Mafex still has quality control issues, but as I stated in my various reviews for other Mafex figures, I find myself rooting for them. They’re no longer the consolation prize for unsuspecting action figure collectors. Their new Deadshot is a strong contender in the deluge of DCEU figures we have been getting of late.
How strong? Let’s find out.
The box is pretty standard fare for Mafex. The front of the box is clear plastic so you can see the figure in all it’s glory. The packaging is bright, with a couple of action shots on the back and that is about as exciting as a box can get.
Right out of the the box, I immediately popped his torso out of his hips. No big deal, it snapped right back into place. I would rather it pop out when I am doing something it can’t do than have it snap. For as much grief as Revoltech gets for their joints, you won’t hear me complain for the same reasons I won’t complain too loudly about this Mafex Deadshot.
As far as my money goes, Mafex is the industry leader in accessories. Deadshot is no exception. He comes with:
- Two heads
- Six sets of hands (!)
- A knife
- Two secondary pistols
- One main pistol (can you tell I’m not a gun guy?)
- One insanely detailed assault rifle
His articulation feels stiff, and while I was wary of moving him, I didn’t have any issues. He has a really good range of motion leaning back and forward, decent head movement and his legs can be pulled down like we are seeing in a lot of Figuarts (and now DC Icons) figures. His hips can spread out a decent bit. While not a 90 degree angle, it’s pretty close.
The most maddening part of this figure for me is the dual holsters that attach on his lower back. Maybe mine are faulty, maybe I snapped mine off and it’s not supposed to come out. Regardless, it was a constant struggle to keep it in, to the point where any picture I took that didn’t show his back, it was removed. I’m still not sure if I will display him with it or not, because just last night (as I write this, not when you read it. I’m magic) my girlfriend went downstairs to check on the basement because of the torrential rains we’ve been getting and took out a decent amount of figures by accidentally bumping into a shelf. I’d hate to lose it.
Finally, the sculpt. Mafex has really stepped up their game. The Will Smith head actually looks a LOT like Will Smith. He may be a couple shades lighter than he should be, but that is true of all their figures. Medicom hasn’t figured out skin tone yet. Give them time, they’ve only been making figures forever.
My biggest gripe with the figure, besides the back holsters, is the scale. This guy is really tall. He’s taller than my Mezco Bat-Fleck and he towers over my Mafex Bat-Fleck. It was significant enough to bother me. At first I thought, “Well maybe they are “keeping it 100” because Will Smith is taller than Ben Afleck. To the Internet, Robin!
That was not the case. Will Smith is 6’2, Ben Afleck is 6’4. Do better, Mafex. Those of us with OCD get triggered by this tom-foolery.
I digress yet again (it’s a motif with me). Bottom line, should you get this figure? Yes. If you have the space and cash, he deserves a spot in your collection. How does he stack up against the Figuarts version? You’re in luck. Here is my versus article! Oh, joyous day!
You can still pick up this figure here:
If you picked him up, what did you think of him?