Action Figure Review: Bioshock Infinite's Elizabeth from NECA (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Even if you haven't played the video game Bioshock Infinite, just thinking about it most likely brings to mind the beautiful character Elizabeth. I guarantee that at the end of the year, she'll still be the most iconic character to come out of any video game. Generbeener went into great detail on one of our podcasts about the painstaking depths that Irrational Games went to to ensure that Elizabeth was neither just another pretty face nor an annoyance to the player, but a fully developed character in the story and an important partner to the player. While I have yet to play Bioshock Infinite (I'm fighting myself to finish this review rather than run off to the store to pick it up), I knew immediately that I was going to pick up Elizabeth. While I certainly am more likely to buy action figures from properties that I know and love, I'm also willing to pick up a figure just because it's a well done action figure. So while I have little to no knowledge about Elizabeth's role in Bioshock Infinite, here's my look at the amazing figure NECA has released. Enjoy!
Elizabeth is right around 6 and 1/4 inches tall, so my guess is that she's in a 7 inch scale and just a little on the short side. While NECA's movie lines (they call them "Reel Toys") are typically done in a very realistic style, NECA video game action figures typically reflect the style of the source material. While Elizabeth could probably stand alongside most of your movie figures and not look too out of place, there is just a bit of stylization to her that reflects her video game appearance. Notice that the eyes that are just a little larger than normal and you'll get what I'm saying. She doesn't come with any accessories, but does have an actual cloth dress, something rather unusual in this scale.
|The dress flows very naturally and looks great in this scale.|
|Look at the picture and you can see the freckles, details on her necklace, and some details of the corset.|
|Notice the missing pinkie? Good attention to detail, NECA.|
I mentioned above that Elizabeth has no accessories. That's probably my only strike against this figure. NECA excels at making cool accessories, so it's a shame that they couldn't figure out something for Elizabeth to hold, or even some element that was just a cool item from the game. Perhaps it is due to the cost of the dress? I mentioned above that Elizabeth actually has a cloth dress, something that isn't typically seen on figures in the 6-7 inch scale and often has mixed results in regards to execution. I'm happy to say that this isn't the case with Elizabeth's dress. It looks perfect. It's just the tiniest bit shiny, very much like velvet. Heck, it might be velvet (I review toys, not sewing materials) as it has a bit of "stretch" to it. NECA certainly made the right choice here, as Elizabeth's dress is extremely eye catching. She'll make all of your other female action figures jealous, believe me.
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