BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER PALZ (PALISADES)
You know, it’s actually a little bit surprising that Buffy: The Vampire Slayer was quite the merchandising juggernaut it was, given that the vast majority of the characters are just normal looking people. But, its toys were a success nonetheless. For example, when Palisades was attempting to compete in the block figure game, Buffy proved to be their most lucrative property, with two series of figures and a whole slew of exclusives. Had Palisades not run into financial woes so early, it’s very possible Palz might have been a serious competitor for Minimates. Isn’t that a strange alternate universe? As it stands, the structure of the Buffy Palz line was such that only the show’s first two seasons are actually covered, which can place more of a focus on some slightly more minor characters. For instance, while Faith is the replacement slayer that took off, it was first replacement slayer Kendra who actually got made into a Palz. I’ll be looking at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kendra was released as a Palisades Direct exclusive timed to coincide with the Season 2-themed second series of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Palz. Though initially only available to members of Palisades’ online club, the relatively quickly demise of Palisades after her release resulted in her being rather readily available on the aftermarket. While most Palz were based on one specific appearance, Kendra is really a catch-all for all of her appearances. Given it was three episodes, and she only had two distinct looks, it’s not like it was a real stretch. Kendra stands 3 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Like both Vampire Buffy and Willow before her, she’s built on the standard Palz female body. You can choose from one of two hair pieces for her, one being based on her freer hair from “What’s My Line?” and the other being based on her more tightly braided hair from “Becoming.” She comes wearing the first but I personally prefer the second. Nevertheless, both pieces are very well crafted, exhibiting an awesome amount of texturing, which was a notable change for most of the Series 2 figures. Kendra’s paint is some pretty solid work all around. While the body pieces are largely done with big areas of flat colors, it’s all pretty clean. Her two faces are really exceptional work, with both exhibiting a solid likeness of Bianca Lawson. I personally like the aside glance face the most, but both are definitely decent representations of the character. As with the two different hair pieces, there are two differently deco-ed torso pieces, one representing her shirt (which is her favorite and her only one) from “What’s My Line?” and the other being the replacement shirt Buffy gives her at the end of that episode (which is seen again in “Becoming.”) In addition to the two torsos and the two hair pieces, Kendra is also packed with three stakes, her named stake Mr. Pointy, an axe, the Slayer Handbook, a crossbow, and a tombstone.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After coming across a few errant Buffy Palz at Baltimore Comic Con in 2009, I decided to track down a few other figures. Kendra came from my third round of purchases, when I discovered a pretty decent selection of them on Amazon. I always liked Kendra more than Faith, so I didn’t mind so much that she was the one to get the figure. Despite her slightly minor status on the show, she’s genuinely one of my favorite figures from this line.