Cool, itís a blister card, weíve seen these before right? But this one is
streamlined to take up less space. Itís really freaking tough too because I
crushed the heck outta the front end when I set my camera post down on it by
accident and it popped right back into shape. The graphic art on the package
is great. You get a cool wheel design on the front with vampiric
writing/runes that details everything Raziel comes with. On the side is a
little picture of the character, ĎMaterial Plane Razielí or ĎSpectral
Planeí. On the back is a cool and cryptic bio for him and great artwork once
again showing both figures in nice poses and lighting. The package shows off
plenty of the figure inside so you can inspect them. All that combined and
Iím gonna have to give this a 4-star rating for a clamshell. Iím all for
collector-friendly boxes but I wouldnít mind seeing all my figures come like
Sculpt: Regular and Spectral Raziel- ****
NECA went all out on the sculpting here! Razielís body is sinewy and thin,
almost like an anatomy model that just shows muscle without the skin and
each fiber is sharply represented. His bandages on his upper arms have a
tiny woven texture, his lower arm bandages a different gritty texture, his
face covering yet another texture, and his armored greaves even more
texture! The hair is a soft rubber and flows great with tiny strands
everywhere. Often rubber hair can have a soft-sculpt look to it without much
detail. Not here. His wings are a cool flexible plastic and you can see all
the veins and shredded detail to them.
Whatís really neat is that if you pop off his head you can remove the cowl
and expose his ghastly mug. Heís missing his lower jaw just like in the game
and has all sorts of sharp detaling on his teeth and skeletal structure
thatís present. Since his cowl is pretty much standard for him I wonít call
it an accessory and will mention it here. Itís made of soft rubber so you
can turn his head about inside. There was an old Raziel figure done by BBI
which featured a hard plastic, snap-together cowl that limited his head
motion. This one blows that away. I couldnít find anything bad about the
sculpt here, it even flows with the articulation and doesnít look like they
chopped up a statue, as many other NECA figures do.
Spectral Plane Raziel has the exact same sculpt with one difference, his
cowl is pulled away from his face as if he was exposing his lower jaw to
frighten someone. I believe this was his soul/lifeforce-sucking move in the
game and the cowl looks just right with the little pull-points you can line
up with his clawtips. Of course It needs his hands there to be effective but
thatís the whole point of the sculpt, itís in action. So no complaints here.
Whatís that mean? Four stars yet againÖ.
Paint: Regular and Spectral Raziel; ****
I know what youíre thinking, Jinís just giving Raz the benefit of the doubt so
far. Three four star ratings, he has to be in a generous mood. Tackling the
paint here is easy. Itís perfect. No really folks, Iím stunned. Material
World Raziel features deep, solid colors like his blues and whites that
donít bleed anywhere. Heís been given Ďcomic linesí like the TMNT figures,
black lining in the main segments of his body like his biceps and leg
muscles. But nothing bleeds, Iím still amazed! The black, white, and blue
all sit next to each other perfectly. Then thereís the airbrushing effect
that change his skin tone from blue to a purple hue.
All his armor and bandages have just the right amount of wash and highlight
making them look very realistic, and his cowl has a cool Ďdustyí look to it
like a travelers coat would. His wings have a great shading effect to them
changing from blue to purple along the lower edges. Razielís face is crisp
and creepy, showing off his pure white eyes and pearly white teeth. He looks
great from any angle with his cowl on or off.
Spectral Plane Raziel is made of clear plastic so youíd suspect his paint
apps would be lessened to show that see-through quality, right? Wrong. NECA
has replicated the majority of his paint ops using translucent paint and
gave him the same level of detail, sans the black lines, that regular Raz
has. It gives him a ghostly, almost faded look and when you put a light
source behind him really stands out! Even his bandages and armor are
translucently painted. The only solid paint apps on him are the two black
marks under his eyes and the eyes themselves making him look really creepy.
No paint flaws and perfect application with 0 Ďmolded in colorí look. Four
Articulation - Regular and Spectral Realm Raziel; ****
Wait, this canít be right. He doesnít have ML articulation with those
double-joints so he canít get a four-star-rating here! But itís true, whatís
there in his articulation provides exactly the amount of movement he needs
and doesnít ruin the sculpt. He has a ball jointed neck with wonderful range
seeing as he has no lower jaw to get in the way, ball shoulders and bicep,
pin arms, ball wrists, one set of hands has articulated claws, a ball middle
torso with great range, ball hips and thighs, pin knees, and ball/pin
ankles. This means you can pose him just about any way you want. Since his
cowl is soft rubber you can get much better range out of him arms with it on
and perfect range with it off, even accomplishing an
above-the-head-sword-strike pose. And his wings are articulated too with
sturdy ball joints that snap into his back.
