#3347: King Arthur



Several years before the Quest for Camelot began, an unexpected hero stepped forward to pull the magical sword Excalibur from its stone to become the rightful King of England. That hero was Arthur, who grew into a brave and noble king, commanding the respect and loyalty of the Knights of the Round Table. With the magic of Excalibur and the wisdom of his chief advisor, Merlin, Arthur built Camelot into a peaceful, wealthy kingdom. Now he must give his all to protect his people from the evil of Ruber.”

In 1998, Warner Brothers tried to more directly compete with Disney’s resurgence in popularity of their animated features.  The resulting creation, Quest for Camelot, was something of a mixed product.  Originally beginning as a rather straight forward animated feature based on Arthurian mythology, in order to push the Disney competition a bit further, Warner took the finished film, and decided it needed to be a musical…so they added a bunch of songs to it.  Both parts of the movie are quite well done, but they don’t exactly mesh so well, and the movie didn’t really find an audience during its theatrical run.  It’s gained something of a cult following in the years since its release.  Amongst other things, it’s got a pretty impressive voice cast, which included Pierce Brosnan as an older King Arthur.  Arthur isn’t the main character of the piece, but he’s prominent enough that he got himself a figure in the brief tie-in line that Hasbro put out for the movie, and I’m taking a look at that figure today!


King Arthur is part of the six figure line-up for Hasbro’s Quest for Camelot tie-in toyline.  He’s based on his standard kingly attire from the film, which makes sense, since I do believe it’s all he actually wears (well, ignoring the flashback to him pulling the sword from the stone).  It’s rather unassuming for a king, but that’s kind of Arthur’s beat, I suppose.  The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation.  As I discussed when I reviewed Garrett, the height on this line is fairly standard these days, but was curiously large for a ’90s line, since they tended to skew a bit smaller.  He’s decently articulated for the era, though nothing to write home about these days.  Honestly, the only things that are notably absent are elbow joints, and he does at least slightly cheat those with that partial bend that’s sculpted in.  In my review of Garrett, I remarked that the actual Quest animation models were quite streamlined and basic, but that the figures added a lot more detailing, to take advantage of the larger scale.  While Arthur doesn’t go quite as in depth as Garrett, he’s still got a fair bit going on, while still matching up pretty well to the animated design for the character.  His color work is largely fairly basic.  It’s clean, and pretty sharp, and I do quite like the metallic finish for the arms and legs.  Arthur was packed with his sword Excalibur, as well as five different add-on armor pieces.  The armor’s not anything he actually had in the movie, but it’s never the less pretty fun, and has a lot of nifty details.  My figure is missing Excalibur and one of the shin guards, but is otherwise still quite well armored.


King Arthur was the first of the Quest For Camelot figures I got.  I was on a big Arthurian kick at the time, and he was a King Arthur figure, so, you know, it’s hard to not get on board with that.  I believe that I got him while I was out with my Dad, presumably during an errand or something.  He’s fun.  I mean, the whole line is, really.  It’s kind of crazy the effort that went into these figures, given how the movie ultimately panned out, performance wise.  I certainly don’t mind cool figures, though.


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