The last thing this figure has going for it is the paint job. There are a few tiny details missing, like his other four eyes and unpainted teeth, but overall it’s pretty amazing. His entire body has been lightly brushed with a slightly metallic blue which gives the figure a really neat sheen.
A more intense version of this blue paint was used on his tattoo-like patterns, mouth, eyes, and tendrils. These details become almost luminous with how they reflect and add a really cool organic glow to the whole figure, and it turned out much more effective than the attempt on Knifehead.
Unfortunately the one solid negative about Leatherback’s figure is its articulation. The figure has hinge joints at the elbows, fingers, thumbs, and two on the back legs. These all do their job fairly well. It’s the ball joints at his shoulders, wrists, hips, and ankles that are the main problem because they’re all hindered by his body sculpt. This could have been worked out better if the joints were given more room to move around inside the sculpt, similar to a MonsterArts figure. But they way they’re hindered leaves most of them acting as swivel joints. Sadly, the one area that should have a ball joint is his head, but it ended up with a swivel. This leaves the figure constantly looking up and pretty much useless on his hind legs.
Leatherback’s a big figure that looks great and can strike a couple of nice poses. On a whole that leaves me much more satisfied with him than I was with Knifehead. He looks good hanging out on my shelf with the Jaegers, and I think he’ll also fit in nicely with his future kaiju brethren. Is he perfect? No. But he’s much closer to what I want out of this line and leaves me with a lot of hope for wave three. Don’t let me down, NECA!