Man, I’ve gone almost the whole month of October without looking at anything all that spooky. That in and of itself seems pretty spooky, right? No? Okay, fair enough. Anyway, within the spirit of the month, I guess I’ll look at something from the more paranormal side of things, with another visit to the world of Hellboy, a series that blends so many of my personal interests. Today, I’m looking at my favorite character from the Hellboy-verse, Abraham Sapien!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Abe Sapien was released as part of the first series of Mezo’s movie-based Hellboy line. There were two different Abes available, one standard release (shirtless), and one Previews-Exclusive release. Today’s review focuses on the exclusive release, which allowed for (more or less) a fully-suited up Abe. The figure stands 7 3/4 inches tall and he has 25 points of articulation. He has the same articulation as the Kroenen figure I looked at a few years back, which means he has the same pluses and minuses as that figure. Overall, it’s standard for the time, but there remain a few odd-ball joints that subsequent lines from Mezco would re-work or drop entirely. Some of these joints, the mid-foot cut joints in particular, were a little fragile and prone to breakage, as was the case with one of my Abe’s feet. Fortunately, it’s one of the less essential joints, so gluing the foot back together hasn’t robbed him of all that much. Abe’s sculpt was shared between the two variants, and then re-tooled for the battle-damaged figure from Series 1.5 and the main Abe from Hellboy 2. It’s a pretty solid sculpt overall. It’s filtered a bit through the lens of Mezco’s more stylized sensibilities, so he’s a little ganglier, and a little more angular than he was in the movie. There are two heads included with the figure. Since this Abe is meant to be the fully kitted-out Abe, he comes wearing his goggled head, which is accompanied by the two pieces of his rebreather system. The rebreather can easily removed by popping off the head, allowing the head to be displayed without it, if that’s your prerogative. By virtue of being a straight re-paint, he lacks the gloves and shoes that Abe should technically have in this set-up, but I suppose we can all just imagine that he’s decided to forego those pieces for the day. The paint is, of course, imperative here, since it separates him from the standard release. The first Hellboy figures were a bit more reserved in coloring than later counterparts. Abe in particular seems to have been toned down a fair bit from his on-screen appearance. His blues are more murky, which makes him a little less eye catching. I do like the shiny finish they’ve given him, but beyond that, he does sort of run together a bit more than I’d like. Of course, he’s still far from terrible. Abe is packed with a second head, sans the goggles, and also included a belt, but mine seems to have gone missing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I came into the first Hellboy movie with no familiarity of the source material, so I didn’t know what to expect. Retailers didn’t either, so the figures weren’t the easiest to track down. I never found the basic Abe, but I was fortunate enough to get this one through a friend who worked at Diamond. He’s a decent figure, but perhaps not as strong as the Kroenen figure I looked at before. Admitedly, my opinion may be slightly colored, since there are a greater number of Abes on the market to choose from. Still, you could do a lot worse than this one.