Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Goofy as Jacob Marley
5 Inch Scale
By: Playing Mantis (Memory Lane)
$7.99

Over the next few days we’re kicking it into high gear for our Christmas in Hollywood celebration with a variety of Christmas toy reviews. The crown jewel of that being, a full review of Memory Lane’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol toys. Also you can win a GITD Version of Goofy here on the site by simply commenting on any post (review or otherwise) during this month and one lucky commenter will win Goofy!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is one of my favorite adaptations of the Dickens classic and these toys briefly appeared in 2003 and then all but disappeared. I wasn’t even aware of their existence until a few months ago. Although they aren’t impossible to track down, they can be a bit of a challenge.

Goofy’s role as Jacob Marley is both the funniest part of the film, but also one of the most serious. Goofy adds a level of levity, but then follows it up with total seriousness as he extends his warning to Ebenezer Scrooge. I’m blown away that we got figures of these characters in this form and it’s a shame that Memory Lane only briefly produced them.

Packaging:
The packages are simple bubble cards, but look really nice. The plush red coloration with the gold highlights and Mickey’s Christmas Carol logo come together nicely. It’s a standard bubble, but definitely one you could see collectors displaying as well.


Goofy is slightly posed inside as if he’s waving to Scrooge as he approaches. He looks good inside and although there are no twist ties or rubber bands, he’s held tight and secure.


The back shows off the other figures, but does so by showing animation stills. I really like that presentation. The back is also designed like a page from a book and although it’s not a bio per se, it reads like a script from a scene featuring Marley in the film.


As a bit of an added bonus, the inside cover has a animation still from where Marley appeared. This is a recurring theme in all of the packages, featuring character specific stills in the card art behind them. This is the mark of a toy company that loves it’s product.

Sculpt:
I’m going to cut right to the chase, Goofy looks phenomenal. There’s really nothing at all wrong with his sculpt. If I’m briefer here than usual, that’s the reason.


Goofy is cast in a very light blue and then the darker blue is painted in. Certain parts are cast in the dark blue and yet there is no difference in color between the cast and painted parts. True quality work there. The blue used in both respects is EXACTLY as it appeared on screen. Technically Goofy was translucent, he is a ghost after all, but he was this blue. It’s perfectly replicated here.


The sculpt is smooth and rather seamless in execution. Not always easy for 2D animated characters. It looks like Goofy, but also looks like Goofy as Marley. Everything is here.

“Marley, watch out for that first step!”


“Yah-ha-ha-hooey!”


Marley’s chains he forged in life are reproduced with a great attention to detail. They’re clasped around with a set of keys, that poor Jacob can never use.


The lock boxes and even the piggy bank, which Scrooge tries to swipe a few coins from, are included. The chains are each separate pieces so you can pose them in a variety of positions.


Fans of the film and of Goofy are sure to love this.

Articulation:
The articulation is actually quite good on Goofy. His articulation scheme is a bit unique to himself in the line.


He has cut shoulders, a cut neck, cut wrists, cut waist, v-crotch legs and knee and elbow hinges.


It’s enough to get Marley in a few various poses for the shelf.


Goofy is actually pretty balanced and able to hold up his chains and boxes, despite them being solid pieces of plastic.

Accessories:
Although with a little work you could remove Marley’s chains and boxes, I’m not calling them accessories. Instead he comes with a small, single additional accessory. Thankfully it’s a really good one!


Jacob Marley first appears as a door knocker in the Dickens’ classic and it’s a good scene in the Disney adaptation. This Goofy version of the door knocker is included.


The sculpt, like the figure, is fantastic.


Just don’t honk his nose.

Value:
These figures ran about $7.99 in 2003, which must have made them seem expensive at the time. Goofy is the easiest to find of the series and you can expect to pay around average of $10 for him now. Often you can find him for less, but that’s an average going rate. He’s worth every penny.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 9
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Door Knocker
Value – 7
Overall – 8 out of 10


I love Mickey’s Christmas Carol, I love the character of Jacob Marley and I love Goofy’s portrayal in the cartoon. I had a high standard for this character, but Memory Lane hit a homerun here. This Goofy as Jacob Marley is darn near perfect…GOSH!

7 Responses to Goofy as Jacob Marley Figure Review

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Ghostbusters versus Goofy? LOL! Leave poor Goofy, alone, you guys! He's a nice spirit. I remember being thrilled when Mickey's Christmas Carol premiered in 1983 because Uncle Scrooge was finally getting some respect. The critics panned it, and nobody really noticed Scrooge until Duck Tales' own debut in 1987. Disneyland also featured some cool dioramas featuring Goofy and Scrooge outside one of their Fantasyland rides for a long time. How many figures were made for this line, Newt? I'm interested in getting 'em now!

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    LOL! I just looked at he card back. Six figures plus three more in a boxed set? Did all nine make it to retail? These look sweet!

  • Indeed they all did. Including the Ghosts of Christmas past. I'll have everyone reviewed by Christmas.

  • Bill says:

    Is Memory Lane still in business? If not, it's a shame. I have several of their Rankin-Bass figures, and they're all perfect. These MCC ones look fantastic, and I shall have to hunt them down. I may wait until after the Holidays, and see if the prices drop a bit. Thanks, Newton, for exposing me to more ways to dispose of the few dollars I have left…

  • Newt says:

    Memory Lane was part of Playing Mantis. Playing Mantis went out of business and they became Round 2, which currently still makes many of their old toy lines (Rudolph, Frosty and Peanuts) under the label of Forever Fun.

    I'm not sure if they lost the license to make these when the original company went under or what. It's one of those companies that ended up splintering into a million different factions. The new Peanuts and Rudolph stuff they make is all pretty good though.

    The Frosty stuff is just straight re-releases. If you check my Frosty reviews from last year you'll see that the name of the company on the packages kept changing, but the figures remained largely the same. As far as I can tell, the MCC stuff only came and went in 2003 and never again.

  • Cristin says:

    Does anyone know where I can buy one of these?

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