The packaging is a usual clamshell, pictures of the other figures on the back,
no real info to speak of, it does the job and holds Hellboy in quite well,
evil twist-ties come back to haunt me, but itís the red guy we want to
Sculpt: Hellboy ***1/2, Anug-Rama ****
Now I own pretty much all the Hellboy figures now, and was VERY impressed with
the comic book series the most, but they are all good.
I loved the original Mezco movie line, but I have to say these work
better for me. It has been said that they are based on scans of Ron
Pearlman, and with the regular Hellboy it shows...
The head from the side looks particularly impressive, there are lots of
little details, like the pitted skin texture, the cracked leather of the
pants, stitching on the boots etc. Both figures share the same body with no
variation, Hellboyís expression is pretty neutral yet expressive, where as
Anug-Rama looks pretty angry, with gritted teeth and a mean expression.
The faces are slightly thinner than they should be, and the bodies seem
slightly slight, but on watching the film again, they seem pretty balanced,
as the Mezco ones seemed slightly stocky...
The holster could have been in softer rubber like the Mezco ones, its
pretty hard plastic, you can work with it to get the gun in, but its pretty
brittle. Also it looks like Gentle Giant moulded the holster the wrong way
round, but you can reverse the gun in the holster.
Scale is a bit odd as I canít find another line he fits into, heís around
6/half scale, so too big for Marvel Legends, too small for other Hellboy
Well I canít fault the paint, there is a very slight wash to bring out the
details in the face and body, as is the same with the belt. The boots have a
muddy appearance, and everything is clean and sharp.
The only problems I have is both figures have a red line at the back of
the head, like something was calibrated wrong and missed it, not a big deal
though. And the eyes on regular Hellboy look a little cross eyed, again this
is very slight and wonít put you off at all.
The red body of both figure is moulded in red plastic, and black for the
pants and boots, so no paint rubbing or scratching here.
Articulation - ****
Now we all like that Marvel Legends style of articulation, and both of
these guys donít disappoint...
As Michael has pointed out quite a few times, and I agree, good,
expressive head articulation is all important, and Hellboy got just that.
Itís on a proper ball joint, so can be tilted anyway you want...
Ball jointed shoulders, cut upper biceps, double-jointed elbows, twist
and swivel left hand, and ball-socket right hand of doom, forward/backward
swivel mid-torso and twist waist. That covers his upper body, all joints are
tight yet movable, and have a good range of motion with no restrictions.
Legs are the same with ball-socket hips, twist at the top of the legs,
double-jointed knees, swivel lower legs, jointed ankles with a rocker for
left-right motion and jointed toes. Again all these joints work really well,
the ankles are restricted by the sculpt of the pants, but again no problem.
Also the right leg is Ďslightlyí restricted by the holster, my Anung-Rama
The tail is another great example of good articulation with a ball-socket
style joint at the base of the tail, and 3 swivel joints finishing at the
tip, now I must admit I would have preferred a soft, flexible tail, with a
bendy wire, but this does fine...
(One thing to note that on both figures the tail popped out very easily,
but a very minor mod stopped this)...
I can think of lots of stuff that could have gone with these guys, like a coat
What you get is an extra open right hand of doom, an extra left fist
hand, and his Samaritan gun...
The Samaritan is pretty basic, but does the job and fits nicely into his
left hand, the extra hands pop on and off really well.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Well itís a well sculpted, highly articulated Hellboy, what more do you want ;
He looks good to display and has enough joints to make him a good general
toy as well...
I picked him up from EBay, around £10, thatís what you pay here for this sort
of thing. He sells for the same price as the other animated figures, and
heís worth it...
Anung-un-Rama was sent to me by mistake after I ordered a regular Hellboy,
so I really canít comment on his price...
Things to Watch Out For -
Brittle holster and the tail popís off quite easily, but other than that
both figures are perfect.
I have to say that these are my favourite Hellboy figures.!, Everything is
right about them to love them, I really like the old Mezco movie line, but
these guys do it better for me, I havenít herd of Gentle Giant producing
other figures from the film (love an Abe.!), as thatís seems to be up to
There have been lots of frustration with Hellboy figureís, Mezco dropping
the comic book line, the lack of his trademark coat on a lot of the figures,
and some more (albeit less action-orientated) characters being omitted,
professor broom anyone...
But I do like this one, and hope Gentle Giant keep producing figure of
this quality in the future...
Sculpt- Hellboy ***1/2, Anug-Rama ****
Fun Factor - ***1/2
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