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 ops.
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 cuffs.
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 fairly decent.
Oufit - ***
The outfits are my favorite part of these figures. All three suits are
well made, with good quality material, good stitching, and good tailoring.
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 each one.
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 well.
Overall - **
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
Where 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. (MROTW
- or 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
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