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Disney Toybox
by yo go re

After Disney Infinity sank because of too many toys, the company had a brilliant idea: make more toys! They removed the videogame portion, added some articulation, and turned the existing designs into a line called Disney Toybox. It's sold only at Disney Stores, but it seems to be a success, because the line just keeps expanding.

"Monstrosity"? What you see before you is the first of a new species. I call it Experiment 626. He is fireproof, bulletproof, and can think faster than a supercomputer. He can see in the dark, and lift objects three thousand times his size. His only instinct... to destroy everything he touches!

Built from the combined genetic templates of a fearsome Manglioid of Meridian 4, a goo-gobbling Booger Beast, a people-eating Puss-Monkey, a deadly Disemboweler, a boiling Tongueoid, a bottom-feeding Scumsucker, and probably some others, Stitch is a child-sized rabbity thing with big ears, an oval head, widely spaced eyes, a slight belly, stubby arms and legs, and a huge shark mouth; he's a violent yet loveable antihero prone to biting things and causing mischief. Also, he uses a gun. That... sounds familiar somehow.

There was a Revoltech Stitch, which looked pretty awesome, but getting this one is a whole lot cheaper. The Toybox stylization works better on some properties than others - so while the Toy Story characters look terrible, Stitch actually just looks like Stitch. There's something about Chris Sanders' super horny art style that lends itself to this line.

Stitch is in his "pet" form - aka, only two arms rather than four, no spikes on his back, no antennae, and big cute eyes. To be really screen-accurate, his belly would have to be a little chubbier, but the shape of his arms and legs is perfect. He's got little black claws on his extremities, a stubby tail on his bum, and a tuft of fur on top of his head and another on his chest. There are notches missing from both ears, and his mouth is open slightly in a bit of a smile.

Stitch has been colored various different ways over the years, and this toy is probably closest to the original film, with a fairly dark palette - a base of a dark blue, with lighter areas on the stomach and around the eyes, and darker stripes on the back and the tips of his ears. The insides of the ears are a very bright pink, much brighter than they've ever been in the art.

Now, obviously a Revoltech figure will have better articulation than a store-exclusive toy that costs $40 less, but Toybox Stitch moves pretty well for his size. He's bot a balljointed head, swivel/hinge elbows and wrists, a swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, and swivel/hinge ankles. He doesn't even stand 3" tall (and that's counting the ears!!), but is poseable enough to get several decent poses out of. Compare this toy to something of similar size - Spider-Ham, for instance - and you'll see how good they did.

Stitch even gets two accessories: a Galactic Alliance plasma blaster, and a surfboard. The yellow gun can be held in his right hand, and small pegs on the surfboard fit into holes on his feet to help hold him in place securely. Is surfing really the best hobby for a creature whose major weakness is water?

A lot of the Toybox figures aren't very appealing - they have a distinct aesthetic, which is pretty cool, but the Marvel and Star Wars ones already have better toys available. The Disney ones, though, are often the best things available, because no one is out here doing Legends/Black Series versions of Disney characters. Lilo & Stitch was one of the most successful Disney films of the '00s (the only one, if we're being completely honest - I love ya, Kuzco, but you found your audience later, not in theaters), and Stitch continues to be voiced by creator Chris Sanders today, even though he's moved on to Dreamworks. Which means that, somehow, evil megacorporation Disney treats its ex-employees better than Randy Pitchford does.

-- 08/11/19

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