Packaging - **1/2
The packaging is fairly straight forward
bubble/cardback style work. The graphics are good, with some limited text,
and you can see the figure and accessories well. It's not outstanding
though, simply passing the basic requirements.
Sculpting - ***
If you've checked out the previous Stan
Winston lines, you will see the same type of detailed sculpting here.
While they aren't quite Mcfarlane quality, they are still quite detailed and
The detailing on the fur, musculature and
clothing is all quite good. There is plenty of realism, but the lack of
asymmetry hurts what otherwise could have been a great figure. If this
were a McToys sculpt, they would have gone out of their way to avoid symmetry on
the figure - one ear would have had a gouge, a tooth on one side would have been
chipped, one arm or leg would have had a very different appearance from the
other. Instead, either side of this figure is very similar, right down to
a similar cuff and chain on each wrist. This doesn't make the figure look
less realistic, but by having some lack of symmetry it can be perceived as even
One other complaint that relates to the
sculpting - the mold lines are clearly visible in some areas, particularly on
the face. There's no way this can be a four star sculpt with such an
Paint - **1/2
The only area on this figure that really
disappointed me was the paint application. It's not terrible in the QA sense,
but lacks the detail and wash that we saw in the prototype pictures.
The colors are fairly basic, and there is some
darker brown used in the wrinkles of the face particularly to bring out the
detail. But the prototype photos showed a darker brown overall, and the
body and rib cage had a wash that gave the figure a less cartoonish appearance.
He needed a little something extra to make him less Red Riding Hood and more rip
your face off and it it for lunch.
Articulation - ***
The original Winston figures were known for their lack of articulation, but
it looks like they are changing in that area as well. Actually, they were
starting to improve by the later releases already.
Wulv has a great ball jointed neck, that allows
for lots of up and down positioning, ball jointed shoulders, a cut elbow on the
right arm, wrists, waist and hips. A little more articulation in the legs
or the left elbow would have been nice and boosted this score, but there's
enough here to make some posing possible.
Accessories - ***
There are four accessories - his small base, three loose bones of his
victim, and a trading card.
The bones are all different sculpts, covered in a bloody wash. They
look terrific, and fit nicely in his hands. They also match the bloody rib
cage on the base.
The base works okay, but not perfectly. I had a little trouble getting
the feet to fit properly, and when I did, it was tough getting him to hold too
many positions. I preferred not using it, and had little trouble getting
him to stand on his own.
The trading card is...well...a trading card. I have no interest in this
type of accessory, and think they are pretty much worthless.
Value - ***
At $15 each, Stan Winston's figures were
completely out of wack. At $10, they are much closer to the usual McToys,
NECA, or Mezco release, companies they'll be competing with directly for your
dollars. They aren't an exceptional value at this price, but they match up
fairly well with the rest of the market.
Overall - ***
This was a tough overall score. In some ways, I really wanted to drop
this figure another half star. I was disappointed, as the figure didn't
really live up to the prototype.
However, it is a solid looking werewolf, even if
it didn't turn out as amazing as I'd hoped. They have to get some credit
for dropping the price, and for getting these out in the same scale as previous
I had no interest in Trakk, and the Lycon looked
even more cartoony than Wulv. Vereticus has some possibilities though, and
I may just end up picking him up as well at some point.
Where to Buy -
I don't know if any retail stores will be carrying these, although I'm sure NECA
tried to get them into places like Tower Records or Sam Goody. I bought
- from Killer
Toys. They have the figures available individually for $10 each.
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