Packaging - ***1/2
I'm not particularly keen on the prize inside, but the package itself
is attractive, with plenty of informative text, even though it's
multi-lingual. They show the figures on the back in this wave, and
while the figure and accessories are quite heavy (especially in
Philip's case), the bubble is sealed tightly enough to the backer that
there shouldn't be a problem keeping it whole long term.
Sculpting - Blackbeard
***; Zombie **1/2; Philip **
There are some minor changes to Blackbeard, but it's mostly
articulation. The hands might have been slightly adjusted as well, but
that's about it - if you are expecting an updated sculpt, you'll be
And while this basic sculpt
isn't particularly accurate, it does the job well enough I suppose.
There's some decent detail work in the costume, and I love the beard
The zombie isn't much of a
zombie, really, and I don't remember this guy from the movie. Then
again, most of the movie was pretty forgettable. I like the work on the
tattered shirt, but there's some obvious proportion problems, like the
weird, chunky calves, that throw off the overall appearance. He's also
smaller than some of the other figures, both in height and in bulk.
Philip is the exact opposite -
he's huge. In fact, he's so out of scale that he looks like he belongs
in a completely different series of figures. His sheer bulk dwarfs the
zombie, and even towers over Blackbeard. If he were standing up
straight, the guy would be 8 feet tall. Add to this disproportionate
size his silly, forced, sculpted pose and lack of articulation, and you
have a fail for a figure.
I haven't even mentioned the
likeness, either. I suppose it's as accurate as some of the others in
this series, but the generic look doesn't work here at all.
These are supposed to be a 7"
scale, but as you can see, that varies pretty widely. At least all
three can stand on their own, and both the zombie and Blackbeard can
hold the weapons with the hand sculpts.
Paint - **1/2
The paint work here isn't atrocious, but it is pretty basic and simple.
Some of the detail work on the
costumes is decent, but most of the rest is done in that 'throw as much
at the figure as possible and let's see what sticks' style that works
better with monsters than it does with people characters.
There's some slop here and
there, like at Blackbeard's hair line, or the edges of Philip's shirt,
and while the paint ops are pretty much in line with the quality of the
rest of the features, they do nothing to really elevate or improve on
the basic toy.
Articulation - Zombie, Blackbeard
**1/2; Philip *
It strikes me as ironic that the Zombie in this series has the most
articulation. With a relatively decent ball jointed neck, cut
shoulders, wrists, and waist, T hips, and pin elbows and knees, he can
actually take more than one pose. Not a bunch, but at least more than
You might think that this
Blackbeard is identical to the Blackbeard from the first wave. The
majority of the sculpt certainly is. But along with the restricted
neck, NECA style shoulders, cut wrists, cut waist, T hips, and cut
calves that the first version had, this one adds in pin elbows.
The bigger surprise is that I
had a harder time posing this one than the first one. I don't know why,
but the neck is far more restricted this time around, and I could
barely get any movement out of it at all. The pin elbows are alright,
but don't do much to improve the arm poses, and so the score ended up
pretty much the same.
Philip is a big hunk - of
plastic. He has articulation, but it's only there to make sure he can
remain standing in the one pose forced by the sculpt. There's a cut
neck that barely moves, cut shoulders that do very little, cut wrists
that only do slightly more, and a pin right elbow. The pose you see is
the pose you're going to get.
Accessories - Blackbeard, Zombie
***, Philip **
While most of it is re-used, Blackbeard comes with a reasonable share
There's his piece of the zombie
of course - an arm - but he also has a sword belt for the Build A
Figure included in his package. Blackbeard comes with two pistols and
his own sword as well. All of these look reasonable, although none of
them are a standout. His hat and his own sheath belt are removable as
well, adding in to the score.
As I said, Blackbeard has a
sword belt for the Zombie, and it's pretty surprising whenever you
actually get accessories for a BAF. You can use one of the two swords
that came with the wave 2 Jack Sparrow for the undead pirate as well.
Philip does have the piece of
the BAF (the largest piece in fact, in the full torso, pelvis and head)
but comes with nothing else. That short blade in his right hand?
Sculpted in place. So if you were buying Philip for Philip's sake, and
not to get the BAF piece (yes, I know this would be a pretty rare
situation, but the actor must have a mother), then this score would be a big Bupkis for you.
Fun Factor - *1/2
None of these are particularly good toys. The limited articulation
doesn't help, but what's worse is that one of them is actually two of
the coolest things he could be - a pirate AND a zombie - and kids still
won't be all that amused.
Value - *1/2
At $15 a pop, you're getting the short end of the sword on these. While
Blackbeard isn't a straight re-use, he's damn close, and the Phillip
figure is pretty much a hunk of plastic. While the Zombie has his
pluses, he's also going to cost you at least $60 to put together -
clearly not worth it.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing, beyond spending money on this wave in the first place.
Overall - Blackbeard,
Zombie **1/2; Philip *1/2
Blackbeard is still a reasonable figure, if not anything that stands
out. But if you purchased him the first time around, there's nothing
here compelling enough to convince you to buy him again. To build the zombie? I
suppose, although he could just go without one arm...zombies do that,
The zombie is also reasonable,
but slightly small and certainly costly. It's probably not that
surprising that the best figure in the entire wave is the BAF, but that
doesn't make it any less annoying. And being best in this wave is not exactly a resounding recommendation.
And then there is Philip.
Unarticulated, oversized, generic Philip, forever checking his right
arm pit for odor. The only reason I can see for buying this figure
(outside of an unhealthy obsession with Sam Claflin) is to get the main
piece for the Zombie. And considering the price tag, even that's a
pretty big stretch.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Blackbeard ***; Zombie **1/2; Philip **
Paint - **1/2
Articulation - Zombie, Blackbeard **1/2; Philip *
Accessories - Blackbeard, Zombie ***, Philip **
Fun Factor - *1/2
Value - *1/2
Overall - Blackbeard, Zombie **1/2; Philip *1/2
Where to Buy -
Your best bet is to watch your local Target, where these seem to be
popping up most often. As tail enders, they may also make an appearance
at one of the local bargain stores, like Marshall's or T.J. Maxx.
Other Piratey reviews include:
- the first half of this wave,
that included the Spanish
Office, another Barbossa, and another Jack.
- I covered the first two
figures in wave 1, Blackbeard
and Jack Sparrow, and then covered the rest of wave 1 here.
- my current favorite Jack
Sparrow is the Sideshow
Premium Format statue, but when I receive my Hot Toys On Stranger Tides DX06
version, that very well may change.
- Hot Toys has produced some
other amazing 12" figures as well, including Cannibal Jack and Davy Jones,
Jack and Sao Feng, as well as Will
- NECA did a fair share of
smaller figures, including Sao
Feng, a full series
2 figures, Clanker, the
new cursed boxed set of Jack
and Barbossa, second
cursed Pirate, Pintel,
the full first
series, and a terrific 18" version of Sparrow.
- then there's the 12" Sao Feng and Jack Sparrow from
Zizzle, and had a guest review of the Will
- Zizzle's line of 3 3/4" has
gotten a review of some of
the figures, along with a guest review of the Isla Cruces set, and the
- Disney released some figures based on the actual park attraction, and not
- Disney also has their own set
of POTC figures out now at their stores, including Jack and Davy of course.
- Mezco recently released some very cool Pirate Mez-itz, not
based on any license, but cool nonetheless.
- and if you like your pirates a little more 'real', there's always the
from Sideshow, or their large scale Premium Format of Blackbeard.
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