For all you folks out there hoping for a Series 2 of Bandai's Finding Dory "blind bag" figure collection, your wish has been granted! Series 1, released back in early May (see my original post HERE), proved to be very popular with casual fans and collectors of all ages- so it only makes sense that the line now continues with eight new characters: Nemo, Dory (with Marine Life Institute tag), Fluke, Mr. Ray, Rudder, Hank (camouflaged black), Sheldon and a new Hermit Crab.
A huge thanks to one of my faithful blog readers who, last week, informed me that Series 2 was just hitting store shelves. I was so excited! I had so much fun with the first series and was really crossing my fingers for more. I immediately took off to my closest Toys R Us and, lo and behold, I found the set in its entirety.
Just like with Series 1, these are technically classified as "blind bags"- however each bag actually has a little window on the back so you can see who you're buying. I love that! I like that it gives you options; you can either live on the edge by seeing who you get once you open it (like a traditional blind bag) or you can cheat (like me) to make sure you get them all.
I personally like the best of both worlds. I like to make sure I have them all there at the store (plus I hate getting repeats), but then I open each of them without looking once I get home (so there's still a little element of surprise).
Lets have a closer look at each figure! Once again, these are really nice. I love the sculpts and the overall stylized designs of each character. They're made of a hard, durable plastic and do not have any articulation. Retail price is $2.99 (which varies slightly depending on where you purchase them).
Dory (with Marine Life Instistute Tag)
Hank (Camouflaged Black)
Hermit Crab (Version 2)
As you can see, each figure has some nice little details. For example, I really like that Rudder and Fluke's "A1-13" tags weren't overlooked. Another cool thing (which is hard to tell in the pictures) is that Hank's sculpt is actually semitranslucent. It's really neat looking!
So what do you think? Could there be a Series 3 later this year? Who would you want to see in a future assortment? If I were to pick eight more characters to be included, I would choose: Bailey, Destiny, Gerald, Jenny, Charlie, Baby Dory, Squirt, and either another version of Hank or another Hermit Crab.
UPDATE 10/03/16- Series 3 has been released! See my full post HERE.
UPDATE 4/27/17- Series 4 has been released! See my full post HERE.
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