Diamond Select is known for some pretty darn cool statues, banks (I know, banks… but they look amazing!), and articulated action figures. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of their newer action figures – with accessories, of course.
1) “Jay,” from “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot.”
Designed by: Eamon O’Donoghue
Sculpted by: Patrick Piggott
Now, if you go on the website and want to purchase this item, it comes in tandem with the “Silent Bob” figure. As of writing this, there isn’t a way to buy each figure separately, and I was only given “Jay” to review. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at this figure.
I’m one of those peeps that have never viewed a “Jay & Silent Bob” film, even though I love Kevin Smith (a fact that thoroughly confused and shocked my boss at my day-job). Take this as you will.
This figure is decked out in his in-film outfit, his jacket tied around his waist, and I guess a fairly normal facial expression. I’d say what it really looks like, but ah… let me try to be family friendly here, yeah? The details on this figure are, well, very detailed! The hair is sculpted to show strands and the clothes have perfectly sculpted wrinkles in all the right places (which is something I can’t ever seem to draw right!).
He comes with a few accessories as well, including one pair of hands to switch out to with can hold the included “Mooby’s” cup, and that can hold the included, well, object that I will refer to as SCP-420-J (you may not get the reference, but you can surely gleam what it is). There is also a small card, a doll of himself, and, well, an SCP-420-J plant (a large one at that!).
He’s an articulated figure, so there are some opportunities with posing. What do I mean by “some”? Well, he can’t move too much, so the poses are limited. The jacket is very firmly sculpted and doesn’t bend, which blocks putting the doll into a sitting position, so this doll with have to be displayed as standing… and only standing. The joints are pretty stiff, but I’m sure that’s something that can be fixed over time from positioning it (or playing with it, I don’t know, maybe you want to create your own Jay adventures). However, the fingers on the hands are slightly softer which allows items to be held.
All-in-all, not too bad. It seems more for displaying than using, so depending on what you want to do with the figure, it’s pretty good for both.
2) “Spider-Man,” from the PS4 Video Game Universe.
Designed by: Eamon O’Donoghue
Sculpted by: Gentle Giant Studios
The newest Spider-Man game on the PS4 (which, I assume, isn’t quite so new anymore), has garnered a large fan base, and breathed new life into the Spider-Man “gaming-verse.” But, if you feel the need to bring the game into the real world, Diamond Select has the action figure for you. Peter Parker has donned his advanced Spider-Man suit, and is a fully articulated action figure, with a large range of movement. I mean, you can’t be Spider-Man without making some ridiculous poses, right? The abdomen/chest of this figure moves as well, so the paint job doesn’t always line-up very well (and this is obvious before taking it out of the packaging). Considering there are lines on the costume, it’s a bit of a bug-a-boo for me to not see them line-up. However, he has abdomen movement, so… I could ignore the non-connecting lines for that sort of articulation.
The paint job is… okay. Along some seams and joints the paint is faded or just not quite connecting. Specifically, in the joint areas, the paint looks to have either chipped around the edges, or the bottom color is just bleeding through. A bit disappointing for such a dynamic figure.
This figure comes with quite a few accessories, like two of Parker’s own pieces of technology, a giant web/shield, and three extra sets of hands for more dynamic posing, and the ability to hold the aforementioned accessories.
I’m sure someone could get some minutes of excitement posing it but again, these sorts of figures are more for display and photography than play. I, personally, would just try to get it in the most ridiculous Spidey position I could… just because.
The figure isn’t too bad. The sculpt is good, and the ability to pose it in so many ways makes it that much cooler. I only think the paint job couldn’t been done a bit better (especially the feet… I just don’t understand the feet!).