Action Figure Time Machine 90's Edition: Jessica Priest from Spawn: The Movie by McFarlane Toys (Great)
While a lot of McFarlane figures (particularly monsters and such) used the paint scheme of multiple coats of different colored paint to give the figures a certain look, Priest eschews that for a neat and clean paint job. Multiple details are all painted with extreme precision. While her body suit uses a flat black, her boots and armored chest plate use a glossier black. The paint work on the face is neat and clean. Minor details such as the belt buckles, individual wires, and the spaces between the plates on her armored right wrist guard are not neglected. I think one of the biggest compliments I could ever say about McFarlane toys is that they never cheaped out
when it came to the details on their figures. I wish more modern toy companies thought like they did.
Actually, I'm still impressed by this toy, even by today's standards. While the likeness and articulation certainly show this as a product of the past, the details, accessories, and paint applications still hold their own. Jessica Priest is a Great action figure. I just wish she had more articulation. I would love for McFarlane to get back to it's former glory by releasing interesting, unique, and impressive toys. Their Walking Dead figures have been looking better lately, so I have hope that McFarlane will return in force. Until then, I think I'll be searching online for some 90's Spawn figures. I've got stuff to buy!
The only other action figure from McFarlane toys I've reviewed is Cortana from their Halo 4 line. Brad reviewed the Black and White Michonne with Pet Walkers 3-pack from their Walking Dead line, as well. To compare Priest with some other figures from the late 90s, check out The Marine from Resaurus' Quake II line, Link, Ganondorf, and Princess Zelda from a Nintendo promotion, and The Shadow Balrog from Middle Earth Toys by Toy Vault.
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