Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Action Figure Review: Boo Berry from General Mills by Jada Toys


   I really liked Jada's action figures of Franken Berry and Count Chocula from 2021 and I really had hoped that we'd have all of the General Mills breakfast cereal monsters by now. With no new releases in 2022, 2023 at least has seen Boo Berry, the last of the Big Three of the cereal monsters. Frute Brute is my favorite and I'm really hoping we eventually get him, along with Fruity Yummy Mummy and Carmella Creeper. I really like Jada Toys' offerings but they seem to have a tough time of getting their action figures in regular retail (the same goes for their excellent Street Fighter line and the Universal Monsters figures). Fortunately, Boo Berry was pretty easy to find through online retailers, as are is two companions still, so he wasn't a headache to score or anything. Boo Berry was my favorite cereal and monster as a kid, though now my tastes have matured and I'm more of a Frute Brute fan. Ready to check out the 51 year old mascot of the first blueberry flavored cereal ever available? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 3 1/2ths inches (4 7/8ths inches with stand)

Articulation: Swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged lower, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Display stand and cereal box.

Non-Scalper Price: $20-$22 dollars

Little Known Fact: Spends the off season breaking arms and legs for the Mirtillo crime family. He's a real wise guy.

The Packaging:

* The packaging on this series is really quite nice.  The sturdy 5-panel window box with a magnetic clasp nicely mimics a cereal box. They're fairly collector friendly, too, though you'll still have to cut some tape and a plastic tie or two. The box is colorful and there is some fun information about the figure where the nutrition facts would usually be.

The Positives:

* It's always interesting to see how a company handles a character who has a more unusual body type. Although he's blue and wearing a hat, Boo Berry very much resembles your average cartoon ghost. That means no legs, very few discernible body parts, and he's rather smooth and basic. There's no way to stand him up on his own so the included display stand that attaches to the figure with a balljoint is necessary. He's smaller than the others, but that seems accurate. Jada Toys captured Bo Berry's color scheme by molding him in a white, pearly plastic and painting him with a textured paint. It matches his depiction on cereal boxes and other media quite well.  

* Boo Berry is a sly looking guy and Jada captured his odd expression quite well. He just looks like he's a bit of a schemer, doesn't he? I love his half closed eyes and the cock-sided grin. 

* Boo Berry glows in the dark and he glows quite well. I brightened the picture quite a bit to make it easier to see but he definitely has a nice, healthy glow that will look fantastic when you turn the lights off. Spooky!

* Count Chocula and Franken Berry actually have really nice articulation with most modern joints that you'd expect to see. Since Boo Berry isn't built like your average joe, however, his articulation is more limited. He's got a balljoint at the base to change his position around, a balljointed head, and swivel/ hinge wrists and shoulders. He's more limited in pose, yes, but I'm not sure what other articulation you could give tis guy without ruining the look of the figure. For a classic looking cartoon ghost, what else could have been added?

*Boo Berry also comes with a miniature box of his  cereal! How fun is that? He can't hold it but you can still sit it around him on display. 

* The back of the box has an image of one of the classic cereal box "cut out" masks. How fun!

* Boo Berry's cereal box also glows in the dark!
   Boo Berry doesn't have loads of articulation or a wealth of accessories, but he is a fun figure, particularly if you have the other two members of the classic General Mills monster cereals trio. I imagine it is tough to figure out the right way to craft a figure of a very non-humanoid character, especially one who is rather animated looking, but Jada did a nice job here. Boo Berry is a Great figure and just a fun, colorful toy. I really hope Jada Toys continues this line with Frute Brute, Fruity Yummy Mummy, and Carmella Creeper. That would make a really nice set on the shelf, wouldn't it?

   If you're looking for more of Boo Berry I've also reviewed Boo Berry Cereal itself!

For more figures from Jada Toys' General Mills line check out the following:

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