Today's guest review comes from Mike Kelly. I didn't realize this
Svetlana existed until I read his review, and now I have to pick one
up! On to the review...
In World War II the Russians fought for their mother city, Stalingrad,
against the enemy at the gates, the Germans, who had invaded. They
fought a guerilla war, and some of the heroes were the snipers, both men and
women, who daily risked their lives keeping the enemy at bay (and ultimately
Svetlana, from Dragon, represents one such figure, although not one of
the historically known ones (such as Shanina and Morozova, two female
snipers awarded medals by the Russian government).
Packaging - ***1/2
The packaging design is excellent in terms of removing the figure and
accessories without damage. She comes right out without twisty ties,
and the accessories are held by tiny pieces of easily removed tape.
The inside cover comes with information about the times this figure would
have been active, as well as background on equipment used. For those
who are MIB fans, the background is nothing special -- just a white
backing against which the figure can easily be seen.
Sculpting - ****
Svetlana clearly beats any of the other female figures I've seen,
including the Cy-Girls. No matter how much I like Blaze (and I agree
with the 4 star review posted here) she just doesn't look like she is
anyone I could ever take seriously -- more like a Charlie's Angel than a
Dark Angel, if you get my drift.
Svetlana, on the other hand, looks like a
very real person, someone who could indeed be sitting behind a concrete
embankment waiting to pick off a German officer. Perhaps she could
have a smudge of dirt on her face, but that's easily added (as opposed to
the impossibility of removing the way too much eye makeup from the
Svetlana is built like a real woman in the
chest area as well -- she doesn't sport silicon looking jobs (once again,
Cy-Girls) and she has molded but unpainted nipples, if that means anything
This version of Svetlana has the rooted
hair which I prefer on female figures (and which works really well here in
this short haircut). There is also a version available which is
otherwise identical and sports molded hair.
Articulation - ****
I was beginning to think the standard of articulation was BBI with their
excellent new figures, but Svetlana is much better. Indeed, she's
the best articulated figure I've ever seen, male or female.
A good example is to note the pose in
which I try to fold both Svetlana's and Blaze's arms as they sit in a
fairly typical female seating position. Not only could I not get
Blaze to sit properly (I ended up having to prop her behind up with her
jacket) but I could never get her arms to actually touch her chest. (If
Svetlana looks bigger in this picture than Blaze it's just due to
perspective and her army fatigues -- she's actually the same size as the
Svetlana handled this easily, as she did
nearly any other position it's possible for a (normal) human to achieve.
She's got Dragon's new Eve 2.0 body and it's a real winner.
The only caveat I have with her is the
joints seem rather loose. It's not that they won't hold a pose, it's
just a little unnerving to so easily move her into a position without
hardly any resistance.
Accessories - ***1/2
Svetlana comes with ammo pouches, binoculars, canteen, and her weapon, the
M91/30 sniper rifle with telescopic sight. That's what she
would have carried (oh, perhaps she might have scored a knife somewhere as
well) and they are all well made of hard plastic.
Outfit - ****
Svetlana wears standard issue fatigue pants, a brown shirt, and a cameo
suit jacket with hood that are well constructed and authentic looking.
She also is wearing underwear -- t-shirt and panties, and this is another
of my peeves with the Cy-Girls. Do any of them ever wear underwear?
(Okay, so perhaps Kat would forgo panties with her shorts and see-through
tights, although my wife insists no woman would, but Blaze would certainly
wear some under her jumpsuit, even if it is skintight (there's not a woman
out there who wouldn't).
The only problem with the outfit is
getting her pants off (I know that sounds rude, but I wanted to see her
leg and waist construction. Honest). She has the wide hips of
a true woman, but her pants are very narrow at the top. Because the
outfits have true snaps (no velcro here) it's about as hard to get those
pants over the hips as anything I've tried. But it is possible, with
Value - ***
This was tough. With the excellent Cy-Girls going for around $23, it
was hard for me to figure out where to place the $39 Svetlana. In
the end I decided her superior articulation and ability to place her in
poses no other figure could hold makes it worth the money.
If posing isn't particularly important to
you I'd knock off at least one star here.
Overall - ****
I thought Blaze was the best female figure available but Svetlana beats
her by a long shot. As someone who could have very well lived during
the historic times she represents, Dragon made a good choice for a female
solider. She really should get five stars -- she's that good.
Where to Buy -
I was only able to find this Svetlana, with the rooted hair, at Good
Stuff to Go.The other version, with molded hair, is available at most
of the usual suspects.
About the Rater:
Mike Kelley is an old man who believes the joy of being a grandfather is
not feeling sheepish spending time at Toys R Us. He runs the website
www.kelleytown.com, where five
minutes of fun each day can be had reading movie reviews, original toons
and information about digital photography. He blames his current
state of finances on Michael Crawford's web site, which got him hooked on
the Simpson figures. He's a writer who's currently working on this
Figure from the collection of Mike Kelly.