I should confess…I’m a Simon Furman geek. Ok, that probably isn’t a surprise, after all I’m about every minute kind of geek it seems lol. But when I saw that Hasbro was actually going to give us a Death’s Head figure, I swooped down on it like a bird of prey. I’ve never owned any of the smaller Marvel Legends figures, so I figured it was time I made a stand and try something new…oh and for you out there who are noting the Furmanisms, for this review…it never ends…
THIS is my copy of War Within. Why start with this? Because this is my prized autographed edition by Simon Furman himself. I got to meet him, ask the nerd question and the hand shake. The joy I felt was a power beyond measure I tell you…I have all the Transformer Titan books, The Incomplete Death’s Head (with Dr. Who guest staring, how cool!), Death’s Head 3.0, hell even all the 90’s Marvel UK stuff where he was a different Death’s Head all together! (Death’s Head II FYI, a cool book with AWESOME art). This love of the character is what drove me to hit Amazon and get a $10 figure for $20…
This fella comes in a carded blister. He is part of the 3.75 figure line, and I have never owned any from this line. I’ll admit when I first heard the figure was being made I was kind of hoping for the full sized line, so you can say I was well and truly disappointed.
Out of the box, we have a slight mixed bag. Detailing is dead on awesome. Armor looks great, we have the beady eyes and his horns are painted. Actually there is NO skimping on the paint detail, I was surprised this was made by the same guys who have been selling us Transformers. My first issue though was with his cape. It is totally loose on his chest. The whole cape, mantel and chest plate is held on by his head. If you flip up his chest there are holes for something to peg in, but the armor has no such pegs so it just shifts around and such.
Accessories while limited are really all I could ask. Death’s Head has his shield as well as axe and club. What is really cool is how it all fits on this back like in the comics. So bonus point for accuracy.
Now for articulation, well that brought me back down to earth. The upper arms are pretty decent. I mean I can make it look like he is reaching for his weapons.
Lower body though, much more limited. The armor just doesn’t let his legs move freely, and one of his legs kept popping off when trying to adjust it. So no major fight poses, Iron Man crouches or even an upper cut.
Still for just standing around on a display shelf, he’s NOT bad! I’ve really been spoiled from my imports. This was a short sharp lesson in this line, and well…after this shoot, Death’s Head here is going to be transported to yet another place and time, and to a reviewer who is more familiar with this line. He will probably be able to give a more fair review. So again, not a bad figure, just not for *me*, yes?