Packaging - **
The rotocast figures tend to be low price point figures, and it's reflected in
the packaging. I'm quite surprised too, considering how easy it would be
to steal the accessories in this open box. Still, if it keeps costs down
on something this cool, I'm all for it.
Sculpting - ***1/2
This sculpt, while not perfect, is a decided improvement over the regular
sixth scale version. That version was too soft, without enough
detail. If this one has any negative, it's that it has too much detail,
with a little too rough of an appearance around the hair line and cheeks.
Still, it's a world better than the previous 12" version, and the paint ops
detract slightly from what is really an excellent version.
Moving away from the head sculpt, you can see
tons of detail in the rest of the figure as well. All of the clothing is
sculpted, and the wrinkles and patterns give them impression of multiple layers
and fabrics. The detail work on the quiver is particularly good, and I'm
very impressed with the amount of effort that was put into a very inexpensive
The hands are a tad Famous Covers -
oversized. The left holds the bow or sword fine, while the right is
sculpted as though he's pulling back an arrow, or giving the peace sign,
depending on your point of view.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops aren't bad, but it's just shy of perfect. There's a little
glopping around the face, and the hair line is a bit ragged. The detail
work on the clothing and quiver is excellent though, and the colors are
consistent and generally clean. There's a wide enough number of colors as
well, and the face does not suffer from the God awful gloss finish that the
12" figure has.
Articulation - ***1/2
Wow! One of the difficulties with rotocast figures in the past has been
handling joints, but they've cleared worked through that issue. Legolas
has a ton of articulation - ball jointed neck that works great, ball jointed
shoulders, elbows (although the left is just a cut joint), wrists, waist, hips,
thighs, double jointed knees, and boot tops. I think I have them all!
That's great for any figure, but for a light
weight, inexpensive figure like this it's pretty damn amazing. Some of the
joints lack full range of motion, the hips were a bit restricted, and the knees
were a little loose, but overall you can call me amazed.
Accessories - ***1/2
This version doesn't have quite as many accessories as his slightly taller
counterpart, but it's close. He has his bow, three arrows, and two
swords. The arrows and swords fit nicely in the unique quiver, but they
are made of very soft plastic. Clearly this is a toy, not a collectible,
and as such the weapons are toned down a bit. The arrows have blunt tips,
but you could always pretend they are the kind that you light on fire.
They look just like it!
The swords and bow fit nicely in his hands, and
overall the accessory number and quality is extremely good.
Value - ****
Did I say nine bucks? That's less than I paid for either the Hulk or
Nightcrawler! This is a fantastic value, and I'm hoping we see more
figures in this style and price range.
Overall - ****
I didn't particularly like this figure - or the Aragorn - when I first saw
them on the shelf. I prefer cloth outfits on figures this big, and they
looked a little, well, silly. But you have to get these out to truly
appreciate what a great toy they are. If I was a kid, I'd be in heaven
with these. Tons of articulation, good sculpting and accessories - kids
are sure to have a ton of fun playing with these. While only the value is
really perfect, the overall score is effected by how great a toy this really is.
The Aragorn sculpt wasn't quite as good as the
Legolas, so be forewarned...
Where to Buy -
I picked this up at Meijers. I'm assuming that Toys R Us, Target and Wal-mart
will also carry them.
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INCLUDING A COMPARISON WITH THE SIXTH SCALE VERSION!