McFarlane Toys keeps bringing out the dead with their release of figures based on The Walking Dead TV series on AMC. While we reviewed the variant black & white Deputy Rick Grimes last week, today we’re working our way through the rest of the undead hordes in full color. Join us as Daryl Dixon takes on the Zombie Biter and Zombie Walker from The Walking Dead TV Series 1 line of figures in our quick review!
The sculpt for all 3 figures are spot-on with their live action counterparts thanks to 3-D scanning technology. While the two zombies are more pre-posed sculpture than figure, Daryl has quite a bit of articulation added into his sculpt. Daryl looks like a million bucks of meth-addled-zombie-death when posed holding his wicked crossbow– as it should be! In fact, he’s the only figure we own that can correct hold and look down the sight of, a weapon like this! However, without any weapons, and his hands to his side, he has some super stumpy arms since his shoulders are higher due to the original aiming pose. This is one instance where being extremely accurate to a pose doesn’t translate as well in a fully articulated action figure.
When it comes to paint, McFarlane shows their expertise. From the caked blood on the Biter to the Roamer’s filthy suit, these figures have the same muted coloring as the TV series. This smaller scale also poses problems with clean paintwork, but the eyes and faces of these figures have been really well done.
When it comes to articulation, the Biter has a hinged mouth, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel thighs, hinged knees, and hinged ankles. The Roamer has a ball-joint neck, swivel shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and swivel thighs. Due to the “walking” action feature, he has no further articulation in his legs. Daryl is the polar opposite of these two with a ball-joint head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, swivel waist, swivel hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and ball-joint ankles!
Other than the Zombie Biter’s huge hunk of bloody deer carcass, Daryl takes home the prize for most accessories, which makes sense seeing as how he’s the only one of these 3 that doesn’t uses his teeth as a primary weapon. He comes with a string of squirrel carcasses he can hang over his shoulder in order to attract all the ladies. Yep, ladies LOVE dead squirrels! As for offensive weaponry, there’s a pick axe, regular axe, a knife (that can be put in the sheath on his leg), and his handy-dandy crossbow. The crossbow is easily the best and most important piece to his arsenal. It not only has multiple paint applications and extra arrows in the attached quiver, but also has a strap held on by metal rings. Between Daryl, Rick, and the Comic Series figures, we’ve amassed an arsenal for the day we’re attacked by zombie mice!
Overall, this first series is a good representation for fans of the show with both human and zombie characters to whet their appetites for The Walking Dead-related merchandise. Series 2 will be on display in a couple of weeks at Toy Fair, and we’ll be bringing you full coverage from the entire event! For more info on this line, plus all the rest of McFarlane Toys offerings, be sure to check out their official website!
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