Packaging - ***
I've mentioned before that I like the new red packaging for the TTT
series. It looks good here as well, and compliments the colors of the
The package isn't collector
friendly, and you'll have a ton of serious twisties to battle through, but
the try me function works fairly well, and you get a good idea of what
you're buying with an unobstructed view of most of the figure.
Sculpting - ****
The figure is truly huge at 17" tall, towering over the other figures
in the line. They advertise it as 14" but I think they are
ignoring the top branch you attach after you get him out of the package.
Sure, that's not right to scale, but it's certainly appropriate scale for an
action figure line.
This is the best looking tree
that's not quite a tree I've ever seen. Beautiful sculpting on the
legs, arms hands and torso give the appearance of bark, moss and mushrooms,
yet you understand that it's a walking, moving creature.
They've matched the design from
the film extremely well, from what I can tell at this point. The
various small branches with tiny leaves help to give Treebeard a realistic
feel, while still maintaining a 'human' appearance.
The detail work is excellent,
and Toybiz has again out done themselves in this line.
Paint - ***1/2
The majority of the paint ops are stellar, with just the right amounts
of green and brown. They've utilized a variety of shades to bring out
the texture and style of the sculpt, and managed to give us realistic
looking colors for the wood and leaves.
The only nit I'd pick is the red's on some of the 'shrooms.
It's quite bright, and while that's not untrue of some types of fungi, it
causes any slop or inaccuracies to stand out. The edges of the
mushrooms end up not looking as clean as other areas because of this.
Articulation - ***1/2
There's a ton of articulation here for such a wooden character. He has
ball jointed shoulders, elbows, ball jointed wrists, fingers, hips, and
knees. All the joints worked well, and there's a ton of posing
The only limitation is that some of the joints were
loose. While I understand the looseness of the right arm - it's his
hobbit tossing arm - the left arm had trouble staying above his waist,
particularly if anything was placed in his hand.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the level of articulation
overall, and I wish we saw this in every large scale figure.
Accessories - Bupkis
Yep, nothing for poor Treebeard. Sure, you can't complain too much
in the overall grand scheme of things, since he's a whomping huge figure,
with some nice action features. But it's still important to note that
he came sans any extra little pieces of plastic stuff.
Action Features - ***1/2
He has three - his eyes light up, he talks, and he can toss a hobbit,
dwarf or Homer Simpsons with his right hand.
The tossing action works alright. Place a figure his his hand, push
the branch attached to his arm, and the arm does a tossing motion. How
well you get it to throw the figure depends on various laws of physics, and
I didn't do so well in that class.
The eyes look terrific, both unlit and glaring. They are nice and
bright, and they stay on while he's speaking.
The talking feature is fairly decent, and there are five phrases.
Everyone can agree on four -
"I am no tree...I am an ENT!"
"Treebeard some call me"
"HAARRGGH...don't be hasty" (okay, it's a yell, and that's as
close as I can come)
"I told Gandalf I'd keep you safe, and safe is where I'll keep
But the fourth is a bit of a mystery, and I
think it's actually a flaw. Mine sounds very garbled, as though the
chip is damaged, and I couldn't find a single one on the shelf where I could
understand what he's saying.
The lips and beard also move as he's
speaking, although how much seems to depend on the one you grab. I
noticed some of the figures had a lot of motion, while others were less
active. If you'd prefer one over the other, try out a few at the
store. You may find you prefer less movement, as it appears a little
less cartoonish that way.
Value - ***
Thirty bucks is some serious cash, but considering the size of this figure,
along with the great articulation and sculpting, it doesn't seem
unreasonable. Let's face it, there are plenty of sixth scale figures
that cost more than this and don't offer as much.
Overall - ***1/2
I don't like this figure quite as much as Sauron,
but he's close. At this price point, some accessories would have been
nice, or perhaps a smaller figure included along with him. I didn't
have a hobbit handy, so Homer had to suffice for size comparisons.
Still, he's quite an impressive figure, and it astounds me
that a company like Toybiz can say in an interview that the in-articulated
Marvel Select figures, with weaker sculpting and paint ops, are the ultimate
collectors figures, and still produce something as excellent as this.
Where to Buy -
I picked mine up at the local Toys R Us.
has them for $30, and they have them in stock. (MROTW Affiliate)
Earth has them in for $38, but they don't guarantee mint boxes on these.