Packaging - ***1/2
These sturdy little boxes - well, not quite so little in Barney's case of course
- are really terrific. Collector friendly, easy to store, and they hold up
Sculpting - ***
The Barney sculpt isn't my favorite out of the overall Be Sharp's set, but
it's not terrible either. He's not quite as expressive as some of the
other members, and I really wish his left hand had been sculpted to hold his hat
in front of him. Still, he doesn't suffer from zombification, and the
scale is good. He also stands just peachy on his own.
Paint - ***1/2
Sometime paint application is hit or miss with the World of Springfield, but
fortunately it was a hit with my figure. I've only seen this one so far,
but I hope that it's consistently good across the run.
All the colors are clean and consistent, and the
white doesn't show any other color through it. The details are neat, and
the most important feature - the colors across the set of four - are also
consistent. Thank goodness they didn't get a slightly different
batch of red half way through.
Articulation - **1/2
Neck, shoulders, waist. SSDD.
Accessories - ***
Barney, just like the rest of the series, comes with a cane and a hat.
Both look good, with nice paint ops and good sculpts The hat fits easily,
and he can hold the cane without too much trouble.
Value - **** (if you're buying 4 wave 13 figures anyway),
** (if you didn't want to buy ANY wave 13 figures)
If you're like me, this figure is really only costing you $5 for
shipping. That's because you were buying a set of wave 13 figures to open
anyway. You just can't get a better deal than that.
On the other hand, if you are a MOCer, you had
to buy four figures just to get this one, which drives the cost to you up to at
least $25. That's getting steep, even for any sort of exclusive.
Talking Feature - **
Since this really only plays the lines any other Barney figure plays, it's not
really the talking feature that's going to sell you on him. This score
will also jump once the Be Sharps playset is shipping.
Overall - Barney ***; as a set ***1/2
As an independent figure, Barney isn't going to be in my top 10 of all time
best WOS. He is good, and certainly eye catching, but his real appeal, and
the real appeal of Homer, Skinner and Apu, is as a set.