Packaging - ***1/2
The packaging from Ignite has very bright and vibrant colors, good photos, well
written descriptions, and they are collector friendly to boot. The
construction is a little weak though, and crushing the boxes a little too easy
for a perfect score.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpts might look a little familiar, at least if you've been watching
any movies in the last 20 years. The Crusader has a head sculpt extremely
similar to Sean Connery. Since Connery played a somewhat similar character
in First Knight - in the loosest possible sense - at least it makes a little
sense. Not so with the Viking.
The Viking is clearly Arnold Schwarzenegger,
right down to the modern hair cut. But Ahnold has never played a viking of
any sort, so that seems like an awfully odd choice. But whether either
head sculpt is an unusual choice or not, they both look very good.
The Crusader would make a great Henry Jones, and
you could swap this Arnie sculpt with an outfit for just about any of his
films. Since you could swap in a generic figure easily enough, these could
be used for some great customs.
Paint - ****
The paint ops are solid all around, although there's not a ton of small
detail. Most of the paint application is on the faces, and the lines are
clean and neat. There's also ops on the various accessories, particularly
the shields, and these are even better.
Articulation - ***
These bodies have all the cool articulation that you'd expect from a high end
12" figure. With lots of joints - ball jointed neck, ball
jointed shoulders, cut biceps (high, near the shoulders), double jointed
elbows, simple wrist joints, chest, waist, ball jointed hips (similar to
Famous Covers style hips), double jointed knees, cut thighs, and simple
ankles. - you can do just about any pose.
The slightly lower score is due to weak
hips. I had a bit of this trouble with the Gladiator from Ignite as well,
so I assume it's a bigger issue than just the occasional figure. With a
figure that has heavy armor or helmets, these weak hips and knees can cause a
lot of trouble doing any sort of posing.
Accessories - ****
Wow - I continue to be completely blown away by the quality and accuracy of the
accessories from Ignite. Both figures are loaded, with tons of weapons and
The Viking has his exceptional shield (which he
holds easily in his hands), a pike, long sword and scabbard, knife and sheath, axe, a
great belt, and nifty little faux leather bag for his belt that opens, and has a
fake bone for a closure.
The Crusader also has a terrific shield, that
even has padding included on the back right where he'd need it in reality, an
axe, and broad sword and scabbard. The shields for both figures
have a strap to carry it across their back or shoulders.
All the accessories use die cast metal where
you'd expect - the head of the axe or the blade of the sword for example.
It's a high quality metal, and looks and feels fantastic. These are some
of the best sixth scale weapons I've ever seen.
Outfit - ****
Wow squared. The outfits are every bit as cool as the accessories, especially in
the case of the Crusader.
The Viking has a die cast metal helmet, complete
with nose guard, three layers of tunic - the cloth chain mail, a leather tunic,
and a cloth tunic, great looking plaid pants that would look great on your local
nerd, and some interesting funky boots.
The Crusader has an extremely nice completely
metal helmet that is hinged to open easily and go on and off his head, four, yes
four, layers of tunic, and even chain mail leggings, designed to be historically
accurate. That means they look like stockings on a garter belt, but I
haven't seen anything quite like this in the more recent Fredrick's of Hollywood
catalog. He also has a well designed belt, and a pair of spurs.
The only negative here, and I think it's a minor
one, is that the chain mail tunic is *almost* a reuse. The sleeves are
clearly different between the two figures, but otherwise the pattern and
material are the same.
Every bit of these outfits is well designed with
excellent stitching, tailoring and quality. There's tons of small details,
including the gloved hands on the Crusader's chain mail, and the embroidered
lion crest on the front of his tunic is fantastic. Yes, the Crusader
outfit is slightly better than the Viking, but both are stand outs in the sixth
Value - ***
Sixty bucks is a lot of green. You might find these for a few dollars
under $60 if you do some searching around, but $60 is the likely price you'll
pay. And that's a lot of green.
I almost dropped these another half star, but
the quality of the accessories and outfits is so high, that I couldn't quite do
it. These are at the top end of the price scale most sixth scale
collectors are willing to pay, but they are certainly also at the top end in
terms of quality.
Overall - ***1/2
I'm hoping that Ignite gives us a slighter tighter body sometime soon, since
that's the only thing holding these back from four stars. Well, that and
how much lighter your wallet is going to feel, but that's tough to avoid if
you're looking for this level of detail. Perhaps is things go well for the
company, they'll be able to get the production numbers up on future figures and
manage to push the prices down closer to $50 each.
Where to Buy -
The best bet for finding these is to head over to Ignite's
web site and check out their list of retailers and distributors. They
have three or four really good choices there, and you can find them as cheap as
$56 or so.
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