Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Popeye Dolls by Presents, pt. 2

As promised, here is the second half of the Popeye set. Poopdeck Pappy seems to be one of the less common dolls. Appropriately, he is almost a perfect doppelganger of Popeye. The rubber pieces even use the same mold. Despite the fact that Pappy is usually portrayed as little more than Popeye with a white beard, this doll goes beyond that by giving him a unique color scheme, right down to the pipe. Like Popeye's, it also has a cotton puff of "smoke" inside. Neat, eh?

I'd like to state for the record that Pappy has the most realistic flocked beard I've ever seen. It's not just fuzzy, it honestly looks and feels like a real beard. His tag reads:

"Poopdeck Pappy, Popeye’s father, is an irascible old goat with a total lack of respect for women, law, relations, and honesty. Unscrupulous Pappy is always stirring up trouble, especially with Olive Oyl. He’s even spent time in the slammer – and enjoyed it!"

Wimpy's bio just might be my favorite.

"Born in a hamburger joint on Ocean Park Pier in California 34 years ago, Wimpy has done for the lowly hamburger what no one else has ever done. Statistically speaking, Wimpy weighs in at about 300 hamburgers heavy and stands about 26 hamburgers high. A jumbo hamburger is about the size of his hat. With a tummy of unlimited capacity, his waist is 18 hamburgers round. With his twenty-four college degrees and lofty IQ of 326, he has achieved much success in his chosen profession of mooching the burger."

See that guy on the left? That's Bluto, right? Not quite. Actually it's Brutus. What's the difference, you ask? Just check out the picture on the right.

"Born in Hollywood, California, Brutus is 36, stands 6’8” tall and weighs 372 pounds. This monstrous villain’s neck is 22” around and supports an empty head (he’s just plain stupid) and a glass jaw. After years of being flattened by Popeye’s fist and a few single punches from Olive and Swee’ Pea, the bearded giant Brutus still competes for the love of fair olive and continues his record of losing fights to Popeye on a regular basis."

The Sea Hag is arguably the rarest of the set. Though it's hard to tell from the picture, she even has red and white striped witch stockings. Thus far, I have yet to see Sea Hag, Pappy, or the Jeep in the smaller set. That's not to say that they don't exist, though, and if anyone has proof of them, I'd love to see!

"Sea Hag is the last true with on earth and is Popeye’s No. 1 enemy. The Sea Hag – with her pet vulture Bernard – devotes her life to attempting to destroy Popeye and bringing piracy back to the high seas. In the conflict she has all the advantages – her magic, her evil nature, and Bernard, but Right triumphs over Wrong every time!"

That concludes this outstanding line of Popeye dolls. If you ask me, there's only one thing wrong with it: they never made Alice the Goon. Look for more Popeye stuff here in the future.

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