Thursday, April 12, 2012

Uncovering the Fat Suit of Sideshow's Odd Job


You don't see many portly male dolls or action figures.

Ever wonder how such a figure would look undressed? In this case, he looks the way the average-sized figures do. He is an average-sized figure. Here, Sideshow Collectibles' Odd Job figure strips down to reveal the secret of his "heavy" appearance.









So the action figure is not "portly"; the fitted padding called a "fat suit" fills him out to resemble the actor playing the Odd Job role, Harold Sakata.



The exterior of the "fat suit" is black polyester. Turning it inside out, you can see the padded interior. The white batting next to the black polyester is covered on the other side with a semi-sheer black netting. The padded areas give extra weight to the figure's torso, upper back, and buttocks. His clothes are larger to accommodate the "fat suit."

Here is the inside front of the suit.



And here is the back of it.



Any thoughts on this type of "enhancing" the action figure body?

19 comments:

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Very interesting construct... who knew dolls wore fat suits.

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Vanessa said...

This is awesome! I love his portly look. I wouldn't mind having such a figure in my collection. Do they sell clothes for him. I also like that they made the fat suit removable. Great information.

Dollz4Moi said...

They have this same padding under a few Mattel dolls. Herman Munster, Lucy & Ethel, Mad Men Silkie have this under their clothes..lol

I guess they don't want to change the molds like they may have done with larger characters..Rosie O'Donnell. It doesn't bother me at all

PB said...

I think it is very clever. Because I customize dolls, this makes me think about the possibilities beyond paint hair changes. Thank You for putting this out there :)

Tinisha said...

That's funny Maybe it could be used for a pregnant Barbie...

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I did not know that man Odd Job was not fatand had a filling. It is an original man. A very good entry because we discover the inner details. Manufacturers could make the figure of a fat man real without the foam padding. I would buy it for a different doll at all. Keep in touch.

Tinisha said...

How funny and unknown to me. I wonder if it could be used for pregnant Barbie's:)

Tinisha said...

I never knew they made the hefty that way LOL ! maybe it can be used for pregnant Barbie's

RoxanneRoxanne said...

I have a Sideshow Mandy figure that wore a fat suit (Mandy is a male doll with a female fat suit). I use the fat suit with my female dolls. Here is Opal in Mandy's fat suit.

D7ana said...

Hi and thanks for your comments, BDE, Vanessa, Dollz4Moi, and PB!

Another action figure with a "fat suit" is the Major General Ariel Sharon in 1967-1973 by Soldier's Story. At first, I didn't like the "fat suit" - not because it is usually used in gross movies (body functions-focused, cruel and stupid ones), but because the suit was cloth while the figure is plastic. But I like this one. It is tailored nicely to fit the character.

Problems? The one snap pants often leave an unfortunate gap - as if his "fly" were not shut. (His pants zipper was left down and open.) Ick. This figure is too dignified to go around like that.

Thanks, Dollz4Moi for the information that Mattel has some figures outfitted with their own "fat suits." I don't have any of the dolls you mentioned so that is news for me ;-)

No, Sideshow did not make other fashions for this character; they seldom make extra fashions for their figures. They "dress" the figures for one scene. I don't think that they do a lot of customizing figures either.

Hi PB- I saw your customized dolls. Wonderful work, and I love your Godzilla.

D7ana said...

Hi and thanks for your comments, Tinisha, Marta, and Roxanne!

Marta, while Odd Job has a "fat suit," other figures actually have wider bodies in plastic. I usually prefer these types because the padding does not shift.

Tinisha, that "fat suit" could work for a pregnant Barbie. Only her breasts would look like a monobosom.

No, I did not know about the Mandy figure, Roxanne. Thanks for sharing that info and the Opal photo although I don't know if Opal will forgive you soon for putting her in a "fat suit" ;-D

Male Doll World said...

Thanks for the information. I would never have guessed he was wearing a fat suit.

D7ana said...

You're welcome, Male Doll World.

I think the extra weight matches his face. Shrug.

Because he wears a "fat suit," and because I think there are a few dolls with stuffed bodies, that's why I wondered if the American Teen dolls had stuffed middles. I was glad to hear from you that they do not. Happy dance.

Muff said...

I like the suit because it gives me ideas on structuring one. But I would rather a plus size body, not a fake suite.

D7ana said...

Hi Muff! I agree with you - I'd rather have a plus sized body, but the suit does provide an alternative.

Ms. Leo said...

Fat suit! LOL! It does give you options. He can be a model for Slim fast or something! He can sneak on a flight as a fat guy and come off as skinny guy! There is a lot of fun to be had here!

D7ana said...

Hi Ms. Leo! You could do a SlimFast commercial, yes, lol. I hadn't thought of that ....

Kristl said...

Great Post!!! I love this idea. I am going to think about how to implement some for some of our dolls. Then of course, I'll have to make some patterns...oh boy...but Great Post!!

D7ana said...

Hi Kristl! Glad you enjoyed this post. I look forward to seeing your dolls in a similar suit ;-D.