Packaging - ***
If you've ever read my reviews before, you know that boxes are nothing more
than functional transportation vessels to me. I immediately rip them apart
to get at the goodies inside. However, this box does feature great graphics
and photos and the flap style box that allows full viewing of the contents.
For those collectors that like to keep the boxes, this is kind of a mixed
blessing. The figure and accessories on the box side are easily removed and
could be easily returned. However, the accessories on the flap side are
impossible to remove without destroying the box.
Sculpting - ****
The head sculpt is great. The sculpt looks A LOT like Robert DeNiro, and the
whole set looks a heck of a lot like the DeNiro character from the movie
"Heat". Even if you don't agree with the De \Niro comparison, it
is still a great sculpt. He's got a determined piercing glare and looks like
a paid assassin.
Paint - ****
The head is the only thing is the only thing that is really painted. BBI did
an EXCELLENT job on this head. The skin tones are right on, there's a
three-day growth of goatee beard and I count multiple color layers to make
the hair blend. This is one of the best I have ever seen.
Articulation - ***1/2
BBI has articulation that is comparable to the other top figures on the
market. I especially like the "ratchet" type joints that allow the
figures to retain even the most awkward poses. This figure comes with two
sets of "gloved" hands. There is only a slight difference in
the poses of the hands but the subtle differences can make a world of
difference in his poses. This is a sniper/rifleman who can actually cock his
head correctly to look through his scope. If he had a head/neck that could
look up better, this would be a ****
Accessories/Outfit - ****
The basic "uniform" is a pair of gray slacks and a black Polo
type shirt. He also comes with rubber "urban" style combat boots.
All are nice and functional with nice detail. He wears a "leather"
load-bearing vest that connects to a Sam Browne style police belt. It all
features metal buckles and clips. Very nice. The entire ensemble is covered
up with a trench coat. It has nice details that include functioning pockets.
NOW THE GOOD STUFF…He comes with two flash bangs and two baseball style CS
teargas grenades. Both have real pins and nice details. He comes with a
silver "metal" colored Ruger Mk-3 .22 caliber pistol with two
clips. The pistol fits nicely into a holster on the belt. He has a survival
type knife and scabbard that is "sewn" into the inside of his
jacket. Lucifer's main tool of the trade is in his "metal" padded
briefcase. He has an AR7 rifle that can be fully broken down. The stock of
the rifle holds a barrel, the main firing housing (with a working bolt
action) and a magazine. If this iron sight barrel isn't to his liking, then
he has a second barrel and scope in his briefcase. All of the detail on this
stuff is great and it all fits together nicely. There's even a sheet of
airline tag stickers to put on the briefcase.
Play Factor - **1/2
This figure is more suited to striking a pose on a collector's shelf than it
is riding an avalanche down a back yard log pile. The BBI figures are
overall pretty sturdy but the mini-clips and other items on the vest and
weapons won't take a lot of abuse before popping off or breaking.
Value - ***
I got him on line at Hot Rod's Collectibles for $35 delivered. It's a nice
price when compared to comparable figures on the market like Dragon. The
quality is high end but there was no skimping on the details and
Overall - ***15/16
As I mentioned at the start of the review, this is one "gotta have
it" figure that I wanted as soon as I saw it. This is by far my
favorite modern figure that I have bought in the past few years!!! Nothing
is ever perfect, but this guy is close. If I was a little more confident in
his durability, he'd be a ****
Where to Buy -
Where to Buy - As I mentioned earlier, I got this one at Hot
Rod's Collectibles. Other on-line options:
Earth has it for $38 plus shipping. (MROTW affiliate)
Stuff to Go has a good price at $29 plus shipping.
The Rater: Mark D is an avid
action figure collector old enough to have gotten vintage GI Joes for
Christmas as a kid, but still young enough to play with his toys. He
collects mostly vintage AT GI Joe stuff but still likes to grab the cool
stuff that comes out now, especially law enforcement figures and
accessories. He's been a regular at The Sandbox (alt.toys.gi-joe) since he
first came on line about five years ago. He's always looking to swap with
other Joe-head and assist them in finding the hard to find stuff. You can
contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
his site at www.the-precinct.com