Scary Tales
White Rabbit
5 Inch Scale
By: Mezco
2001
$14.99

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (That’s Lewis Carroll to you!) wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland way back in 1865 and in a lot of ways it was the Toxic Avenger of it’s time. Yeah, that’s the comparison I’m going with. Strange, dark and twisted, Alice in Wonderland has become one of the most famous literary works in all of recorded history. That’s a pretty impressive feat considering that Alice’s story is almost incomprehensible, all in all. Carroll very well may have been a pervert and his story is essentially one big acid trip, but along the way we meet a variety of memorable characters and that’s what’s helped to make the story endure all this time. Perhaps the most famous of which is the Mad Hatter, who before Tim Burton and Johnny Depp tried to destroy, was a bizarre and surprisingly amusing character. Another tea party patron and one of the first characters that Alice meets is the White Rabbit.

Follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole where he’ll lead you to a dark adventure in Wonderland, a frightening place where all that you learned means nothing, your native tongue indiscernible and your future is for time to tell. The White Rabbit clocks your time with his pocket watch, mysteriously appearing at every turn throughout your journey only to laugh at your demise.

That bio reads more like a video game synopsis, but I guess Mezco was probably channeling American McGee’s Alice as much as they could when they released these figures back in 2001. Although I’ve always liked the Alice in Wonderland premise, I’m not sure anyone other than Disney ever made much of a sensible story out of it. When I was growing up as a kid and just first got the Disney Channel, I recall watching “Adventures in Wonderland” which was sort of Hanna Montana in Wonderland. I have no idea why that’s not in reruns now, seems like it would be a big hit with the kids. Anyway, Lewis Carroll deserves some credit as 136 years after he wrote the original book, Mezco was pumping this toy line out.

Packaging:
Mezco was still a young company when these toys came out, but they already knew who their main clients were… Horror fans and adult collectors. This is the same sort of thing that obviously appeals to people who collect stuff like the Living Dead Dolls.


The package is a nice collector deal, with a shape like a book, right down to the faux pages. The front has a big set of claw marks on it, as if the Big Bad Wolf (another character in this series) has ripped it apart. Behind those rips is a plastic clear bubble that excellently shows the character’s face.


Inside that is a more standard window box deal. Velcro snaps allow you to open the front cover like a book. On the left hand side there is a picture of all the other characters in this series. Which include Alice, Mad Hatter, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. There was also a couple of variants, since this is Mezco after all.


The back of the package is rather dull, giving a bio for every character. That’s cool because you get all the bios and it also obviously saved Mezco packaging money, but it’s a bit dull. The instructions inside (which really weren’t needed, BTW) also is for every toy instead of just the one you’re buying. I do like that they took Gomez (the Mezco mascot) and dressed him up like Red Riding Hood. It’s a neat thing that they used to do with their packages. Their website used to be Mezco.net? Who registers a .net?

Sculpt:
It says these figures were sculpted by Varner Studios, who have sculpted everything from the modern Playmates Ninja Turtles to Clone Wars toys that are on the shelves now. They have done an excellent job here, although there are some issues. Mostly from a design aesthetic view.


Mezco likes gruesome. Heck there’s a whole genre of collectors out there who purely collect “horror toys”. I don’t really get it myself, but Jethro Tull is about as death metal as I get, which is to say not very. I like the macabre and horrific well enough, but I don’t need every figure to be loaded down with stuff to let me know it’s gruesome. It’s like the gross out toys of the 1990’s… I don’t need figures to be covered with worms and boogers for them to be gruesome.


Usually the White Rabbit is depicted as a small rabbit in a suit, running around frantic worried about the time. Here we see the White Rabbit looking quite a bit different. The face is really well done and downright scary as he looks like he’s a crack addict looking for his next fix. One pupil is massive, while the other is tiny. Both are bloodshot. His eyes are wide and misshapen, his face is contorted and he generally looks pretty awesome, I must say.


In the original book the White Rabbit shows up as a herald-like servant of the King and Queen of Hearts, ditching his suit coat for this sort of outfit. Mezco went with that appearance, which while accurate isn’t probably as popular.


My main grievances with the sculpt would be that they added in some little details to make him more “scary” and they come off as just weird to me. He has two earrings in his ear, which is fine. He has a dog collar on his leg, which seems a bit pointless but I suppose could indicate that maybe he’s enslaved at times… But then he has a nipple ring. Something about that presentation just turns me off. He’s already creepy and cool looking, he really doesn’t need a nipple ring.


