Animal is a "replica" in the way he can be (with a little alteration) made to look EXACTLY like one of the later Muppet posers, no matter what hes made of. I wouldn't go so far as to call Gonzo a simulation, but i also don't view him as a replica in the same way i do Animal and Kermit. So to me, as is, he's a replica in the way he is a great "replica" product but not a true replication of the poser. It's not just the nose, the eye placement and pupil placement are a big part of what makes "Gonzo" - he may well look a LOT closer with some customisation, and they totally nailed him from below the head. I wouldn't say he looks an A- because you gotta leave some room on the scale for Fozzie, unless Fozzie will get an A+++ (lol) but i know these all look way better in person so it truly does feel like an "A" to actually have a scale Muppet in your possesion. It is a question of where you store these beasts too, lol, the cardboard box mine was packed in was HUGE and the whole package together is quite heavy. Having five together will be a nightmare storage wise.