Packaging - ***
The boxes are fairly straight forward, with good visibility of the
figure and accessories. The backdrop in each box looks good,
and the box has no wasted space. It's also collector
friendly, and you can remove the figures easily and put everything back
later if you so desire.
Sculpting - *
I know how tough it is for new companies, but the sculpting on sixth
scale figures is a crucial aspect. Unfortunately, these three
need much better head sculpts.
About the best I can say is that they have
heads. Okay, so maybe it's not that bad, but these heads look
very much like something you'd find in the doll aisle, and Nicky is the
worst of the three - even Ken would kick his ass.
The heads are soft and hollow, so they should be
fairly easy to swap out. This is an area that AFP will have
to focus on with later releases.
Paint - **1/2
The paint ops are acceptable, with fairly clean lines. The
only problem is really the lack of detail, particularly on the
accessories. They could have been much nicer looking if the
radios or pagers had more detail added or highlighted with the paint
Accessories - ***
There are a decent number of accessories, but the quality of them
varies greatly. There are 7; .38 revolver (die cast metal),
radio, badge, pager, handcuffs, shoulder holster, and pouch for the
The .38 is the best of the bunch. Not
only is it die cast, but the cylinder swings out, and the brass casings
in the cylinder are painted. It's the only detail item
painted on any of the accessories.
On the other end of the spectrum are the
handcuffs. While the metal chain is a nice touch, the cuffs
themselves are very thin plastic, don't open, and are too
small. They are definitely not in scale.
In between are the rest, as you might
imagine. The pager, badge and radio all fit nicely on the
belt. The cuff pouch opens and closes easily, and the cuffs
fit nicely in side. For a first line, the accessories are
Oufit - ***
The outfits are my favorite part of these figures. All three
suits are well made, with good quality material, good stitching, and
What surprises me most is that all three are
actually stylish. The colors of the shirts work extremely
well with the suits, and the ties actually look like real
ties. The scale is great, and I love the little tie tack on
The belts work fairly well to, with a decent
buckle, and it fits on the figure and in the belt loops just
fine. There's also socks, and a decent shoe sculpt.
Articulation - **1/2
These are pretty standard, basic bodies. Brett was more than
happy to pose for the nekkid shot. While the articulation has
a long way to go to compete with the big boys, I had no trouble getting
the figures to stand on their own, and the joints were nice and tight.
Value - **
The price point on these is currently around $20. The biggest
killer here is the Soldiers of the World line, which is able to produce
similar figures with greater articulation in the $10 range.
Of course, SOTW weren't nearly as good at the start
as they are today, so if AFP works at it we may see these improve as
It's nice to see another
company trying to make it in the market, and I think that if AFP can
improve the head sculpts, and find a better articulated body, they may
produce some interesting items. They have plans to do a
western line, which I'm very interested in of course, and also to do an
'adventurer' series that will include a very Indy-like figure.
to Buy -
You can buy these directly from their site right now, and there's a few
on-line retailers carrying them as well:
Earth has the set of three for about $60 plus shipping.
you can check out this month's Giveaway!
I'm giving a full set of the three away, so head on over and entire
your email for a chance to win.