Thursday, April 10, 2014
Action Figure Review 2000's Edition: Maria from Metropolis from Silent Screamers by Mezco
The Clawful Punch helped me to finally complete my Silent Screamers set by hooking me up with the subject of today's review, Maria from the 1927 film Metropolis! Thanks, John! Surprisingly, I actually haven't seen Fritz Lang's Metropolis, so I guess that's something I'll have to put on my to do list. In the meantime, let's check out this figure, shall we?
The sculpt is beautiful! You can tell that Mezco tried to capture the clean lines and rounded elements that defined Maria's futuristic appearance in the German expressionist film, but they went a bit further to add a level of detail that was comparable to the toys of the early millennium. While Maria has a cold, lifeless appearance due to her face and posture, the aesthetics of her body actually are quite seductive. Blending the female form with a machine, Mezco's sculpt captures a conflicting image of an element of technology that somehow manages to also seem sexual and alluring. Little details such as the panels on her palms, the soft, translucent tubes running from her head to her forearms, and the textured elements that appear between her body panels really make Maria a work of art.
While the sculpt is excellent, I believe that Maria's paintwork is what truly makes her one of the most striking figures in my collection: The combination of silver, cobalt blue, and just a shade of purple really just looks fantastic. Every little paint application is neat and clean here. I love the way the silver body sometimes looks to have a purple sheen to it! Just gorgeous!
The Silent Screamers line delivered some of the most impressive accessories of any toyline. While Maria is actually one of the figures from that line with the least amount of accessories, she still is incredibly impressive by all other accounts. Maria comes with her massive chair. It's just awesome! You have to assemble it a little bit (plug the throne into the base and attach all of the transparent tubes) but it's worth it. When John reviewed this figure over at The Clawful Punch, however, he pointed out: "[I]t had sat in the package for so long that the plastic tubing left streaks on the throne docking station but i suppose i can just imagine it's just fuel or oil that keeps Maria going."
Yup, the plastic tubes did leave some weird streaks on the side from being sealed for a number of years and in contact with the silver paint of chair, but I'm going to agree with John here that it actually doesn't look bad. It actually looks kind of intentional. Otherwise, just look at how awesome this chair is!