In Search of Fantastic Beasts: Newt Scamander
The latest additions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, were both received with mixed feelings from fans of the famed franchise. There is, however, no denying Eddie Redmayne’s wonderful portrayal of Newton Scamander.
The adorably awkward Magizoologist’s frizzled hair, sheepish appearance, and courageous resolve has stolen many hearts. As we watch this animal-loving Englishman continuously emerge into the midst of new and exciting adventures, we can’t help but wish for our own, personal Newt Scamander! After all, who else could we trust to help us identify and care for peculiar creatures, all while fighting off the monsters that might be hiding under our beds?
Fortunately, thanks to Tonner Doll, the would-be creature-caretakers of the Wizarding World can have just that! Or, a 17″ version of that, at least. The Newt Scamander Doll is a hyperrealistic, hard-plastic replica of the beloved wizard.
His outfit is identical to the one dreamed up by costume designer Colleen Atwood for the Fantastic Beasts movies, right down to the details of the clasps on his suitcase. True to the fashions of the late 1920s, he wears a sharp white cotton shirt, black bowtie, light brown tweed vest, and matching grey tweed pants and jacket. Just like in the movie, the doll’s pants are folded slightly too short above his weathered boots. To fight the freezing New York temperatures, his outfit is complete with a blue Shetland tweed jacket. He also proudly sports a fringed, knitted canary yellow and gray scarf, the colors of his beloved Hogwarts house, Hufflepuff.
His piercing green eyes and facial features are hand-painted, while his hair is rooted Saran and often falls slightly onto his face. The doll comes with a wand and Newt’s signature suitcase, likely containing his famous friends the murtlap, niffler, and thunderbird. Thanks to the black lucite base on his feet, Newt isn’t likely to fall over — no matter how sea sick he gets while traveling through all those buckets.