Packaging - ***
Nothing exciting here, but serviceable. It's sturdy, and the figure
is clearly in view along with all the accessories.
Unfortunately, there isn't much in terms of text or graphics on the
package. The figure is also intended for kids 8 and older - I have
Sculpting - ***
The head sculpt is a nice, generic, average looking guy. Nothing
weird, and he doesn't suffer from any of the problems that we've seen with
the heads from 21st Century or Dragon at times. No zombie look, no
daffy expression, just a regular guy.
The hand sculpts are designed to hold the accessories, and work well.
Paint Ops - **1/2
The majority of the paint ops on this guy are good. The big reason I
took off points was that he suffers from Star Trek Lips. Similar to
many of the 9" and 12" Star Trek figures, he has that odd lip
color that makes it look like his choice of underwear isn't limited to
boxers or briefs.
The eyes are well done though, as is the hair color.
Articulation - ***1/2
The Ertl body is quite good, having all those double joints and extra
articulation that you expect these days. The body is light weight,
but I haven't had any trouble with loose joints.
The figure held lots of poses easily, although I'm sure part of that is
due to the great boots he's wearing.
While I said he has all the double joints, that's a bit of a
misconception. He has the standard double jointed elbows, along with
both cut joints and standard joints at the wrists to give him tons of arm
and wrist articulation, but he doesn't have double jointed knees.
Instead, his thighs have been carved out to allow the calves to fold all
the way up against them with the single joint. This accomplishes
much of the same thing as the double joints.
The only real oddity here is the ankles. The unusual design on
the foot articulation means he really has no heel. The foot goes in
and out of boots far easier than standard feet, but he'll never stand
Accessories - ***1/2
There's plenty here, which is always a great sign. Our Bass man has
a bass of course, along with a rod/reel, tackle box, folding chair,
cooler, fillet knife and sheath, net, and stringer.
The cooler and tackle box are particularly nice, and the tackle box
even has metal closures just like the real thing. When you open it,
the trays fold out just like you'd expect. All you need is a few
custom made lures!
The rod and reel are very basic, with almost no detail. I was a
little disappointed with them - there's not even any paint work on the
entire rig. The fillet knife and sheath look good, but the knife is
made of too soft of material. And the folding chair works great,
although it makes more sense for an ice fisherman.
The only serious problem with the accessories is in the bass and
stringer. The bass actually looks great, with great paint details
and sculpting. But the 'stringer' is nothing more than a piece of
string, and the bass has no holes in his mouth or gills to be able to put
him on it. It really is a worthless accessory.