“ Brand: King Features Syndicate / Type: Collectible figurine „
I'm not going to start my review by advising you that I adore Betty Boop, as you already know that! However, it is regrettable that my collection is slowing down for two reasons - firstly, lack of space and secondly, cost, particularly as the prices of the figurines were initially hit by the recent VAT increase and I have recently been informed by a trader that the manufacturer will soon be increasing the prices. The figurine I am discussing today is my most recent, which I purchased after converting my Dooyoo miles to Amazon vouchers, so thanks to all of you I now own Betty Boop in her Sports Car and this review discusses this gorgeous collectable.
I placed this figurine in my Amazon wish list during the summer of last year and it was pushed further and further down the list as additional items were added. However, I saved my Amazon vouchers until I had enough to purchase her and she arrived at my home a couple of weeks ago. This figurine is an absolute beauty and I had expected her to be considerably heavy, particularly as I own another figurine in a different style car, which weighs in the region of 1½ kg. However, I would hazard a guess that this figurine weighs around ¾ kg and I am quite surprised, particularly as it is manufactured from resin, as are all of the other figurines that I own.
We are presented with Betty in her red sports car and I will initially start discussing the car, which is bright red with silver trims. The workmanship is simply superb, as despite every area of this being handpainted, its' appearance is so very realistic from the yellow head and rear lights down to the black tyres, which look identical to that of the real thing. Betty's white furry pooch named Pudgy sits on the edge of the bonnet in readiness for their cruise along the country lanes!
As previously stated, the entire figurine is manufactured from resin other than the windscreen where a small piece of transparent plastic has been used to create the illusion of glass. The front and rear registration plates are bright yellow and carefully edged with silver and Betty is clearly a lady with money, as she has paid for her own personalised plates, which of course read "Boop".
Betty sits on the beautifully upholstered seats where we are able to see only two, as obviously this is a sports car. The manufacturers have created this figurine to perfection as they have got it spot on, even down to the indentations you would find on the material of a real car seat. Betty wears a bright yellow trouser suit, which is quite plain in comparison with the other figurines that I own and there is nothing really obvious to discuss. One strange thing I noticed now that I am scrutinising the figurine for the purpose of this review is that Betty is barefooted; something I would think to be rather dangerous, particularly when driving a fast sports car!
She wear a rust coloured scarf around her tiny neck, which flows behind her, so she clearly is at full speed, which makes me worry somewhat about poor Pudgy who must be clinging on to the bonnet for dear life! Betty is obviously a cool chick, as she wears bright yellow sunglasses to match her bright suit, but rather than protect her eyes, they are posed on the top of her head! If you are familiar with my other reviews you will be aware that Betty loves her jewellery and in this figurine we see her wearing a large pair of golden hooped earrings. Her huge green eyes look sideways as opposed to where she is going and her bright red ruby coloured lips are puckered. As with all of my other figurines, Betty's black glossy curls are depicted by eight points, which run along the top of her head and there are a further eight curves along her hairline.
Whilst there is no detail on the dashboard, Betty's left hand drive car has a small steering wheel, which she clutches with her right hand and her left hand casually rests on the inside of the door. On the underside of the car there is a small image of Betty, which is the authenticity logo of the manufacturer, named Hearst Holdings Inc and their name can also be located below the image. There are quite a few awkward areas on this figurine that will require careful cleaning and whilst this isn't a task I've yet needed to undertake, my other Betty Boop figurines are cleaned a few times a year with a small clean paintbrush.
This is quite a pricey figurine and at the time of writing (31 January 2011) she is available on Amazon where you will be able to purchase for around £58 inclusive of postage and packing.
This gorgeous figurine looks simply stunning in my cabinet, particularly when I switch on the display lights. Consequently, it receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading