Review: McFarlane Toys' ARROW

McFarlane Toys/DC Wave One
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC

What is it about archer characters that make their figure damn near impossible to pose right?

Oh, right. Their bows.

The sculpt alone is masterful as McFarlane Toys captured actor Stephen Amell’s likeness that differs ever so slightly more than the previous line of Multiverse figures. He comes with a nocked bow, a quiver with “extra” arrows that can be pegged to the back of his body. This figure can easily be praised on the getting every small detail of Oliver’s suit right, but attempting to get him to hold the bow and position it was a tactical nightmare.

Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC

The green McFarlane used here seems somewhat brighter than the usual scheme in the original figure and stands nicely against the blue for the packaging backdrop. John here will be easy to find as he sticks out pretty well.

His grips were too narrow to get the bow to hold and the arrows, even though there seemed to be a base for the tips in the quiver to keep them from rattling around, that was not the case. Even trying to mimic the poses from the press release ended up with a slight stabbing.

Since he’s hooded, head articulation is null so this ended up more with the feel of a statue than action figure. You can still pose Green Arrow in a multitude of ways, just don’t expect to that bow in his hands without a fight.

‘Rama Rating: 3 out of 10

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