I am not the biggest fan of the Mighty Muggs in execution, mostly because this seems like it should be a cheap, fun collectible figure line and it's sort of a pain in the neck to collect. In 2010, Hasbro introduced a "mini" scale and in 2011, applied it to Marvel with The Avengers and Maximum Carnage, the 1990s Spider-Man multimedia frenzy. For some reason they picked J. Jonah Jameson for the line, and dang if I don't consider that delightful.
The asking price isn't terrible, considering a full-size 6-inch Muggs figure was about $10, these 3-inch guys aren't a terrible value at an average of $6-$7, although with only three points of articulation they certainly could stand to be a hair cheaper. I can't imagine people being super thrilled about paying $10 for one in this size, but if they ever got them out at about $5 carded, it would be pretty decent.
The joints on my sample were pretty loose-- not "loose" loose, but not as stiff as the full-size Mighty Muggs I've played with. The arms and neck twist freely, which is a nice change of pace from having to fight him. J. Jonah Jameson has no problems standing or looking around, but his hands seem too small to hold much of anything useful-- full-size Muggs can hold pencils, mini Muggs can hold onto one of those mini screwdrivers I use to repair glasses and remove small batteries.
With no accessories, J. Jonah's entire personality comes from his paint job-- which thankfully is pretty good. There are wrinkles and what I assume to be some sort of aging in the skin represented by a darker color, plus a moustache, scowl, accusatory eyebrows, grey temples, a tie, a vest, and the rest is pretty much basic in color. You can see his sleeves are open a little, plus Hasbro painted the soles of his brown shoes in a black color. I can appreciate this-- the figure got a few more paint applications than necessary, and it does look much better as a result.
The set did not sell out at the show. Or on HasbroToyShop.com. Due to its massive packaging, odds are you (like me) may have even opened it up to transport it home, but those of you ordering it today should be aware that your shipping costs could be pretty high for the large set. Individual samples of this Mugg on eBay go for as little as $1-- which I don't get because this was my favorite in the set-- and the entire set frequently goes for $50 or higher. Don't pay it-- get the set from HasbroToyShop as long as they still have it for $30. Even with shipping, it's only about $38, and that's way better than eBay. These guys make great small desk accessories and assuming Hasbro continues the line, they may fill the gap in your soul left by the decline in the Superhero Squad toy line. If nothing else... just buy J. Jonah Jameson. If you know any photographers, journalists, freelancers, or Marvel/Spidey fans you won't be sorry.
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