SWORD FIGHTING HERCULES
DISNEY’S HERCULES (MATTEL)
“He’s the greatest sword fighter of all time! Whether he’s fighting the terrifying Hydra, or battling the dangerous Nessus, Hercules fights the bravest of battles with his mighty sword and shield!”
You may have noticed a slight theme to the last few Sundays here at the Figure in Question. That theme is Disney’s Hercules. Today, I’m continuing that theme, though I can’t make any promises for keeping it going past this week. I’ve looked at a variant of Herc, as well as his main foe Hades, but I’ve yet to just look at the standard Hercules. That changes today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sword Fighting Hercules is another entry in the Basic Assortment of Disney’s Hercules figures from Mattel. As noted in the intro, this was the line’s take on Herc’s standard hero togs he sports for the majority of the film’s run-time. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. In a change from the last two figures I’ve looked at from this line, this guy actually gets some elbow movement, which is cool, but it’s at the cost of all of his leg movement. You win some, you lose some. It does cause him to be a touch harder to keep standing than the Hydra Slaying variant, but he’s mostly pretty manageable. The elbows are a little loose, presumably to aid in the use of action features, but still rather useful. Also: neck articulation! That sure is nice. Being able to look side to side and all. Like the other two, this figure’s sculpt diverges somewhat from his film counterpart. This one is probably the most faithful of the three I have; most of the changes come from simply translating him into three dimensions. There are a few slight oddities to his proportions. His neck’s rather long, as are the arms. Still, not a bad sculpt overall. Like his Hydra Slaying counterpart, Sword Fighting Herc has a removable cloth cape. The same cape, in fact (exactly the same in my case; this guy’s borrowing his). If you want to get technical, it should be a little brighter to be accurate to the film, but it works nonetheless. The paintwork on this guy is generally pretty decent. The colors are a little bit more washed out than in the film, but they aren’t far off, and the overall look is quite nice. Herc is packed with his sword (obviously), as well as his shield. My figure is missing the shield, but that’s really the less essential piece, so I’m not losing sleep over it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After finding Hydra Slaying Herc and Hades, I was figuring that would be it for my whole Hercules collection, especially since this guy in particular had a rather high after market price. Then I found this guy at Yesterday’s Fun over the summer, sans cape. Since I already had the cape from the Hyda Herc, I was able to put together a mostly complete figure for a fraction of his going rate. As with the Hydra variant, this figure was a pretty pleasant surprise, and I’m very happy to have found him.