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Gary is my daughter's favourite Spongebob character so we were pleased when we found that there was a figure of him to go with the other Spongebob figures we had got her for Christmas stocking fillers.
Gary is Spongebob's pet snail who miaows like a cat. It is confusing and my daughter always mistakes him for a cat because of this. I think it is a little silly to have a miaowing snail but never mind. Gary lives with Spongebob in his pineapple house and although he doesn't have a massive part in the show he is integral to Spongebob.
Gary the Snail is the smallest of the figures and is around 5cm. He is so small because he is a flat figure rather than a standing one. He looks exactly like Gary does on the show with a biggish shell on his back which is bright pink with purple spots and a swirl. He has a sticky out head with his little eyes on stalks and a big smiley face. He is a perfect replica in every way.
Gary stands very sturdy because he has a flat base. He is the least likely figure to fall over out of the bunch. He is small and cute and secretly my favourite. His is made of the same material as Squidward and Spongebob. He is durable and not very bendy - though the stalks his eyes are on bend a little.
Like all the others Gary came in a blister pack which is Spongebob yellow and you can see Gary through the plastic. On the back of the box it shows all the others available in the series. Gary cost £2.99 and I purchased him from www.play.com
My sister was mad on Spongebob at one time so I was shocked when I brought her a set of these Bullyland figures and she never played with them, I ended up getting them all together and giving them to my dad instead but one day our other sister who is nearly 3 got hold of them and they haven't sat on the shelf since and kind of live in her toybox now. The full set looked wicked on the shelf to be fair but the figures are so small that you couldn't really see them and they're better off used as toys.
Gary the snail is only about 5 cm tall so even though my sister was playing with the rest of the set since she was 1 year old she didn't get to play with Gary until quite recently because we were always scared about her putting it in her mouth. This one has got googly eyes on thin long stalks as well and I don't think they would stand the sucking and biting like my sister did with Mr Krabs when she was teething!
I'm looking at the figure now and it still looks as good as new, she plays with this all the time because she's got a thing about keeping Gary with Spongebob ALL the time so whenever Spongebob comes out so does Gary. I like watching her play with Gary because she slithers him across the floor like she's seen real snails doing, she told me the other day that he "really looks like Gary" and I think that out of all the Bullyland Spongebob figures this is definately the one that looks most like the real character off TV. He's got a proper cute face just like in the show and the colours are perfect.
The figure is made of a shiny rubbery plastic and is solid and kind of bouncy, it reminds me of the Smurf figures I used to collect and is mega hard wearing with none of the colour coming off or anything like that. If you're giving it to a little kid to play with then make sure they know not to throw it because even though the figure isn't mega heavy it comes down with a thump when a mad 2 year old chucks it at you!!!
My sister plays mainly toddler role play with Gary and Spongebob, she sometimes uses the rest of the figures but these are the ones she gets out most often. She makes them cups of tea out of cups that are 3 times the size of Gary and last time she had a bath she sneaked him in with her and I watched her playing with him on a floaty submarine. It's down to how much imagination a child has got because Gary can be played with in loads of different ways.
I'm glad these figures get played with, Gary is a toy not an ornament and it's a shame to just leave him sitting on the shelf. Sometimes I catch both my sisters sitting watching Spongebob on TV holding Gary and the only one bad thing about it is that when my sister puts it in her toybox it's so small that it always slides to the bottom and takes ages to find!
You can buy the Bullyland Gary Figurine on Amazon for £3.62 and that's gone down because I remember all the Spongebob figures were £5.00 each when I brought them about 2 years ago.
I received the set of these Bullyland figurines for a birthday once from a friend, a semi-joke present which I found to be quite fun. The set came with the most popular Spongebob characters - Spongebob (obviously), Gary the Snail, Mr Krabbs and Squidward.
Of the lot Gary is, understandably, the smallest, standing at a measly 5cm, if that. The little model is a good build, though, and looks just like his cartoon counterpart, with his usual grin and large eyes. The paint is really good with a palette that mimics the cartoon series perfectly. It really is like a 3D model of that very cartoon character.
A simple character, and shape, though, when compared to some other figurines I like the simplicity of the whole thing, and brings a nice goofy cartoon-ness to my workspace. Along with the rest of the series, I placed them around different areas of my desk and had blu-tacked Gary onto the top of my monitor, as he was small enough and looked pretty cool there, staring at me as I worked.
It looks good by itself, but even better with the set. And at barely 3 pounds each, they're hardly burning any holes in your pocket. They look authentic, almost identical to the original characters, and serve as great gifts for yourself or that Spongebob fan