Toyetica is published by Action Lab Entertainment. It is written and drawn by Marty LeGrow.
I’m pretty sure one of the first things I say at the beginning of every review for this comic is how much I love the art. I’m going to go ahead and keep up the trend and tell you that every issue, I can’t get over how cute and vibrant everything in this comic is. And Marty LeGrow makes every character unique. Not just with their hair or theme or ethnicity, but all the way down to the minor details like Trixie’s freckles, or Polly Fume’s beauty mark, or Bunnard’s gap in his teeth. These things match the characters’ persona.
We start this issue off with Angel Inx and Unicole talking to Troybot about his very real rocket that he was sent to be his accessory. While his logic is sound for WHY he has a rocket (umm…kids LOVE toys that have projectiles), it doesn’t make Unicole and Angel Inx feel any better about the fact that he is walking around campus with a rocket strapped to his back. I have to say, I really love that his dialogue is written in “computer font”. I mean, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be, but I love that kind of stuff because I can read it in my head with a robot voice.
Meanwhile, Trixie has Chad and Robert (Minky’s starfish and seahorse) and is still desperately trying to find Minky to return her items and also show her what she found behind the big key statue…which we readers don’t yet know what it is, but it’s apparently very important. As you can expect, Trixie does find Minky, and also, as you can expect, Troybot accidentally launches his rocket and it collides with Minky’s scooter, thrusting her and Trixie into the school right where the key is. Which worked out because Trixie wanted to go there anyway. It’s here, where we are finally told what Trixie discovered, and Minky makes a huge discovery herself concerning Chad and Robert.
As we know, everyone has received their theme items and of course, Sweetina got her pony (it’s totally a horse, any other character will tell you), which she has been parading around to show off to everyone and brag about how popular her toy model will be. Bunnard, who initially traded his bunny, Napkin, for a sword has since traded him back (Vince Charming is a very nice person, you can tell), is sitting by himself and bonding with Napkin when Sweetina decides to berate and gloat to him.
Bunnard makes a good point to her though, her pony (horse), Sunset Glory, doesn’t seem to like her very much, how can you prove successful if your primary companion doesn’t like you? “Even if he’s not a living animal, he still has feelings, like Napkin here”.
OVERALL SCORE: 9 / 10
As usual, this issue was adorable and it ends with a very important line that I think all children (and definitely some adults) should read and understand. I can’t really tell you the line because of what it will give away, but you’ll know it when you read it. Trixie is a role model I think more little girls need. She’s just a good person. And she isn’t a princess or a fairy or magical in any way, I mean, she’s technically a fictional creature, but she’s basically your average human, just really small, but she isn’t “special”, she just does her best for herself and her friends every day.
You don’t have to be special to be a good person and succeed. With that being said, I do hope we get some more focus on her next issue. I know there are a lot of characters and a lot of perspectives to cover, but I personally want to see Trixie develop more.
Make sure you stop by your local comic shop and pick up Toyetica #4!