Cy Girl Blaze
This week we have another great guest review! This time, Larry
Jones treats us to another of the Cy Girls - Blaze! Thanks to Larry
for the review - and now on with the show!
Based on Michael's reviews from several weeks ago (4/27 & 4/9), I
picked up a few of the Cy Girls from Blue Box. All of them are well
done, but Blaze is head & shoulders above the rest.
Packaging - ***1/2
The packaging design is great: The face is visible through a window
in the front flap. Open the flap and there's your Girl, with additional weapons on a bubble inside the front flap. If you plan on
keeping the box, the figure is easily removable & replaceable.
The accessories on the inside flap are not easily removable, but it's possible
if you're careful. I've always been an advocate of cutting bubbles off of packaging, this is the simplest solution here unless you
want an absolutely mint package.
Paint - ****
I'm not a makeup expert, but I will say this: The lipstick on the
blaze and the rest of the Series 2 Cy Girls is a significant improvement
over Series 1. The Series 1 Girls are all smiling & showing
their pearly whites, which makes them look like knockoffs of Charlie's
Angels--Rough and tumble perhaps, but also a little silly. The Series
2 Girls, on the other hand, keep there mouths closed and it gives them a
much more business-like look--You definitely take the second trio of Cy
Girls a lot more seriously.
Articulation - ***
I have a minor complaint here--Loose hands. Each of the Girls comes with 3
pairs of hands in different poses. For Blaze, I chose the partially
gloved look. She does a pretty good job of holding her shotgun, but
on several occasions while posing her, I have pulled her hand out of its
socket. And while her hands leave a bit to be desired, none of the
other joints are that loose. For example, she can stand on her own
with the aid of official Cy Girl stand. Overall, though, the
articulation is well above average.
Accessories - ***1/2
If you don't know already, all of the Cy Girls come with essentially the
same set of accessories, with some slight variation depending on the
character. That works great for Blaze, who is listed as a
"Weapons expert." What I want to know is: If one of
the Series 1
girls (Kat) is a sniper, how good a sharpshooter is she with her assault
shotgun?!? As if Blue Box doesn't make sniper rifles for their male figures?
But Blaze looks great holding a shotgun. The stock folds, but
doesn't quite fit against her arm to my like. And rather than fold
it on top of the weapon, I removed it entirely. She comes with 3
shotgun shells but I do play favorites: I swiped 3 more shells from
AJ to make Blaze look that much tougher. The leg holster that comes
with the accessories is actually intended for her Walther P7, but give her
the Desert Eagle as a sidearm and slide the smaller P7 into her boot for an emergency.
Outfit - ****+
Her outfit is just, well, awesome. She wears an imitation leather
jumpsuit that is low-cut and skin-tight. Many female figures have
skin-tight outfits that just don't work--This one does! And the
little touches, like an ammo strap around her thigh really accentuate her
outfit. Also comes with jacket, black beret and mirror shades, which
go great together.
Overall - ****
I admit, it's the outfit that really does it for me. She's extremely
easy on the eyes. In my opinion, she's not only the best (and
cutest) of the Cy Girls, she has already earned a spot as one of my top
ten favorite action figures ever. Really, really good job.
Where to Buy -
There are plenty of on-line options for Cy Girls, but if you're
interested I'd pick them up soon. They've been out for awhile now,
and the supply might start drying up. The best deals I know of:
Blue Planet has quite a few, including Blaze, available for $22.99
each plus shipping.
Central has Blaze and several others for $24.99 plus shipping.
Maniacs has them for $25.99 plus shipping.
Earth has them by the case, at about $26 each plus shipping. But
you'll need to have some folks to go in with! (MROTW Affiliate)
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford