It's the nose. It's not correctly placed right under the eyes. But I'd still buy it anyway. Hopefully, they fix that in the final product.At least they're not all Elmo toys. I dunno how I feel about that Murray figure; he seems kinda off. But hey, we get a Telly figure!
They seem to be very much the same style as their Buddy pack Star Wars/Transformer/Marvel Comics/G.I. Joe sets. They could very well be sold like that.And they're not what I'd call "straight up" PVCs. The figures are stylized—squished, really. A little like the Japanese practice of making chibi or super-deformed versions of characters, with oversized heads and small, compressed bodies. They're also similar to "baby" versions of the characters, although that's clearly not Hasbro's intention.
Overall, this is exactly what I was expecting, if not a little more. I'm guessing more "fan favorite" oriented characters would come out in future releases if this is successful enough. But really, Count, Murray, Telly... SNUFFY? Those guys alone make me very happy. I wasn't expecting them to venture out with character the little'ns don't remember. But just the fact that it isn't just Cookie, Ernie and Elmo makes me pretty happy.
Sigh... I hope certain figures are married to playsets.
EDIT: DOI! It appears, look in the lower right corner, that they WILL Be Buddy Packs