Monday, July 22, 2013
Resident Evil Week: Claire Redfield & Zombie Cop from Resident Evil 2 by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Standing straight up, Claire is about 5 inches tall, while the Zombie Cop is just a tad bit shorter. While Claire has the more animated look that the (living) humans in the line have, she's much less animated than Chris and Jill from the first series. The Zombie Cop is fairly realistic, especially in comparison to other 5 inch figures from the late 90's.
The Zombie Cop is covered in creepy details. First, he's covered with bullet holes. Second, his police uniform is ripped and tattered. His left pant leg is ripped, and his sock and garters are showing, as well as some exposed flesh on his left leg. There's also a pile of intestines flowing from his stomach. Pretty impressive that this figure was on mainstream retail shelves in the late 90's, huh? I love his hand poses. The left is outstretched with missing fingers while the right is clenching a moldy doughnut. The head sculpt is nothing sort of amazing with a creepy grimace, almost as if he has a Glasgow smile. The empty eye sockets, lolled out tongue, and bizarre angle of the neck really give the figure a grim appearance.
The Zombie Cop's paint is also really strong. He's got a muddy McFarlane-esque paint style going on, but it works for a zombie character. The sculpt of the character is really quite detailed, and the paint nicely matches that. There's a heavy wash that's kind of a ruddy brown. It's not bloody looking, but it nicely accents the slightly greenish flesh tone of the figure and definitely conveys that this isn't your standard cop. Little details on the uniform are also added, such as the letters "RPD" (Raccoon Police Department) on his badge and left and right shoulders. There's also a tiny little RPD on the badge on his hat. Details!
Claire comes with two accessories: a revolver and a firing crossbow. Is the revolver intended to be the Colt SAA that Claire gets with her alternate uniform? Possibly, because that's the only revolver in Resident Evil 2. This is a great revolver for smaller action figures. It's perhaps a bit over sized for Claire, but still looks great with her (and numerous other figures I've equipped it with over the years). Her crossbow is based on the crossbow she wields in the game. While in the game it fires three arrows simultaneously, here it just shoots one very large arrow. It also has a string attached to it, perhaps for safety reasons? Anyways, it's also a bit large, but nicely sculpted with some silver paint apps that give it a worn look.
I've looked at other Resident Evil figures recently, and will look at plenty more during Resident Evil week at The Epic Review. I've also reviewed: Chris Redfield and Cerberus, 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 doesn't have this figure in stock, but they've got plenty of other cool Resident Evil figures and props from a variety of companies.