However there are times when Halloween and Christmas can come together with splendid results. My annual Christmas Pumpkin comes to mind (more on that guy later!) But probably the most prolific example of this is obviously The Nightmare Before Christmas! This cult classic is just as much a Halloween Tradition as it is a Christmas Tradition. And not a season goes by that I don't watch the Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving Charlie Brown specials and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
This has all been a long winded introduction for a set of six "Trading Figures" that I picked up at Target for $3.99. Series one includes Jack, Sally, Lock, Shock, Barrel, Zero, Dr. Finklestein, and Oogie Boogie. See what I've done here 8-)
|Packages! Boxes! Bags! ... well, no bags but you get the idea.|
|This is how action figures are born!|
|Jack! The Pumpkin King!|
|Look at all this work in front of me. I'll never get them put together!|
|One big happy family... sitting in front of my DVD collection.|
This is the entire set of "Series 1" Nightmare Before Christmas figures. No, I didn't use the directions but I think I properly assembled them all! Its a really good first entry into the series. You got pretty much every main character covered. I'm honestly kinda surprised that they didn't split them all up and have Jack be the "highlight" of Series 1 and throw in five other filler characters. So major points for giving us everyone you could pretty much want in one shot. Though, I do wonder who'll be in Series 2? If there even IS a Series 2.
Oogie Boogie is the clear cut victor of the bunch. He has the most "heft" to him thus giving him the most "playability" of the bunch. The rest, while durable, would easily loose limbs if used for anything more than decoration. I also would like to mention that Oogie also the most interesting to put together. His head is split into two pieces and upper and lower half. The lower jaw was attached to to the rest of the body and you had to snap the upper half in place. Only thing is it defied pretty much every law of physics known to man as the "snaps" where inset down so far that it was impossible to make the connection without the usage of a screwdriver. But they for only four bucks you can't expect them to obey every physical law now can you?
If you'd like a set of these for yourself go check out your local Target and I'd suggest doing so quickly. Any day now there entire Halloween section will be converted red and green. Who knows maybe Series 2 will come out with Santa Jack and Sandy Claws? I should also mention that there are not one but two websites listed on the back of the box and neither of them do anything. Though honestly does this surprise anyone from a company whose name sort of sounds like a Wedding Planning Agency? HOWEVER if you would really, really like to own yourself some and have a vendetta against Target you can purchase the exact same figures on Amazon for dirt cheap. So now there is no reason not to own yourself some!