31 Days of Toy Terror: Norman Bates from Movie Maniacs by McFarlane Toys
Norman stands almost 7 inches tall so he should be able to fit in with any of your other horror film figures from McFarlane, NECA, Mezco, or any other companies producing figures in the 6 to 7 inch range. This is definitely an unusual looking figure but it's done in a fairly realistic style. The realism of the sculpt isn't on par with many modern figures, but it shouldn't be a deal breaker, either. I really doubt we'll get another Norman Bates figure from any company, so this might be your only chance to own one.
Like most of the Movie Maniacs figures, Norman is pretty stagnant from the waist down but features some decent upper body articulation. He has: swivel shins, a swivel waist, swivel shoulders, a swivel right elbow, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck. The upper body articulation is less designed for play and more designed to help you get Norman into the perfect stabbing pose; it's solid and works quite well with no QC issues. The swivel shins really only help you to get a solid stance for the figure so he doesn't fall over.
The dress is molded in a very dark blue with light blue dots all over it; definitely not high fashion but good for lounging around the house. There's a weird paint smudge on the back of my figure, but it really isn't terribly noticeable. The shoes and khakis poking out from underneath the dress have a dark wash on them and the paint on Norman's head is nearly perfect. There's not really a detail out of place on it.
I love Psycho and it's a movie that even folks who aren't fans of horror need to watch if for no other reason but the film's cultural and historical significance. Norman truly is one of the icons of horror (the first movie slasher, really) but rarely gets recognized among the typical slasher crowd of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and others. He's really more in the company of Patrick Bateman or Hannibal Lecter, but still the guy is an icon. It's a good figure, but an unusual. I think I'd give him a Good and a 1/2. Considering that at the time, McFarlane Toys was doing some really cool diorama pieces in the Movie Maniacs line like King Kong escaping from captivity or Jaws attacking the Orca, I'm really surprised that McFarlane didn't try to find someway to recreate the shower scene. They were never a company to shy away from controversy and I'd love to have seen what they might have worked out if things had played out differently.
I've reviewed two other figures from Movie Maniacs this month: Leatherface and Pumpkinhead. I should be having at least one more review on the way, as well. Hopefully, appearing on Halloween. ;)