Packaging - ***1/2
First, let me point out that this is NOT collector friendly
packaging. You'll have to tear things completely up to free
him. Odd, considering they are going for the nostalgia value here.
the box is terrific otherwise. These boxes allow you to see all the
pieces and figure, are sturdy, and they've included some really terrific
graphics. On the back is a shot of the box of the original set, and
they tie this set and that one together with a pretty basic story line.
There were several head sculpts to choose from. The one I picked has
the short reddish flocked hair, with thin beard and mustache. There
was also the dark reddish/brown hair with van dyke, similar to the
original below, the short blonde with no beard, and the AA version.
of the sculpts are good, although I thought the one I picked up was the
best of the lot. The flocking looked good on all of them, and the
face sculpts are stern, but not constipated.
The only real paint ops on the figure itself is the eyes, which are
extremely well done. Everyone on the shelf stared back with a
additional paint ops on the sarcophagus were also good, and the paint work
on the Mummy really looks terrific.
Hasbro hasn't joined the 21st Century yet when it comes to
articulation. The body is decent, and he stands fine on his own. But
the elbows are not up to snuff, with limited motion and pose ability.
lower body articulation is fine, even if it isn't as highly articulated as
figures by Dragon or BBI. The ball jointed hips, and tight knees and
ankles, allow for plenty of lower body stances.
let's not forget that he has that infamous 'kung fu grip'. His
articulated hands held all the accessories just fine.
I've pointed out what the original set came with, and you can imagine that
this set has slightly less gear. But the only piece really missing
is the ATV, and with current prices, this set would have been fifty or
sixty bucks with a vehicle like that included.
it is, he still comes with a mess of gear. There's the shovel,
similar to the first set, but I have no idea what he plans on digging up
with this 'spoon'. It's far too small for anything other than a
a large machete, which is somewhat childish in it's design, but not too
bad. The machete fits into a scabbard that is a molded part of his
overall belt. The belt fits well, and has various other doo dads
The gun is a
good sculpt, although the colors are again on the childish side.
Perhaps the nicest weapon in the set is the whip, which is a great sculpt
and which he can hold very well.
the real star of the accessories is the Mummy in his Tomb. The
detailing on both the mummy figure and the sarcophagus is fantastic, and
looks great in any diorama. The tomb-opening action works pretty
well too, although it would have been nice if the mummy could be removed
from his box.
also three 'jewels' with the set, proving again that plundering ancient archeological
ruins for profit can be rewarding.
The uniform is slightly different, since his vest is sleeveless and open
to reveal his he-man muscles. The boots are knee high, with standard
pants. While the boot sculpt looks fine, I wish they'd been done in
black rather than the goofy brown color they chose.
pith helmet is slightly shorter and flatter than the original, but looks
fine resting on his head. It fits correctly, and probably won't
damage the flocking too much over time.
could have used a t-shirt under the vest, and I may use the one out of one
of the 21st Century sets to finish off his ensemble.
comes with the standard AT dog tag. I always thought they were far
too oversized, but if you like the old one you'll like this one.
I found this at my local Meijers for twenty bucks. That's a pretty
good price for a well equipped 12" figure, and if they'd just give
him slightly better articulation this value score would have been perfect.
This is a re-issue that I've really been looking forward to, since I love
my original set so much. They didn't disappoint me either, and for
that I'm grateful. Sure, there's a couple areas that could have seen some
improvement, but overall I'm really glad I picked up this set.