Packaging - ***
I like clamshell packaging better than blister cards. Has that become
painfully obvious by now? Here's a new company and they start right off
with nifty clamshells, with good graphics and decent text. The inserts are
specific to each figure, which is always a plus.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The Outlaw is a good example of nice, clean sculpting. This isn't the
level of detail you might see in a McToys sculpt, but it's close. The
overall appearance is slightly more rough, more whittled, especially around the
face, but it works extremely well for this figure.
The figure is basically a statue, so the choice
of pose is crucial. Here we have him bolting out of a building, or perhaps
from behind one, stepping off the boardwalk and into the dusty street. He
really needs the base to stay standing, but that's not unexpected. The
facial expression is stern and cold without looking silly or constipated.
The body sculpt gives the impression of motion and energy, and overall the
figure looks great in this pose.
Paint - ***1/2
The great paint ops highlight the excellent sculpting. The colors are
clean and consistent, with little slop or uneven breaks between differing
There was a nick or two on the paints, but the
mud spatterings on the boots was extremely well done. My only real issue
is with the skin tone, which is a tad too orange for my tastes, but is more a
matter of preference than problem.
Articulation - *1/2
They are articulated, but just barely. It's enough to give you just a hint
of control, but not enough to be particularly useful.
There's neck, shoulder, and wrists. The waist
looks like it could be another point, but if it is, mine wouldn't break free and
I wasn't about to force it.
As I said, these are really statues with a
little bit of articulation. Don't go in expecting much - or don't care
about articulation - and this won't be as big of an issue for you as it might be
Accessories - **
There are really two - his handgun and his base. Both are done well, but
not over the top. The base is fairly plain, but the colors are
decent. The gun fits fine in his hand or holster, but a more impressive
base would have really set this character apart.
Value - **1/2
A good price on these would be around $8. At $10, they're a
tad high considering the rest of the market.
McToys T3 figures can be had for $10, and are licensed figures on top of
being extremely well done.
Overall - **1/2
This figure was *this* close to three stars, but he's just a hair too
expensive, or he could use a little more complex and detailed base. Better
yet, make the figure look this good with a little more useful
articulation. For the collectors more into statues than action figures,
these are likely to be worth another half star.
In any case, it's a decent initial entry into
the market for Dusty Trails, and I'll probably be picking up the pirate out of
this first series as well. I hope we see some improvement in value for
these over the next series, but I think with some minor changes they show
Where to Buy -
I picked this up at SDCC, but they should be shipping very soon.
Toys has each figure for $11 each, or you can pick up the set of six for $63.
Earth has them for $12 each, or the set of six for $65.