BOOMER & ATHENA
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (DIAMOND SELECT TOYS)
Continuing the BSG theme, I’m looking at what pretty much makes up the rest of my collection (Minimates & Mego-style Cylon aside). This time it’s two figures, though sort of two of the same person: Boomer & Athena. The figures were sold in a two pack after the line of individual figures fizzled. I should note that I’ve performed a head-swap on these two and will be reviewing the swapped versions as a whole. I feel this is for the best, because it allows for me to review a good one and a bad one, instead of two fairly mediocre ones.
I’m gonna call the one in the flightsuit Athena, since she seemed to spend a decent amount of time in it. Athena is depicted here with the top of her flightsuit pulled down and wrapped around her waist. Her hair is pulled back in a ponytail like it frequently was in the show. She stands just under 7 inches tall and has 20 points of articulation. She includes a side arm, though a different one than Helo included. This one looks a great deal more powerful! This figure (after the head-swap) is the reason I bought the set. The pulled down flightsuit is a unique look, and one that was frequently featured on the show. It’s nice to see it represented here. The head sculpt is also a very good approximation of actress Grace Park, which is always a good thing. This figure is a really nice representation of the character from the show.
I’m going to refer to this one as Boomer mostly because I referred to the other one as Athena, and those were the names on the box. Remember how I really liked the Athena figure? All the nice things I said about it? Yeah, none of that applies to this figure. So she’s shown here in her dress uniform from the show. She stands just under 7 inches and has 20 points of articulation. Those are the nicest things I can say about this figure. The uniform body was not sculpted for Boomer, and you can tell. The body shape is so horribly wrong for her. But it’s forgivable because it is a somewhat understandable re-use. You know what’s not understandable? That head sculpt. Man, is that a bad head sculpt. She’s got this weird “lantern-jaw of Justice” Thing going on, but somehow, she also seems to lack a chin. I’m not really sure how that happened. The face really looks like the sculptor forgot that Boomer wasn’t a man in the revamped series, and upon realization, decided to change nothing. It’s all topped off by the odd choice of hair style. I know that both Boomer and Athena had their hair down a few times in the series, but it really wasn’t a definitive look for either character, so it doesn’t really fit either body. Bottom line is, it bears little to no resemblance to Grace Park, which is a shame after the very nice portrait on the other figure IN THIS SET!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I missed out on this at retail, so I picked it up online a good bit later. And let me tell you something, finding this thing online was quite a chore. Seems nobody wanted to part with theirs. Anyway, I ended up finding the set online through a Canadian retailer, who really helped me out.