Action Figure Time Machine 90's Edition: William G-4/ William G-3 from Resident Evil 2 by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Good and a 1/2)
|William with 3 Leons, L to R: NECA's Leon, Toy Biz's Leon, and Palisades Leon.|
I have a ton of Resident Evil figures from a variety of companies: Palisades, Moby Dick, NECA, and even Hot Toys, all of which have a different design style and scale. (Palisades Toys released a version of William in his G-4 form). Toy Biz's design style for these figures is very much in line with how they handled their Marvel figures around the same time- they're a bit cartoonish, almost anime-influenced, you might say. Still, there's a certain charm to them, especially considering that they came from a fairly violent, Mature rated video game. The human figures are all around 5 inches, with the various creatures being either larger or smaller. Oh my gosh! Does that mean that McFarlane's Walking Dead figures, since they're not in scale with any other modern toy line, were specifically designed to be compatible with Toy Biz's Resident Evil figures? If I had any of the McFarlane Walking Dead figures, I'd try that. William is a massive figure, though, standing 8 1/4 in his G-3 form.
Well, a good deal of the articulation here is included to facilitate the transformation of William between his two forms. Still, the guy is pretty stacked, especially considering that he came out in 1998. William features: hinged toes, hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, a swivel waist, swivel front shoulders, swivel rear shoulders that are on a sliding peg to aid in transformation, ball jointed rear elbows, swivel rear wrists, and a swivel neck for the G-3 head. The leg joints are somewhat problematic, because the upper body is so heavy that the leg joints want to give away under the weight. You can get both Williams in quite a few decent poses, but I have a little bit of trouble with the transformation. Here's how the transformation works: basically, you swap William's heads and then swing his rear arms around so that he can be crouching on all fours. I have a really hard time keeping him in the second position. It's a neat idea in theory, but I'm not sure how well I think it was executed. I also suck at Transformers. For real.
The paint is very good, however. While he's mainly molded in a light tan plastic, the body is covered with intricate paint apps. He's multiple shades of brown, and the paint lines are intentionally muddled at times to give the figure a more organic appearance. The giant eyes on the rear arms and thighs are incredible. They're a hideous reddish-orange, with plenty of little blood vessels painted on. The G-4 head and mouth are also really well done, as each. There's a little slop on some of the teeth, but with a giant beastly abomination like this guy, it's not terribly noticeable.
I'm not sure if they're really considered accessories, but as you can tell by now (if you've been paying attention) William does come with three parts which separate from the main body: his G-3 head, his G-4 head, and his G-4 mouth. The heads are nice and solid, and I don't have any fear of them breaking. The G-4 parts are made of a very dense, rubbery material, making sure that the "teeth" look good but are not brittle.
We haven't reviewed any other Resident Evil figures on ThEpic Review yet, but when Resident Evil week hits (July 22nd through July 26th) we'll be rectifying that. Until then, you can check out zombie themed reviews of the Assemblage Zombie from Valerobots and the Black and White Michonne with Pet Walkers 3-pack from McFarlane's Walking Dead line. Not only does Big Bad Toy Store have a ton of Resident Evil figures available in stock or for preorder (I really want this Ada Wong) but do have William G3/G4 in stock.
Barbecue17 beat Resident Evil 2 more times than he can count. He also spent a large part of 1998 stiffly "tank" walking like Resident Evil characters, just because he could. There may be photos of that on his Flickr account.