BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER PALZ (PALISADES)
It’s always somewhat fascinating to peer back at the failed toylines of yesteryear. Perhaps none are more fascinating than those produced by fan-favorite Palisades, a company that made a huge smash in the toy collecting world before succumbing to financial troubles, and a few questionable business strategies. At the height of the block figure craze, they introduced their own line, PALZ. Perhaps the most expansive line of PALZ produced were the Buffy The Vampire Slayer PALZ. I’ll be looking at one of the variants of the main character today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Buffy was released in Series 2 of the Buffy PALZ line. Each series of the line was based on a season of the show, so this is a Season 2 Buffy. She’s specifically based on the episodes “Surprise” and “Innocence,” two rather pivotal episodes that deal with the fallout of Angel’s loss of soul. The figure stands 3 inches tall and she has 14 points of articulation. As with the three prior PALZ figures I’ve looked at, this Buffy is built on the basic female body (Four figures in and I still haven’t actually reviewed the male body; that’s kind of amusing), or should I say “bodies,” since Buffy’s got two them. The one she comes wearing is based on her “Innocence” appearance, and it’s pretty straight forward as far as Buffy looks go. She’s got an extra light jacket piece, which I don’t recall getting any other use, as well as a hair piece with her hair more pulled back, which I believe was another unique piece. Both pieces replicate Buffy’s look from he episode pretty well. PALZ were known for their plethora of swappable pieces, but Buffy doesn’t so much swap pieces as she does come with a second figure. Her second look is based on “Surprise” and requires only the swapping over of her head, hands, and feet to complete it. She gets another hair piece as well as a slightly heavier jacket piece, both re-used from the previously reviewed Vampire Buffy. Again, they match the show appearance pretty closely, though this look’s a bit less distinctively Buffy than the other one. The paintwork on both bodies is pretty solid, though not terribly involved. The “Innocence” look ends up with the most interesting work, with the pattern of her shirt and her necklace being handled nicely. There are two different faces to choose from on the head. They aren’t as divergent as some of the faces were, but offer up a happier/angrier selection, which complements the chosen attire well. In addition to the whole extra body, Buffy is also packed with the rocket launcher she uses to dispatch the Judge, as well as the torso of his aforementioned Judge-iness, which is perhaps one of the most clever Build-A-Figure ideas ever.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Buffy, along with Drusilla from the same assortment, is my first introduction to PALZ. I came across the two of them at Baltimore Comic-Con and they were fairly cheap, so I figured I’d give them a shot. I was fortunate in getting what I feel is the best version of Buffy right off the bat, and it was because of how cool this figure was that I ended up tracking down an almost complete set of the line.