Packaging - **1/2
The airbrush art on the front is quite good, although I don't know that I
think of Paris when I think of international spies. The back of the
box contains the usual pictures of the newest releases, and the inside
flap contains a basic variation on the front picture. A bio would
have been nice - I'm sure they were worried about upsetting someone by
anything they said, but still I'd like to know a little about this woman
I know that quite a few people are disappointed in the head sculpt.
Some feel it's too thin and severe, others too 'sleazy'. I think it
fits perfectly, right down to the one raised eyebrow. I think it's
also a good idea to go with sculpted hair rather than rooted.
sculpting problem I found was in the left hand. They've gone with a
splayed hand, so wide open that it is almost useless for holding
anything. I would have preferred something useful, although these
hands are removable (if you're VERY careful). But don't get any
ideas - the posts for the Yamato girls are too large to fit.
If I have one complaint on the accessories, it's that there aren't quite
enough. Matilda comes with plenty of guns - two handguns, two
automatic weapons, a very cool case that one gun, with it's
barrel/silencer, scope, clip and extended stock all fit into, a couple
canister grenades, a knife/sheath, and a terrific double shoulder holster.
Articulation - ***
Uh, bizarre. I had a tough time with this score, simply because the
design of the shoulders is so...unusual. There are plenty of joints,
and she can take and maintain just about any pose. The only negative
here is the neck joint, or really the lack thereof. Her head is
placed on the long neck post at an odd angle, and it's the figures
Outfit - ***1/2
She sports an almost perfect outfit. It's pretty basic - there's the
velvet body suit, the pleather coat, a new style of belt, and boots.
A pretty basic outfit, but almost perfect in it's execution. The
jacket is excellent, and fits great. The boots are possibly the
nicest piece of the outfit, with great sculpting and made from a soft
rubber material. The belt is made from quality material, unlike many
others, and has a new design for a buckle that holds well, and looks like
it can withstand use over time.
while the body suit is a great idea, it doesn't fit as well as I'd
like. As I said, this body has some funky articulation, and the body
suit tends to fit into the hip and shoulder joints too much. On top
of that, it's difficult to get the boots to fit on over the body suit,
causing it to bunch up at the top of the boots.
those are minor complaints. There is one major complaint
though. In all the pictures she wears black gloves, and that is an
important feature. Unfortunately, they decided not to paint the
hands black, and they stand out herpes on a lipstick model. The best
suggestion is to paint them black yourself with a sharpie.
Paint Ops - ***
The paint ops on these are very hit and miss - pick your figure out
carefully. Pay extra attention to the eyes, as many of them are off
center. Find a good one, and you'll be thrilled, but finding one may
take a little while.
Value - **1/2
Matilda is a cool figure. The reason I find the price of $30 a
little high is because of some of the current competition out there, in
particular the Cy-Girls which are available at $25 many places. But
even given that, Matilda isn't a terrible price, and if you can find an
on-line retailer selling her for $25 or so, snatch her up.
For the collector of 12" figures, this female is a welcome
addition. We get plenty of good guys, a few bad guys, but almost no
bad girls. Put Matilda with Carlos and Scar, and you've got one very
scary group of individuals.