Carlos from BBI
BBI has produced two new figures in the Elite Force TERMINATE! line -
Scar and Carlos. I reviewed Scar
last week, and as soon as I got him out of the package, I knew I needed
Carlos, his partner in bad stuff.
This are available on line at many
retailers. I've included some links below, but I bought mine at
Echo Base Toys. I was
extremely pleased with the condition, packing and how fast they filled my
order. You can expect to pay around $35.
Packaging - ****
Dragon may have done this style of collector friendly packaging first, but
give BBI credit - they realized how good it is. All of the
accessories and the figure are easily removed from the package with no
damage. The graphics are great, with text on Carlos background.
I suspect that Junkyard Jack will be tremendously jealous when these two
bump into each other at the local terrorist bar. Carlos' leather
jacket and pants fit the way they should, and his black shirt underneath
can be worn with the collar up or down. The flak jacket fits
tightly, with easy to use buckles, and the armor plate fits nicely in the
back. His boots are well sculpted, and all the buckles and straps on
all the clothes and equipment are well designed and work easily.
Articulation - ****
I think the BBI body outdoes the current Dragon version. There is an
additional joint here, a cut joint on the upper thigh, that greatly
increases the number of poses you can do with the legs. Of course,
all the rest of what are now the standard joints exist, making this one of
the nicest articulated bodies on the market.
Sculpting - ***
It's a good sculpt, but it's the reason I bought Scar first. Carlos
could have used darker hair, because the blonde hair, van dyke and earring
tend to make him look a little too much like a life partner for Harley
Ken. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Value - ***1/2
At $35, this guy's a steal. Better than 21st Century, better than
Dragon, here's hoping they find a way over time to drive the prices down
Here's an area in which Carlos out does Scar. Scar's accessories
were awfully nice - Carlos just blew me away. He has a radio similar
to Scar's, but has a hole in his ear for the small earpiece to fit.
His blue tinted glasses fit perfectly. There are plenty of weapons -
the pump shotgun (with working pump and flashlight attachment), the
handgun, the knife (hard plastic), the MP-5, and there is liberal use of
die-cast metal. He even comes equipped with a cloth gun bag with
side pockets, to carry his weapons in the car perhaps. He also has
the very small gap in his mouth, but this time instead of a cigarette, he
comes with a stogie. There are two different tips supplied - one is
red, to approximate glowing end, and the other has fake smoke
There are minor quibbles with the accessories - the ear
piece doesn't fit particularly well in the ear, and to put the equipment
on the belt you have to remove one piece of the belt buckle, always a pain
in the neck. But overall, these are some of the finest accessories
I've seen produced in one package.
Overall - ****
This is one of the overall nicest figures I have in my collection.
The fantastic accessories, excellent detail, and great quality add up to a
fantastic value. I'll be buying more from BBI!
Here are some additional places that you should be able to find these
terrific figures at:
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford