October 29th, 2007
Back in June 2007, I announced the pre-order of the Hot Toys P2 Movie Masterpiece series figure and they have finally started shipping out! I received mine last week along with the VERY disappointing Hot Toys Elder on Throne Statue and now it’s time for a review!
Let’s start off with what I love about this figure! The first thing that is amazing about this piece is the detailed armor and weapons. Like all the Predator figures in this line, the armor is very detailed and beautifully sculpted with a great paint application. The weapons are equally as impressive and feel very solid… the collapsing spear is AWESOME and it doesn’t get all warped and stupid looking when it’s fully extended, which is the plague of most P2 figures that come with extended combi stick.
I also love the articulation and functional details… aside from the fantastic joint articulation, you have some great little bonus bits like the plasma bolt firing mechanism on the computer gauntlet raises up and down (click to see photo), the computer lid opens to show the countdown computer, the hip holster for the smart disc rotates around and all his pouches and such can be adjusted. There’s tons of detail and you can fiddle around with this figure for ages.
Overall detailing is sweet! From the tiny pouches to the medi-kit to the skull and vertebrae, the detailing of the kit is really nice. Once the figure is fully assembled (with the helmet on… read THE UGLY for details), you’re left with a very impressive figure stranding over 14″ tall.
The dreads war WAAAAAAYYYY better than the AvP figures in this line… granted they are no longer pose-able, they are much softer and fall naturally with an even look. I really like the dreads now, the older models on the AvP figures was horrible.
And finally, the packaging is awesome! I know it’s silly, but the hologram double insert retail box is pretty darn sweet… it even has a flap you can open with a window underneath showing off the parts!
When I was first talking about this figure on forums and such, I was really in to this figure, but the more I played with it, the more things I found to complain about. My first complaint is the same… I cant stand assembling them and they should be pre-assembled prior to shipping. The armor, especially the chest armor is a pain in the ass to assemble. In fact, the rear clip that snaps closed on the back broke off mine and I ended up just super-gluing the back of the armor closed. I honestly can’t stand assembling these and I DREAD the day I have to put all those head spikes in my AvP Elder whenever I decide to assemble it. Call me a buffalo, but it’s a miracle if I can assemble one of these without breaking something, I can’t stand it.
Both left hands are open palmed poses, so only the right hands can hold weapons. Why did they do this?! They should have offered a left hand posed to hold the combi-stick so you could use the right hand to hold the disk, that way you could hold both weapons at the same time. Unfortunately they didn’t go that route, so the figure can only be posed with one weapon at a time… at least the disc snaps on to the hip holster when not in use. I’d also like to mention that the hand posed to hold the combi stick is too wide, so the spear is loose in his hand.
My Predator also appears to have a slight growing issue, because his left leg is longer than his right! I double checked all the joints to make sure I didn’t screw anything up and it’s official, the leg is definitely longer. So this means that not only can I not stand it up in a straight pose, but I also can not stand him up without the stand. Hopefully other folks don’t run in to this issue and it’s not a huge deal for me as I always use the stands for these, but I would be pretty pissed if I was hoping to display this figure free of any wires.
The WORST thing on this figure is the face… For the love of GOD, what were they thinking?! Just look at this photo for the hideousness of it all! What the hell?! Not only is the paint application on the face totally wrong, but it doesn’t even match the rest of the body’s paint! It’s literally a totally different palette of colors! The body uses a warm blend of tans and red/browns with nice blending, then you have the face, which has a dead white base tone, with poopy brown and black markings with yellow highlights. What the hell guys, seriously?! Does THIS look anything like this?! So, needless to say the helmet is NEVER coming off this figure. Even the eyes are a disaster… what’s with Hot Toys making these tiny slits for eyes?
So, if you planned to buy this to display it unmasked, I suggest you ready yourself for a repaint.
Overall the rest of the paint job is OK, but it’s nowhere near movie accurate and that’s somewhat disappointing… You would think for this price they could at least apply a decently accurate paint job. But again, it’s OK and once the armor and netting is all on, it’s not a huge deal. I’m more concerned with the fact that the face is a write off, and the feet also seem to be a different paint color than the body. I’m also not a big fan of how the paint color of the helmet doesn’t match the body armor… I know this is movie accurate in terms of them being a varying hue of the copper color scheme, but the color they chose for the bio seems “off”.
The figure looks pretty cool once finally assembled, but it’s a borderline call on whether it’s worth $130 or not simply because of the piss poor paint job and the whole assembly thing that I can’t stand. At least with this one they were able to fix the dreads and it seems like they’ve toned down the bobble-head look the AvP series suffers from. I am happy to report that the skinny look some of the prototypes photos had of this photo don’t seem to be in the final product, he’s not really that skinny his armor doesn’t appear to be too big or hanging off him. I remember one person saying “It looks like a young Predator wearing his daddy’s armor” referring to the original proto picture, but it doesn’t look that bad in person. I’d say that all they need to really address at this point is the paint application.. if they can get that down pat, these figures will rule, even if I do have to assemble them for 30 minutes first.
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Here’s hoping the P2 Elder paint job looks something close to the prototype photos! See you next review!