Exclu Review by Stan Russell.
Mezco is one of those toy brands that I have always heard about, but was never really interested in. I mean, who wants soft goods on a six inch figure? Sure, they look great on Hot Toys stuff, but those are much bigger, and the soft goods just seem to fit, but on a six inch figure, I’m just not sure, but people seem to love them. So when I was able to get my hands on this Brown Suit Wolverine, I figured, what the heck, lets take a look and see what all the fuss is about.
- 6″ Wolverine
- Two (2) Heads
- Six (6) Hands
- One (1) Sword & Sheath
- One (1) Figure Stand
So the accessory department is pretty good, and reminds me of what would come with a higher end figure such as S.H. Figuarts or Hot Toys. There are 6 total hands that come in the package. He has two relaxed/open palm hands, two fists with claws out, and one closed fist for the left hand, and a weapon holding fist for the right hand. A pretty decent selection, but he will never be able to hold that sword in the left hand. Speaking of a sword, he does come with one of those and a sheath. It looks pretty good, and has this red-tint blade, which is quite unique. What bugs me about that is there is no place to put the sword on him. No belt, or back attachment, so if he is using the sword, the sheath can’t go anywhere on his body.
He also come with two different head sculpts. One normal/relaxed face, and one, I’m about to mess you up face. These are both fantastic looking faces, and I’m glad we are given the two options. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the accessories that come with the figure, so let’s see if the rest of it is impressive as well.
When it comes to the sculpt, we are really only talking about half the figure here since the body is covered in the soft goods. The heads are sculpted beautifully, and there is subtle detail everywhere on them. They are both exactly the same except for the mouth and a few more wrinkles with that angry face. The only real complaint I have about the sculpt on the angry face is that the teeth look spaced a little far apart, but that is only a minor complaint.
The arms are done nicely, and have that basic muscle definition, so nothing to bitch about there. The hands, all six of them, are also sculpted with nice detail. Wrinkles are added all over that mimic the effect of folded fingers, and they even sculpted in pads on the palms of all the hands.
The boots and belt all have that same attention to detail, which is to say, there is a lot. Every little lace and strap in the boots are sculpted, and look absolutely brilliant. The belt also have subtle detail all over the place. Overall, I think they did an amazing job on the sculpt, and was actually quite impressed with the level of detail they achieved.
This will be a combination of the paint, and the soft goods, which I think fits somewhere between paint and sculpt. This particular Wolverine is the brown suit version, which would explain the brown color scheme. Let’s talk about the paint first. On the places where there is paint, it is done with a level of detail that I have not seen in six inch figures. I guess when your not painting the whole thing, you can really take your time and apply it right. There is this subtle level of paint in the face that makes it look like he has that 5 o’clock shadow going on, and it looks amazing. The paint on the rest is damn near perfect, as I have yet to see one single blotch or miss.
Now let’s talk about the cloth goods, which is the main reason this line stands out from all the other six inch figures. I have to say, I was very nervous about how it would look, and especially how it would hinder articulation, but overall, I’m very impressed with it. My biggest concern was going to be the stitching, especially on such a small figure. It would be damn near impossible to get stitching to that scale without an army of ants running the sewing machines, and for the most part, they hid it pretty damn well.
The only two seams that I really see are in the inside of the leg, and those are actually pretty small, and don’t stand out that much. I take my hat off to that army of sewing ants (how the hell do they train them)! My biggest issue is the stitch that runs down the back. It is pretty big and un-sightly (guess the ants took that day off), but since it is on his back, you don’t notice it all that much. When you turn him around, it really stands out, so just don’t display him with his face to the wall.
Here is where I was worried the most with a six inch cloth figure. I’m not a huge fan of Hot Toys for this exact reason, and I feared this would be the downfall (in my opinion) of this figure as well. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, but there are limitations.
The head articulation, since there is no cloth, is just like any other higher end figure. There is a joint in the head and the neck, so he can look around pretty good. His shoulders are also not covered by cloth, so there is nothing to hinder that movement either. He does have shoulder pads, but they are attached to the shoulder itself on their own hinges, so they move out of the way when articulating.
He has double jointed elbows that are pretty stiff, but do not hinder any movement. There is also upper arm rotation at the top of the bicep. There is no lower arm rotation, and the wrists have what we have all come to expect with joints that allow rotation, and a hinge either up and down, or side to side depending on how you rotate the hand on the joint.
It’s hard to tell with the cloth covering, but I believe he has a ball joint in the abdomen and waist which allows good forward, back, and side to side motion, but there is no waist swivel. Fortunately you get enough out of the ball joint to have him swivel around.
There is a hinge in the hips that move pretty well considering the leather type material he has in that area. It looks like there is upper leg rotation, but honestly, you don’t have to use it because there is plenty of motion there already. There is a double joint at the knees, and he can move them pretty well. They don’t go all the way up, but that is more of the boot hitting then the cloth limiting it.
There is a slight upper boot rotation followed by the weakest point in the articulation, the ankle. It swivels just fine, but there is very little pivot, so he can’t really spread open all that much while keeping his feet flat on the ground. He also does not have a toe joint, and that can be slightly limiting as well. Overall, I am super impressed with the articulation, and am surprised he has the range of motion he has with all the cloth goods.
Most of your Mezco figures go for around $80, and while that may seem a little high, it is what we have come to expect with higher end figures. I feel that the unique aspect of the cloth goods, and all the accessories that come with this guy, that this is actually a pretty decent price. I’d be more than happy to pay this price for these figures, and so far, I have not heard anyone complaining about it.
I was skeptical going in, what with using cloth on a six inch figure, but I have to say, Mezco has won me over. This is such a beautiful figure to hold in your hand, and it is an absolute pleasure to play with.
I have a feeling that with more cloth, especially on the arms, that it may limit articulation more than what I want, but I guess I’ll just have to get a few more for my collection to see if I am right!
I will leave you with a few comparison shots so you can judge the scale compared to some other lines.