Packaging - ***
It's a bad sign if I tell you that the best thing about a figure is the
box. But unfortunately, that's the case here.
Okay, it's not the best looking box, but
the graphics aren't bad. You can see the figure easily, and the best
part - you can remove him and put him back, with no need to obliterate
anything! As a matter of fact, there isn't a SINGLE twisty tie in
sight either! So why can they do it and no one else can?
Sculpting - *1/2
Who is this? Lawrance Fishburne? Uh, I don't think so.
This is a generic, AA, bald man. It looks as much like Fishburne as
it does Samual Jackson or Mike Tyson.
Zip. Zero. Nada. Here's a first for me - a 12"
action figure without a single accessory. C'mon folks, you could
have gotten at least a little imaginative here.
Paint - *
Those blotchy dark areas on the head sculpt aren't because of the
lighting. I have no idea what look they were trying to go for -
perhaps a little hair stubble? Whatever they were aiming for, they
missed it by a mile.
Articulation - **
Very basic articulation for a 1/6th scale figure. Cut joint neck,
ball shoulders and hips, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Oh, and
the cut joint waist - yep, not even a ball jointed waist. This might
have been acceptable five years ago, but if you'd be better off switching
this figure to a SOTW body, you know there are some serious problems.
On top of the lack of
articulation, the joints that you do get are very loose. I had a
very hard time just getting him to maintain a basic pose, let alone
Uniform - ***
The uniform isn't bad. The stitching is good, and the material is
nice quality. It has that silky feel to it - reminds me of something
Hugh Hefner might wear.
The belt is too large, and
since there is only the pants, tunic and belt, it's very basic. It
does look just like the source material though.
Value - *
I can buy a SOTW figure, with better articulation, as good of sculpt, and
a few accessories thrown in, for eight bucks. What exactly am I
paying twenty bucks for here? Just because I'm a Matrix fan?
I'm not that big of a fan.
Overall - *1/2
So far N2 Toys have been tremendously disappointing. The Crocodile
Hunter toys showed promise, but the Road Warrior stuff and Matrix stuff
have been simply awful.
The new live action Tick show
has great promise, but I have a terrible feeling about the action figures.