Sin City is a comic series near and dear to many, especially those who got into comics in the ’90s. Crafted by Frank Miller, the iconic noir comics series was made even more famous by the 2005 film by Robert Rodriguez. Not to be outdone by Rodriguez’s adaptation, Mezco Toys put it upon themselves to adapt the comic into action figures. Now shipping, the recently announced figures include Marv, Death Row Mar, and Nancy Callahan, all of which appeared in The Hard Goodbye.
Straight away, it’s obvious these three figures are for collectors only, partly because they cost $60 each and because there are only 1,000 being made of each. It’s unlikely kids will want this, partly because it’s a toy from a comics series popular long before they were born, but also because the adult details are depicted well. The adult themes of the series are noticeable thanks to details like Nancy’s bare chest or Marv’s battered bandaged face.
As a collector’s item, each action figure comes with a silk-screened art print poster on acid-free rag paper. The quality is evident, and you can feel the silk-screened finish has given the poster a longer-lasting feel. A nice touch I didn’t expect was bulletholes in the Marv action figure poster.
The quality of the action figures themselves is apparent too. The paint job keeps the black and white finish looking quite cool, giving them an almost unreal look. From the wrinkles in Marv’s brow to the wrinkles of his trenchcoat, you can see the sculpt is spot on. Throw in some bullet holes on Marv’s trenchcoat and some nice details in Nancy’s chaps, and you have highly detailed figures, especially for their size. I’m not a huge fan of the 3.75-inch figure, but I was thoroughly impressed with how much detail Mezco managed to get into these figures.
Each figure comes with extras as well. Marv gets an additional straight arm holding a gun. Nancy has an arm holding a lasso, an arm holding her hat, and an additional head without a hat on. Death Row Marv gets a sturdy electric chair that lights up and has sound. A nice touch!
As a Five Points figure, the points of articulation are limited. Five points of articulation, to be exact, so posing is limited, especially with Death Row Marv, who is stuck to his chair. Anyone looking to get a 3.75-inch action figure likely isn’t worried about posing, though.
Regarding price, these might be a bit out of reach for some. Given these are more of a collector’s item, $180 for all three isn’t too bad, especially when you get a frameable poster with each. That said, I could see these running a bit less, maybe $50 each, and being an even more worthy pickup for casual fans. Thankfully, you don’t need to buy all three as each is sold separately.
At a glance, I wasn’t sure if these Sin City: The Hard Goodbye action figures were worth $60 each, but upon closer inspection, each one has impressive details, plus a glow-in-the-dark poster. I could easily see these as a must-buy for fans of the 3.75-inch action figure simply because it’d be cool to see Marv shooting at Batman, say, or because the black and white paint job is so starkly different. Fans of the Sin City comics should also consider these as there’s nothing else like it on the market.
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