Packaging - **1/2
The box is very attractive, with the great LOTR graphics and colors, but
it's not for the MIB collectors. Sure, you can take him out and put
him back, but the box won't survive much shelve time, or even time around
He's big, he's bad, he's one ugly mother. The sculpting on the head
and face is excellent, although he isn't quite the same as the movie
photo. The eyes are higher on the head, the nose lower, and the
mouth is a little off. But if you aren't too worried about it
matching the movie exactly, then you'll love this figure.
face is sculpted in a soft rubber which stretches over his mechanical
mouth. The chest and stomach also have the soft body feel, which is
a lot less disgusting than it sounds. This soft rubber cover works
much better than I had anticipated, and this is one of the coolest figures
out this year.
pretty good on this figure as well, and he'll tower over the rest of the
There's not a lot of paint detail here, but the wash on the body and face
is great. Also, the various body tones are done well, and the paint
work on the teeth and mouth is appropriately gross.
The Troll has neck, shoulders, elbows and hips. While this isn't the
greatest, he gets a great score because of how well the arm articulation
works with the action mechanism. Press the left arm button and he
thrusts forward with the spear. Press the right arm button, and he
slams down with his hammer. Both work smoothly, and it feels like
they won't easily break over time.
top of that, he roars, a nice loud, deep roar. The mouth moves open
with each push of the lever, and he swings, stabs and snarls.
The spear is the only 'real' accessory, but the hammer and the
chain/collar can be counted as accessories if you are willing to stretch
the definition a little.
the accessories have great details, and the spear fits his hand
perfectly. When Toybiz does it right, they really do it right.
$20 isn't bad, but $15 would have been a whole lot more palatable.
All prices have gone up this year, more than is appropriate. But
this figure is certainly an improvement over most, so spending a little
extra won't hurt too much.
If you're collecting the LOTR figures, get off your butt and get this
figure now. If you don't, this figure may be the one that gets you
into it. Toybiz has hit a winner here, and this is by far the nicest
figure in the line so far.
to Buy -
As I mentioned earlier, these are hitting Toys R Us right now, and retail
for $20. Don't succumb to the on-line sales yet, since I bet we'll
see plenty of these in the next two or three weeks.