Review by Luke Williams
So, this is my 5th Judge Dredd figure and 4th Judge Death. I’ve got the Citadel lead figures from the 80s (badly painted by yours truly), perhaps the most ambitious examples were from 3A : 2 versions of Joe and one of Death, finally there is one of each from the 90s Re:Action line.
3As figures were prohibitively priced, had some weird choices of subject (Robo Hunter first? Really?) albeit beautifully made, not particularly robust and took forever to arrive. The Re:Action figures are kind of showing their age now, a little dated – technology, materials and detaileding has moved on. My patient Wife has allowed me to display them around the house; posed, they can be found on on shelves, by games consoles and on bookcases in the living room and landing they, where they gather dust and I occasionally look at them affectionately. So obviously I had to buy the Hiya Toys versions.
I’ve had these examples for a few months. As ever with action figures (or dolls as my Wife insists on calling them) they sat sealed in their pack for a few weeks as I deliberated over whether I should break that seal and inspect the contents. Inevitably, I succumbed, and was pleasantly surprised.
Standing around 10cm tall the figures themselves feel robust and well made, they are finely detailed with a nice wash to make the clothing and accessories suitably weathered. Death is split between spirit and physical form, so only the top half of the figure is articulated. Old Stoney Face however, is articulated at the knees, hips, elbows, shoulders and neck has interchangebale hands, a lawgiver and daystick Personally, I can’t seem to pose them in anything other than going in looking like they are going in for a hug rather than being able to recreate a scene from one of their altercations, but perhaps that will come with practice; or will inspire a new Dredd / Death tale in the Prog’.
I’d already pre-ordered a lot of the rest of the line : Cal, Anderson, Mean Machine, Giant, Hershey Dredd (full colour) all four Dark Judges and most excitingly a Klegg! : because I have more money than sense. After ordering the first few from a firm whose name begins with the letter Z and ends in Avvi and having a lot of communication apologising for delays, but no figures, despite me seeing them in the wild in Forbidden Planet in Cardiff I switched to another supplier. Time will tell whether I should have just waited and bought from Fleabay.
For £34.95 it’s a nice pack, good quality figures, catching the spirit of both characters well. Cynically, I wonder about them being “limited to 3000 pieces but whether you are persuaded by advertising puff or not, can’t help yourself and like me have to buy different versions of the same figure you shouldn’t be disappointed with these and they bode well for the rest of the line : should they ever arrive.