Covers Red Skull and Carnage
Overall score - ***1/2 out of ****
posted at Comic Book Galaxy)
|One of comic fans favorite
lines for the last several years has been the Famous Covers, from Toybiz.
The latest release, currently only available through Diamond, is rumored
to be their last. Called "Bring on the Bad Guys", it
features Red Skull and Carnage.
picked up my set from New Force Comics (www.newforcecomics.com) for $24
for the pair. Rick at New Force is tremendously helpful, and always
fast - I highly recommend him for your on-line Previews purchases.
Packaging - ****
Once again, we are treated to terrific graphics, well written text, and a
package that can be opened and closed without harm. This packaging
will go down as the finest any comic action figure has ever been afforded.
Sculpt - ****
Wow! Both head sculpts stand out as some of the finest work Toybiz
has done in this line. A lot of attention and detail has gone into
both of these, and both heads seem to be right in scale.
The body choices are a bit of a problem
though. Carnage is simply too big as an M2 - he really should have
been an M1. His bulk is more like Venom than the normally skinny
Carnage. Also, clawed hands would have been much more appropriate -
more expensive as well, but a nice touch that this figure could have used.
Red Skull doesn't have quite the same
problem. Instead, the excellent looking figure simply shows off once
again just how bad Captain America was. Notice the picture at the
bottom of the page - Cap is too short, due to the pleather boots he was
given, and his pinhead is even more exaggerated when next to Red
Value - ***1/2
We've become spoiled by the $10 and under most of the recent releases of
FC figures have run. But even at $12 each these are a terrific buy!
Articulation - ***1/2
The best articulation in any 9" format currently out. Yea, I
know that only leaves the DC 9" figures, but it sounds even better
I've never been thrilled with the range of
motion in the hips on these figures, and they could have benefited
throughout the line with bicep cut joints, but they still are a head above
what else is available.
Uniforms - ***1/2
Carnage's outfit is excellent, far better than I had thought it would be
from the prototype pictures. The tendrils can be easily removed if
you don't like them, but they work well, and there's plenty of them.
If they had been a bit more bendy, there would have been some greater
possibilities, but they are still pretty cool looking.
black veining on the suit is even better, and he's one of the nicest
characters they've done in quite some time.
Skull's costume is also very nice, with one minor problem. It fits
tightly, is well stitched, and even has real pockets, a first I believe
for a FC. He's got someplace to put his change! But what the
hell is up with that belt? Pure garbage - easy to replace for the
I've already seen
plenty of new versions as well, using Dragon, 21st Century and Hasbro
German outfits. If you're still dissatisfied with the costume, pick
up some of these extras and fix it up.
Accessories - Bupkis
I certainly do wish that more FC's came with accessories, but with a
character like Carnage I can certainly forgive them. But Red Skull
could have had one of any dozen different items that would have been
Overall - ***1/2
The news is that Diamond has cancelled the pre-orders for the next two
figures, Dr. Strange and the Punisher. Word on the street is that
the last couple waves have sold very poorly, and Diamond isn't interested
in any more. Too bad, too, because these two prove that Toybiz does
it great when they want to.
Ah, well, at least if you're going out, go
out on a high note like this set!
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