Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Minnie Mouse as Mrs. Cratchit
5 Inch Scale
By: Playing Mantis (Memory Lane)
Minnie Mouse isn’t a very interesting character. That makes her perfect to play the role of Mrs. Cratchet in Disney’s take on the Christmas Carol story, because Mrs. Cratchit isn’t a very interesting character either. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily make her much of a cool toy. Playing Mantis decided to include her in the set anyway, so here’s a review of the lovely lass!
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. Although it’s a pretty standard bubble, it has enough charm that you definitely could see collectors displaying as well. Minnie’s accessories are under a separate bubble attached the to card, behind the figure.
K-Mart seemed to be the only place to sell these when they hit in 2003, but it looks as though they found their way to the clearance aisles. I guess all Christmas stuff does, eventually though. Nobody shopped at K-Mart in 2003. Probably part of the reason nobody knows these figures exist.
The back shows off the other figures via animation stills, including Mrs. Cratchit. They also have a brief summary of one of Mrs. Cratchit’s handful of appearances in the film.
As a bit of an added bonus, the inside cover has a animation still from the film. Minnie’s is actually a big pot she had on the fire. You’d think it’s food, but it’s actually Scrooge’s laundry. The Cratchit’s are hella poor, yo!
Even though Minnie Mouse and Mrs. Cratchit are both dreadfully boring, the Memory Lane line did provide a decent sculpt. Minnie has a cloth kerchief, which helps to add some flare to an otherwise boring design.
Minnie looks good, which is about all you can ask for. Again, she makes the transformation from 2D to 3D fairly seamlessly.
A handful of details have been sprinkled throughout the sculpt, but it’s nothing that will knock your socks off. Her heels and feet are appropriately big, making her quite stable. I wish Scrooge stood this good!
Basically she’s background fodder for your display, so she’s not got a lot going on. She could have been cheaply made, but she looks decent enough that it won’t drag your display down.
Minnie doesn’t have a lot in the way of articulation.
She has cut wrists, a cut neck, cut waist, cut shoulders and cut legs. It’s kind of strange that the elbow hinges are absent on her, but I guess it was a cost cutting measure. If you’re going to scrimp out on someone, might as well be her.
To try and add some value to an otherwise dull character, Minnie comes with a fair amount of accessories.
She has a full dinner set, including 5 plates, 2 opening display bowls (?) and an extra goose.
The turkey thing is kind of cool, because in the beginning they’re eating a tiny bird, but then Scrooge comes and gives them a giant goose for Christmas.
It’s actually hollow on one side, so you can fit it over the little bird. Points for creativity!
Minnie isn’t too hard to find and she wasn’t ever very popular. You can expect to pay in the $10-$15 range for her. Of course, you could actually skip her altogether if you don’t need a complete set. I dunno if she was shortpacked because of her general unnecessary nature or not. That might make her rare.
Packaging – 9
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 5
Accessories – 2 Serving Bowls with lids, 5 Plates, Extra Cooked Bird
Value – 6
Overall – 7 out of 10
Minnie drops down to a seven overall. There’s nothing wrong with her. It’s just, she’s not got a lot to offer. For what she is, she’s quite well made and the accessories are pretty cool, even if we don’t really need most of them. Points for effort on this one, but she’s still kind of an afterthought.