INIGO MONTOYA — BLOODIED
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (MCFARLANE TOYS)
Alright, just one more day with The Princess Bride. Let’s make the most of it, shall we? With variants for Westley and Buttercup already on the books, that just leaves Fezzik and Inigo. Fezzik’s variant was just not enough for me to justify spending the extra $40 to get him, but I was able to get on board with the Inigo variant. And, I’m gonna take a look at that variant today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Inigo Montoya (Bloodied) is the final figure in Series 2 of The Princess Bride line from McFarlane. He joins Buttercup as the other figure based on the end of the film, though they are notably two characters that have no real interactions, especially at the end of the film. He’s specifically based on Inigo’s injured appearance post final duel. And, like Buttercup, Inigo’s natural counterpart, Count Rugen, isn’t likely to get made. That said, he’s again another figure that does alright as a piece on his own. The figure stands a little over 7 inches tall and he has 35 points of articulation. Almost all of Inigo’s sculpt is a re-use from the Series 1 release, with only the head sculpt changing. Inigo’s sculpt was the best of the Series 1 figures, and his appearance remains fairly similar throughout, so it’s a good re-use. The new head trades out the more calm and composed expression from the first release for a more intense, teeth-gritting expression. It fits the mid-battle look, and changes up his look enough to make him more noticeably different from the first release. It’s a good sculpt, perhaps not as strong a likeness as the first one, but still with enough of a vibe of Mandy Patinkin to be recognizable. Inigo’s paint work takes the set-up on the first figure, and adds the blood from his injuries. They blood splatters actually match up with the injuries in the film pretty well, and the blood on the hand in particular looks pretty convincing. Also, notably, the figure doesn’t have the side-eye, and that certainly is an improvement. Inigo is packed with his sword (with additional blood smears) and a display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Inigo is definitely the least different of the variants in the main series, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to get him. That said, in hand, I rather liked the look of him. The blood effect is actually quite nicely handled, and it does more to change up the figure than you might expect. The Series 1 figure is still going to be my go-to, but I certainly like this one more than I’d expected to.
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