STRANGER THINGS (McFARLANE)
The central characters of Stranger Things are really the kids, who do a lot of the important things and generally end up moving the plot forward all on their own. However, they’re still just kids, and they do occasionally need some adult supervision, which frequently comes in the form of the town sheriff, Chief Jim Hopper. In a world full of stange things, Hopper’s the one who stands back and goes “hey, that thing over there seems a little strange.” What’s *not* strange is that Hopper got an action figure, which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Chief Hopper is the second of the two basic figures in the first series of McFarlane Toys’ Stranger Things line. Where Eleven was very season specific, Hopper (by virtue of being an adult actor who doesn’t change much from season to season) is more of a catch-all sort of a figure. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 24 points of articulation (though the waist on my figure was fused when he came out of the packaging, so he spent a lot of time at 23). Hopper’s articulation is definitely an improvement over Eleven and even the Borderlands 2 Jack. The hips here use the later Walking Dead styled joints, which allow for a lot more mobility. It is a bit funny, though, that in the last week I’ve looked at three McFarlance figures that are ostensibly in the same style and each of them’s had a completely different hip articulation scheme. Obviously, you have to tailor a bit to design, but this does seem a little goofy. The improved mobility of this figure is certainly a plus, but I must admit, the hip joints aren’t exactly easy on the eyes, especially when moved out of their “default” position. If they want to use this style of joint (which I don’t think is a terrible idea), they need to refine it a bit. The rest of the articulation is a bit better worked in, so they didn’t totally blow it. I think hips just confuse them a bit. Hopper’s sculpt is definitely a solid piece of work. Apart from the hip issue, it’s a very well crafted sculpt. The detailing on his sheriff’s uniform is quite sharp, and the head’s likeness of actor David Harbour is spot-on. There’s no confusing who this guy is. The paint on Hopper isn’t super exciting or anything, but, like the sculpt, it’s pretty decent. The best work is on the face, which looks pretty lifelike (though it doesn’t photograph the best). The rest of it’s just pretty standard stuff, but it’s rather cleanly applied, and everything matches up with the show pretty well. Hopper’s not quite as well accessorized as El, but I’d guess that has to do with his larger stature. He still gets his revolver, a coffee mug (hey, pair this with the waffle included with Eleven and we’re slowly getting a balanced breakfast!), and a display stand. His solicits mention his hat being removable, but it’s not, nor does he get the extra un-hatted head that the original packaging renders showed. That’s a bit of a bummer, as I’d have liked the option to display him without the hat. I’m guessing McFarlane might be saving that head for a later release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with yesterday’s Eleven, this figure was purchased based on a request by FiQ-Fan Hubert from Poland. Hopper actually proved to be what pushed me over into McFarlane’s camp on these offerings. As cool as Funko’s set was, I really wanted a figure of Hopper. Initially, I was only going to grab him, but I am weak, and I ended up with both figures. I really like this figure a lot. Issues with lessened accessories aside, Hopper’s really the stronger of the two figures. Here’s to hoping the rest of the line follows his example.