Nov 15, 2014

It Came from the Toy Chest: December 21st is coming.

Why is that date so important? Well, the toy I'm about to review has that as his catchphrase... err I mean his family's Motto.

The Final Figure from Game of Thrones Wave 1 is finally in my grasp... After weeks of hunting (technically a month) I have a Ned Stark thanks to my brother, who casually found one at a Walgreen's.

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ GAME OF THRONES, the First book of A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (aka Procrastinator: Evil Master of Procrastination) then stop reading this review and read the book, or at least watch the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones.
Still trying to figure out which one
will stay on his hands.

Ned Stark is Figure 6 of the First Wave of Figures, the Head of House Stark, played by Sean Bean in the HBO series... So, I guess you already know his fate since he IS played by Sean Bean.
There's something with the wave 1 figures of Game of Thrones that they are a bit fragile. (mentioned it on the Jon Snow#1 review) I need to mention that they are a bit stinky in the literal sense of the word. It started to fade on the month-old figures, but that funk stays on for a while.

The reason I put up the Spoiler warning is because a Happy Little Accident happened when taking Ned out of the package.

Ned's head fell off his body... Seriously, you can't plan this. Luckily,
the figure's head is on a ball joint, so the ball was popped in the neck once more.
 I guess I should start with the review itself.
A rather awkward Display situation.
Ned has the same articulation as the rest of the male GoT figures, but mine has a frozen hip swivel that I won't force.
(Ned was a pain in the ass to get and I'm not risking it.) I must warn you that the left leg is a bit bow-legged. This reduces even more the amount of poses possible. The plugged in, non-removable scabbard blocks some of his articulation, particularly sitting poses.

Paint and Sculpt:
Here we have Ned giving Bitchface some advice.
Hopefully it involves not dying... 
The Sculpt is one of the better things of this line. Very little reuse and for the most part the sculpts are accurate. On Ned they seem to be kinda there, but at the same time they're not. I mean, there IS a resemblance to Sean Bean, but at the same time he doesn't look LIKE Sean Bean. Paintwise he has a few issues where paint chipped off.
Huh? What's this? TWO ACCESSORIES!? Has the world gone mad? The swords look like they are twins... Only the smaller sword fits the scabbard BTW. The longsword is as tall as Daenerys.
Ned gets an overall score of 3.5 due to the frozen joints and paint chips on hands and neck, but other than that; he is cool.
 Now since the Wave 1 figures tend to have breakage issues, not all is lost. His swords are not too Character Specific like say Jon Snow's Longclaw. That lends the swords to be used on other 6-7" fantasy Toylines. In this case I'm talking about MOTUC. As you can see, the Smaller sword fits the MOTUC Females, while the males have a bit of an issue grabbing the larger blade. (It's a bit too thin for the standard male hands.

 But if you're lucky to have a Ned Stark that does not break, then enjoy the GoT Toys.

Need an Iron Throne in scale to have NO ONE sit on it, since
no Robert Baratheon nor Joffrey to sit on it,

Not the Iron Throne, but just as painful.

Wave 1 is DONE!! Now if I could get some Wave 2 folks in my neck of the woods...

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