I don’t get to talk about Hellboy nearly enough on this site. The last time I talked about anything Hellboy-related here on the site was all the way back in 2018, which honestly seems absurd to me. But, there it is, I guess. Well, I’m gonna try to make it better! While the majority of Hellboy product has been courtesy of Mezco, there have been a few other manufacturers to take up the reigns since Mezco last left things off. There have been a small selection of figures on the higher end side of things, including a couple of offerings from 1000toys, a company that always does its best to impress with me. Today, I’m taking a look at their take on the titular character. Is he sufficiently awesome? I mean, more than likely.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hellboy is the debut figure in 1000toys’ Hellboy line and was released in 2019. There are a few different versions of him, but the one seen here is the most standard of the releases, which was the very first of them to hit. This one covers all of your basic Hellboy needs, without delving into the more involved stuff. The figure stands just shy of 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 45 points of articulation. Hellboy figures have a tendency to be a little more restricted on the articulation front, especially when it comes to the Right Hand of Doom, but that’s not the case with this guy. 1000toys has put their usual care into giving this guy a quite impressive range of motion, which even includes the Right Hand of Doom getting fully articulated fingers. Oh boy, are those a lot of fun. The shoulders took a little bit of getting used to for posing, and the right elbow can look a little odd depending on the pose, but its otherwise quite nicely implemented. Hellboy’s sculpt was all-new, though at this point it’s obviously been shared with his variants. It’s clearly Mignola inspired in its design, though it’s a slightly more cleaned up Mignola look, which lends itself just a little bit better to an articulated figure. He’s got a bit of a mixed media thing going on; the torso is a softer plastic, to allow for a little more movement, while preserving the cleanness of the design. It’s a little spongey when posing, and I always worry a bit with durability on such things, but it seems to work alright. It also maintains a nice level of detailing, including his more rock-like features, as well as the various scars littered throughout his body. Furthering the mixed-media set-up, he’s got his rosary, which hangs from his belt on an actual chain. Likewise mixed-media is his coat, which is cloth goods here. It’s bulky, as it should be, and has a wire running through the bottom, to allow for some minor posing. The coat can be removed, though it will require popping off the right hand, which is a little tricky the first time around. The color work on this guy is pretty solid stuff; the main red is bright and eye catching, which I really dig. That’s largely molded plastic, of course, though I do have to give them kudos for being able to get the shades to all match up very closely; that’s especially difficult with reds. The skin tones get a decent amount of accenting, which adds a little bit of shading, and also brings out the sculpt’s smaller details. He’s also go those very bright yellow eyes, which make for quite an impressive pop of color. This version of Hellboy is the most stripped down version in terms of extras, but he still gets an extra head, four hands, the Samaritan, and a holster. The extra head gets an angrier expression, which is very in character. Interestingly, the horns aren’t part of this sculpt, instead being shared between the two heads. This was pre-planning for the release that also included his full horns, meaning this guy will still be compatible with those extra pieces, should you get them. The hands are all lefts, since the right is fully posable; he’s got fist, gripping, relaxed, and open gesture. The Samaritan is appropriately oversized, and fits well in the gripping hand. The holster’s a touch tricky to use, but it works well enough and holds the gun securely.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been hoping to pick this guy up since he was first released back in 2019, but, for a number of reasons, he just kept getting pushed off, until several different releases of him had all sold through, and I assumed I wouldn’t be finding one. I assumed incorrectly. I just needed to be patient was all. This guy got traded in, opened but unused, at All Time, which gave me to perfect opportunity to get myself one for a not terrible deal. 1000toys has not disappointed me in the past, and they’ve still not disappointed me. This guy’s easily the best Hellboy figure I’ve ever handled, and just a great toy in general.
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