THE PRINCESS BRIDE (MCFARLANE TOYS)
While Buttercup and Westley are likable protagonists whom the story is undoubtedly centered upon, the success of The Princess Bride really lies with its supporting players, and their own respective journeys. Perhaps the film’s most satisfying journey is that of Inigo Montoya (of “Hello my name is” fame), who begins the film as just a hired sword, albeit a terribly likable one, and finishes the story by tracking down the man who killed his father and finally gaining the vengeance he had been hunting for two decades, only to discover that vengeance is ultimately rather hollow. It’s a powerful and impactful story, with a lot of weight to it for something that’s ostensibly a comedy. And now he’s got an action figure, which I’m gonna take a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Inigo Montoya is the third and final figure in the first standard assortment of McFarlane’s The Princess Bride line. Inigo’s only got the one look in the film, but it does sort of evolve in how disheveled he appears. This figure’s rather on the cleaner side, signifying he’s from earlier in the film’s run time. The figure stands a little over 7 inches tall and he has 35 points of articulation. His articulation is really just the standard McFarlane fare. It works decently with the sculpt, and manages to not break up the sculpt too badly. His sculpt is all-new, but as with the others in the first set, most of his sculpt will see re-use on his Series 2 counterpart. It’s honestly a pretty solid offering. The proportions are slightly lanky, but not nearly as gangly and awkward as Westley’s were, and the general fit together is much better. The leg articulation works in a bit oddly, but it’s again better than Westley. The detailing on the outfit is definitely impressive; they’ve done quite a nice job of replicating Inigo’s very worn-in attire. The head’s got a passable likeness of Mandy Patinkin; it’s a bit caricature, but it’s fairly easily recognized. The more dour expression certainly works here, and they’ve even remembered to include the scars on his cheeks. The hair is a little thick and un-hair-like, but it gets the proper shaping, which certainly is the most important thing. Inigo’s paint work is honestly the best of the bunch. It’s still rather basic, but there’s enough detailing to make it work. Curiously, despite Inigo generally being scruffier than Westley, this figure doesn’t get stuck with the heavy shadowing on the lower half of the face, or any scruff at all, actually. I think it works in his favor, and the rest of the face detailing is pretty solid. I like the slight shading under his eyes. The two things I don’t like are the fact that the shoulder cups are molded in flesh tone, revealing the clashing color scheme when he’s posed, and, as with all of the figures, the dreaded side-eye. As with Westley, he’s looking the opposite direction of his sword hand, and, just like Westley, this further emphasizes the general stupidness of not including alternate left hands for these two. He does include his rather ornate sword, as well as a display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
If the very in depth introduction wasn’t an indicator, Inigo is and has always been my favorite character in The Princess Bride. His figure was the one I was most looking forward to out of this bunch, and, in hand, I think he’s also the most impressive figure in the bunch. Apart from the eyes thing and the lack of extra hand, this figure is a lot less hampered by issues than the others, making him genuinely just a pretty solid figure. I definitely dig this one.
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