Packaging - ***1/2
Hey, guess what - I like the clamshells. No big surprise here, and the big
winged wheel on the insert looks great. Having inserts specific to each
team makes the line look a lot better, and the clamshell shows off the figure
Sculpting - ***1/2
Is this Yzerman? It's damn close. If I were merely grading on
the face, he'd get four stars, and I bet even casual hockey fans would recognize
But there's more than the head here, and the rest of the sculpt hurts the
complete score slightly. There's very little articulation, so the sculpted
pose has to work perfectly. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite cut it.
THe upper body is fine, but the lower body is sculpted slightly turned to one
side, and if there's waist articulation I can't break it free. This means
Stevie ends up turned a little funny on the base, and there's not much I could
do about it. I had a tough time getting his body, legs and skates all in a
pose that really looked right, but finally found something I could live with.
Paint - **
Can you say 'slop city'? I knew you could.
The best paint work is on the face, where it is clean, even and very
realistic. The outfit doesn't fair quite as well.
The definition between the red and white is okay, but there is some
sloppiness in a few areas. It's not terrible, but not good enough for high
The big loss comes from the legs and skates. Here there's nothing but
slop, especially on the skates. It's so bad that I kept thinking it must
have been on purpose, but I can't imagine what it's supposed to be.
The top of the skates are wrapped tight with tape. The white paint for
the tape has been slopped all over both skates, even covering some of the
emblems. The laces look terrible, and this is one of the worst McToys
paint jobs I've ever gotten.
It might be that I got a bad one - you never know. Be careful if you
can in picking yours out.
Articulation - **
Stevie doesn't have a lot. There's neck, wrists, and cut thighs inside
the shorts. It's just barely enough to get a pose that's stable, and
that's about it. There *might* be a waist joint - there certainly should
be one - but I couldn't get mine to break free if there is.
Accessories - ***
There are two accessories - the base and the Cup of course. Both are
crucial to the figure.
The base is necessary for Yzerman to stand. One foot fits onto a peg in
the base, but the peg was crooked on mine and very tough to use. The base
itself has a sticker on top with the team logo and his name.
The cup looks great, and fits nicely in his hands. Most of the score in
this category goes to the fact that they did a nice job on old Stanley.
There could have been more detail - there's plenty of missing engraving - but
for this price and scale it's appropriate.
Value - ***
At $10 you'll feel like you got what you paid for. These make the
Kenner versions look like old jock straps.
Overall - **1/2
These are really intended as little statues. That means that two
things MUST be dead on - sculpt and paint. If those two are cool, you can
live with less than stellar articulation and accessories.
While the sculpt here is great (ignoring the problems I had with the pose),
the paint application is truly awful. That really hurts the overall score
for a figure that I was really looking forward to.
Where to Buy -
I picked mine up at Target, by pure luck. Other options include:
- Aisle Sniper has cases of
upcoming NHL, NBA and other waves available for $110 as a pre-order.
- Killer Toys has most cases
available for preorder for $105.