Judge Death Action Figure by 3A
Review by Seth
“So, are you enjoying your new doll?”
“It’s not a doll”
“ You can tell yourself that, but it is indeed, a doll”
“It’s not a doll, it’s a collectible action figure”
And so on… Is the conversation above in anyway familiar?
It is a fairly regular one in my household. To be fair, my wife is very tolerant. Assorted 2000ad and non 2000ad, but similarly geeky merchandise are all on strategic display around the premises, with little complaint from the missus, maybe the occasional roll of the eyes.
I’ve been impressed with 3As figures so far. My 1/12 Mongrol has pride of place above the fish tank. Judge Death was one I missed when it was first advertised, I only noticed it after I’d ordered my Sam Slade, back in July. I hesitated, I deliberated, I told myself “you don’t need it”. But one late night and a bottle of wine later, 3A got more of my money.
JD arrived the end of last month. It took until this weekend to open him.
After spending £48.94, and then waiting around 5 months, I hesitated over opening the pack. I’m not a speculator, I don’t buy these things for them to increase in value, but I get a little OCD and hate the thought of it getting damaged, marked, or breathed upon.
In the end I saw sense, but wasn’t going to tear open the blister pack in a hurry, I was going to savour it.
Actually, that’s my first issue with this product. Blister pack? I didn’t spend the thick end of 50 quid to have my action figure (not doll) sent in a bit of card with a plastic cover. I wanted a box, a proper high quality cardboard or plastic, pucker box – like Mongrol or Ro Jaws were sent in. It takes the edge off a bit, I can tell you.
Craft knife to hand, off we go. Semi successfully splitting with blister pack from its baking board, only tearing the board a tad (honest), Death is free (if only he was, and not £48.94).
To be honest, I was disappointed with his size, I thought it’d be bigger (which is also what my Wife said, boom boom) – but that’ll teach me to read the description, rather than get all click happy. Bank balances beware, 1 bottle of wine, a credit card and the internet are a lethal combination.
He comes with interchangeable hands, fingers closed or fingers slightly splayed apart. Colour me underwhelmed. A dimension jump, or something else Death related would have been more appropriate – Re:Action’s came with a D jump and a heart – gruesome perhaps, but it made sense.
Detail is excellent, though he does look a little well fed for the usually skeletal death. He’s surprisingly well articulated, even down to the feet. Joints are hidden by the fabric of the (well kept and surprisingly intact) uniform.
Am I asking too much for better packaging and even a stand? Despite these reservations, 3A’s Judge Death is small , but almost perfectly formed (which is what I always tell my wife). It’s an excellent figure and bodes well for Sam, Judge Fish and the Gronk (this side of Christmas 2016?)
In the meantime, negotiations are about to begin on where this fella can be displayed ……..
Courtesy of the @2000AD Twitter feed here is Jake Lynch’s glorious wraparound cover for next week’s Prog. We’re watching the development of a new cover art superstar.