Sculpting - ****
This is virtually faultless; YJ
Park has done a formidable job in capturing Sutherland’s features. His
work might already be familiar to those who visit the e-ureka site from
time to time as some of his outstanding work has featured in the past.
So it was quite a coup for Enterbay to secure his talents for their
first two ‘24’ figures.
The likeness is a brilliant, if not slightly complimentary
representation of Kiefer’s face. Like all us fallible mere humans, Mr
Sutherland is prone to the fluctuations of weight and the ever-marching
years, this however captures him at his leanest and meanest, after all
who wants the Kiefer who turned up bleary eyed with a puffy face after
another night at Spearmint
Rhino, but this is in no way a criticism, just an observation.
The features are well proportioned and work pretty well from all
angles, but the profile is outstanding. Jack’s hair is a difficult one
to mimic convincingly when sculpted at this scale, but YJ has given us
a great representation, going for a slightly stylised look, but still
managing to capture the cut showing its slightly ‘fluffy’ quiff with an
unmistakable clarity. But it is the face that shines, as Michael said
in his own low-down; even his misshapen ears (has he had them pinned?)
are captured expertly.
I mentioned in my recent review for the ZC
Girl Carol how I love the idea of positionable eyes, buy have
yet to see a 100% perfect pair, as the paint quality, though very well
executed and accurate tends to lack the über finer details we get from
‘just’ painted eyes (and my long term worry for anything painted that
experiences friction is that the paint may have a long-term
susceptibility to rubbing or scratching). That said, this figures eye’s
aren’t positionable, but are carried out in the same way, constructed
as separate pieces and inserted from behind (ahem!). They are
incredibly convincing and while I still maintain more detail could be
applied to the iris it doesn’t really detract from how very, very good
these look and the hint of blood vessels in the whites is beautiful.
The skin texturing works well giving just the right amount of emphasis
to slight stubble growth on the chin and the hairline is faultless. He
arrives fitted with two relaxed hands and also comes with three
alternate versions one extra right for gun grip, two left, one to hold
the torch and another in a relaxed but slightly cupped position to
cradle the gun or rest on his courier bag, the quality here is good,
but not as outstanding as on the face… but hey, they’re hands!
Paint - ****
YJ Park, the guy who sculpted this mini masterpiece was also in charge
of the paint application, so it’s fair to say after getting his sculpt
so right he didn’t want any bad paint jobs dragging his figure down,
and I’m happy to report the jobs a good’un.
The skin tones are warm and
convincing and seem to have taken them on another leap forward, even
better than the FoF figure
I reviewed very recently.
Hot Toys and Enterbay are in
another league compared to any of their competition at the moment, and
this is another master-class show casing how it should be done. I know
I harp on about how lucky we are to be collecting at this time, but the
present hi- end state of this particular art is now surpassing the work
of many customisers, and the range of skills shown here with the
sublime subtlety used in executing the flesh tones, stubble, eye-brows,
and indeed the eyes, is nothing short of magnificent. I just hope my
photographs can convey some fraction of how good it looks in hand.
If I had to have any criticism it would be that the shadow tone used
inside the ears is a bit too red (at least on mine) making them look a
little saw and angry rather than merely in shadow, however, this is
still a benchmark paint app for which a full score is undeniable!
Articulation - ***
Jack comes on the Real Masterpiece-1 (RM-1) base body, it’s very much
from the same stable as the BL range, so though not as extreme in it’s
poseability as the Medicom RAH or Hot Toys TT, it claws back extra
merit for its sturdiness, ability to look natural and it’s also still
one of the best base bodies out there right now, if you want to show
your figure semi dressed. It does however still have a few areas
needing to be improved.
Most notably is the ankle area,
I even had a bit of a job getting him to stand in some positions,
luckily we get the very nice Enterbay stand which when positioned
correctly opens up a whole world of possibilities.
However, I don’t like to
display my figures with a stand, and for a hi-end figure in this price
category I expect to achieve natural poses ‘sans stand’, no problem.
Don’t let this be a factor in dissuading you from it’s purchase as
after familiarising yourself with its centre of gravity he will stand
OK, but for long term display it might be prudent to have him resting
As a breakdown, we get ankles
that can spin and swivel (when arranged in the right direction, you can
achieve a good flat stance in most positions), double knees, then hips
that can turn and spin on a ratcheted ball joint, there’s some ‘very’
limited movement at the waist and some much better articulation at the
chest/torso. The shoulders are quite limited as well, as there is no
mechanical engineering to allow the shoulders to either hunch forward
and let the arms cross over his front (like when holding his firearm in
a double hand grip) or turn back for that ‘heroic’ bring it on, groin
thrust kind of look. The elbows have no double joint but can turn and
bend to just a little over 45 degrees and the wrists have double pegged
cut ball joints. Lastly there is movement at the top of the neck,
this is a pretty loose and can tend to wobble about quite a
bit, the range is however pretty good and you can inject quite a bit of
character to your poses with a simple tilt of the head. I’ll be
interested to see if anyone has any solutions to this ‘wobble’ problem,
as it can get a little frustrating when you find just the pose you want
only for the head to shift again.
