FARAMIR IN GONDORIAN ARMOR
LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (TOY BIZ)
Hey, remember how I didn’t really have a lot of Lord of the Rings figures in my collection? Well, this summer I sort of tried to fix that. Now, I’ve already looked at my favorite of the villains, the Witch-King, but what about the story’s heroes? I think I’ve talked before of my aversion to main characters. I gat why they’re there, and I even tend to like them, but my favorite characters are always the ones just slightly off the side of things. For the Lord of the Rings, my favorite hero is definitely Faramir, brother of Boromir (I was also pretty fond of Boromir, too), and Ranger of Gondor. Fortunately for me, Faramir got a couple of figures over the course of Toy Biz’s Lord of the Rings line, one of which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Faramir was part of the second series of Toy Biz’s Return of the King line (alongside the previously review Witch-King). This was his second of the three figures he got from Toy Biz. This one depicts him in his Gondorian armor from the last film in the trilogy. It’s not his main look, but it got some decent play during RotK’s big battle scene. The figure is a little over 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Or at least he should have 30 points of articulation. Mine is down one of is bicep swivels, due to soft pegs and sticky paint, resulting in his arm tearing off on his way out of the packaging. Fortunately, my handy dandy tube of super glue fixed him up, but now he’s a little more restricted. As a whole, though, this guy’s a fair bit easier to pose than the Witch-King, which is certainly a pleasant change. However, on the flip side of things, his sculpt is a little weaker than the Witch-King’s. On the plus side, his head sculpt sports a pretty good likeness of David Wenham as Faramir. It’s not as spot on as some of the figures in the line were, but it was definitely better than the Two Towers Faramir. In particular, they did a good job capturing the slight detailing of his beard, and also avoided making his hair too bulky. The rest of the figure is certainly well detailed. The armor is very lovingly recreated, based on what Faramir is seen sporting in the film, and there’s some wonderful fine detail work exhibited by the various layers of it. This figure’s biggest issue is proportions. The head and torso are fine, but the arms end up being rather on the large side, resulting not only in them being out of scale with the rest of him, but also in him not being able to put them down at his sides properly. The hands in particular are huge, and the elbow joints are painfully obvious. The legs are also rather on the large side, with the feet definitely possessing a clown shoes vibe. The overall appearance is fine, but it could certainly be better. He also included an action feature, which is rather similar to than of the Witch-King. When the button on his back is pushed, Faramir’s right arm swings down. It works alright, but results in there being a rather obvious button on his back, which is rather frustrating. Faramir’s paintwork is pretty good. There are some minor issues here and there (the placement of the eyes being a major one), but he generally looks like he should, and he even has some cool washes on the armor to bring out more of the details in the sculpt. Faramir included a sword and the helmet which accompanies his armor. Both pieces are pretty cool, though the helmet is a little larger to accommodate Faramir’s hair.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I never had any of the Faramir figures growing up, which is sort of weird, because I always rather liked the guy. I do remember this one, but I just never bought him for whatever reason. I ended up finding back a couple of months ago from Complete In Box (at the same time that I got Tormund). He’s not a perfect figure by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s still pretty cool, and I’m just happy to have a Faramir.