopybutthole

Rick and Morty
by Shocka

Let's open this review with a few quick words from a Rick and Morty fan:

"To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head. There's also Rick's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation - his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they're not just funny - they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Rick & Morty truly ARE idiots - of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in Rick's existential catchphrase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub," which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev's Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Dan Harmon's genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them."

Hmm, quite. And now, Mr. Poopybutthole.

Ah, Mr. Poopybutthole! That classic character, around from the beginning, joining the family on all of their wacky hijinks and adventures! He's less his own separate character, and more a member of the family proper.

Mr. Poopybutthole is an odd figure for the Funko Rick and Morty line; not because he's an unusual sight-gag character that's even more B-tier than Birdperson, but because he falls victim to the same scale-issue as Morty does, only worse. On Rick and Morty, Mr. Poopybutthole (and his, uh, family) is very small, considerably smaller than every other character. However this figure stands a crazy 4¼" tall, wildly out of scale with every figure in this line, even moreso than Morty. He's in better scale with a NECA figure than he is here.

However, once you get past that, he's a very well-sculpted action figure, wonderfully capturing the odd look he has in the cartoon. In fact, having him stand by himself, he looks terrific - it's only against the other figures that he looks off. He unfortunately also suffers from the same paint slop as the other figures in the line.

Because of his smaller size, his articulation, while nearly identical to the other figures, doesn't feel as restricted. With his balljointed neck, rotating hinge shoulders and legs, and swivel joints at the wrists and shoes, he can get into a choice of poses, especially using the two episode-specific accessories he features, his cane and his jar of pills. He can hold both fairly well, and can be posed with them with ease. The omission of the pin-jointed knees and elbows doesn't feel like a loss, specifically because of the small size of his limbs, though again we would have preferred swivelss on his sleeves to give him a little more movement. He also features a piece of the Build-a-Figure, Snowball - in fact, he features Snowball! Gotta have that one!

Mr. Poopybutthole is a neat little figure, and a great addition to the Rick and Morty line. He's a popular character, for good reason,[citation needed] and although he's out of scale he still looks very nice. Perhaps a smaller figure would have been flimsier and been a less appearing toy - either way, he's what we have, and I'm sure Rick and Morty fans will love him.

-- 12/01/17

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