I don’t pay much attention to McFarlane toys anymore. I’m not interested in sports, and, back when I did buy their figures, they were more statue than toy and had a tendency to break. So I was shocked to see how cool The Walking Dead figures turned out to be.
I’m a little behind on The Walking Dead. I’ve been watching the TV show, which I love, but I haven’t gone back and started reading the comics yet. This is another reason why I didn’t pay much attention to the early pics of this toyline. Not only did I assume they wouldn’t move, but that these versions of the characters wouldn’t matter to me. I realized just how wrong I was, standing in that TRU aisle.
I decided to have a rare outburst of self-control and decided to only pick up two of the figures instead of all four. Rick Grimes and the Zombie Lurker would have to do. It was easy leaving Michonne since I didn’t know who she was, although I really did like her accessories. But that Zombie Roamer was hard to put back. He had a cool action feature, plus we all know you can never have enough zombies in your horde.
The sculpting on these two figures is excellent and reminds me of the days when the Four Horsemen still worked for McFarlane. Even though Rick isn’t as visually striking as the Zombie, he’s still got multiple textures on his various layers of clothing. From the soles of his shoes, the folds in his pants and shirt, to the leathery look of his gun belt, Rick looks like a perfectly normal cop.
On the other hand, the Zombie Lurker looks fantastically morbid. Rick just has a few layers of clothing, but this zombie has clothing, rotting flesh, muscle, tissue, bone, organs, and various pieces of unidentifiable gore. It seems like every time I study him I discover something new. Just a few minutes ago I noticed that the pinky finger on his left hand is half flesh and half bone.
The paint job on both figures really adds to the details of the sculpt. Although Rick’s clothing is mostly a drab brown, there are still plenty of light and dark highlights to add depth. There’s also the bloody rag around his right hand and the amount of scruff/dirt on his face. Each figure I saw had different their own unique application. I picked one out that had a bit more scruff, dirt, and blood because I thought it fit the character better. But I could just have easily picked out a cleaner cut Rick. I really like these types of variations.
Something I’m not as big a fan of is how Ricks eyes are painted looking to his left. It looks really great from certain angles, but terrible from other. I would have preferred a straight gaze which wouldn’t have limited his other poses. Continue to page 2…