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REVIEW: Cinema of Fear – Jason Vorhees

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Background

With yesterday being Friday the 13th, and the release of the 2009 version of the cult-classic horror series, we decided it would only be fitting to bring you a review of Mezco’s newest Cinema of Fear figure – Jason Vorhees.

If you’ve never heard of Jason or Friday the 13th, it’s quite possible that you’ve been in a coma for the last 29 years.  That’s how long moviegoers have been filling the theaters to watch the classic horror series.

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Packaging

The Jason figure is contained within clamshell packaging.  Of course, you probably know our mixed feelings on clamshell.  It’s probably the best packaging for protecting your figure from the elements.  But it’s a pain to get into, and once you open the clamshell…there’s no going back.

Packaging-wise, it’s a fairly standard design. There’s no background info, but you should obviously know who Jason Vorhees is.

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The Figure

The Cinema of Fear Jason Vorhees figure is approximately 7” in height and has 10 points of articulation (head, waist, wrists, shoulders, elbows, and feet). The piece includes a trio of weapons used throughout the 2009 version of Friday the 13th for various bludgeoning. These are (all bloody) an axe, a pickaxe and a machete.

The Jason figure is wearing a soft plastic jacket, and the arms are sculpted to look like they are part of that jacket.  He also has a little holster on his left leg to hold his machete.

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Our Opinion

Since Friday the 13th films have been around for decades, there is a decent assemblage of collectibles…specifically action figures. So fans of the movies have a huge selection from which to fill their toy needs.

Let’s first take a look at the only issue we had.  For an action figure, this Jason Vorhees is somewhat limited on his lower half. He doesn’t bend at the knees and his ankles barely move because of the sculpted pants.

But the positives outweigh that single negative.  The sculpting and paintwork on this figure shows why Mezco is at the top of their class (ahead of McFarlane, Diamond Select, etc.)  Examples of the amazing work are found on the figure’s hands.  They are sculpted with wrinkles on the knuckles and veins popping out.  Those veins are then painted with a soft shade of blue and the entire hand appears to have been washed in paint to give it a dirty look.

Other standout areas are the folds in Jason’s jeans, the sculpted zipper that goes up both sides of the jacket and the hockey mask that has been sculpted separate from the face.

Overall, this is a must-have for action figure collecting fans of this new iteration of Jason Vorhees…or really any of the past films.

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $16.99

Mezco: $18.00

Jason Vorhees Grades:

Quality: 9/10
Paint: 8/10
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 7/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 9.0/10

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