This wave also includes Tyreese,
a scorched walker, and a walker version
of Merle. There's an added bonus of a deluxe figure of Daryl, who comes
with his motorcycle. I found them at Toys R Us, but there are reports
that they can be found at your local Walgreens as well, and cheaper too.
Packaging - ***1/2
There isn't anything super fancy about the packaging, but the design is
very clean, and a step above the usual basic cardback/ bubble
The front has the prison theme,
and I have to wonder if at some point this year the style will switch
to something more Terminus inspired. There's a nice overview of the
rest of the wave on the back, and these are actually sorta kinda
collector friendly. The bubble wraps around the card on two sides and
the bottom, and then is taped in place. Slit or remove this tape, and
you can lift up the bubble and remove the inside plastic tray without
tearing it at the top. There's still a twisty or two to remove, and
some annoying tape holding in the accessories, but it's still quite a
bit more collector friendly than the usual design. You can pop
everything back in the tray, slide it back in the bubble, and re-tape
the edges if you so desire.
Sculpting - Glenn ***;
Glenn comes with not one but two head sculpts - always a big plus in my
Other than Rick, I can't think
of another character who's been beaten up as many times as poor Glenn.
Seems like there's always someone looking to smack this guy around. It
only makes sense that his second portrait should show off the damage
from one of those beat downs, complete with swollen eye, bloody nose
and damaged lips.
While getting two head sculpts
is great, sadly neither likeness really is. They aren't awful, and you
will recognize Glenn within the plastic, but it's not the spooky real
they managed to pull off with a character like Merle. The clean head
has a very characteristic pouty expression, especially in the lips, and
the detailing on the physical damage on the beaten visage is very good.
Worse overall is poor Maggie. We
all know the trials and tribulations that companies have with capturing
pretty women in action figure form, and once again, we see it in
practice. The sculpt on her body - the proportions and the clothing -
is actually very good, and I'd recognize the character if the head were
missing. But the likeness is at best cosplay close.
The work on Glenn's body and
clothing is solid as well, and it's important to keep the scale in mind
when considering the sculpt detail. Glenn is just 5" tall, and Maggie
is about 4 3/4". It seems to me that Maggie is just as tall - and maybe
even a little taller - then Glenn on the show, but they went with a
traditional male/female scale difference here.
Paint - ***
Like the sculpts, the paint work tends to be better from the neck down.
There's lots of subtle details on the clothing, and the dirt and wear
is fairly well done.
That's not to say all is perfect
in paradise. The biggest issue on the body is the weird wrists, which
are cast in the pseudo flesh tone that's also used on some of the pegs.
It doesn't actually match the skin of the painted arms and faces, and
is even a bit translucent. It's a weird look, even in person with the
The faces are more of a mixed
bag. While Glenn's eyes and hair are well done, the damaged face sports
a bloody bruised eye that's obviously been painted with some sort of
sponge applicator - you can clearly see the pattern.
Maggie has some blood - not hers
- on various areas of her body, especially her right hand and arm. In
fact, pair her up with the whipped Glenn, and it looks like a social
worker needs to make a house call. She has the oddly colored wrists and
pegs as well, which are all the more obvious on her bare arms.
The one issue for both figures
is what appears to be dirt or clumps in the paint used on the clothing.
While I get that they are supposed to be dirty, actual dirt in the
paint is not the way to go.
Articulation - Glenn ***1/2;
The one area that really shows the greatest improvement over the life
of this series is the articulation. The early figures had almost none,
while these new releases sport a nice selection of joints, all designed
to work well.
There's a ball neck on both but
Glenn's works a bit better than Maggie's, thanks to his shorter hair
style. There's ball shoulders, elbows, pin/disc wrists, ball hips, ball
knees, and even - on Glenn - pin/disc ankles. Maggie can't have ankle
joints due th the tall boots, but she makes up for it a bit by having
cut joints at the top of the same said boots.
