Talisac (Tortured Souls)

Each year, the Reverend Rose puts together a 'worst ten toys' list.  For several years, Todd managed to make it to the top of the list, and for someone pushing the envelope, that's quite an honor.

But last year a strange thing happened - he wasn't on top!  As I recall, he wasn't even in the top three.  I personally suspect that when that list came out, and Todd saw just how poorly he faired, Tortured Souls was born.

This line of six action figures is going to part the good Reverend's hair, that's for sure.  Done in conjunction with Clive Barker, a master of twisted horror, the line won't be carried by your average store.  To find these, you'll have to turn to on-line sources, or those stores that cater to a more mature crowd, like Media Play or Electronics Boutique.

If you're a fan of Barker, then this style of horror really won't be any surprise to you.  You may be surprised to still find yourself taken aback by the sheer pain presented here, but keep telling's just a's just a toy...WHAT'S THAT BEHIND THE COUCH!!!!

Each figure comes package with one part of an overall short story written by Barker to explain the whole thing.  I only bought Talisac, easily the most controversial of the set, so I can't comment on the overall appeal of the story.  I have heard good things about it though from those who have read it in its entirety.

I'm not going to tell you whether or not this is a good figure for society, or whether the fact that it was manufactured somehow spells the end of civilized society as we know it.  That's something you'll have to decide - I'm just here to tell you how it stacks up as an action figure.

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.

Accessories - ***1/2
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 together nicely.

My 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.

Ignore 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.

Talisac 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.

The Mongroid figure does come out of the plastic casing, and is well sculpted and detailed.

Talisac 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.

Where to Buy
I picked mine up at a local Media Play, the only store in our area that I've seen them at so far.  But it was $11.99, more than you should really pay.  I've heard from Tower Records that they have then in stores for $8.99, a far better price.  Other on-line options:

- UPDATE!  Tower Records has a case of 12 available for $120.99 plus shipping, and they are currently available.

- Action Figure Express has a case of 12 for 107.95, but they are currently out of stock.  (MROTW Affiliate)

- Likewise, Entertainment Earth has a slightly better deal on a case at $99.95, but they are out of stock as well.  (MROTW Affiliate)

- Amok Time has a set of six for $54.99 plus shipping.  I've never bought from them, so I don't know about their reliability.

- Comics Infinity also has them listed, the set of six for $58 plus shipping.  I have dealt with them, and always gotten great service.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford

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