Packaging - ***
The box is fairly standard, with the
figure in the main section and the accessories attached to the inside
of the flap. It's all collector friendly of course, and I had no
trouble removing the figure and extras without damaging any the box in
The graphic on the inside flap
is a reprint of the wanted poster for the 'man who calls himself
Zorro", a nice touch for sure.
Sculpting - ***
Triad didn't go for a specific actor with
this release, and that's a wise move. No matter what choice they made,
every one would have wanted a different version - "Oh, if it was only
Douglas Fairbanks/Guy Williams/Tyrone Power/Antonio Banderas I would
have bought one". Instead we get an amalgamation, someone that looks a
little like all of them...but not exactly like any of them. This is
truly a generic Zorro.
He has the necessary pencil-thin
of course, and they've chosen a smirk for his expression. It's a great
choice too, as he seems to be playing with you, bemused by your sheer
bravery in taking him on.
While this might be a sixth
figure, it's important to keep in mind that Triad is not yet at the
level (or price point) of someone like Hot Toys or Enterbay. They've
just started to get their feet wet with more of these licensed
characters, and it will take some time for them to hit their full
The general realism of this
sculpt is good, but not quite
great. I like the soft texture to the skin, and as I said, the
expression is perfect. However, the jaw is a bit too Leno-esque, and
overall the head is slightly too large. It's not quite bobble head bad,
but it's 10% or so bigger than it really should be.
also two sets of hands, sculpted to hold the weapons and work with a
wide variety of poses. These are in scale, which is one area where
Triad has Hot Toys beat.
Paint - ***
pointed this out, but I'm going to be saying it several more times
before this review is over: Triad Toys is not Hot Toys. They are still
a very, very small company, prone to the schedules, quality and
tantrums of their contracted manufacturing resources, and not yet
wielding enough power to get everything they want when they want it.
Given all that, they are making great headway, and the paint work on
the face here, while not quite up to the Hot Toys or Enterbay standard,
is very good.
The skin tone is consistent, and
the eyes are
bright and even. The hair lines are very clean - perhaps too clean.
What makes a truly realistic hair line, whether it's the head, mustache
or eyebrows, is a subtle transition from skin to hair. Here, the break
is pretty sharp, making this slightly more toy-like in appearance. It's
a minor nit, but these are the sorts of things that set companies apart.
lips have a gloss finish, which appears shinier in the photos than it
did in hand. The lip color is a little dark, but again, it's pretty
The rest of the paint work -
scabbard, hat, sword hilt - looks excellent, with clean lines and no
Articulation - ***
The basic Triad body has all the articulation you need, although a
couple of the joints could move a bit better.
the ball jointed neck isn't bad, I wish it had a little more tilt
action to it. Zorro is a character with lots of personality, and this
neck can't quite go there.
The rest of the joints have a
range of movement, and the outfit didn't restrict things. In fact, the
soft leather boots allowed the ankles a much greater range of movement
than I expected.
The joints are nice and tight
too, a big
plus particularly with the right arm. The metal sword is quite heavy,
but he had no trouble keeping it aloft in any pose.
The one big
negative of the overall body is the torso - it's a bit too skinny to
fill out the puffy shirt properly. Of course, they could have tailored
the shirt down, but that would just make him look skinny in a different
way. He doesn't need a superhero torso, but something a bit chunkier
would fill out the look of the character better. I'm thinking about
swapping this guy over to one of the TrueTypes, and we'll see how it
Accessories - ***1/2
I'm including some of the extras as part of the outfit, but I'll call
out a few things here as well.
pulling the hat and mask in as accessories, and both are well done for
the scale. The mask is a smidge thick, but it will hold up well to use.
The hat is also properly in scale - a huge problem for most companies -
and has a very cool sculpted design on the band.
Both the hat and
mask have sturdy elastic bands to hold them in place, and yes, Zorro
did have a chin strap on his hat. The elastic goes through the hat (and
mask) and is knotted to hold it in place, and some people may find this
knot visually annoying, but I think it was a smart choice since it
makes replacing the straps (or removing them all together) much easier.
The hat also fits fine and stays in place without the chin strap, but
it is very handy for posing him with the hat hanging on his back.
also has both his whip and sword, nicely reproduced in proper scale.
The sword blade is real metal, with a bright finish and shine. The
photo I used for the LifeSize example is not photoshopped - the glint
off the steel is real.
The whip is sculpted soft
rubber, and has
a wire running through to allow for easier posing. It can be looped up
and held in place on his belt with the provided strap. The wire runs
most of the way too, making it much more posable than some other
recently released sixth scale whips.
The sword fits nicely in the
scabbard and the scabbard fits on the included belt. The
has a cool sculpted design on the surface, and the real leather straps
and metal loops that hold it in place on the belt look great.
Unfortunately, I had to reglue both straps as they popped loose while I
was working with the figure. Thankfully, they were quite easy to fix,
but take extra care.
I'm going to throw his spurs in
these are also real metal with real leather straps. The little spur
turns, too! The strap that fits around the bottom of the foot in front
of the heel is a little long, which means the spur sits on his leg a
little high, but it's a minor nit.
