Packaging - ***1/2
Very nice work by Palisades on the packaging. Again we see that
collector friendly boxes are possible. You can remove Jane without
damage to the box, and only a couple of twisty ties were employed.
On top of that, the graphics and design of
the box are extremely nice. I always like gatefold covers, and I'm
glad to see that Sideshow will be returning to that style as well.
Sculpting - ***
Since Jane isn't a real person to begin with, you'd assume they could get
the sculpt pretty much dead on. They have, although the faces on all
these figures, like their counter parts in the movie, are relatively plain
and unsophisticated. That's not really a fault of the toy, but of
the cgi constraints of the film.
Jane comes with a big honkin' gun, a knife that fits someplace, and a cool
looking space helmet.
knife is permanently sheathed, and obviously fits onto something, but I
couldn't quite figure that one out.
gun is true to the source material, and has a swing out stock made from
metal wire. But the best accessory here is the helmet.
looks great in the box, but unfortunately doesn't work quite as well on
Jane's head. I'm betting it would look better on the larger male
Paint - ***1/2
Jane's face paint is well done, with no slop or odd coloration. The
wash on the boots, along with the small details on the armor, are done
with great care. Great paint ops can't make a bad figure great, but
poor ops sure can ruin an otherwise excellent figure. Thank goodness
that Palisades seems to realize this.
Articulation - **1/2
The body has pretty basic articulation - neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists,
waist, hips, knees, and ankles. No double joints, and no cut joints
at the thighs or biceps.
This is behind other companies, although I found that she
did hold her poses well, and had no trouble standing on her own.
The arms are quite thin though, similar to the Sideshow
Buffy. The feel of the body - weight, strength - reminds me of
Uniform - ***1/2
Easily the nicest area for this figure, the uniform is well done, with
great detail on the armor. The style of the outfit really isn't to
my tastes, but considering that it matches up well with the film, I'm not
detracting for personal taste.
The only negative is that it
would take great effort to swap this uniform on to another body. It
was not designed to be removed by the average buyer.
Value - ***
At twenty bucks, it's certainly a decent value. The 1/6th scale
market is getting to be mature, and twenty bucks seems to be the price
point that most figures are being driven to.