Halloween II Mike Myers
Mezco's Cinema of Fear

Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco

   "The following is a guest review.  The review and photos do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Michael Crawford or Michael's Review of the Week, and are the opinion and work of the guest author."

Phil Costanzo checks in tonight with a look at one of Mezco's Cinema of Fear Mike Myers - take it away, Phil!

I, like most people it seems, disliked Rob Zombie's Halloween 2. I can say one thing however, I like the design of Michael Myers in this film. Mezco's Cinema of Fear line is supposed to give us 2 new Myers figures, "hobo" Mike, complete with hood and destroyed mask, and Myers from the hospital scene at the beginning of the film. Here I'm reviewing the latter.

Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco
Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco
Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco
Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco
Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco

Packaging **1/2
I can't say I'm thrilled with Mezco's decision to use the card/bubble type packaging for their new toys, but I guess it cuts down on costs and it is a lot easier to get the figure out of the package. No tools required.

Sculpting- ***
As I said before, I love the design of Myers in this film. Mezco went with a somewhat stylized version for the figure, but I think it works great and distinguishes itself from the Michael Myers figures other companies have done in the past. The clothing on the figure looks great and realistic. The hands are a little on the large side, and the left had is in a strange mid grab pose, which is recycled from previous Cinema of Fear figures (I believe Jason from series 2 had the same hand).

The head is the most important part of any Michael Myers figures, and this one is very cool. The cuts and rips on the mask looks great, especially near his right eye where it is cut deeply. The hair looks cool as well, messy without being too crazy. The only flaw is the chunk of hair that is plastered to the side of his mask. While it is part of the rest of his hair, it is less detailed and looks almost like it was glued on later. His eyes are a little off, making him look somewhat Asian in some lighting. My biggest pet peeve about the sculpt is the beard coming out of the bottom of the mask. It looks OK, but at this point in the film Myers didn't have a beard.

Paint- ***1/2
This may be the bloodiest figure I have ever seen. Both the jumpsuit and mask are absolutely cover in blood, and I think it looks wonderful. Myers' color scheme isn't ever really that interesting, blue or brown jumpsuit, gray mask, whatever, so the blood make him a lot more colorful and interesting to look at. The base colors on his jumpsuit, make and eyes looks great too, nice an neat. The joints on his arms suffer from not being the same color as the rest of the suit, it looks as though they are painted in a rush and the paint chipped off when the arms were moved.

I'm not crazy about the color of his hair, being dark gray instead of black, but looking at pictures from the film, it matches. My biggest issue with the paint is on his hands. They went with silver finger nails, which are very weird looking. Beyond that, they covered the hands in "dirt", which, seeing how bloody the rest of the figure is, seems like a strange choice. I'm guessing they didn't want to make it look too much like the NECA remake figue, but it looks a bit awkward.

Articulation - *** 1/4
I'll start with the bad first. I took off 1/2 a star because of the waist articulation. Having a cut waist is nice, but seeing that Mezco has given us a lot of ball joint waists lately it's a bit of a letdown. Also, this figure is basically a rectangle. You can only really turn the waist a little bit before you see the "shelf" of his lower body appear.

My other issue is more of a sculpt issue really. The head is ball jointed, which is nice, but the beard gets in the way of it turning to the right. It gets caught above the jumpsuit's collar and forces his head to look upwards, which limits posing this figure a lot since that's the side he can hold his knife on. I only took off 1/4 of a star for this because, since the beard really isn't supposed to be there anyway, you can take an exacto knife and cut the thing off, which should allow the head to move a lot better. (Note that once you cut the beard off, the plastic underneath is white, so you may want to paint it gray to match the rest of the figure) The rest of the articulation is great, ball shoulders and pin/cut elbows and wrists. He also has cut ankles, but the pants sculpt negates these almost entirely. The awesome arm articulation on this figure more than makes up for the issues, which really are minor.

Accessories - **
All we get here is a knife. It IS a nice knife, highly detailed with some nice blood on the blade, and Myers really doesn't stray from knives too often in any of the films, so there really aren't too many other weapons you could include with him. The butt end of the knife is curved, so you have to kind of turn it in and out of his hand, just trying to jam it into his hand will probably damage the toy.

Value - **1/2
I paid about $16 plus shipping for mine, which isn't bad, but most places have him for $20 and up. I wouldn't pay more that $20 plus shipping for this figure: it's nice but the fact that H2 wasn't the best film makes the figure not worth as much, at least not to me.

Fun Factor - ***
A overall great figure from a horrible film and probably one of the coolest looking Michael Myers figures I've ever seen. It's not really a toy for kids, but fans of the series will probably enjoy the figure.

Things to Watch Out For -
The knife feels like it could snap if you aren't careful taking it in and out of his hand. If you are going to cut his beard off, be careful not to cut too far into the mask.

Overall - ***
A very nice figure from the Cinema of Fear line, but the quality of the movie seems to taint it somehow...

Scoring Recap:
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - ***
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***1/4
Accessories - **
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***

Michael Myers Halloween II action figure by Mezco

This product was purchased for the review by the reviewer. Photos and text by Phil Costanzo.

This page copyright 2000 - 2008, Michael Crawford. All rights reserved. Hosted by 1 Hour