“Battlestar Galactica” Series 1 action figures from Diamond Select Toys, the first in the line of “Battlestar Galactica” action figures, were released last October and include three regular case figures and four retailer exclusives.
The regular case figures are Lee “Apollo” Adama in a Viper pilot flight suit, Number Six in the red dress and Brendan “Hot Dog” Costanza, also in a Viper pilot flight suit.
Exclusives are Caprica Six Cylon (Previews), Chief Galen Tyrol (Diamond Select Toys), Karl “Helo” Agathon in dress uniform (Action Figure Xpress) and Samuel T. Anders (Suncoast/FYE).
As with the “Stargate: Atlantis” action figures I reviewed last time, most of these figures come with accessories. The two action figures in Viper pilot flight suits have ungloved hands installed, but have gloved hands you can change out (see photo). Chief Tyrol comes with a couple of weapons and a medic case (see photo). Both Six action figures are standalone, but pretty cool looking with one exception that Ill explain when I get to the likeness factor.
The packaging is very nice (see photo). Then again, the shows branding – colors, logo, etc. – lends itself well to packaging related products, most especially action figures. The figures are also set in an action stance inside the blister pack, showcasing the available articulation. A nice touch.
Although I dont really watch the show, I do really want to rip open the packaging and play with this figures. The textures of the flight suits are realistic and the level of detail in the faces are superior.
COOLNESS RATING: 5 out of 5 stars
Again, the likenesses are mixed. Tyrol is near perfect. Aaron Douglas, who play Chief Galen Tyrol on the show, has a very distinct jaw line which the action figure matches to the T (see photo). Also, the dour expression that the character almost always has is evident in the figure. Theres no mistaking Douglaslikeness in the Chief Tyrol action figure.
I dont know what they were doing with Apollo, however. Jamie Bamber has a round to square face. The Apollo figure has a rectangular face. Most of the time, Apollo is relatively clean shaven. The action figure has a dirty-looking 5 o’clock shadow. And the nose – dont even get me started. That said, the action figure is a very fine looking man, but he doesnt look anything like Bamber. (see photo)
The weird thing with Hot Dog is that they got the mouth nearly right and the nose darn near perfect, but still the action figure doesnt look much like Bodie Olmos (see photo). After taking a look at other pictures of Olmos on Internet Movie Database, the figure comes close – but not like the image on the packaging. So I guess its a toss up.
Now on to Six. The action figures have her body language down. (see photo) The hair color is a bit too yellow and the face is a little off, but I recognized the figures as six without reading the labels. The thing that bothers me, though, is they got her figure wrong. The Red Dress Six has big hips and a protruding belly. Take a look at this picture (see photo) : doesnt the action figure make her look fat? And thats not nice. Tricia Helfer is by no stretch of the imagination fat. And the hips on Caprica Six are just fine, but her waist isnt as small as on Red Dress Six. Maybe I notice these things because Im a woman. Maybe not. Would this prevent me from buying the figures? Not really.
LIKENESS RATING: 3 out of 5 stars
So, though not perfect, I think the “Battlestar Galactica” Series 1 shows a great deal of effort and would recommend them for your collection.
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
In March, you can expect to see more BSG action figures, as Series 2 is expected to be released at that time. Characters scheduled include Starbuck, a cylon centurion, Kat, and Helo in Viper pilots gear.
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Carma Spence-Pothitt is a special assignment reporter with Airlock Alpha. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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