12" Brett Favre

Mark D is back tonight with a terrific guest review of the new 12" Brett Favre - it's all yours, Mark!

This is the latest offering from McFarlane’s Sports Picks line, 12-INCH SPORTS FIGURES!!  I am a die-hard pro football fan and Green Bay Packers fan so I’ve been waiting for months for these to come out, ever since they were first announced. Series one has Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Emmitt Smith, Ricky Williams and Jerry Rice. Like all McFarlane series, there are variants out there. I’ve seen Smith as both a Cowboy and a Cardinal and I think Rice might be out there as both a Raider and a 49er. 

Packaging - ***
If you’ve ever read my reviews before, you know that boxes are nothing more than functional transportation vessels to me. I immediately rip them apart to get at the goodies inside. However, this box does feature great graphics and photos on a window style box. This is a HUGE box that shows the figure fine for those who want to keep their figures in the box. The figure can be removed and returned after undoing a half dozen twist ties for those who’d like to return it.

Sculpting - *** and Paint - **1/2
I’ve lumped these two categories together for this review. When I first heard they were coming out with these figures I was thrilled. After getting several of the 6” figures and seeing the incredible sculpting and paint on them, I figured these babies would be superb (see my past review on the 6” figures here.) After all, McFarlane’s sculptors and painters now were able to operate on twice the scale as before. Don’t get me wrong, the sculpting still got three stars but I wholeheartedly expected ****. The face looks really good but the uniform, shoes and arms all look a little too smooth and “detail-deficient”. I also expected near perfection on the paint job and was disappointed. Again the face was nicely done, including glossy eyes, but the rest was lacking. The stripes on the shirtsleeves and pants all lacked crisp edges and had bleed areas. Sports Picks set the trend with “weathering” of their figures. The players all had mud and other signs of playing the game on their skin and uniforms. The “mud” on the shirt was fairly well done but the “mud” on the pants looks like someone accidentally over sprayed with a can of spray paint.

Articulation - *1/2
The figure has articulation at the neck, biceps (swivel), wrists, waist and one leg at the knee. You pretty much get whatever pose he comes out of the box with. Not much posability but I really didn’t expect much. Low score but an expected low score.

Accessories - *1/2
The figure comes with a “grass” display stand with a name plaque. That’s it. The ball (NICE detail) is secured in the hand so I don’t count that as an accessory. Again, the low score was expected here.

Play Factor - *
About the best you could do is pose him up on a shelf. I suppose you could have G.I. Joe ready to ambush him…

Value - ***
I got him from an on line dealer at E-bay for $24 which was a very good price. Most on-line retailers have them for $35. At my price it is a very nice deal. At $35 I’d give it **.

Overall - ***
As I mentioned at the start of the review, this is one “gotta have it” figure that I wanted as soon as I saw it. Although the figure had some low scores, they were in areas you’d be expected for what is basically a statue. I had really hoped this was gonna be a **** when I saw it previewed on-line but the sculpting and painting deficiencies kept it from being that good. I've included a picture that compares the new 12" figure with the original 6" figure.

Where to Buy:
Like I said before, I got him from an on line dealer at E-bay for $24 which was a very good price. Most on-line retailers have them for $35, including Small Blue Planet and Entertainment Earth.

The Rater: Mark D is an avid action figure collector old enough to have gotten vintage GI Joes for Christmas as a kid, but still young enough to play with his toys. He collects mostly vintage AT GI Joe stuff but still likes to grab the cool stuff that comes out now, especially law enforcement figures and accessories. He's been a regular at The Sandbox ( since he first came on line about five years ago. He's always looking to swap with other Joe-head and assist them in finding the hard to find stuff. You can contact him at or visit his site at

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