Packaging - ***1/2
Like most bubble/cardback packages, this one certainly isn't collector
friendly. But the bubble is extremely sturdy, and the artwork is
extremely colorful and attractive. The text on the back is decent,
and by posing the figures in the bubble they at least help out the MOC
I can't fault Art Asylum's sculpting on this line. This really looks
like Michelle Yeoh, and I thought the Chow Yun Fat character was excellent
on the additional hands, base and accessories is also great, and in
particular the ornate sword is very nicely done.
Asylum also managed to combine the sculpt with the articulation, so that
even though the figure is well articulated, it doesn't hurt the sculpt in
Another area where the figure leaves up to the hype. I had very
little to criticize on the paint ops, although the flesh tones on the face
and hands could be a little more consistent. But all the lines were
clean, and the eyes and uniform showed great attention to detail.
About the only more articulated figure in this size we've seen recently
are the Spiderman Classics. With a ball jointed neck, ball jointed
shoulders and hips, elbows, knees, waist, ankles and wrists, she can hold
just about any pose.
the use of the soft rubber pieces on the arms, waist and feet to hide some
of the joints was both creative and well executed.
Here's where I'm going to sway from most popular opinions on these
figures. While the accessories are nice, there are two glaring
problems which disappointed me.
included base looks terrific, with excellent sculpting and detail.
My first major complaint is here though - why is there no pegs or grooves
of any sort to attach the table top, shelf or case together? I don't
mean permanently, but something to at least keep them from falling over at
the slightest touch would have been easy to add.
swords are well done, and fit in the character's extra hand
properly. The sword case, while nice looking, has it's own flaw,
since it has no way to close tightly. The lip on the top and bottom
is too short to allow it to snap together, so one piece just rests on the
other. Again, something that could have been easily fixed.
the biggest flaw, and the one that takes off a point, is the extra
hands. The hands are made of a soft plastic, the better to hold the
sword I'm sure. But that means the small posts that fit in the
wrists are made of soft plastic as well, and one of mine snapped off the
first time I tried to remove it.
on the ones that didn't break, it was pretty apparent that the posts
wouldn't take too many swaps. Here's a tip - don't try to push them
straight in, or try to twist them out. The best method is the
reverse; pull straight out (with a little rocking motion, but be careful!)
and twist in.
posts had been better, these accessories could have earned an easy four
Thirteen bucks isn't a bad price, considering the quality of the figure,
the sculpting, articulation and all the cool accessories. I wouldn't
pay more than thirteen, but if you compare this to DC Direct figures you
can see where it clearly blows them out of the water.
I bet folks won't like my criticisms of this figure, but I think it's
because it was soooo close to perfect that I was more critical. When
a company goes to this much trouble to make a great figure, and then drops
the ball on a couple major points, it makes the errors all the more