Amid all the buyouts and IP
leveraging and so forth that make up today's games industry, it's
worth remembering the days when a developer was nothing without a
sass-talkin' mascot to rep their wares. Some such creatures displayed
so much 'tude as to outlive its original parent company – such as
Earthworm Jim, the power-suited loam-burrower who, even after the
passing of Shiny Entertainment, continues to occupy a place in
players' hearts, consoles and toy collections.
fully-articulated EWJ figurine measures up at 6” – which ought to be about a 1:1
scale, except that we're talking about a game that thinks a worm is about the
same size as a bird or a cat or a cow or a refrigerator. So let's not get too
far into that. Supplied with an
alternate “bendy” suit, in deference to the “Earthworm” bit
of the character's name, it's arguably a more faithful tribute than
Playmates' long-defunct toy line – and has the added bonus of being
available for purchase from Mezco Direct come July of this year, priced at $17.00.