Finally, he has two additional
hands. He comes wearing the relaxed pose hands, which work great in
dozens of stances, and there is an extra set of gripping hands in the
box. These can be used with the sword and whip, and swapping the hands
was relatively painless.
Outfit - **1/2
The one area which I feel fell short was the outfit. I found working
with it more frustrating than I'd expected.
boots are nice, done in real leather with hard soles. The top edges are
a little unfinished, and the seam in back was a little too obvious, but
the soft leather allowed for greater movement in the ankles, so it's a
trade off I can live with.
The top half of the gloves are
real leather, and again have rather obvious seams. They are nice and
tight though, and the leather seems top quality.
leather, there's also the laser etched belt. This can hold the straps
for the scabbard and whip loop pretty easily. The belt attaches in back
by way of a simple string - you thread it through the eyelets and tie
it off. At first, I thought this was too realistic, and I was wishing
they'd used snaps or velcro. But after taking the belt on and off a
couple times with little trouble, I found that I appreciated the
The etching is nice too, but the
belt came folded in my
box. This fold, hidden in the photos by the scabbard, is pretty obvious
and annoying in person. Hopefully that was just a fluke and yours won't
have the issue.
also included a do-rag that you can tie over his hair under the hat. It
gives him another look, but I didn't use it - I have no talent for
do-rags. That's why I could never join a motorcycle gang.
there's the shirt, pants and cape. The
cape is very good, and includes a thin wire on the outside edge to aid
in posing. You can remove the cape by popping off the head (quite easy
to do), and the cape can ether go over or under the collar of the
shirt. I tried it both ways, and you'll see photos of him with it
either way as well. While I assumed that the collar over the cape would
look better, I found that the weight of the cape kept pulling the shirt
backward, and I was constantly adjusting it. Perhaps if you use a
rubber band around the waist to hold the shirt in place, and iron the
collar to begin with, it will work a bit better.
The shirt and pants are pretty
forward. The tailoring is a little loose, especially on the shirt. As I
mentioned in the articulation section, he really needs a stockier torso
to fill out the shirt. Both pieces are also very wrinkled coming right
out of the box. That's what you'll see in the photos (I don't doctor
figures for reviews, since that's not what you'll pull out of the box
at home), but a cold water bath and quick ironing should fix that right
Other than the wrinkle through
the belt, there wasn't one
obvious serious flaw with the costume, but in hand it just doesn't feel
high enough in quality to be a $120 figure.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
I would like this on a more robust body, I have to say that as a kid I
would have loved it. This guy battling it out next to G.I. Joe and Eric
the Viking? I would have been in heaven. I don't see Zorro being done
again on screen any time soon, so I doubt most kids would recognize him
or care at this point, but at least they have Puss In Boots. Hey, maybe
I need to crack out The
Mask of Zorro and get my kids to watch it with me...
Value - **
Triad Toys is not Enterbay or Hot Toys - they
haven't quite reached that level of quality in their sculpts, paints or
outfits yet. They're getting there, and I think given some more time
and the right focus they could start knocking on the door. But at $120,
they're already about $20 beyond what I think this guy should really
Things to Watch Out For -
mentioned the trouble I had with the straps for the scabbard and whip
loop. All three had to be reglued, but it was an easy fix. Take some
care and you may not have that same problem.
I also noted that
while the sword blade is metal, the hilt is not, and if you exert too
much pressure inserting the handle into the fist, you could break it.
Stretch the hand out a little first to reduce the risk.
the metal spurs were a tight fit on the boots. I just bent them outward
- VERY CAREFULLY - a bit and they slipped on much easier. Don't force
them over the boots, as the metal can scratch the leather.
Overall - ***
I have to admit it - I really, really wanted
to love this figure. It's Zorro, for God's sake! I've wanted a high
quality sixth scale version since I can remember, and I've been looking
forward to Triad's release for months now. Unfortunately, there were a
few issues that hold this back from being all it could possibly be.
of the issues are in themselves glaring or awful, but added together
bring this guy down to around a B for me. I even waffled a bit and
almost went another half star lower, largely because of the price tag.
Had he been closer to $100, I would have been able to overlook some of
the minor issues in the costume, torso size, and sculpt, but at $120
you're getting almost into Hot Toys territory, and that's a playing
field for only the very best. Zorro's not bad, but he has to be more
than not bad to justify that much green.
Even with my minor complaints
though, this is still Zorro. He'll make a great addition to my shelf,
although I do have one
specific pose I'd love to put him in. Now I just need to find
a sixth scale horse sculpted in a permanent rearing pose...
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***
Paint - ***
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ***1/2
Outfit - **1/2
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - ***
Where to Buy -
You can pick him up directly from Triad
for $120, :
Collector has him for $112.
- Big Bad Toy Store
has him at $115.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Other reviews include:
- he might not be Zorro, but he
sure was based on him - it's the Dread
- other classic pulp characters
include Flash Gordon
and Buck Rogers,
as well as the Phantom.
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