Comic book companies sure do like their fish men, don’t they? After Hellboy did a few brief appearances in other books, and moved to headlining his own series, he brought with him his own host of supporting players. Debuting in the first issue of “Seed of Destruction” was the franchise’s own resident fish man, Abraham Sapien. Abe became a popular character in his own right, eventually taking a leading role in his own self-titled series, as well as the BPRD spinoff series. As the franchise’s secondary lead, he’s a good go-to for merchandising, making him a pretty natural choice for the second offering in 1000toys’ Hellboy line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Abe Sapien is, as noted above, the second character added to the 1000toys Hellboy toyline. Not quite the second figure, counting the various versions of Red, but the second, and thus far final, unique character. There were two versions of this figure released: a standard version and a Dark Horse-exclusive version with a non-articulated Rasputin figure. This one is the standard. He stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 36 points of articulation. Abe’s articulation scheme has a lot in common with Hellboy’s; obviously, his right arm doesn’t get the extra movement with the individually jointed fingers, instead mirroring the way the movement on the left works. Like Hellboy, his torso is a softer material, to allow for more posability. Abe winds up with some segmenting at the middle, which allows for even a bit more range than Hellboy was able to get. In general, Abe’s movement is up to the impressive standards that everything else from 1000toys has set. Abe’s sculpt is all-new. He’s again got a heavily Mignola-inspired design, albeit just a touch more polished. Abe is, of course, less rough and scarred than Hellboy, but he still gets a lot of smaller details, capturing his slightly more amphibian skin. I also appreciate the difference of texturing between the skin and his shorts. The only thing I’m not super crazy about is how his gills attach to the neck; it’s a whole slip-over piece at the top of the torso, which results in a separation between the two parts, which looks a tiny bit like his throat’s been slit. Thankfully, it’s usually covered by the chin, so it’s not a *huge* issue. In place of the cloth greatcoat sported by Hellboy, Abe gets a rubber BPRD vest piece, which fits pretty snuggly over the figure’s torso. It stays on securely; securely enough that I didn’t actually realize it was meant to be removable at first. Abe’s color work is strongly rendered, with plenty of accenting, especially on the exposed skin. It really emphasizes the strengths of the sculpt, and matches up nicely with his incarnation from the comics. Abe is more impressively accessorized than Hellboy, with six different pairs of hands (in fists, tight grip, loose grip, trigger finger, relaxed, and open gesture), a dive watch, knife, sheath for the knife, handgun, holster for the handgun, and a spear.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Abe’s my favorite part of the Hellboy mythos, and I’m always down for a good figure of him. Back when Mezco did their comics-based line, I really wanted an Abe, but they made him a convention exclusive, and it honestly kinda killed me on the whole line. I’ve been waiting for another chance since then, and it was actually this guy’s announcement that really sold me on this line as a whole. Thankfully, when the Hellboy that I snagged got traded into All Time, this guy was alongside him. The partners remained partners! Abe’s a fantastic figure, just like HB. Now I don’t even mind that I never got the Mezco. And, if this is all we get from 1000toys, I’ll be content. But, I certainly wouldn’t say no to a few others. Like a Liz. Or a Lobster Johnson. Or a Johan. Or a Roger. Or just a whole entire line of really amazing figures based on all the characters. And maybe some movie ones, too. Right? Right.
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