Hellboy Sammael


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The guest review team of Steve and Evan Jones steps in tonight to review an oldie but a goodie - Sammael from the Mezco line based on the first Hellboy movie!  Since I was covering the new 3 3/4" Hellboy for the Hellboy 2 film, I thought it made some sense to look back on some of the older figures as well.  Evan will be writing things up tonight, with Steve filling in the photos - take it away, guys!

Mezcoís movie Hellboy line was truly one of the best lines of 2004, not to mention one of the most successful. Featuring amazing detail, paint apps, and accessories, it really helped to put Mezco on the map. With the new movie right around the corner, Iím sure youíre all quite anxious for some new products. But until then, Iím here to tide you over with an old favorite -- Sammael.

Packaging: ***
Iíve never cared much for clamshells. Theyíre usually a pain to work with, be it opening or just storing the things. This was no exception, so why the high score? The packaging art for one. It really is quite refreshing, with a simple montage of all of the characters in the line, and a short movie summary on the back of the card. But be warned, even after four years, the fumes will knock you on your butt. Ah! Love that new toy smell!

Sculpt: ****
WOW!!! Dave Cortes has really outdone himself this time! The sculpt work on the hound of resurrection (as with the rest of the movie and comic lines) matches up extremely well if not perfectly with the source material. Tiny details, like the missing eye, or the runes and wrinkles covering his body have been captured perfectly. His dreads flow in such a way that they appear lifelike without restricting articulation of the neck. Also, Iíd like to point out that this is a true 7Ē line, which means oleí Sammy clocks in at around 9Ē tall when standing upright.

Paint: ***1/2
I would really have liked to have given this guy a ****. Donít get me wrong, the paintwork is fantastic, really bringing out all of the detail in the sculpt. Thereís just one thing that bugs me. The eyes. Itís not that theyíre badly painted. Far from it. They just seem to lean a little more to the ďinsaneĒ side than to the more sinister look in the movie.

Articulation - ****
Sammy features the standard legend articulation. Head, jaw, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, thighs, knees, and ankles are all there. Heís even got a little bonus -- his weird mace/axe finger (insert your own joke here) is actually articulated. Sweet!

Accessories: Bupkis
Yep, thatís right. Nadda. Sammael comes with nothing. Thereís not really much you could have given a character like this, but I would have liked to have seen the addition of a couple of the Sammael hatchlings included with the Abe, and maybe even a few transparent, burning mounds of eggs. Oops! Iíve said too much!

Value: ***
At this point, it really depends on where you pick him up. A friend of mine picked up mine for me from a local comic shop for $16. But letís face it, this is a bit of an old figure. If your local shops have nothing to offer, Ebay will be your best bet. Depending on how much you pay there, you can add or subtract a few half stars accordingly.

Things to Watch Out For - 
Not much really. If you actually end up having a choice in the matter, make sure to choose the best paint apps!

Overall: ***1/2
Sammael has quickly become one of my favorite figures. Heís a great monster, on the big screen and in toy form. Heíll fit in with just about any monster collection, and makes for a great army builder. Combine that with great sculpt work, paint, and articulation, and youíve got a winner.

Score Recap:
Packaging- ***12
Sculpt- ****
Paint- ***1/2
Articulation- ****
Accessories- Bupkis
Value- ***
Overall- ***1/2

Where to Buy -
From what I can tell, this was a Previews exclusive. Iím not sure of the store at which this was purchased, so I donít know. Ebay is still probably your best bet.

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Figure from the collection of Steve and Evan Jones.

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