Luke has spent some of the dosh he has earned from his day job and the ramblings for (cheap plug) “Comic Scene” on a “Marshal Law” figure, the superhero hating character created by 2000AD legends Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill. Yeah, okay he’s had his for a few months, but he’s been busy for crying out loud.
Marshal Law Figure
Review by Luke Williams
How could you turn down an action figure of “Marshal Law”. I am an avowed fan. If you haven’t read any “Marshal Law”, what is wrong with you? Correct that immediately, starting with this review and this interview here where you can see and hear (the wonders of modern technology!) the creators talk about the good Marshal.
There was no way I could pass up the chance to have 3 dimensional 10″ / 24cm tall(or so). Here, PLEASE take my money. Yes of course I will pay in advance without reading the description properly, effectively ordering sight unseen or waiting for any online reviews, I AM happy to wait a month or so until my order arrives. I must buy it now, it’s a limited edition, I might miss my chance to buy it, which I would regret to the end of my days.
I should have learned from Unbox’s “Zombo”. The review on that particular purchase can be found here. Once bitten, twice a sucker.
After forking out $95, or around £70 in sterling, said item arrived a few months later
The Marshal arrived well packaged and in a lovely Kev O’Neill artwork emblazoned box
Unpacking, as I prised him from the plastic packaging, I had this overwhelming sense of disappointment and tried to forget the money I had spent on it.
Detailing is pretty good, but the overall finish is a bit glossy. It is a good rendition of him, the gun, the barbed wire, spurs and cowls hanging from the belt. There are two sets of hands, one for gripping the weapons supplied the truncheon / nightstick and gun are removable, the other set of hands are open palmed. The figure is comprised entirely of plastic. It hasn’t got the variety of fabrics and materials that the similarly priced (now sadly cancelled) 3A 2000AD line had.
To be fair if (unlike me) you actually pay attention to the bumf from Unbox, they are clear that articulation isn’t very extensive. They claim 6 points of articulation, I counted 5: hands and torso twist, arms move up and down, but don’t bend at the elbow. I’m missing a point of articulation somewhere – answers on a postcard please.
Not even the head or his legs move (well okay, his legs flex but all plastic does that.). When they say limited edition, they don’t just mean the number in the production run.
When I consider that I bought a “Hellboy” figure recently , which just feels that much sturdier, has more detail, was far cheaper and in comparison is as articulate as an English language Oxford Don, and just looks he part, then you can understand my frustration. Same thing with the “Dark Knight” twin pack of Bats and Supe’s which my mate got me (cheers Rich) for my birthday. Jeez, even my quite basic Kylo Ren (my name is Luke and I have an action figure problem) that the kids bought me for Christmas is better value.
But I’d still probably buy it, even if I knew all that before hand.