Nickelodeon Loyal Subjects FULL CASE UNBOXING!
It’s NICK or NOTHING!
If you were lucky enough to grow up with Nickelodeon cartoons, you can consider yourself privy to some of the best children’s programming to ever grace the small screen. Okay, maybe I’m seeing some of those cartoons through rose-colored glasses, but you know what I mean! Watching Nick shows on YTV on Saturday mornings was a must when we were kids. And lots of those shows are still plenty watchable as
mature adults. So it was a no-brainer when Entertainment Earth asked if we wanted to take a look at this Nickelodeon line of figures from The Loyal Subjects!
Nickelodeon Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects
The Loyal Subjects makes amazing smaller-scale vinyl figures, often as blind boxes. They’re well-constructed, lovingly designed, surprisingly articulate (for such small figs), and often come with accessories as well. This particular line features a number of some of the most famous characters from Nick cartoons. The options include:
Spongebob – “Spongebob Squarepants”
Stimpy – “Ren & Stimpy”
Arnold – “Hey Arnold!”
Tommy Pickles – “Rugrats”
Donnie – “The Wild Thornberrys”
Eliza – “The Wild Thornberrys”
Gerald – “Hey Arnold!”
Ren – “Ren & Stimpy”
Chucky – “Rugrats”
Rocko (Sick Nose) – “Rocko’s Modern Life”
Catdog – “Catdog”
Gerald (Arnold Shirt) – “Hey Arnold!”
Catdog (Tuxedo) – “Catdog”
Arnold (Banana Shirt) – “Hey Arnold!”
Donnie (Deer Print – Club 28) – “The Wild Thornberrys”
Arnold (Gum Shrine – Club 28) – “Hey Arnold!”
Stimpy (Gold Edition) – “Ren & Stimpy”
A few of those options are pretty darn rare, but the more common ones are just as awesome. So what did we pull?
Stimpy – 2/12
Stimpy, the big, dumb red cat from “Ren & Stimpy” was my pick for favorite of this line. Though he’s the only one that comes without an accessory, and is also the least articulate, he’s just too perfect and hysterical not to love. From the bulbous blue nose to the tongue hanging out from beneath his overbite, this figure looks like it was pulled right out of the cartoon. Loyal Subjects didn’t skimp with the materials either; Stimpy is nice and fat, and easily the biggest Loyal Subjects figure I’ve seen. Plus, his blissful, joy-infused stupidity just makes me smile!
Ren – 1/12
Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to have Stimpy without Ren! Though the smartass chihuahua spends a huge chunk of his time cranky and miserable, Loyal Subjects decided to model his figure after one of his many near-psychotic faces from the show. The frighteningly wide smile and giant eyes will be instantly recognizable to a kid from the 90’s. His malnourished- looking body also scales very well with the Stimpy figure. And he comes with an accessory…in the form of LOG! If you grew up with Ren & Stimpy I guarantee that the log song is now lodged in your head. You’re welcome.
Tommy – 1/12
Rugrats may have been the most wholesome show of Nickelodeon’s lineup, focusing on a group of babies and their “adventures”. On paper it almost sounds too childish, but this was a show that everyone from our generation watched and loved. Tommy Pickles was one big reason for that. The “leader” of the baby group was lovingly-molded by the Loyal Subjects crew. His strangely-shaped head and wide smile are spot-on, and they packaged him with the perfect accessory: his milk bottle. Anything else wouldn’t have fit nearly as well, and you know I’m right!
Eliza – 1/12
The Wild Thornberrys didn’t seem to be hugely popular among my friends, but I thought it was a fun Nickelodeon show. Eliza, the main character, was translated really well by the Loyal Subjects team. Little details, like the braces on her buckteeth and way her pigtails defy gravity make the figure identical to the show. She also comes with an amazing accessory in the form of a bewildered-looking anteater. Damned if I can remember the reference from the show, but it’s too funny not to love.
Donnie – 1/12
Donnie, also from The Wild Thornberrys, is pretty darn unique as a figure. The character from the show was a Tarzan-parallel, raised in the jungle and adopted by the Thornberry family. Tell me you wouldn’t be able to figure most of that out just by looking at this figure. His hair is all over the place, he’s wearing only a pair of cheetah-print shorts, and he has a frikkin’ snake around his neck. Not to mention he looks just a little….wild. He’s a wild Thornberry. Badum tss. Yep. I said it.
Gerald – 1/12
If Stimpy is the fattest of these figures, Gerard is the tallest and thinnest. Look at him! The Hey Arnold! character looks like he’s straight out of the 90’s with that huge hair that doubles his height, plus the numbered shirt and high-top sneakers. But the best part about this figure, in my opinion? The fact that he comes with a boom-box. Not only is that on-par with the show and character, it absolutely screams of the era of my childhood. What tunes do you have on there for us, Gerald?
Arnold – 1/96
I expected there would be an Arnold figure in this case, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be one of the rarer variants! While common Arnold comes in his usual outfit from the show, this 1/96 variant has him wearing a bright yellow shirt emblazoned with a banana. Of course he also has the iconic football-shaped head, enormous yellow hair, and tiny blue hat. Plus he has that awesome little smirk on his face. I love it. And also…he comes with a pig? I’m having another old-folk memory-loss moment on that one, but he’s pretty damned cute regardless!
Spongebob – 2/12
Last but certainly not least, we have the character who is likely the most well-known across the planet: Mr Spongebob Squarepants himself. While I didn’t pick him as my fav, I definitely have to say that this figure is the best of the series for just how well-done he is. The colors, molding, and facial expression are all perfect. Even our pic below almost looks like it could be a scene right from the show. He also comes with his hat and spatula from the Krusty Krab; perfect choices for accessories, in my opinion. All together it makes for a great little figure that anyone who has ever enjoyed Spongebob would adore.
Nickelodeon Invasion: Complete
The Loyal Subjects makes amazing little vinyl figures, case closed. There was little chance that this wouldn’t be the case with their take on some famous Nickelodeon cartoon characters. We didn’t get to see an option on every character (Chuckie, Rocko, and Catdog were missing from our pulls), but the ones we did unbox were excellent representations of the characters we grew up with. If you’re nostalgic for a little bit of Saturday morning in the 90’s, these are definitely the figures for you, so check them out on Entertainment Earth as a full case or a random 4-pack.
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