Packaging - ***1/2
I really like this packaging, though it's tough to put my finger on the
exact reason. Perhaps it's the logo for the new film, which I think looks
terrific. Or maybe it's the sturdiness, which is important since this
particular figure is so heavy. If the bubble wasn't thick, and
attached well to the backer card, it would suffer much more damage on the
shelf. Whatever the case, the packaging really works for me.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpt on this figure is terrific, and he looks like he's stepped right
out of the film - or at least the trailer. There's lots of detail
work, all of it well done, and the likeness is very good.
I could probably do without the toothy
snarl, and I think the overall head sculpt on the larger rotocast version is
slightly better, but considering that the larger scale allows for more
detail that's not surprising.
One other thing to note on the sculpting -
this figure (and the other movie figures) will fit in fine scale-wise with
the Marvel Legends and Spiderman lines. Toybiz is being smart and
keeping a somewhat consistent scale.
Paint - ****
Not a single problem on the figure I picked off the pegs. His face
paint is very detailed and clean, and the tricky eyes are dead on.
Even the white of the teeth was clean, with very little bleed onto the
Articulation - ****
There's not a single complaint from me on the articulation, and there may
even be too much for some people.
He has neck, ball jointed shoulders (with a
unique design that allows for an extremely full range of motion), elbows,
wrists, mid-hand, chest, waist, ball jointed hips, cut thighs, double
jointed knees, cut calves, and half foot.
That's a lot of articulation on a 6" figure!
The foot articulation is a bit hampered by
the funky bell bottom jeans, but the majority of the articulation is well
designed with plenty of range of motion. The tail is even fully
bendable, and if you can't get this guy in just the right pose, you aren't
trying very hard.
Accessories - ***1/2
Nightcrawler comes with one accessory - an interior church scene. You
put it together, and there's a hole on the back (similar to the other Toybiz
lines) to hang it on the wall. The plastic used for the beams is a bit
rubbery, and there isn't any peg holes on it to attach Nightcrawler's feet,
but the sculpt and paint application is extremely good, and it looks great
on the shelf.
Value - ****
Even at eight bucks, this figure is a great deal. With excellent
sculpting, paint, articulation and a huge accessory (don't you wish you
could say that), he makes something like a DC Direct figure look weak in
comparison. At six or seven bucks,
the likely retail at other stores, he's a complete steal.
Overall - ****
It's really hard for me to believe that Toybiz can be so far off with the
Marvel Select or Marvel Studios lines, but do such an excellent job on the
LOTR, Marvel Legends, and now X2 lines. This is a line that's going to
please both kids and collectors, look great on the shelf, and be a ton of
fun to play with.
Where to Buy -
I picked this up at my local KB. On-line:
Earth has a whole case for $120, but that means you'll have to find some
folks to share.