Packaging - **
The packaging is utilitarian, but that's about it. I assume the
front is supposed to look like a Most Wanted poster, but I'm not sure why
his picture appears to be something done by an impressionist artist,
rather than a mug shot.
Overall, the package graphics
are fairly dull and boring, and the box isn't collector friendly, even
though it's being marketed to a very small customer base.
Sculpting - ***
The head sculpt isn't bad, although it's just a generic head. I
think he looks a lot like Richard Nixon. Does it look like a mad
bomber? I'm not sure what one is supposed to look like, so I suppose
it's close enough.
The real highlight of the
sculpting is the accessories, where once again 21st Century has done a
tremendous job. But more about that later...
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are very nice on all the accessories, particularly the
bundles of dynamite with small timers. The facial paint looks good,
and the eyes were straight and even. The facial coloring is good
too, and he doesn't look too zombie or too shiny.
Articulation - ***1/2
Four companies produce great bodies right now - Dragon, bbi, Sideshow and
21st Century. If you've bought their product before, you'll find no
Some folks prefer one over
the other, since some are lighter or stiffer than others. But the
points of articulation are certainly adequate on the 21st Century body,
and I had no trouble getting him to hold quite a few poses.
However, he seems to suffer
from the same disease as my other 21st figures - he fades. I find
their figures tend to end up on the floor the next day, although the
joints don't seem to be unusually loose. Maybe they tire easily.
Accessories - ****
Here's why you buy this figure - the accessories. 21st usually
does a nice job on their accessories, and this figure is no slouch.
MB comes with six dynamite
packs, a newspaper highlighting his antics in 'Blackwater', a handgun with
molded silencer, tool chest (that opens), dynamite pack that straps to his
chest with a detonator, three masks (clown, transparent and monkey), and a
briefcase filled with C4 with a digital timer that can be set for 30, 60
or 120 seconds.
The quality of all the
accessories is great, and the details on the dynamite packs and toolchest
are excellent. The paper is cute, having some other amusing
headlines. The masks are great, with excellent sculpting and paint
work, and all fit perfectly. The only thing I find odd about the
masks is that they don't really fit the character - it seems they'd go
much better with a bank robber than a bomber. But the clear winner
here is the case of C4.
Why is that so cool?
Because the timers work! Press the button, and the timer will tick
down the appropriate number of seconds, and then a blasting sound comes
from the case. It could have been a little louder, but otherwise
it's a really imaginative touch.
Outfit - **1/2
The outfit is a little sparse here. Since I counted the masks as
accessories, that only leaves his orange maintenance worker jumpsuit
(stolen from someone named "George W."), and his boots.
The boot sculpt is good, and
fits with the jumpsuit nicely. The jumpsuit quality is pretty good,
and fits reasonably well.
A couple other outfit items
would have been good though - a hard hat and a tool belt come immediately