Let’s just state this fact: Vin Diesel is Black. Whether he wants to admit or not…he usually refers to himself as “multicultural.” I believe he said this to keep his foot in the door in the acting world. In most of the roles he played, he is pretty racially ambiguous. Even in his breakout hit, “The Fast and the Furious,” Diesel is not easily characterized as any specific race. Jordana Brewster, who plays his sister, is herself multi-racial in real life (half-white, half-Brazilian), so we are never able to pin down an actual designation in the film of their background outside of the name “Toretto” sounding vaguely Italian.
So does this make this a “Black” Action Figure? Well, I say if the actor is Black, then the figure is Black. Zoe Saldana as Gamora or Michael Dorn as Worf come to mind. But if you still have any question, check out these rare pictures of Diesel over the years:
Good, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s check out the figure. This figure represents Dom Toretto in the first The Fast and the Furious film…the latest film, “Fate of the Furious” (F8), has grossed over $900,000 world-wide in the last two weeks (as of this writing) and there are already plans for a ninth film coming in 2019 and a tenth film coming in 2021. With a series this popular, does this action figure live up to the hype?
I don’t think I’ve made this clear in the intro, but this figure is an unlicensed figure based on Vin Diesel’s character in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Dominic Toretto. Because of this, Ace Toyz does not bother with such silliness as a decorated outside box.
The box that this figure comes in is as basic as it comes. It is a simple black box with nothing indicating what figure is inside or even the company that has produced it. It’s actually kind of smart…if you have an unlicensed product, why put your name all over it. Produce a good figure, get that money, and bone out…it’s that simple.
The box opens to a foam container which holds the figure securely in place. Each of the accessories appear to be contained in ziplocked baggies. Again, nothing fancy, but highly functional.
While I applaud such simplicity in design, I can’t rightly give this high score. It is all function with no form. As such, collectors like myself who barely have room to keep boxes, may be conflicted on whether or not to keep or toss this box. I know I am.
Packaging Score: 5.5 out of 10
I can honestly say that I am pleased with the accessories that come with this figure. Outside of receiving a muscle car itself, Ace Toyz seems to deliver with accessories that I would not have even thought might have come with it.
The accessories that come with this figure include an extra set of hands, a shotgun with three shells (with one that fits in the barrel), two giant wrenches (that look like they WILL kill you if he hits you with one), a chain with a cross, and an extra shirt. While I’m not into switching shirts on my figures, as that crosses the domain of action figure and poseable doll, I do appreciate that it does come with one, and from the pictures that I’ve seen, easily changes his look.
I really can’t say what else I would put on this figure. It could have left out the extra pair of hands and I would have still been pleased with it. Both the shotgun and the wrenches fit nicely in either hand. The chain with the cross hangs well. Nothing I can really think of. Except a 1/6th scale 1970 Dodge Charger.
Accessories Score: 9.5 out of 10
I can’t think of anything bad as far as the sculpt. This figure looks just like Vin Diesel. I’ve seen other figures including 1/6th scale versions of his other characters, and most of them don’t come close to this figure.
And Vin Diesel’s characters are so interchangeable. You can easily take the body of this figure and change its clothes to make xXx, or change its clothes again and make Riddick. I really wouldn’t blame Ace Toyz if they did just that. I just missed out on Art Figure’s “Riddick” (currently going for about $300 if you can find it) so I do welcome competition in that arena.
I don’t have any complaints on paint application. I think the paint application compliments the character. I do have a slight issue with the body they used…the exposed wrists lend to making the figure look a little fake.
All in all, solid sculpting and likeness of Vin Diesel/Dom Toretto.
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 8.5 out of10
The body used on this 1/6th scale figure has a respectable amount of articulation at around 27+ points. In comparison, a normal Hot Toys figure usually has around 30+ points, so it is almost up to par.
Noticeably missing is a bicep swivel, double-hinged elbows, and a thigh swivel. Granted, I can probably pose this figure the way I want it to be in without this articulation, but having it is always nicer than not having it.
I’m pretty simple…as long as he can look like he can shoot that shotgun and can hold it pretty decent, there’s not much more I need him to do. With that said, 27+ points of articulation is enough and it can still hold its own to any other 1/6th scale figure.
Articulation Score: 7.5 out of10
I’ve been holding onto this figure for a while now for a couple of different reasons. First, I wanted to review it around the same time a new movie was coming out. I actually should have reviewed it last week, before the premier of F8, but you know how that goes.
The other was the racial ambiguity of Vin Diesel…or Mark Vincent, or Mark Sinclair, or whatever he goes by nowadays. I’m pretty sure in his biracial-ness, like President Obama, he largely identifies as Black. But unlike President Obama, Vin Diesel can pass…as hispanic, or Italian, or Armenian, or almost any other darker skin ethnicity he so chooses.
I go on to say that I don’t just review “Black” action figures on here, but I did want to examine Vin Diesel’s ethnicity. Please understand that it is in no way important outside of the fact that because of his multi-ethnic background, he has been able to make a name for himself in Hollywood and beyond. Just wait until I get to an action figure of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…