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REVIEW: Hellboy II – Prince Nuada

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Background

Helboy II, which is currently in theaters, is based on the comic book by Mike Mignola.  Mezco Toyz, having the Hellboy film license, has produced (so far) two series of Hellboy II inspired action figures.  The second film introduces a new villain in Prince Nuada, the Elf Prince of the Underworld. And for purposes of this review…we’re going to take a look at him.

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Packaging

While clamshell packaging is great if you want your toys to survive nuclear fallout, you essentially need to destroy it to get at your toy.  The figure is kept in place by a bevy of twist ties.  All of which is great if you’re going to leave it in there.  The design is a film-based theme on the front, while the back shows the Hellboy II Series 1 lineup.

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The Figure

The Prince Nuada action figure stands approximately 7” in height and
has 14 points of articulation.  He comes packaged with three weapons: a
long spear, short spear and sword.

The figure is constructed of hard plastic, while areas such as the hair
and the bottom portion of the robe are made of a rubbery, bendable
plastic.

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Our Opinion

Mezco is obviously one of the leaders in the articulated action figure
realm.  Their Hellboy license (both comic and film) is one of my
personal favorites.  However, I find this character one of my least
favorite in the series.  Not because it’s poorly
constructed…rather…Prince Nuada is sort of boring.  I’d suggest Johann,
Hellboy or Wink as the real standouts in this series.

Sculpting-wise, they did a great job with his facial features.  Some
areas, for instance the medallion on his midsection, lack detail.  And
it would have been nice to have a removable crown.  But overall, it’s a
fairly decent representation of the actor.

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $15.99

Prince Nuada Grades:

Quality: 7/10
Paint: 7/10
Packaging: 5/10
Durability: 8/10
Hype: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 7.3/10

Have this figure?  What do you rate it?

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