Action Collectibles has just released the long anticipated second set of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures. This assortment includes a new
Buffy, her Watcher Giles, and Oz, the werewolf boyfriend of Willow.
are showing up at various comic shops, and will probably hit Toys R Us
eventually, just as the first series did. But I picked up the
special boxed set from Media Play (also available at Suncoast and Sam
Goody stores) for $34.99. Considering some of the prices they are
going for at online comic shops, it's a decent deal.
Packaging - ***
A nice, spooky look to the box, and both the figures and the accessories
are easy to see. It isn't too bad to take everything out, although
you still have to tear up the insert to remove the stands. But as
packaging for 6" figures go, it's not bad.
Obviously, someone at MAC listened to the complaints on the first series
about the poor articulation. Unfortunately, adding more points
doesn't necessarily translate into better poseability
The figures have
neck, shoulder, elbow, hips, and knees. They added cut joints at the
biceps, wrists and mid-thigh. The addition of the wrist joints is
great, and the bicep cut joint is useful, but the leg cut joints are
pretty much worthless.
These aren't figures you'll be putting in a lot
of different poses, but are mainly for straight display.
Accessories - ***1/2
Each figure comes with three or four accessories, all appropriate to the
individual. Giles has two crossbows, a great Vampyre book, large
cross and bag. Buffy has a couple stakes, and three pointy and sharp
utensils for vampire killing. Oz comes with his electric guitar and
strap, amp, and an extra set of hands. Sure, it's odd for him to have a
guitar and amp at the cemetary, but at least it's a good looking guitar.
one of them comes with a display stand. These stands are extremely nice,
and each character fits on them well. There are quibbling problems -
Buffy's headstone doesn't stay in the slot, and the chain on Oz's
headstone just flops around - but overall they are very nice. If
they had made them so they snapped together, they would have been hitting
on all cylinders, but I suppose you can't expect them to think of
Value - **
These figures are only worth about 8 bucks each. At around 11-12
each, it's not a particularly great value. The ten bucks that Toys R
Us will charge is at least a little more in line.