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Toy Review - How To Train Your Dragon 3" Figures

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In time for the upcoming release of How To Train Your Dragon, I became interested in hunting down one of the toys. All that seems to be available, at least until the McDonalds toys come out, are three-inch figures of the humans and five-inch figures of the dragons, along with some playsets. Regardless, I decided to go after a toy of Hiccup, the main character of the movie. This is because I like his character design so far.
My mother also saw the "Hiccup Sword" at the store and was extremely confused.
This cost about $6, which isn't too bad in retrospect. The packaging is good, but from afar, it looks like it's part of the Bakugan or Secret Saturdays toy racks. Plus, the plastic bubble is way too big and makes Hiccup look miniscule. This reminds me of Matchbox's Robotech figure line, which had a tiny plastic figure in a plastic bubble, mounted on a large card with the character's face and the SDF-1.
On the back of the package, you see the dragons and humans available in the figure line. At the Toys R Us where I found this, there were only two Hiccup figures and one Snotlout, and plenty of dragons. Spinmaster, why would you make a Fishlegs figure? That's not a guy that appeals to little kids. I can see Gobber being bought up by all the Craig Ferguson fans, though. And where's the girl Viking? She looks like a badass. There should be some sort of toy of her.
You know what, dear readers? There's a lot of gender discrimination in toys these days. The Secret Saturdays omitted Drew Saturday from its lineup, and the Astro Boy line saw three Astros and a few unneeded characters but no Cora. Girls buy toys, too. They'd probably buy more toys if you bothered to include a girl character every so often.
The gun is taller than him!
One of Hiccup's feet is slightly off-kilter, and his crossbow and top-heaviness don't help, so he doesn't stand well sometimes.
Speaking of the crossbow, it comes with a translucent fire peg that is put into the cannon. But on the other hand, I have no idea how to fire it. You're supposed to be able to; it excitedly says so in three languages on the package. I'd assume the dart would travel about twelve inches if it could. If a seventeen-year-old can't figure out how to shoot a dart from a toy gun, imagine how frustrated your kids will be.
Edit, Four Hours Later: Squeezing the back end of the cannon will make the dart shoot out. I discovered this by accident. It can travel up to six feet, which leads to adventures in trying to locate and pick the dart out of the floorboards. If you're going to fire it, do it in a large room with absolutely nothing in it.
The mouse is holding him up.
Hiccup himself is a good figure, but he feels like he's made out of the same plastic used in dollar store toys. The same goes for his painting job (my figure has a paint freckle on his cheek for no reason) and the rough sculpting on his hands. His face is a little off-model, and his knees and elbows can't bend. Kids won't necessarily be bothered by this.
But on the bright side, from a toy enthusiast's perspective, he has ball-jointed shoulders and neck. This leads to a little more posability by way of tilting his head and arms.
If the quality of this toy were on a character from, say, Planet 51, I'd hate it with an unfathomable intensity. But it seems my adoration of this character is keeping me from really hating it, plus his sculpt is mostly accurate and filled with texture details. I don't even care if he has a hat for no reason.
They both cost six dollars, as a matter of fact.
Here's Hiccup with a personal favorite from my collection, Jet Black of Cowboy Bebop, who also suffers from some similar design errors. A) The capsules on Jet's gun tend to fall off very easily. B) He can't stay on his base very well, and without it, he's topheavy. C) His face is slightly off-model, with a gaze of drowsy contentment. Hiccup should drop by the Bebop, with his non-functioning fire crossbow.
Verdict: I am only slightly-satisfied with this figure as a collector, but this toy is obviously intended to be manhandled by young children. They'd probably like this better than I did, but watch out for Hiccup's flimsy stick arms. Holding them out, I sensed they could easily be snapped or warped.
Packaging: 9 / 10
Sculpt & Painting: 6 / 10
Posability: 4 / 10
Accessories: 5.5 / 10
Value: 5 / 10
Overall: 29.5 / 50 = 59%


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