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Vault Review: 1/18th Assassin’s
Creed Brotherhood Doctor

The figure’s biggest problem is his paint job.  Luckily this figure wears a lot of drab clothing which is mostly molded the proper color.  The real issues come in on the details.  It seems like every painted surface has some amount of slop to it.  There are no real straight painted lines.  Plus, the smaller the detail the more inaccurate the application, like they only had one size of brush.  The worst part about the sloppy paint is that it covers up some of the great sculpted details of the figure.

The Doctor’s head, waist, and wrists are all swivel joints.  Strangely, the head and waist both look like they could be ball joints, but they just don’t move that way.  His shoulders, elbows, and ankles are all swivel/hinges.  While his hips are ball joints and his knees are hinges.  This gives him a pretty nice range of movement, but his long robes are a bit thick and do hinder his articulation below the belt.

The Doctor doesn’t come with any accessories since his syringe is molded to his right hand.  I don’t really mind this, but it would have been nice to get an extra right hand that was open.

I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for him, but I think he was on sale at Target for about $7, which isn’t a bad price.  I’d be curious to know what the game fans think of these figures.  To me, he’s not the perfect representation of a plague doctor, but he’s also not too bad, especially for the first one ever.  So I definitely found him worth the money and wouldn’t say no to a six inch version if NECA chose to do one.

-Vault

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9 comments to Vault Review: 1/18th Assassin’s
Creed Brotherhood Doctor

  • Megatherium

    I saw these at my local Target this past week. I Kinda want Leonardo DaVinci and Niccolo Machiavelli. The idea of having those two Historical Icons hanging out with my GI Joes and Marvel Universe figures makes me laugh. The rest of the figures are cool too though. I’ve never played the game, but having something this “old fashioned” in the boys toy aisle is pretty cool.

  • dayraven

    way to go vaulty… a learned history fan as well as a figure collector… good stuff. my only riff w/ these is the face mask isn’t really detailed… the edges of the face especially look soft. but yes, the plague doctor in action figure form is just drool inducing.

  • The figures in this series that I saw at Target were terrible; awful faces. I wanted to get into this line before it hit shelves, but now that I’ve seen the human faces up close I can pass.

    I do think I want the doctor here, though, because the idea of a plague doctor action figure is just too cool to ignore.

  • Zach S.

    The scale makes these a pass for me. Otherwise a cool figure, just wish he was 6″ or 7″ scale.

  • Sweet! Does the head pop off? I’ve got an idea for a custom! =)

  • I liked the previous line of historical figures that Animax released and wished it had continued. I’m not familiar with the video game but these looked to be just as sweet although there were no actual prototype pics available during preorders. Their paint aps might be the deal breaker here.

  • Brainlock

    I saws these up here last week at South County Target (thought it was Kirkwood, but both are being remodelled at the moment.) ! got mine for $7.99 each, so $40+tax for everybody but the main character.

    I’d seen the main character before, but didn’t think much of him, so these took me by surprise, esp seeing there’s a new “Leonardo Da Vinci” figure out in the line. My immediate response was “these would go great with my Doctor Who figures!” then I realized these were 1/18 scale with GI Joe and MU versus the Doctor’s 5″ scale. therein lies my main problem with these figures, as I’ve only cherried the Joes the last few years and only have a handful of MU. (which included buying Apocalypse and Cable with this set.)

    Hasbro has cornered the market on the 1/18 scale with SW, GI Joe, and now MU, so any new line that tries that scale will be unfavorably judged against it (koffTRONkoff). That said, the attempt at detail is nice, but that comparison still hangs over them.

    I found these on three pegs overflowing with the main character and only one full set of the “new” secondary characters:
    Ezio – the main character in the game
    The Doctor (and I’m guessing you don’t have a certain time Lord to put in the pics?)
    Cesare Borgia – yes, the infamous son of the Pope
    Leonardo Da Vinci – the maestro himself, comes with a small ‘gold’ mechanical bird (glider?)
    Niccolo Machiavelli – another infamous historical face
    The Harlequin – this is the dude that sold me on getting the whole set. The package art shows him wearing brown leather gloves and boots, but the figure wear dark blue which do go better with his blue/green/white striped motley.

    of the figures I found, only Harlequin and Borgia(?) had a second figure on the pegs beyond the Assassin Ezio.

    I’m not familiar with the game or the previous historical line that Joe mentions, but I do think these are a decent attempt at the video game action figure niche.

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