So to sum up, it’s a promising
body that is constructed solidly, but with a little work on the
strength of the ankles and the range at the shoulder it could be a
Jack’s attire is relatively simple compared to of many of the
historical period, Sci-Fi and fantasy figures we have seen lately, but
that doesn’t mean they are done any less well. It’s better to do
something simple well, than to attempt something too complex, only for
it to fall short.
We get black shoes and socks,
the shoes fit nice and tightly so I haven’t attempted to remove them.
Next is a pair of black trousers with working pockets and a press-stud
fly, I think a piece of good quality Velcro would have been better here
for the overall aesthetic, but at least these wont come open too
easily. He also comes with a clip on holster I think a belt would have
been a nice touch, however I’m not sure how screen accurate that would
have been? Following on is his dark navy long sleeve T-shirt, I have to
admit I prefer him in just this, without the Kevlar vest, that’s not to
say the vest isn’t a well put together piece of kit, as it is, but the
simple shirt is tailored so well to this body that it hangs very
naturally and in my opinion looks great completely on show with his
satchel thrown over his shoulder. So a top quality bit of 1/6
tailoring, that though not as eye catching as some outfits, Enterbay
can still be very proud of it!
Accessories - **3/4
Of late we have been spoilt by the quality of the accessories we’ve
been getting at 1/6 scale. For years military collectors demanded
ever-increasing degrees of authenticity and detail, and now we are at a
stage where anything less than an absolute facsimile of the weapon or
prop in question just will not suffice. We expect removable magazines
and sliding cocking mechanisms as standard, but sadly that is not
evident here, the gun fits the hand well, which is obviously important,
but it has a rather soft finish to its detail.
It does however come with a
suppressor that fits on the front just fine, by means of a small peg,
there’s also a holster, but because of the lack of a belt, I found the
best place for this was hanging from the elastic straps on the vest but
it will also secure to his trouser pocket should you want to have it
The torch again could use a
little more detail work, the reflective sticker does a reasonable job,
but a hi-end figure like this really needs some paint detail and a
plastic lens to approximate the real thing. His watch
is a nice touch, a relatively simple
addition, but a well-observed and effective one.
Without a doubt the nicest
accessory is his courier style satchel, it has
lots of nice details and is constructed very well for this scale,
however most of the pics I’ve found of it seem to show it should be an
olive drab rather than black.
But… and it’s a big but, where
is Jacks cell
phone…even if it had not been 100% accurate with this
particular outfit Jack should always be packing a cell phone, c’mon!
As I described in sculpting, he
also comes with three extra hands. All the hands work well and both the
gripping ones hold the allotted accessories well.
We also get the RM-FS100 stand, which is handy as for long term posing
the ankles can have a tendency to give way. And lastly we get the
certificate of authenticity. I have to admit, I can’t really see the
point of this as it has no edition number, no production credits and no
signatures. But its there if you want it!
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Like the majority of hi-end figures, the subject matter here is not
aimed at kids, no, these are in many ways state of the art display
figures, or little pieces of ‘pop art’, so for any hardcore 24 fans
this is the figure you have been waiting for. Even with his lacklustre
accessories, the over all package has enough of a WOW factor to make
you feel pretty darn happy with your purchase. And even though the body
is going to need some revisions and development you’ll have no problems
finding some key poses for your shelf.
Value - ***
Enterbay is asking for $150 if you purchase direct from them, this is
the higher end in terms of price for a single licensed 1/6 figure these
days, but this is certainly a good quality hi-end figure. However the
few issues with the base body, and the less than impressive accessories
means I feel this just doesn’t add up to a full score item. However if
you are a 24 fan who has had to make do with the Medicom figure, or worse
still the Diamond Select one,
then you may feel a whole lot differently.
This figure is sporting a
masterful head sculpt, and a paint job that stands up to the closest of
scrutiny, the outfit is solid, quality tailoring and the base body is
good, not exceptional, but good, and it hangs with a very natural
stance. The only real let down are the accessories, there’s just not
enough of them and they simply don’t cut the mustard at this level.
And although the price is
becoming the norm, there are still companies giving us comparatively
more bang for our collective bucks.
But, if the price doesn’t make
you baulk and if you can live with the quality of the gun and torch,
then everything else is pretty hunky-dory and you’ll be a pretty happy
Packaging - ***1/2
Outfit - ***3/4
Fun Factor ***1/2
Where to Buy -
Enterbay is still keeping their dealers on a pretty tight leash, so
ordering direct can still be the easiest route, only one of Michaels
sponsors seems to have it:
Ego -$159.00 Pre-Order
So other than that, it’s time to
hit eBay where he’s demanding between $155 to $189, happy