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REVIEW: Firefly – Malcolm Reynolds

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Even though Joss Whedon's Firefly television series was canceled back in 2002 (into its first season), it still has a huge cult following. The show (and subsequent film) revolved around the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship named Serenity.

The captain of the Serenity is Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, who's portrayed by actor Nathan Fillion. The Browncoat is the main protagonist in the series.

Tonner Doll Company, who has the license to produce their Tonner Character Figures based on Firefly characters, has released a Captain Malcolm Reynolds TCF. They've also released his Browncoat as an additional accessory.

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The Facts

Captain Malcolm Reynolds TCF
Series: Firefly Dressed Tonner Character Figures
Manufacturer: Tonner Doll Company
Sculpted by: Robert Tonner
Authorized Likeness: Nathan Fillion
Dimensions: 17” Tonner Male Athletic Body
Points of Articulation: Approximately 14 points
Outfit: Burgundy cotton shirt; Twill trousers with suspenders; Brown faux leather belt and holster; socks; Brown faux leather zip-up boots
Accessories: Painted resin gun; Display stand
Edition Size: 1,000 pieces

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The rectangular box features the Firefly logo on the front of the box. It's different from the previously reviewed Jayne figure. Rather than matte black with gold foil, Malcolm's packaging is glossy black with the Firefly logo in yellow. Inside, the Malcolm figure secured in normal Tonner fashion.

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Our Opinion

Sometimes it's difficult to figure out whether a face sculpt actually looks like the actor it's based on. For the Malcolm Reynolds figure, I think it depends on what angle you're looking from. Nathan Fillion's eyes are a little further away from his nose, and the age of the character/actor aren't really shown on his face. But they got that little dimple on his chin perfect. And the sculpt looks pretty good from the straight on view shown above.

But I think what throws me off the most isn't the's the hairdo. From the front, it looks like Captain Mal. However, if you look from the side, it looks like he has long slicked back hair.

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The outfit is a spot-on replica of what the on-screen character wore. I would have preferred if Tonner included the Browncoat with this figure and then hiked the price up a little bit, rather than selling them separately. He just looks a little naked minus that coat, no?

The lone accessory is his gun – a Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B. In the actual show, they often used resin gun replicas to replace the functional prop piece. They did a great job with the sculpting work on this piece.

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OVERALL: While there are some issues with the likeness to Nathan Fillion, Firefly/Serenity fans will be pleased to see one of the show's main characters released as a Tonner Character Figure. With only four characters released from the line – and two of them sold out on Tonner Direct – you'll want to grab one of these for your Firefly collection.

You can pick one up at the following:

Tonner Direct: $154.99

Firefly - Captain Malcolm Reynolds

Figure Quality: 9/10
   Sculpt: 7/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: 8/10
Packaging: 8/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 8.6/10

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Love Me Fluorescent Series by Curtis Kulig

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Poster Child Prints will be releasing a pair of prints from the Love Me Fluorescent Series - an Artist Edition by Curtis Kulig. The pink and green Limited Edition Artist Proofs are limited to 25 prints each and will sell for $250.00 each. The 18" x 24" prints will be signed by the artist and hand finished by Kulig. In order to pick one of these up, you'll need to register for a lottery by March 1st 2011.

Matt Doughty’s Custom Alien Argus

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Matt Doughty of Onell Design has posted up photos of his custom Alien Argus figure that will be on display at Mark Nagata's Alien Argus Custom Show (opening tonight at Toy Art Gallery). Check out what Matt has to say about the design and his process.

Argus is a very intriguing figure to use as custom fodder due to its varied surface sculpting. For some reason the "skin" looked like cooked turkey to me, so I had to follow that line of thinking for the final result (plus a dash of Mother Brain from the end of Super Metroid)! I imagine this Galactic Roaster causing major problems for Glyanauts on deep space exploration missions, blasting them with its Squawker Beam and hitting their equipment with a Dark Meat Kick. I know, this sounds very gross, but you can thank Mark for inspiring such a bogus concept!

The custom itself uses all the parts of the original construction and has been reconfigured using pressure fits. No glue or additional sculpting, just rearranged parts, lots of cutting and a bunch of paint. It adds a good challenge to attempt a custom while limiting the options to execute the piece. I find that I have to think much harder about where to place everything and what to chop. The figure still moves and can actually be disassembled with some twists and pulls.

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Debut the Pharaoh Hounds

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Eric Nocella Diaz of Argonaut Resins debuted his Pharaoh Hound rough sculpt at Toy Fair in New York. This member of the Hound Group will be a companion piece for the regular sized Tuttz resin. It will stand in around 8" in height and will vary slightly from this rough sculpt image. Eric has announced that a third figure/character will be introduced, which will tie in to a book he's currently working on.