October 15, 2007
Count 08: T.E.D.D.Y. & Curdles

T.E.D.D.Y. looks familiar.

Do not adjust your monitor colors! today's first Creepy Freak, T.E.D.D.Y., not only is a repaint of Patches, but also amazingly came broken off of his stand in the exact same manner! What are the odds?! Anyway, I find it sort of difficult to talk about these repaints, as they're more or less the previous versions in different colors. I do wonder about the reasons for the line's repaints, though (aside from the obvious cost-saving ones). Given that this is a Pokémon-esque game, are these supposed to be stronger, evolved versions of the previous monsters? Or are they more akin to the palette-swapped ninjas of Mortal Kombat? The scant bit of supporting fiction doesn't provide much in the way of answers, but an offhand implication that there are more than one toilet-head monster leads me to believe that these characters are supposed to be distinct entities.

(Speaking of Mortal Kombat and ninjas and whatnot, here's a shout-out to Maximoff -- he finished Ninja Syndrome a while ago, so you should go play that if you haven't already. I still need to get around to doing it, but the graphics look freakin' sweet! If 2D characters could wear 3D rings, I'd totally propose to Mileena.)

Anyway, I like T.E.D.D.Y.'s colors better than Patches's -- they're brighter and provide more attractive visual contrast. That part of the body is brown is also kind of neat, as it seems as if part of this guy came from one of the classically colored teddy bears that we all know and love rather than the somewhat less charming neon versions. Also, the artwork on the stickers depicts T.E.D.D.Y. and Patches, but the upper right portion of the character looks like it was stolen from a stuffed rabbit to me -- even more so with the beige color.

So considering that he has all of Patches' virtues and an even more fetching color scheme, T.E.D.D.Y. is a bona-fide creepy freak by all accounts. I just wish I knew what the letters in his name stand for. 🙁

New chocolate milk variety!

It's time to question the odds once again -- and seriously, if you're mathematically inclined and really, really bored, and care to look up and/or estimate all of the requisite data, do enlighten us -- 'cause I somehow managed to draw not just another repaint, but a repaint of the second Creepy Freak that we reviewed yesterday. Amazing. Sour Milk was a quality character, so it's no surprise that I like Curdles as well. The brown and orange scheme he sports works better than Sour Milk's blue and orange, but what's even cooler about it is that it has a purpose. See, unlike the other repaints, Curdles is noteworthy in that his text clearly marks him as being filled with chocolate milk, which helps to make him somewhat more unique than your standard recolored figure. Bravo, Creepy Freaks designers.

The different text in places also hurts him, though. Sour Milk had the brilliant missing persons reference on his back, but on Curdles the text has been replaced with "Got you!" -- suggesting that the dude sticking out of his back is some sort of prankster who, for whatever reason, operates from the back of a living carton of chocolate milk. I can understand them wanting to change the text there too in order to further distinguish Curdles from his fellow dairy container, but this "joke" makes little sense and is markedly inferior to Sour Milk's chief virtue. If they'd simply left that alone, Curdles would have been flawless.

-posted by Wes | 7:03 pm Comments (2)
2 Comments »
  • the Jax says:

    Hmm...can't help you with the initials in T.E.D.D.Y., but I think the Curdles joke is actually funny. After a painful decade of sick, sadistic "Got milk?" commercials, milk finally gets humanity back. "Got milk?" Just try it, fleshbag!

  • Wes says:

    Thank you for the explanation, Jax -- the joke was totally lost on me! I still much prefer Sour Milk's caption, though. Curdles's is punchy and largely dependent upon one remembering the "Got Milk?" ads (which I obviously don't very well, despite having that TV Guide poster of Sarah Michelle Gellar with a milk mustache filed away in a private location), but Sour Milk's is just fiendishly clever.

    By the way, does chocolate milk even curdle? I imagine it does, though I don't think chocolate milk ever sits around long enough for that to happen! It's pretty delicious stuff, after all.

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