During a recent Iowa Wild hockey game, they gave these Iowa Wild Crash OYO figures to the first 1,500 fans. Crash is the Iowa Wild mascot and Lazer 103.3, a local radio station, and Fast Signs were the sponsors.
These figures are made by Oyo Sport, based in Acton, Mass. They make fully-licensed mini-figures of professional athletes, including baseball, football and hockey. These sets are compatible with other building block toys, such as Legos or Megablocks.
According to their website, OYO got its start after a day at the old ballpark.
"A father took his son to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game. Taking in the sights and sounds of the park, a true New England rite of passage, the duo would begin exploring the confines of the park in search of toys. As their searches went without results, an idea was born: Creating minifigures of athletes that kids could play baseball with at a game."
What does the OYO stand for? Again, according to their website, it's for an OYO face - "Two eyes, a nose, and a smile! "
Now that that's out of the way, let's get back to the Crash figurine.
This is what the front and back of the boxes looked like.
Inside each box was a puck-shaped container that held the 12 individual pieces.
And this is what the completed Crash figure looks like.
This was my first actual experience with an OYO figure. While they're kind of cute and all, I can't see myself collecting these. For one thing, the articulation is awful. The way Crash holds the stick just looks unnatural, but it's the only way you can get him to hold it with two hands. Otherwise, the puck, which is attached to the stick, appears to be just hanging from the bottom of it.
The skates were a bit of a pain fitting into the slots on the base. You have to put the skates in first and then attach the body to them. The arms, which consist of three pieces also prove a bit difficult. Whenever I tried to shift Crash into a slightly different pose, the arms would pull apart, usually at the "elbow."
As an Iowa Wild fan, this is a rather nice collectible. But whcn it comes to OYO figurines, despite the fact these are selling like crazy, I feel I indeed got what I paid for.