Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Toy Review - Game of Thrones Legacy Jon Snow from Funko

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I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way – this figure has not, as of yet, broken.

This makes me happy.
After my Daenerys and Hound figures broke and I learned that I would be able to send them back to Funko for replacement I decided that I needed to go ahead and get my pictures of the rest so I could find out if any more would have defects. So I went ahead and photographed Tyrion, Ned, the White Walker, and today’s Jon Snow all at once to get it done. I am happy to report that they all survived the process of being posed and interacting with their weapons. I didn’t even handle them all that gingerly because I wanted to be sure whether or not I would need to send them.
I did not like the character of Jon Snow at first. He was such a little asshole. Not a Theon Greyjoy level asshole, but just kind of a pain in the ass. But I did have some sympathy for Snow because of his situation. It had to be tough being a bastard in the household.
As Game of Thrones has gone on Jon Snow has become one of my favorite characters. A lot of his story in the third season wasn’t all that exciting, as there was an awful lot of just walking around. But towards the end of the season things really picked up and got interesting. I can’t wait to see what happens with his fiery little redhead, whose figure I like an awful lot.
What? No – she doesn’t have an action figure yet. I wasn’t talking about that. But I’ll buy one as soon as they make it. Actually, Ygritte would make sense for a sooner release given her large part in the third season and what I hope will be an ongoing central role. I mean, it’s not like she’s just going to go back over the Wall.
I wouldn’t think so, anyway. And no, book people – I don’t want to know.

FIRST GLANCE

Jon Snow made me realize that we don’t see an awful lot of predominately black-clad figures. I like the snow deco. The abdominal joint is a sign that Funko is going to articulate these individually according to the figure’s profile rather than just jamming the same joints onto every figure.
PACKAGING

The now-familiar and very classy Legacy window box. It’s great except for how glossy the plastic window is. It makes it hard to photograph. 
But the side looks like a book and the back has a nice picture. I suppose they couldn’t really get too much into bios with these. Besides, I doubt very many people are going to buy these figures without knowing exactly who they are.
LOOKS

Like The Hound, Jon Snow has a head sculpt that does a great job of capturing the actor’s likeness with a paint job that isn’t quite great. I don’t know if it’s the lips or the eyes, but something isn’t quite right. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s just a little off. Jon Snow’s hair, on the other hand, is
FABULOUS
Sorry. I don’t know how to talk about hair like this without sounding a little ticklish. But it’s great hair. The sculpting is spot-on. The curls have a ton of detail and aren’t a mushy mess like some curly haired figures I’ve seen. And the paint is possibly the best deco I’ve seen on hair. It’s a flat black base with glossy black dry-brushed on. It doesn’t photograph all that well, but it looks incredible in person.
The rest of the paint on the head is pretty good. Funko has spotty facial hair down, which is a good thing considering some of the characters they’re going to be producing. This looks like Kit Harrington, but like I said before – there’s just something slightly off.
Snow’s cloak consists of two pieces – the fur collar and the cloak itself. It’s attached to the figure’s back. I kind of wish it were removable, but I can’t remember seeing Jon Snow without a cloak. The collar has a great, irregular shape and the fur is sculpted well. It has a thickness and weight to it. The cloak is made of a light, flexible plastic. This allows for some movement at the figure’s shoulders. The pleated sculpt looks really cool. The dusting of snow is very well done and is subtle enough that it won’t bother somebody who doesn’t normally like environmental effects or “battle-damage” type decos. Like me.
The straps across the torso aren’t part of the cloak or the torso – they’re separate pieces. But they are supposed to be what’s holding the cloak on. It looks neat.
The torso is a sort of tunic with clasps on the side. The clasps are nicely detailed and have well done paint jobs. Snow’s arms are pretty plain, but in a way that is kind of cool. They’re just sleeves and gloves with no frills.
The belt and skirt thing are one piece, though the hanging end of the belt is separate and looks like it’s hanging free, as it should. The belt has a texture to it and some nicely done grommets. It’s sitting on top of the bottom of the tunic, which is hanging over whatever the skirt thing is. I don’t care what it is because it looks cool. The scabbard is attached to the belt (hopefully more securely than the Hound’s was). It has a ton of detail and a paint job that makes it a lighter highlight on the figure.
Like the arms, the legs are kind of plain. Just trousers and boots. But they have a good look to them. There’s a dusting of snow on the feet that stops suspiciously short of the rest of the boots, but it looks just good enough that I can overlook what is probably a cost-saving measure.
This is a great looking figure.
ACCESSORIES


Jon Snow comes with Longclaw, the fancy-pants sword he got from… I can’t remember the guy’s name. The one that Snow saved from the wight.
The pommel is so tiny that the wolf isn’t particularly detailed, but it’s there. The scrollwork on the blade is beautifully done. The sword itself is made of Valeryian plastic – rigid but sturdy. It fits nicely into Snow’s hands and into the scabbard.
FUN
Jon Snow has a good bit of articulation and it’s all pretty good.
His head has a great range of motion and can be posed pretty much any way you might need a head posed. The shoulders are a little restricted by the cloak. The abdominal joint works like a ball joint and has a pretty good range, which is why I forgive it for being a little ugly. The skirt is a soft enough plastic that it doesn’t interfere with the legs.
I almost didn’t notice this, but the wrists have pivots as well as swivels. They’re recessed into the wrists and don’t move a ton, but they are there.
The cloak makes the figure a little bulky and limits what you can do with it, but the cloak looks so awesome that I don’t mind. I just wish it were removable so I could’ve done a little more with posing.
Still, this is a fun figure that does a good job representing the character it is meant to. I had fun messing around with it once I realized it wasn’t going to break.
OVERALL
Just the fact that the figure didn’t break makes Jon Snow the best Legacy figure so far. But even if that weren’t the case this is still a very solid figure. Especially considering it’s part of a company’s first-ever wave of highly articulated 6” scale figures. I’m happy to have this one.
4 out of 5
You can still find these at Barnes & Noble, but they should be available from many other retailers by now. I wonder if Funko is going to do the same exclusivity deal with B&N for future series.




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