Packaging - ***
Palisades does a nice job with their packaging, and the Joe line is no
exception. The mini-busts are well packed, and the number one requirement
- protecting the vitals - is covered.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpts on the Joe busts are all top notch. Flint is one of the
best of the entire bunch, simply because he has a tremendous amount of detail in
is clothing and 'accessories' on his body.
The sculpt, particularly around the face, is a
rougher style than say, Scarlett. But that seems appropriate for such a
rough, tough hombre. This is clearly not a man to mess with, and they've
captured a facial expression that's serious without being constipated.
The detail work on the shirt, cartridge belt,
shotgun shells, belt and emblems is excellent. This is easily my favorite
sculpt of the series.
Some folks may find the switch from arms to no
arms and back again a tad inconsistent, but the consistent bases help maintain
some symmetry within the line.
Paint - ****
The paint ops on Flint are excellent
overall. There's a little bleed at the borders of some of the more diverse
colors, and the occasional sloppy line, but there's nothing series or
obvious. A routine inspection won't turn up serious issues.
The yellow shotgun shells make a nice contrast
against the darker colors of his uniform, and the skin tone is even and
consistent. The weathered appearance of the base gives it a realistic
look, and they've managed to use the paint application to highlight and even
improve on the great sculpt.
Quality/Design - ***1/2
I mentioned the facial expression in the
sculpting section, but I wanted to reiterate what a terrific overall design this
is. Flint looks flinty, and the set of his shoulders and crease of his jib
imply a man who would just as soon cut your throat as talk to you. And no,
I have no idea what the hell a jib is.
Accessories - ***
This is really the first time I've ever
had a mini-bust with an accessory. Sure, some of the Gentle Giant busts
have separate arms that you attach after, but the shotgun is really a separate
item, with a real elastic strap, just like you might get with the usual sixth
scale action figure.
The sculpt is good, although rougher than you
would see in the sixth scale market. It's a well down pump shotgun, with a
pistol grip stock, just the kind of thing to use up close and personal.
Value - **1/2
The mini-bust market isn't a cheap
one. Most busts run in the $35 - $45 range, no matter what the license
might be. Since these fall within that range, they also fall within the
average but nothing spectacular rating for the value section. If you're
collecting mini-busts, you won't be surprised by the price. If the normal
mini-bust seems too expensive to you, then this one will most likely seem too
expensive as well.
Overall - ***1/2
I already mentioned that I'm not a big
RAH fan, but I can certainly appreciate the exceptional work, detail, and
attention that has gone into these mini-busts. I'm proud to display these
on my shelf with mini-busts from other companies like Gentle Giant, Sideshow and
Bowen, and the big fan of RAH won't be disappointed. To get the entire
line is going to cost you some serious green, but if Flint is one of your
favorite characters, you'll want to seriously consider picking this one up.
Where to Buy -
Your local comic shop may carry these, or you can use one of many on-line shops:
- Beans Toys has him for only $30, the
best price I've seen.
Sniper has Flint for $40, and some of the earlier busts for as little as $33.
Toys has Flint for $35, along with some of the other past releases.