Eaglemoss’ Classic Marvel Figurines is one of my favorite ongoing collectible lines, and Psylocke has just joined the ever growing ranks of characters represented as a small-scale lead figure. How does she measure up to the rest of the line? Here’s the review with photos.
I’m always very tolerant of the Classic Marvel Figurine line. All the figures are in a small scale, around 4″ tall, and at that scale it’s been very hard for them to produce consistently good painting results. The figurines’ sculpts usually are very accurately posed and are good presentations of the heroes and villains. The paint jobs tend to have the occasional smudge or blob, but they’re usually passable, especially in such an affordable little figure.
Not so with Psylocke. This easily is the sorriest, sloppiest paint job in my collection. From the smeary-blobby mess on her shoulder to the wavy, incorrect streaks that are supposed to be leg bands, this collectible looks like it was painted by a rabid monkey with a nerve condition. There’s not a single area on the figure that has a neat paint job or that even stays “within the lines.” The red on Psylocke’s waist sash bleeds onto the blue of her costume, the blue of her costume bleeds onto the flesh color of her legs, and the black of her hair is just all over the place. And don’t even get me started on the painter’s feeble attempts at applying some shading. The whole thing is a mess, and there isn’t any excuse for Eaglemoss to have accepted this shoddy work from the factory.
It really is a shame, because the sculpt is a good one. Psylocke is shown standing at the ready, swords in hands, and she actually looks like the character and is recognizable. With a decent painting, she could have been the best female release in the line yet. But no, everything about this figure ended up looking cheap and ragged, and it’s a complete disappointment. Your mileage may vary, and you might luck out and get a Psylocke that actually has a decent paintjob. I’ve personally seen about ten of these figurines in person, though, and every one of them was equally shoddy.
I can’t recommend this figurine to anyone other than completist collectors for this line, and even then I strongly recommend that you break out the paint and fix the figurine, as I fully intend to do to my own.