Packaging - ****
I really like the style of card art that they are using with the All Star
Voices. I wish we'd see an update to the regular line including the
large character photo on the front. Also, the figure itself stands out
better against the red background.
Sculpting - ***1/2
No real complaints on the sculpts, but these two characters aren't the most
exciting on the planet. Lots of folks will want Lionel - at least lots
of lawyers will - but Goodman seems like such an odd choice. I suspect
it had to do with securing Albert Brooks more than it did with selecting
this particular character for the line.
Paint - ***
My paint ops are all solid, with clean lines, consistent colors, and no 'glopping'.
I'm taking a little off on the paint category though due to the extreme
change in the yellow plastic.
Some folks have noticed it in
previous lines, but this is the first time for me where there's a glaring
change. The plastic is softer and much flatter in color, with almost
all the shine gone. While I'm not sure it looks worse or better, it
certainly looks different, and you can tell very quickly when you place the
new figures with the old.
Accessories - Lionel ****,
Brad Goodman ended up with a lot of reuse on his accessories, which always
hurts. He has a book (new), cup (reused), can (reused), video tape
(reused), and seminar sign (new). While most of the accessories are
appropriate, they aren't particularly exciting.
Lionel comes with only one
reused, and it's very appropriate. He has his
briefcase (reused), law school diploma (new), business card (new), and
monkey statue (new). Both the business card and monkey statue are
fantastic, and the law degree is has some excellent text.
Articulation - **1/2
Did you catch the first couple episodes of the Dead Zone? Not bad so
far. Oh, and they have neck, shoulder and waist articulation. Big
Value - **1/2
As these figures get up to $8 each at many stores, the poor value rating is
getting beat about the head and shoulders. Not a pretty site.
Overall - Brad **1/2, Lionel ***
Lionel is a borderline ***1/2, simply because he's such a cool
character on the show. Lots of folks have been anticipating his
release for some time, and they won't be disappointed.
Brad is and odd figure though, with only one
appearance, and not a particularly memorable one at that. He doesn't
do a whole lot for me, but completists will be happy to pick him up anyway.