Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys
Playing Mantis/Memory Lane
Included in set:
Rudolph, Clarice, Santa Claus, Yukon Cornelius, Sam the Snowman, Hermey, etc.

Memory Lane has re-editioned their successful (at least quality-wise) series based on the Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer classic. Along with repackaged figures and dolls under the new Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys name, they've included a number of new figures and sets that weren't previously available. As before, the level of quality and faithful reproduction are dead-on and even the most picky nostalgist will find the series to their liking.

From the original lineup have returned Rudolph, Clarice, Santa Claus, Yukon Cornelius, Sam the Snowman and Hermey. New to the series are Adult Rudolph, Foreman Elf, Skinny Santa, Comet, Mrs. Claus and Charlie-in-the-Box. Also available is the Abominable Snowman and King Moonracer Deluxe figures. All figures are well modeled, come with a variety of accessories and have a few points of articulation. Some of the animal figures even are covered in a fuzzy plush material to mimic fur, which is a nice touch.

Along with the fine toy line are a series of playsets, which are excellent on their own. There is a fairly sizable Santa's Castle playset that's 24 inches tall and comes with to-scale figures of Mrs. Claus, Boss Elf and Girl Elf. There is also a Santa's Sleigh with Reindeer Team set that has Santa, six reindeer and Rudolph, all to scale with the figure line. There's also a Rudolph's Cave Encounter, with rock base so that you can recreate the scene from the special. And, to go along with this is Yukon Cornelius and his dogsled. On top of these is a variety of figurine sets and even a nice ornament set including most of the characters.

If you were a fan of the show, you should make an effort to find these as they are some of the best reproductions of this holiday classic. Along with these and the The Year Without A Santa Claus toy line that has recently come out, you should be able to fill any holiday toy void. Now all I'm waiting for is a series on Santa Claus is Coming to Town so I can have my own Burgermeister Meisterburger.

- - Vane

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