Glenn tends to take slightly
better poses, with a bit more of a natural flow, due in part to the
better ankles and the greater movement in the neck. Both have plenty of
arm articulation to hold their weapons convincingly, and both stand
great on their own, even in deep stances.
The joints are all high quality
too, and could handle sand box play with no more risk of breakage than
a true kid's action figure.
Accessories - Glenn ****; Maggie
Both of these figures come well equipped - it's just Glenn is a bit
better equipped than the love of his life.
Glenn has an extra head sculpt,
which I've already discussed at some length in the paint and sculpt
categories. Suffice to say that when you give me an extra portrait as
an accessory, you always boost this score quite a bit. The heads
swap easily, making it easy to change your mind - and his.
He also has an assortment of
weapons with which to kill walkers. There's a pistol, a small knife, an
automatic rifle, and a length of pipe with a bloody, sharp end. The
sculpts and paint work on all these is solid, with enough detail to get
the point across.
To further protect himself, he
has a flak vest that slips on over his head and snaps shut at the
sides. At least I'm assuming that's what the posts and holes are for -
I never did get them to stay put. It's not a biggie though, since it
looks fine and stays in place even unsnapped.
Maggie doesn't have
quite as much stuff, and it's the lack of a second head that makes it
obvious. She does have a rifle, pistol and knife though, and the nice
surprise is that none of these are the same as Glenn's. I haven't gone
back through the entire run to see if there's any re-use here, but it
was a nice enough surprise just to see that the guns didn't match
between these two.
The pistols and knives that come
with Maggie and Glenn fit nicely in the holsters and sheaths on their
belts. They can also hold the weapons pretty well in one or both hands,
but you will want to take a little care with the fingers.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
With a ton of accessories and some great articulation, these are really
well done action figures. The subject matter is certainly too much for
the usual 10 year old, but for those older kids that are still into
action figures and horror, these guys are a great choice.
Value - **1/2
While these aren't cheap at your local Toys R Us (around that
$15 price point depending on the location), they both come
with a butt load of extras, making the price a whole lot more
palatable. Better yet, find these at your local Walgreen for $12 and
you can add another full star to this category score - that's value!
Things to Watch Out For -
The grips of the hands were a bit tight, making it tough to hold some
of the weapons. Yet, when you stretch out the fingers, it felt as
though they could rip or break - take some care with the hands.
Overall - Glenn ***1/2;
While Glenn doesn't have the perfect sculpt of some of the other
figures, it's still recognizable work. Add in articulation that works
well and a ton of useful accessories, and you get a better than average
Maggie doesn't fair as well,
largely because the head sculpt and paint really let her down. The
accessories are great, and while her articulation isn't quite as well
designed as Glenn's, it still does the job. But if you handed me this
head sculpt separate from the body, I'd never guess who it was supposed
to be. It's the accessories and articulation that save her from
dropping another half star overall.
I also picked up Tyreese, Undead
Merle, and the Scorched Walker from this series, and you can expect a
review in the next week or so.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Glenn ***; Maggie **
Paint - ***
Articulation - Glenn ***1/2; Maggie ***
Accessories - Glenn ****; Maggie ***1/2
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **1/2
Overall - Glenn ***1/2; Maggie ***
Where to Buy -
I picked these up at Toys R Us, but Walgreens has had recent waves for
around $12 each, which is a heck of a deal. Online options
include these site sponsors:
- Big Bad Toy Store is at $15 each.
Collector has them at $14 each.
From Another World comes in at $18.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Other Walking Dead goodies include the recent Daryl Dixon mini-bust.
Other Gentle Giant releases include Michonne,
and the Well
Walker. Mcfarlane also did a cool blu-ray
case using his head, as well as the third season blu-ray
And if you're looking for
something in the sixth scale market, check out Threezero's zombies, Michonne's
Also from McFarlane is the
smaller action figures: Carl and
SWAT Zombie, the Governor
and Andrea, Merle and
Michonne, the RV and Well
Zombies, Shane and
the Bicycle Girl, Walking Dead figures series 1,
humans in series 2, as well as the first
series of comic based figures.
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