Packaging - **1/2
The figures come in the standard cardback/bubble packaging. It's fairly
large and it would definitely be a tough store for the MOCers, since the
bubble is an odd shape. It's fairly attractive, but nothing earth
shattering or ground breaking.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpts on these figures are quite good, especially the likeness on
Richard Dean Anderson. Both versions look quite a bit like the actor in
character, but the Colonel version gets the slight edge for me. I think
the Night Ops would make a mighty fine MacGyver custom though, with the wool
The body work on the two O'Neills is reasonable if not exceptional.
The proportions are a little off, and they have that slightly odd appearance
in the scale of the torso to head to shoulders to waist. There's some
great detailing in the vests and boots though, and the hands are sculpted to
hold the various accessories.
The Serpent Guard is an excellent sculpt, both with the regular and snake
head. The armor on this figure has fantastic detail, and he doesn't
suffer from any of the proportion issues that plague the two Jack's.
These are a 7" scale, with Jack standing just a mouse whisker under
7". Some of the outfits seem a little off from the show, but it
might be an odd pairing of the jackets, pants and t-shirts.
All three stand great on their own, and can hold their various accessories
quite easily. While this isn't perfect stuff, it's quite a bit better
than some of the recent Buffy/Angel figures, and miles above the work we saw
on the Serenity figures.
Paint - ***
The paint work isn't quite as good as the sculpts, but it's still solid.
Both Jack's have a shiny gloss on their face, something that isn't as much
of an issue for the Guard. It's the worst on the Colonel Jack, where he
looks quite glossy even in the most diffuse light.
The paint job on the bodies is uniformly good, with little or no
slop. Obviously, there isn't much paint detail on the Night Ops version,
but the Colonel version has some nice little touches like his patches, zipper
and belt buckle. They both have a drybrush or wipe technique applied
that gives the clothing a bit of a worn appearance.
The Colonel also has his marking on the left hand, but the Night Ops
version wears gloves (sculpted over the hands) that cover it.
There are a handful of other minor issues - Night Ops Jack appears to have
crossed eyes, although it's much easier to see in close up photos than it is
in person with the naked eye. And the lines on the armor of the Serpent
guard are a tad sloppy here and there. But overall, it's an above
Articulation - Jacks ***; Guard ***1/2
You know how much I love a good ball jointed neck, and all three figures sport
them. They work great, with a decent range of movement forward,
backward, tilt and twist.
The two O'Neills also have cut shoulders, pin elbows, cut biceps, cut
wrists, cut waist, cut knees, and a T crotch. It's good enough to get
some decent standing poses out, and keep them up on their feet on their own
easily. The arm and neck articulation is the most crucial, in this case.
The Serpent Guard does a couple joints better than the Jack figures.
He has all the same joints, but ball jointed shoulders as well, along with pin
knees and cut thighs. This gives him more options, especially below the
Accessories - ***
You get plenty of accessories with these figures, although they are all the
The theory is that if you buy at least one of the three Jack's, the
Jackson, and the Serpent Guard, you'll have half the Stargate. You'll pick up
the rest of the necessary pieces with series 2.
The Jack's come with one piece of the actual gate, and I'm assuming Jackson
comes with the bottom piece of the gate that attaches to the base. I
don't have him, so I'm just guessing. The Serpent Guard comes with half
of the catwalk/stairs. These look terrific, although it's tough to tell
just how well it will turn out without all the pieces. Scale is decent
though, and they'll look appropriate together, but it's not truly 'in scale',
since it would still have to be huge for a 7" figure.
Each Jack figure also comes with a removable vest, a walkie-talkie, a P-90
rifle, a zat, and a G.D.O. All but the P-90 work great in his hands, and
I could get the 90 to work...just not particularly well.
The vests are also removable - and identical except for paint - on both
jackets. They are a soft rubber, so they come off pretty easily.
The Serpent Guard has the alternate snake head which is huge and looks
great. This is not a hood for the regular head, but a completely
separate, solid, sculpt. The regular head pops off the neck, and this
one pops on, quite easily as a matter of fact.
He also has his staff, which seems a little short, with an additional head
that is partially opened. There's also a zat as well, along with this eyeball
looking doohickey that should attach to something...but I haven't quite
figured it out yet.
All three come with trading cards as well, but they are identical cards.
Fun Factor - ***
While it will be mostly adults buying these, if you know a kid that's a fan,
he'll enjoy them as well. The articulation is reasonable and sturdy,
with interesting accessories and decent play value.
Value - ***
At around $12 each, these are a solid value in the current specialty
market. The sculpts are good, the paint on par, the articulation is
reasonable, and there's a good mix of accessories, even if many are reused.
Also, if you pick up four of these and send in the proof of purchase tabs
from the cardbacks, you get another variant Serpent Guard for FREE!
That's always a little more incentive, and adds to the value if you're picking
up the full set.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not much. If you're buying them off the peg, look for Colonel Jacks with
the flattest face paint and Night Ops Jacks without crossed eyes.
Otherwise, you should be gellin'.
Overall - Jack's ***; Serpent Guard ***1/2
This sculpting work was done by Jean St. Jean Studios, and they did a very
nice job. While these aren't perfect, they are in a completely
different zip code than the Serenity figures, also from DST. These are
even better than several of the recent Buffy and Angel releases, and had the
Colonel Jack lost the glossy face, he would have been up there with the
Serpent Guard, score-wise.
I'm also a sucker for anything - figure, playset, diorama - that you get
to build out of parts included with the individual figures. Since the
Stargate is the whole point, it's nice to see them include one as a BAG
(build a gate!), even if it does take getting figures from two waves.
They could have done the entire gate in this first wave, but that would have
meant forcing you to buy variants that you very well didn't want, rather
than unique figures. That's a collector thinking, not a manufacturer,
and it's nice to see.
Packging - **1/2
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - Jacks ***; Serpent Guard ***1/2
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ***
Value - ***
Overall - Jacks ***; Serpent Guard ***1/2
Where to Buy -
- Time and Space Toys is
where I picked up mine, but they are pretty much sold out of wave one.
They do have a special offer on a gift certificate where you get a free
General Jack (the chase figure), and they have some of the exclusives like
the FCBD T-Shirt Jack still available. They are also the ones with the
exclusive T-Shirt Jackson to go with the T-Shirt O'Neill. They also
have pre-orders up for series 2.
- CornerStoreComics has
some of series 1 in stock for $12 each. They also have pre-orders up for
series 2 AND series 3.
- Amazing Toyz has a couple versions left around $12, but is selling out
Related Links -
I haven't reviewed any other Stargate products at this point, but it is
worth mentioning the Serenity figures also
produced by DST.
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