Packaging - ****
The packaging on this line is a departure from what we've come accostomed
to with recent McToys lines. That's not a bad thing - it's nice to
see some variety and innovation.
The package is extremely sturdy, and one
complete clamshell, so there's no backer card to get crinkled. It
will withstand quite a bit of punishment, so you shouldn't have any
trouble finding nice minty packages.
The figure is also well displayed inside,
with the short story to its right. This is just about the best style
of packaging that you can get for the MOMC collector.
Sculpting - ****
The entire line sports fantastic sculpting, as to be expected from
McToys. Anything less, and the fans would be outside the offices
with burning torches.
For some, using those talents for
something this revulsive may not sit well, but if you're going to do
bizarre, you might as well do it right.
Talisac comes with a very complex set of hooks and chains that he is
intended to hang from. He does so very well, and everything fit
only concern is one I always have with McToys accessories - will they hold
up in the long haul. The material used for the contraption seems a
little weak to me, and I suspect that over a few weeks or even months, it
will start to lean in and collapse under the weight of the figure.
that, however, and you have one very amazing accessory. All the
chains are metal, and I wish the hooks had been as well. Be very
careful inserting them into Talisac's face - they can break quite easily.
also has, a, uh, fetus. The hard plastic 'shell' protruding from his
lower abdomen contains a early stage Mongroid, another character in this
line. The story ties it all together of course, but suffice to say
that between the obvious S&M overtones, and the man-preggers-with-monster
angle, the conservatives are going to have a field day with this figure.
Mongroid figure does come out of the plastic casing, and is well sculpted
also has a variety of I.V. tubes hooking him up to an I.V. bottle an the
equipment. The design and style look great, and compliment the
overall freakish look.
Paint - ****
I can't complain one bit about the paint work, and on a figure like this
it's crucial. With all the flayed skin, exposed muscle, and oozing
blood, the proper application of paint is necessary to give it a sense of
horror rather than humor. Sloppy paint work could easily turn
something like this into a cartoon - just consider some of those awful
mummies and zombies we've seen from other companies!
Articulation - ***
I'm not sure that a low score here is really that much of a
negative. This figure isn't meant to do much more than hang there,
but with neck, shoulders, ankles, wrists and hips, you can turn his arms
and legs into a variety of decent poses.
Value - ***
Talisac is the best value you'll get out of this line, since he is the
most complex. But even here, you'll be paying at least $9-$12 each
for these figures depending on where you get them, and that's pretty
steep. Considering that the mass market wouldn't touch them though,
it's a price most fans will be willing to pay.
Overall - ***1/2
This guy is almost a four star figure. He certainly ranks there in
terms of sculpt, but I was disappointed in the plastic hooks and the
price. He came close to Samurai Spawn, but in the end just wasn't
quite as good of a figure.