Packaging - ***1/2
Well, forget all about collector friendly. You'll tear this
packaging up getting the figure out.
But the look of this is simply gorgeous. Mezco did a
terrific job showing you lots of accessories and possibilities, even
though the playset isn't put together in side. The style and design
give you the feel of a sub and water.
It's a big package though, so that might have caused some
problems at the retailer. Shelf space is mighty expensive.
Sculpting - ****
When there's no source material to work from, it's easy to say it's great
sculpting. Who knows what it should really look like?
But this is unconditionally
excellent work. The sculpting on Nemo himself is wonderful, and
every accessory and part of the playset is carefully detailed and
crafted. The work that went into this set is truly impressive.
Paint - ****
Again, Mezco comes through with fantastic attention to detail. All
the paint ops compliment the sculpts, and the playset looks like the
inside of a sub. Nothing is cheesy or poorly painted, and although
no wild or bright colors are used, there's plenty of color variance here
to give the set visual excitement.
Articulation - ***1/2
The dear Captain has articulation at the neck, shoulders, cut biceps, elbows, hips,
knees, waist, biceps, cut thighs, and wrists. This is excellent
for a figure in this scale.
Not only does he have a lot
of points, they are all fairly useful. Most have decent range of
motion, and he stands quite well on his own, holding a variety of
accessories in different poses.
Accessories - ****
Wow! Obviously the playset is excellent, with great detail,
excellent sculpting, and great colors. But check out all the gear!
There's two swords, both with
sheaths that strap to his back. There's various decorative items
that look perfect on your average madman's submarine. There's also
useful items like a sectent, maps, spyglass, cup, pipes, books, chest,
etc. etc. etc.
The accessories with this
figure are some of the coolest I've ever seen, and I'm really amazed by
the quality of this set.
Value - ***1/2
This depends on your price, of course. At ten bucks, this thing was
a four star buy. At $25, it's only about three stars, but at the
average price of $20 (which is what TRU is selling them for) it's about
three and a half.
Overall - ****
This license is completely uninteresting to me. And yet, I'm giving
this set my highest four star rating. Why? Because Mezco hit a
home run completely out of the park with this set.
I'm hoping we see some
exciting licenses out this company next year, because this set shows what
an excellent job Mezco can do. It's imaginative, it's creative, and
it shows what they are capable of. I'd love to see this focused on a
really cool license.
Where to Buy -
As I said, I picked this up at Electronics Boutique at the local mall for
just ten bucks. I just saw a second one there for that price this
weekend, so I know they are still floating about. I also know that Media Play/Sun Coast/Sam Goody
stores have them. On-line:
- Entertainment Earth has
them in sets of two (Cabin Control Nemo with Wave Rider Nemo) for $50
before shipping. (MROTW Affiliate)
Infinity also has them for about $45 for the set of two. I've
always gotten great service from them.