Of course my main problem with this figure is that he’s so hunched over that he’s practically impossible to stand. He has a hole in his hand to help him hold his pocket watch, but no hole in his feet for a stand. You’d have better luck catching a live rabbit with your bare hands than trying to get this guy to stand for extended periods of time.

Articulation:
When I first saw pictures of this guy online, I knew he was somewhat limited in articulation but that he had a few points. I also convinced myself that since this was Mezco, he just had to be hiding ball joints in his arms. Yeah, well… That’s not true.


He has a cut neck, cut arms, cut legs and cut wrists. You can also move his outfit/neck piece separately some. The arms are so close to the body though that you can’t really move them much. Sure you can move them, but they basically just get closer to the face as you do. Some ball joints here would have really made this figure a million times better.


Incredibly and perhaps pointlessly, the included tree has articulation. Finally a tree toy with articulation to go with my Inhumanoids Redlen, Redsun and Redwood figures. YES! The door is articulated as well, so it can open.

Accessories:
Since the Rabbit is fairly small, he comes with a fair amount of stuff. Mezco has always been great about accessories. It’s one of the reasons I love Mezco so much. They bring it when it comes to accessories.


The tree is a major part of this set as it’s bigger than the Rabbit and like I said, it’s got articulation. Mine has a few scratches on the door but this has been in storage for almost ten years and I got it off Ebay so I’m not going to blame Mezco for that. In fact I think someone may have taken the tree out to look at it. The paint scratches just add character anyway. At least that’s what I used to say when I would drive around in my old 1971 Maverick.


The tree breaks down into three pieces, more or less. The tree itself is one big piece and stands on it’s own. When you open the door you get a cool multicolored hallucinogenic paint deco for the entrance to Wonderland. The only way this could be any cooler is if it played In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly when you opened it.


The stand looks like it came right out of Tom Petty’s Don’t Come Around Here No More video. Which reminds me of how awesome that video was. Maybe that was the best version of Alice in Wonderland? Anyway, the design is good, especially since it features footprints that get smaller and smaller. Of course most of this is covered up when the tree is on it, but the effort was there.


The little lynched skeleton is a nice touch and removable, but doesn’t add much to the total representation.


The pocket watch might be the best part aside from the tree, as it comes with a real chain and an incredibly detailed face. Unfortunately it doesn’t open, which seems like a missed opportunity.

Value:
I’m not 100% sure what this guy originally retailed for, but I’m guessing around $12. I paid a bit more than that and generally speaking I see these go for around the $20-$25 range now. It’s not a bad value at the $12-$15 range, but unless you really need this character, I wouldn’t pay much more than that.


“Usagi, man… You gotta lay off the meth!”

Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 3
Accessories – Tree, Stand, Watch, Skeleton
Value – 6
Overall – 6 out of 10


Sometimes a figure is better than the sum of it’s part and sometimes… It’s worse. I think this is a case of the latter. The accessories are cool, the sculpting is excellent and the character is timeless. Yet I just can’t give this guy a high score. If some of the design choices had been different and the articulation was better, this could have been a great figure. As is, he’s just average.

In the end I suspect this figure would be better for an angst ridden teen with purple hair or someone who thinks Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was a good movie… Which definitely is not me. I don’t hate this little guy and the details while somewhat grotesque are definitely sharp. I’m just left feeling a little empty at the end and I’m not sure why I bought this. Shows what I get for stepping outside of my comfort zone.

4 Responses to Mezco White Rabbit Figure Review

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    LOL. Another hilarious read! You're in top form here, Newt. I agree that Carroll was dropping something fierce (opium?) when he wrote this and had something going for that little girl in real life. I can't understand how Disney made a movie out of this stuff, but there you go. I remember Alice and Red looked like two really hot chicks in the line while everyone else gave gruesome a whole new meaning. Twisted stuff, but check out the original source material for Goldilocks & the 3 Bears! I give this review a 10, dude.

  • Yeah I guess there is a market for hot chicks in peril from maniacs. The Mad Hatter in this line is just ridiculous. I guess he's reimagined as some sort of Leatherface-esque madman with clothes made of skin and such. It's just too over the top to be interesting to me.

    I'm glad you liked the review and it's good to know I'm in top form after a couple of lazy days lol. Thanks again!

  • Monte says:

    Your criticisms all make sense… and yet I want the toy.

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