BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (MAC)
While I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I can’t say it’s my favorite Joss Whedon show (actually, it’s probably nearer to the bottom of the list). It’s spin-off series, Angel, however , is one of my favorites. Angel himself started on Buffy of course. Early on, he’s not much more than a generic love interest, but when it’s revealed later in the first season that he’s a vampire with a soul, he starts to get a bit more interesting, prompting him to become one of the show’s breakaway characters come the second season (something that turn to villain towards that season’s end all the more shocking). Angel was popular enough to be amongst the first characters to get an action figure, and I’ll be looking at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Angel was released in the very first series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures from Moore Action Collectibles. He’s based on his look from most of the second season, which is pretty timeless as far as Angel is concerned (the hair is really the only giveaway that he’s from earlier on). The figure’s a little over 6 inches tall and he has a resounding 6 points of articulation. Yes, he’s from before MAC started adding articulation. His articulation is there, but it’s really only good for slight tweaks to keep him balanced (and oh boy is that a chore). There’s really only the one pose for this figure. On the plus side, it’s a decent enough pose. It’s not too specific, nor is it too rigid. He looks fairly natural, and that’s what really matters. The sculpt on Angel is quite nice. The head features a good David Boreanaz likeness, and the body has some great detail work. He feels a little on the skinny side, but it is supposed to be a younger Boreanaz, so it’s not far off. The paint work on Angel is pretty decent overall. Everything’s cleanly applied, and there’s no real slop to speak of. However, for some reason, his skin tone is very orange, which isn’t at all appropriate for a character like Angel. Dude literally gets no sun. Ever. He should be pretty pale. Angel was packed with a sword, a stand, and a life-sized version of his ring. Not quite as impressive a selection as later figures would get, but it’s not bad.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Angel was the first BVS figure I got, but it was a little bit after they were first released. At the time, the whole first series was on clearance at Toys R Us, so I got Angel, in part because Angel is pretty awesome, and in part because he’s the best figure in the first series. He’s not the greatest figure ever, but he’s decent enough.