Yes, NECA has proven themselves with the TMNT figures and now with Raziel. I
hear their upcoming Ninja Gaiden Ryu Hayabusa figure is just as articulated
too! This is a great continuing theme for their figures because now they are
indeed true action figures, not just action-statues. Oh and if you were
wondering Spectral Az has the same articulation as regular Az. That four
star rating comes from an untainted perspective on how his articulation
works with the sculpt and provides a great look and range to his character.
Well played RazÖ well played.
Accessories: Regular and Spectral Raziel; ****
According to the packages both Raziels come with a torch, 2 sets of hands, a
Soul Reaver Wraith Blade that looks like an energy blast to me, and an
interchangeable shroud. I covered the shroud, er, cowl as I was calling it,
in the sculpt section because really itís part of his character. I always
consider an accessory something that you could leave off of a character
without messing up the look. His torch is a combination of clear plastic
flames and a solid base. This is perhaps the nicest torch Iíve seen with the
clear yellow plastic fading completely clear near the top and the handle
painted to look like a nice worn wood.
Raz comes with a set of hands that has articulated fingers and one static
set with more of a spread-claw look. But since he came with one of each
attached in the package I donít know which set is the accessory and which
one should be the regular set! So Iíll just cover them as nice looking hands
and the spread-claw set is the one you attach the Energy blÖ er, ĎWraith
Bladeí to. Coming to the blade it was the real reason I picked these two
figures up in the first place. This is a nice looking accessory made up of
two pieces of swirling clear plastic. Regular Raz comes with a blue one and
Spec Raz comes with a glossier green one. They fit snugly onto his claw,
donít droop, and have lightly airbrushed hues.
Also thereís a separate Ďswirlí of energy that can be wrapped around his arm
that they donít mention on the package. Itís made of the same kind of clear
plastic that the blade is but doesnít plug in anywhere. A freebie! Since
itís flexible you could wrap this around his leg, neck, anywhere a swirl of
spectral energy would hang out. So we have a set of great accessories that
complement the figure, make sense for the character according to the game,
and a freebie thrown in. Both Razís come with the same accessories as well.
Four stars seems to be the running theme here.
Fun factor- ****
This figure(s) rocks and depending on if your kid knows who he is, he could
be portrayed as either a monster of the hero. The accessories can be used
with different figures if you want and swapping pieces around is always fun.
He has great articulation and a nice colorful paint job. The figure as far
as I can tell is really durable with thick pins so you donít have to worry
about letting your kids play with him. Oh they might pop off a head or hand
here but they pop right back on. Iím still getting a kick out of making Raz
perch on my desk or blast his clone away with an arm outstretched.
Either figure will run you $12-$14 depending on where you find them. I
bought them as a set and got a few bucks shaved off. Now normally Iíd
compare him to a $10 Marvel legends figure but letís be realistic here.
Youíre getting a specialty larger figure with full accessories, perfectly
articulated, with a full spread of paint ops, and quality construction.
Thatís worth $20 in my book because I pay that for those Final Fantasy
figures, and theyíre molded in color for the most part! Raziel here, either
of them, is a work of art.
Things to Watch Out For -
Nuthin! You might think his wing-posts could break because theyíre so thin
but theyíre made of some sort of super-plastic. I wasnít even able to break
them when I tried, much stronger than ABS and with a little give. I couldnít
get any of the joints to loosen or anything to fall off. The paint
apparently is really durable as well and even tho regular Raz has a matte
finish it doesnít pick up marks from other things.
This is how you make a figure folks. Period. NECA has shown us they can blow
the completion out of the water with their earlier TMNT figures and now
redoubled their efforts with Raziel from their Player Select line. I had no
expectations about these figures and they turned out to be one of my
favorites so far. Sculpt works with articulation which is accented by great
paint apps and given a good set of accessories to finish. You canít beat
that, at least not yet. Now Iím really looking forward to the Ryu Hayabusa
Ninja Gaiden figure coming out, if Raz here is any indication on how theyíll
be continuing their Player Select line. I just wish the earlier figures like
Lara Croft and Hitman were given this kind of treatment.
This is Jin Saotome saying thanks for checking out the review and look
forward to more!
Sculpt- Regular and Spectral Raziel- ****
Paint- Regular and Spectral Raziel; ****
Articulation- Regular and Spectral Realm Raziel; ****
Accessories- Regular and Spectral Raziel; ****
Fun Factor - ****