I want to say this without sounding like I’m slamming Suicide Squad…it had potential, but it just didn’t get there for me. When people ask me what I thought about Suicide Squad, I shrug and say, “It was okay.” To me, I think the only thing I liked about the movie were the bits and pieces from Will Smith as Deadshot. I liked Deadshot so much, that I already own the two Mattel action figures…even if they were grossly inadequate as an action figure, or even more specifically a Will Smith action figure. So I jumped at the chance to own a more accurate 1/6th scale version of the figure before Hot Toys eventually releases their official version later this year (at the rate they’re going, waaaayyyyy later this year).

I found this particular figure interesting. It’s a definite KO version of the character, and at first glance looks like it has the potential to be as good as any Hot Toys figure, just less expensive. And initially it was supposed to have been released and shipped back in July. Jump six months later and I finally received the figure. This review is going to be rough because I want to go deep, but not too deep because I want to save some thoughts and opinions for the Hot Toys figure…whenever that one comes out. So let’s check out the review and see if this figure is worth a purchase.

 

 

 

 

Packaging

Nothing too special to say about the packaging. I am happy to report that it was shipped with the correct spelling of “soldier” after being initially solicited as “soilder.” I think an incorrect spelling would have gotten us off on the wrong foot and may have “soil-ed” (pun intended) the review of this figure.

The box has some nice pictures of the figure. Nothing too special or exciting, but it’s nice enough to keep.

The magnetic front cover opens up to reveal the figure inside. Nothing more I can say about this. If anything in comparing it to the other two “Will Smith” figures that I have recently reviewed, it’s between the packaging for the ID4 Captain Hiller figure and the “I Am Legend” figure…all of which served a purpose, to get the figure to us without incident. No fireworks shooting out of the top when opened, and for this, that’s okay.

Packaging Score: 6.75 out of 10 ★★★★★★¾☆☆☆ 

 

 

 

 

Accessories

When opened, the accessories are nicely packed in the foam packaging you see with these non-licensed and third party figures.

Even though nicely packed, as soon as I opened the box, I literally had accessories falling out of it, since there are so many. I think the reason there are so many is because the figure itself is not packed in its armor ready to go. I think this is one of those positives that I can checkmark in the Hot Toys category…at least their figures come at least 90% ready to display out the box.

For this figure alone, we have body armor various weapons (rifle, three hand guns, and a knife), tons of ammo (all of which are removable and show ammo in the magazine), forearm pistols, mask, targeting monocle and an extra pair of hands.

But wait, here’s the best part…there are no instructions. So now I have to figure out the best way of getting all of these accessories nicely onto the figure without them falling off or breaking. And speaking of breaking, when dealing with any 1/6th scale figure, especially these non-licensed ones, keep some super-glue handy…chances are you will be fixing something by the time it’s done. With me, it was the rifle – I superglued the scope onto it since it would not stay on. Luckily I didn’t need to for anything else, but there were some moments when I thought I may have to.

My other gripe is the mask…why an actual mask instead of an extra head??? Let me tell you, that mask is not easy to go on…I literally had to take a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull the mask on over the heads big-ole Will Smith ears. Once it’s on, it looks pretty good. But now that it’s back off, I will probably never put that thing on it again.

I have other gripes with the accessories, and it’s mostly because there are no instructions. But the last one I want to mention is be careful of the forearm pistols…there should be a dedicated left and right one like you see in the pictures. Well, they sent me two left ones, meaning the final version of the figure will not be correct, and I’m a little pissed about that.

Summarizing – great accessories, tons of them, but wish some of them were easier to put on the figure (or already on the figure) and weren’t so fragile. And correct.

Accessories Score: 7 out of 10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

 

 

 

 

Sculpt/Likeness

Let’s talk sculpt first. I think this was a pretty good sculpt, although I think it suffered from what a lot of these non-licensed versions of figures suffer from. They are mostly sculpted using promo shots and/or trailers of the film. It’s like they got the basics of the character, but it’s not exactly an one-to-one accurate representation of them.

Does this figure look like Will Smith? Yes, but not 100%. Similar to the other Will Smith figures I reviewed, I think they got the basics of how he looked without capturing the overall depth of how he actually looks. You know who’s on point? Well, Hot Toys of course. Their prototype IS Will Smith. (check out the comparison shots towards the end of the review).

All of the elements are there, they just missed out on some of the likeness. It’s almost like this action figure “cosplayed” as Will Smith as Deadshot. Like maybe someone rummaged through all of the thrift stores and Michaels stores and slowly pieced together the elements of the Deadshot character. Does he look good enough to pass as Will Smith at the comic con? Yes, i would think so. Will it pass as Will Smith on the movie set? Probably not…

So I would like to think that this figure is cosplaying as the actual Deadshot character.  It makes this all easier to admit that it took about an hour to put all of those damn accessories on.

Sculpt/Likeness Score: 6.5 out of10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

 

 

 

 

Articulation

I didn’t do an articulation breakdown this time like I normally do, so please just take my word for it this time (and use your imagination). This review is already longer than I really wanted it to be.

This figure has about 28+ points of articulation. Which is about the norm for a figure this size and quality.

Some disappointments? The head articulation is a letdown…the figure cannot look up or down. Limits poseability, especially on your bigger figures. The armor and clothing also seriously limits some of the articulation so some of the poses didn’t come out exactly as I wanted them to. Nevertheless, I think I did a decent job of trying to pose the figure during the photo shoot.

One thing to note is that the left hand that comes installed on the figure is bendable…something I didn’t learn until towards the end of my photo shoot. Which means I could have done some different things with it, but didn’t because I didn’t know.  I will know next time to check better next time (remember, no instructions on this figure).

Articulation Score: 6.5 out of10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

 

 

 

 

Some final Thoughts…

It may not sound like it at times during this review, but I do like this figure.  Have you ever liked something but when you put a lot of thought into it, on paper (or screen as the case may be) it doesn’t sound all that great?  Take it from me, it is okay.  If you want this figure and don’t plan on getting the Hot Toys version, this will be the one for you (granted you can find it at a decent price and not the eBay increased prices I have been seeing them at).  It will fill a need until the official one comes out, and then I get to display them next to each other and compare them.

Just for fun, I tried to pose the figure like Hot Toys posed their official prototype. I’m not a photographer by far, but I think I did an okay job replicating some of these poses. You can easily see where the unlicensed version missed out on.  A couple of things I noticed right away was the black ring around the Hot Toys figure’s turtleneck.  Check them out, let me know what you think and see how many differences you can spot between the two figures:

 

  • Preeny101

    Just ordered this figure to go with Batfleck. For $160, you can’t beat it. I’ll probably still get the HT version whe it’s released.

    • thamenacing1

      It’s definitely worth a purchase…but I’m definitely going to be getting that HT version. Just so much more accurate…

      • Preeny101

        Wow, this figure is a beast to assemble! Tweezers and magnifying glass recommended.

        • Preeny101

          Also rubbed some of the paint off his ear while putting the mask on.

          • thamenacing1

            yeah, so did I…If I wasn’t taking pictures of it, I would have left the mask off…getting past those ears was a total headache. took me about an hour to assemble.

          • Preeny101

            I was torn between mask on or off but that mask is too tough looking to leave off.

  • Chris Lee

    Nice review. It seems like this is a decent budget friendly version of the character. Thanks for displaying the side by side photos, they do however provide evidence of the superiority of the HT version, but for some the price difference is likely to make others more than happy about owning this Art Figures version.