The paint work was mostly good. The goggles look great. The striped detailing on the head and the cape is fantastic. But the face is just too sloppy to completely overlook. The paint mask got the shape right so it blends out when viewed from a distance, but up close the uneven line and the gap between the paint and the sculpted edge where the paint should go is distracting.
One other bright spot for Nite-Owl was accessories! The line has been woefully lacking on accessories. It’s a shame because there are so many great prop accessories this line should’ve included. But so far, all we’ve gotten is a giant, oversized grapple gun for Rorschach. Nite Owl upped the ante with one good accessory, three kinda useless one, but still that’s four overall! There are now as many accessories as figures.
The three relatively useless ones are his, uh, owl-arangs? They’re cool pieces on their own and getting three of them is cool, but he can only marginally hold them. A grasping hand would’ve gone a long way here. The good accessory is the grappling gun – it looks great and he holds it well. Much better than ol’ Rorschach’s!
Overall, this is one of those times where I feel like I’m picking on a perfectly fine figure. Aesthetically, he’s fantastic. There’s new tooling where we needed it. Four accessories. I’m just having a hard time mustering up much excitement for him. I’ve read that some consider the best Watchmen figure so far – it’s still Rorschach for me, but by the numbers, Nite Owl does makes a good case. Am I feeling meh just because I can’t move his arms? Or am I being a bad reviewer and dredging up a false comparison to how much cooler the movie one was? I’m not sure.
I will laugh at myself for being hypocritical though. As I’ve contemplated the line being able to continue past Ozymandias (it doesn’t), I do think it would be funny to get a Snow Suit Nite Owl. And if you know anything about that costume. It would be even less articulated than this. Maybe just two ball-jointed elbows. I’d love that though. Toys are funny like that.
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