A lot of that is also helped because I got great paint on mine. There are a few splotches on the jacket that I’m assuming are intended – and honestly I could go for a few more, but the real gem here is the mask. I was really worried about the mask (and I’ve seen that a couple collectors did get the short straw with some smudges), but mine came out very nice. It’s a little crooked, but I’ll take it.
If I had one wish about this figure it would have been for Mattel to give us some alternate heads or faceplates to change out from time to time. Being locked into one, the 4H/Mattel chose the iconic look so I’m glad about that, but it would be cool to be able to swap in some pieces now and again, wouldn’t it? It’d really capture the unique coolness of the Rorschach mask.
One hit the figure does take is the articulation. The same suit body we’re use to is under there, but the comic-accurate trench coat limits the figure from the shoulders down. There’s only limited movement out of the ab crunch and the hips. That may bug those who prefer articulation to aesthetics. I don’t really mind that part, but I was disappointed to not be able to get any up or down movement out of the head. When a company makes a figure that will end up with some brick-like qualities, it’s important to get the details right on other areas. Mattel didn’t do that here.
Rorschach includes his trusty grappling gun and a Watchmen stand. The stand is a nice inclusion; I may or may not use them, it will depend on how I want to display all six together. I know for sure that I won’t be displaying the grappling gun. It’s just too big. I haven’t unpacked my Absolutes, so maybe it was that giant in the comics and I just don’t remember, but even if it was the accessory is comically huge outside of the comics. Props to Mattel for including an accessory, but this one will stay in the clamshell.
Overall, it may be silly for me be this excited over this figure. I love Watchmen (though I haven’t read a lick of Before Watchmen) and I enjoyed the movie. Heck, I nearly bought the movie Rorschach time and time again, but held off because movie versions weren’t what I really wanted. This is what I really wanted, ever since I read Watchmen, especially since DC Direct cancelled their Bruckner line a little over a decade ago, this is that want realized. And while he may not be as well articulated as I like, this figure scratches that itch remarkably well.
I may have concerns about the early pics of Dr. Manhattan or how Mattel will handle Silk Spectre’s costume, Mattel got things off to a great start with Rorschach. If they all turn out this good, this will be one of my favorite 2013 lines. Big words for January, I know.
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