This is going to be a geeky and more or less useless entry here, so feel free to skip it if you don't need to know the finer points of action figure articulation.



While ToyBiz has finally caught up to McFarlane in terms of detail on their figures, they are now suffering from the same problem the McFarlane figures always gave me: none of the damn things can stand up on their own! Okay, that's not true. I've got a shelf of guys who stand pretty much okay, with a few notable exceptions. The problem is in the over articulation of the legs. I guess if you want to 'pose' these figures, you have lots of options, but getting them to stand in that pose without losing out to the maniacal villainous force of the evil Professor Gravity is almost impossible. For some reason, ToyBiz is now articulating the feet, the ankles, the lower leg, the knee, the upper leg, and the hip (and sometimes a few places inbetween.) All those joints are what a ninja would call 'weak points' where the figure's weight is likely to cause enough strain to topple him over. They look great, by and large, but they are getting too complicated for their own good. The McFarlane figures are practically worthless in any position other than in the package because the joints are almost always loose, stretching, or breaking. Frankly, I just don't understand this rush to articulate. For kids playing with these figures, the articulation doesn't add that much. If you are PLAYING with something, you likely have it in your hand and you are making it kick something else and making grunts and 'woosh' sounds to accompany the action. For one thing, you're far too busy with all that to worry about if the rotatation of the hero's leg is really anatomically correct, or if his ankle bends properly on impact. On the other hand, if you are a collector, all you really want is to stand the damn thing up somewhere (if you even took it out of the package) so that you can display it. You don't need to pose it creeping around a corner with a gun in one hand and a knife between the teeth. So please, ToyBiz, can we scale back some on this articulation?