Recently found at half price in Tesco was the tempting offer of owning a Toy Story 3 Slinky Dog. I thought “Great!” and grabbed one, since I’m quite fond of the character and a fan of the late Jim Varney who was his voice actor on the first two Toy Story outings.
The trouble is, I realised why the figure had taken a price slump after setting it free from its packaging prison!
The photos shown are not me messing around with a toy skit. This is how the figure in its unbalanced assembly normally slumps down to, and it’s suggestively like something else. Can you guess?
I will say on the plus side that this looks accurate the Slinky Dog design with floppy ears, a springy tail and a proper slinky in the middle. As seen in the photos, there are notable many other flaws to the figure. The dog lead is growing out of his head, for one! The loop where the dog lead could and should be is left static, but does provide an optional alteration via some string. However, the wheels at the bottom of Slinky Dog are small and the feet have no weight in them causing the toy to constantly collapse.
How Mattel let this figure pass quality control is beyond me. I have to say as a Slinky Dog fan I’m pretty disappointed. Overall this toy does not do the character justice and not worth purchasing, unless for use as a model that collects dust. Shame.