Resident Evil Week: Chris Redfield & Cerberus from Resident Evil by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2)
The paint work was pretty strong on most of Toy Biz's Resident Evil figures, and Chris and Cerberus here are no exceptions. Chris's outfit matches the colors of his in-game appearances and character art appearances pretty well. His vest is a deep green, the sleeves are white (with a cool STARS logo on his left shoulder), and his pants are grey with a dark black wash. I'm not sure if Toy Biz was going for a certain material type or just some depth added to the figure, but it looks OK. Small details like the green straps and silver snaps on his knife sheathe are also well done. It's interesting to see Chris with brighter red hair. I always forget that Chris' hair was originally more of a reddish color rather than the brown hair he's been portrayed with since Resident Evil: Code Veronica.
Here's perhaps one of my favorite parts of Toy Biz's Resident Evil line: wicked cool accessories. Resident Evil is about zombies, monsters, and using cool guns to kill said zombies and monsters. Chris comes with a decent little arsenal. First, he comes with the knife, his starting weapon in the original game. It doesn't fit in his hand well, but it tucks securely into his cool shoulder sheathe and has a nice red handle. Secondly, he comes with a revolver. In Resident Evil, this weapon was identified as a Colt Python. You could obtain it after inserting two gems into the tiger statue's eyes in the regular game and it was a death dealing machine. It's a nice, detailed little sculpt and fits securely in either hand, but looks better in the right hand due to his trigger finger. Last, but not least, Chris comes with the flamethrower. The package calls it a rocket launcher, but it's definitely the flamethrower from the game. Look at the canister for fuel! It's very much modeled after the flamethrowers from Aliens, and is a nice detailed accessory. It's a bit oversized, but it features great sculpted detail and a few different paint apps. It's also designed to fire a missile, which it does well. The thing I've always found funny is that Chris's flamethrower shoots a missile and Jill Valentine's grenade launcher shoots a flame. Maybe those should have been reversed? Cerberus doesn't come with any accessories, but it could be argued that he is really a larger accessory for Chris.
I really, really like this figure, but it's got so many problems that I can't rate it above an Eh and a 1/2. If just the "look and draw" action didn't work, I could ignore that, but the wonky standing articulation and fact that Cerberus can't even stay together really hurts the score. An exploding body was a feature that Mattel managed to give Blast-Attak in 1987 and that Kenner had perfected in their Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment Day lines, so it's disappointing that Toy Biz couldn't pull it off. It's really a shame because the sculpt, paint, and weapons are all fantastic. I'm glad to have finally completed my Toy Biz Resident Evil line last month, but despite being perhaps the main character of the Resident Evil franchise, Chris isn't a standout of what was best with this line. Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2.
I've looked at a few Resident Evil figures recently, and will look at plenty more during Resident Evil week at The Epic Review (July 22nd- July 26th). I've reviewed William G-3/ William G-4, William and Sherry Birkin, and Mr.X/ Super Tyrant from Toy Biz's Resident Evil figures. ThEpic Review has also taken a stick and prodded at the following zombie toys: Black and White Michonne with Pet Walkers 3-pack from McFarlane's Walking Dead line and the Assemblage Zombie from Valerobots. Of course, if you want someone to kill those zombies, I also looked at S-Mart Ash from NECA's Cult Classics. Big Bad Toy Store has this exact figure in stock as well as plenty of other cool Resident Evil figures and props from a variety of companies.
Barbecue17 once won a Resident Evil costume contest dressed as Chris Redfield. That's actually true. For more truths and plenty of fiction, check out his Flickr account.