LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (TOY BIZ)
“Boromir, a valiant warrior and eldest son of Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, joins the Fellowship to protect Frodo. However, his false beliefs about the power of the One Ring ignites a growing fascination and a desire to possess it.”
I don’t talk much about Lord of the Rings here on the site. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the franchise, though I’ll admit I really only stick to the first three movies, it’s just that’s a rather daunting thing, and I tend to stick to the fringes of it all. As with anything, I’ve got my favorite characters in the mix, of course. Of all the heroes, my absolute favorite is certainly Faramir, who’s something of an unsung hero in the whole thing, but I’m also quite a fan of Faramir’s ill-fated older brother, Boromir, thanks in no small part to Sean Bean’s incredibly memorable performance in the role. Back when the movies where being released, Toy Biz had the license for the figures, and put out a quite expansive line of figures, which rather unsurprisingly included a couple of versions of Boromir. I’m taking a look at the first of those today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Boromir was initially released alongside Lurtz in a two-pack from Toy Biz’s Fellowship of the Ring tie-in line in 2001, and was later released solo in the wider Trilogy line following the wrap up of the Return of the King tie-ins. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and he has 4 points of articulation. The Fellowship figures weren’t as posable as the later figures would be, so Boromir’s definitely a little restricted on the posability front. He’s a little bit pre-posed, with his arms sort of jutting out, and his legs being kind of splayed. Also, due to how the movement works, neither of his elbows is actually pointing forward, which is kind of awkward. He does at least have a decent enough action pose about him. Boromir’s sculpt was unique to this figure, and is fairly on par with the rest of the Fellowship figures. He’s got a respectable enough likeness of Sean Bean on the face, and the detailing on the outfit’s pretty nice, especially the mail shirt under all of his other garb. The figure’s proportions are definitely a bit on the chunky side, which isn’t too crazy, but it’s definitely a bit more of a stylistic choice. It’s a more balanced set-up than other figures in the line, though, so it’s at least not dealing so much with the monkey arms that showed up a lot in the earlier figures. Boromir’s paint work is generally more on the basic side, with mostly straight forward color work. Some of the paint’s a little on the thick side, but the application’s pretty clean and consistent. The grey trim on the tabard is the one exception, as it’s a little bit all over the place. Other than that, he’s okay, and there’s even some pretty decent accenting on the hair and the chain mail. Boromir is packed with his horn of Gondor, his sword, his shield, and his cloak. The horn fits well in his left hand, and can hand from his belt. The sword seems a little small and is rather bent, but it can at least be sheathed. The shield’s actually quite a nice piece, with impressive texturing, and a strap for wearing over his shoulder. The cloak’s a little tricky, as it doesn’t really stay firmly in place, and it also can’t be used when the shield is slung.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I picked up Faramir back in 2016, I’ve been casually on the lookout for a Boromir. Back towards the end of 2021, a bunch of Lord of the Rings figures came through All Time. They were largely incomplete and kind of a mess, but there just so happened to be a complete Boromir in the mix, and he was honestly pretty cheap at that moment, so, boom, your boy had a Boromir. He’s a bit dated, but still a lot of fun. And now I’ve got the two brothers!
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