Packaging - ****
I can honestly say that in the non-sixth scale market, Mezco is producing the
best and most artistic packaging out there. They are using the clamshells,
but adding great artwork and style to make eye catching, attractive, and
This time they've used a heavy card stock as the insert, and the back has a
newspaper style, complete with coffee rings left by the last reader. The
package gives you all the lowdown on the line, and let's you know what the
background is along with the other figures in a truly imaginative and well
It's pretty obvious how much I like the package - I've included two photos!
Sculpting - ***1/2
There's no source material to compare this to, but all the laws of
proportion, detail and design still apply.
Mezco has come up with an eye catching gangster design, reminiscent of the
roaring twenties, but with a modern sensiblity that will connect with the age
group their shooting for. And these things are huge - I had no idea how
big they really were til he showed up at my door. I've included a size
comparison photo at the end of the review, but these run around 9" -
10" tall. Since these are rotocast, the large scale isn't surprising.
O'Brian is the classic thug - big, ugly and mean. The sculpt makes it
clear that this is not a gentleman you wish to do business with, and if he shows
up at your door, you better have kneecap insurance.
Even though he's been sculpted with comic book muscles, his upper body isn't
too big for him to stand. In fact, he stands very well on his own, with
his arms out in front of him (or any other position).
Patrick hasn't won every battle without some personal cost though, and his
face shows the scars of many fights. Some of them are pretty fresh too, so
a vacation might be in order.
One other thing worth mentioning is the sculpted hands. The right hand
is done so it's capable of holding any of the four weapons. It works
great, and is a nice touch. I just wish the left hand wasn't a completely
Paint - ***1/2
The paint application is a mixed bag for me. The details, such as the
tattoos, eyes, buttons, etc are fantastic, with excellent attention and
quality. There's only basic colors when it comes to the large areas, but
there's lots and lots of small, well done details if you're paying attention.
The only reason I dropped this score slightly is due to the excessive blood
and wash. There's tons of paint that should represent blood on his hands,
shirt and pants, but it's a tad too much, and isn't done quite as realistically
as it could have been. Also, there's plenty of wash used to bring out some
of the details, but that is a little overdone as well for a 'human' figure.
Still, this is a very nicely painted figure, and it seems like Mezco has the
secret of great paint ops figured out.
Articulation - **1/2
There's not a ton of articulation, but what is here works well.
There's neck, ball jointed shoulders, waist, and cut elbows. Patty isn't
super flexible, but you know how tough it can be to keep your flexibility when
you bulk up.
Accessories - ****
Here's another category that Mezco always seems to do well with. Here
we get seven accessories, all nicely done and looking great.
There are two caps - an old stocking cap, and a driving cap (or that's what
we always called them). Both fit the time and character perfectly.
There are four weapons for Mr. O'Brian to choose from - pipe, gun, brass
knuckles or fish hook. All fit in his right hand, one at a time of course.
The final accessory is a rap sheet for Iron. It has his picture and
details, and is a great little addition to the overall package.
Value - **1/2
These figures are an average value - not seriously overpriced, but not
Scrooge's dream. If you can manage to pick them up for less than $15, this
score goes up.
Overall - ***1/2
You have to give Mezco a lot of credit for venturing into the in-house
development arena, rather than staying with the safer licensed product
alone. It's tough to do, and is very high risk, but when the company is
creative, you can get some really cool product. The only issue that some
may have with this line is the scale - they don't fit in well with other
Where to Buy -
I received mine from Killer Toys.
They have the whole set in stock right now, for $15 each, and they are always
quick and reliable! Other options include:
- Aisle Sniper has the set of
three for $48.