Packaging - ***
The packaging has improved since the first figure. The nice features
include the ability to remove the figure and accessories without tearing
up the box, great hand drawn graphics of the figure, and excellent text on
the inside flap detailing the Apache tribes. It's clearly well
researched, and is very much appreciated by someone like myself that loves
western action figures.
On the negative side, some of the graphics
are still too pixelated , and that hurts an otherwise attractive box.
Sculpting - ***1/2
I think this sculpt is also an improvement over the previous. The
details are slightly better defined, and the sculpt captures the look of
the Native American extremely well.
The hand sculpts are also very good, and
he can hold the accessories. The material is a softer plastic to
allow for greater flexibility in the fingers.
The hair is rooted, and works well for a
straight hair style like this. The head band keeps it pretty well
contained, but you may find over time that it gets a little on the wild
Dog Soldiers pride themselves on the accuracy of the accessories and
outfits, and they have reason to. The Apache comes with a rifle,
knife and sheath, cartridge belt, pouch, and regular belt.
the accessories are nicely done. Some of the accessory details, like
the belt buckles or cartridges in the belt, aren't as nice as perhaps a
Dragon figure would have, but considering the limited nature of these
figures and the size of the company, it's acceptable.
rifle, with moving lever, will be most folks favorite, but I like the
simple style and rugged construction of the knife. It's one of the
nicest I've seen in some time.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops on the face are well done, and his face paint looks
appropriate. The cartridge belt ops aren't quite as nice, but
Articulation - **
The only thing really hurting this figure is the use of an old style 1/6th
scale body. With its limited articulation, clicking knees, and stiff
waist, the figure can't handle many poses.
I have heard that they are
considering switching to a better body in the future, and I'm looking
forward to it.
Uniform - ***1/2
Another area that they strive for accuracy in is the outfit. Again
they've hit the mark, and the quality of the stitching and materials is
All the pieces of the outfit
- vest, tunic, pants, etc. - look great. I'm not thrilled with the
cloth boots, but they are accurate from what I understand.