THE WALKLING DEAD
So, you know what’s on tonight? That’s right, The Walking Dead is on tonight. Unless you’re reading this after the initial posting. In which case, it isn’t. Unless you have it Tivo-ed….
Sorry, I’m attempting to be relevant. I don’t get to be very often. So, yeah, The Walking Dead is a pretty popular show which I enjoy. And it also has action figures. I hadn’t really gotten into the line. I looked at a few of them, but nobody really grabbed me. I had seen series 5 online, and I was somewhat interested in Glen and Maggie, but there was one figure I didn’t think I needed: Tyreese. I never cared for the character in the comic, and he hadn’t really done much for me on the show. And then the second episode of season 4.5 aired, and 30 seconds into his first scene, Tyrese performed an action that instantly made him my favorite character on the show. And wouldn’t you know it, it was just in time for his action figure to be released. That was pretty convenient timing!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Tyreese was released as part of the 5th series of McFarlane’s The Walking Dead TV Series line. Obviously, he’s based on Tyreese’s appearance on the show. He stands about 5 inches tall and features 24 points of articulation. I don’t usually discuss the articulation, but I do have a few points to make. First off, the shoulders are done in such a way as to prevent them from getting a full range of motion on the hinge joint. They can’t quite make it to 90 degrees, which is a bummer. Secondly, the leg articulation is practically useless due to the limited range of the ball jointed hips. Neither of these things ruins the figure, but it does knock him down a bit. Anyway, on to the sculpt. The sculpting looks pretty good, and the proportions look really nice. At first glance, his head seemed a little big, but then I realized that it’s probably just me being used to the skewed proportions on superhero figures. The likeness of actor Chad L. Coleman is quite good. The paintwork is good overall, but not perfect. One thing that bugs me in particular is the work on the eyes, which are just a little bit off, making Tyreese look like he has a lazy eye. The sweat stains on the front of his shirt could also stand to be a little subtler, but they aren’t bad as is. The rest of the work is fairly clean, though there is some minor bleed in a few places. Tyreese is armed with a hammer, a rifle, and a handgun. The rifle and handgun are a bit awkward, since Tyreese doesn’t really have hands sculpted to hold them, but the hammer is absolutely perfect.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up Tyreese at my local Toys R Us. He and Maggie were the only two sitting on the shelf, and I decided to hold off getting Maggie until I can track down a Glenn. But given my newfound fandom of Tyreese, I felt compelled to buy the figure. It has its flaws, but it’s a really cool figure, and I definitely have been pulled into this line!