Sculpting - Zombie ****; Carl ***1/2I'm not going to say Carl is as good as the exceptional Merle, or even Michonne. But I was shocked by how good the likeness was on this portrait.
The first wave or so of the McFarlane Walking Dead figures was weak - there's no other way to put it. That's no longer the case.
doesn't have one of those easy to sculpt faces, because there's nothing
super distinctive about it. And yet, they've captured it - you really
see Chandler Riggs as Carl. I will say that not wearint the hat the
likeness isn't quite as strong, but in the hat he's a dead ringer.
go in greater detail on the three layer face on the SWAT zombie in the
Accessories section, but suffice to say that the sculpting on all three
layers is fantastic. I really love the look of the zombie without any
face, gruesome as it is. Unlike Carl, it's not really necessary for
this to be an exact duplicate of an actual person, but the detailing
and sharpness of the lines makes it a terrific looking zombie to add to
The zombie is about 5 1/4 inches tall, while Carl comes
in at a scale appropriate 4 inches. Both stand fine on their own, once
you find the sweet spot.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint can still get better - there's a little gloppiness on the skin tones, and some areas are thicker than I'd like.
overall it has improved, especially when you consider the scale.
The work on Carl's face is clean, and doesn't detract from the
excellent likeness. There's a nice amount of blood and gore on both
characters, although the zombie has a bit more...as you'd hope.
do wish his teeth were a little less dirty, and by that I mean less
actual dirt in the paint. The teeth have a surface roughness that
doesn't seem consistent with the general damage and rot. On the flip
side, the work on the rotting eyeballs is great, and I love the detail
of the splatter inside the mask.
I wanted to mention that Carl is
able to hold his accessories, unlike the Govenor and Andrea figures I
reviewed earlier. The hand sculpts are much better suited to work with
Overall I'm quite happy with the paint quality, and the level of detail work.
Articulation - Zombie
****; Carl ***
figures have good articulation, another area that's improved over the
course of several waves. Dropping the silly action features also helped
here, since they often got in the way of decent mobility.
have ball jointed necks, ball jointed shoulders and a rocker waist
(although Carl's is pretty restricted). Carl has pin elbows and pin
wrists, while the zombie has ball elbows and cut wrists.
have those ball hips that lack the mobility that you really need, but
the ball knees and ankles help make up for it a bit. Carl has a
slightly harder time taking good stances because of the restriction on
the ankle caused by the pant sculpt, but you can still get him to stay
Be careful with the wrists on both of them, as they were painted tight on mine.
Accessories - ****
Both figures come with cool extras, appropriate to the characters.
has his dad's hat, and it really looks great. This is one of those rare
times where the figure looks better with the hat than without, and the
slightly oversized nature is appropriate.
He also has a small
knife that fits nicely in a sheath on his belt, as well as a duffel bag
and a set of keys. These all make sense in the context of earlier
episodes, but I do wish he also has his gun with the homemade silencer.
first glance, the zombie doesn't seem to have any accessories. But his
face mask is not one extra but two - and it's one of the coolest, well
executed ideas I've seen in awhile.
The full mask fits nicely
over the face, and stays in place. The interior of the mask appears to
be splattered with snot, or something even worse. You can pop off this
plastic piece, exposing the zombie face underneath. This face has
sagging, rotting skin. You can then pull of the entire mask, and the
skin is gone, exposing the raw, red muscle and flesh underneath.
This works and looks great - it is one of those very cool ideas that was perfectly executed.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
good articulation and accessories, and a perfect conflict story for
role play, these make excellent action figures. They are a
little fragile, but not so much that kids couldn't have a good
time battling the monsters. With zombies, you don't have to be a fan of
the show to have some fun.
And how much fun is the removable face on the SWAT zombie? That's just too damn cool.
Value - **
I have a tough time convincing myself that
these are worth almost twenty bucks each, considering the kind of work
we're seeing from DST and NECA for the same or less money. While these
have improved, the price point is still a killer.
Things to Watch Out For -
snapped the wrist on Carl with a slight touch. It was painted tight,
and very brittle. Take care with the joints, especially the wrists.
Overall - Zombie ****;
Both of these figures
are right up there with the best of the line overall, and I gave the
zombie the edge just because I really, really, really love the layered
face. It works perfectly, which is so rare these days.
happy with this series overall, because the quality has gone up across
the board. The sculpts are much improved, the articulation has
improved, and they even dropped the ridiculous action features that
hurt some of the previous releases.
I haven't picked up any of
the comic book figures since the first wave, but I'll be a completist
on the show based line, something I didn't expect back when they
released the awful first series. I wish every company paid attention
and corrected issues this way!
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Zombie ****; Carl ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Zombie ****; Carl ***
Accessories - ****
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **
Overall - Zombie ****; Carl ***1/2
Where to Buy -
I picked these up at the local Toys R Us for about $17 each. Online
options include these site sponsors:
- Entertainment Earth
has the singles for $15, or the set of 5 for just $70.
- Big Bad Toy Store
also has the singles at $15, and the full set of five at $70.
- Urban Collector
has both for $18 each.
- Things From Another World also has
them at $18 each.
- Fanboy Collectibles has the set of
five regular figures for $70.
- or you can search ebay
for a deal.
I just covered the Governor
and Andrea, also from this series. I've also covered Merle and
Michonne, the RV and Well
Zombies, Shane and
the Bicycle Girl, Walking Dead figures series 1,
humans in series 2, as well as the first
series of comic based figures. And don't forget that Gentle
Giant is doing busts, including Michonne,
and the Well
Walker so far. And if you like the RV Zombie,
Mcfarlane also did a cool blu-ray
case using his head, as well as the third season blu-ray
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