STRANGER THINGS (MCFARLANE)
Things have died down ever so slightly for Stranger Things in the hiatus between seasons 2 and 3. I mean, I guess that’s pretty normal for such a show, but man was the merchandizing crazy during the Season 2 launch. Anyway, while we all wait for Season 3’s arrival, there are still a number of figures out there just ripe for reviewing, including today’s offering, Lucas Sinclair!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lucas, alongside Dustin, makes up one half of the second series of McFarlane’s Stranger Things line. Admittedly, it seems a little odd to me that Lucas and Dustin jumped ahead of Mike and Will for the Series 2 line-up. Mike and Will are both far more plot-important, and I do slightly worry with McFarlane’s track record that they may not get made. Time will tell, I suppose. In the mean time, let’s focus on the positive: Lucas figure! Lucas is sporting his Season 1 appearance, camo-headband and all, meaning he matches up with the rest of the figures so far. This figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 24 points of articulation. Lucas’ articulation style is essentially the same as Series 1’s Hopper, but he doesn’t quite suffer from the wonky-looking integration of articulation that Hopper did; it’s much more naturally placed for Lucas. Lucas’s sculpt is definitely a strong one, perhaps the strongest of three figures I have from the line so far. While the likeness on the face isn’t quite as spot-on as I felt Hopper’s was, there’s still definitely a lot of Caleb McLaughlin in there, and I think it’s enough to help clearly identify him. The work on his clothing is definitely very strong, from the corduroy texturing on the pants, to the sharp detailing on the seems of his jacket, as well as the rather natural way the clothes have been sculpted to hang. Lucas’ paintwork is definitely the best I’ve see so far from the line. It’s clean, accurate to the source, and downright eye-catching, which is certainly a nice change of pace after the last two. Lucas is quite nicely accessorized, including his backpack, a flashlight, his slingshot, a radio (with an extra hand for holding it), and a display stand. The backpack is definitely the coolest of the bunch; I really dig the weathering on it. On the opposite end is the slingshot, which is hard for him to hold, unpainted, and nondescript enough that I didn’t know what it was at first.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After picking up Eleven and Hopper back in February, I was definitely interested in getting more of these figures, but other lines took precedence, so I kind of fell behind. Lucas was grabbed during TRU’s liquidation process, because why not? And then, like so many of the figures bought during the summer, he just sat unopened for a good few months. He’s actually been on the review schedule three times, and I just kept having to bump him because he hadn’t even been opened yet. I’m actually a little annoyed with myself about that, because he’s a pretty solid figure, and I wish I’d figured that out a bit sooner. Guess I’ll need to be tracking down Dustin now.