Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. The man. The legend. The legacy. And now…the 1/6th scale action figure.
That’s right. From the same people who have brought us military personnel from WWI, WWII, modern day, and just about everything in between, comes…a Nobel peace prize winning pacifist! No joke…go ahead, Google “Dragon in Dreams” figures. I haven’t found a website yet that doesn’t promote their military figures and accessories. Yet, they have managed to bring the father of the Civil Rights movement to 1/6th scale form.
Some of their likenesses that they do of well-known people and celebrities may not always be licensed, but most of the time they are spot on. DiD don’t have the notoriety or top-notch licenses like their competitor Hot Toys, but they work with what they have and produce some great figures. Let’s take a look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m not a huge Hot Toys collector, but I’ve had my share of some. You can tell with Hot Toys (or even Sideshow Collectibles recently) that they put a lot of money and thought into the packaging.
Well, I’m happy to say, so did DiD. The packaging on this figure has to be one of the best collector’s boxes that I’ve seen outside of the Hot Toys realm.
The front of the box has a great profile shot of MLK along with his name and time on this earth. You also get his signature. All of which is in a metallic gold print. And in the background, you see a faded shot of one of his marches. This alone makes the box as displayable as the figure itself. But that’s not all.
The back of the box has a black and white shot of the figure in front of a podium giving his “I have a dream” speech. Iconic
The front of the box is actually a three quarters cover that stays on the front with magnets. If you remove the front cover, you see another surprise. On the back of the front cover is a black and white shot of MLK’s march on Washington where he delivered his “I have a dream” speech. I’m not sure I have ever seen this particular shot before and it reminds me of the Million Man March or Obama’s Inaugural ceremony.
Focusing back on the main box, I am greeted by another shot of the MLK figure with the March on Washington DC black and white photo in the background. That alone is enough. But when I take that sheet out, if you turn it around, you see a shot of MLK himself and a portion of the “I have a dream” speech…in English and what I’m going to assume is Chinese hanzi writing (please correct me if I’m wrong). I had no idea that asians had as much love for MLK as Americans do.
Finally, we get to the figure himself, intricately packaged along with his accessories. One thing to note, I did have a couple of the accessories floating around in the box upon opening, so a couple of points off for that, but nothing was damaged.
I have to tell you that this was one of the most impressive packagings of a collector figure that I have seen in a long time.
Packaging Score: 9.75 out of 10
If you thought the packaging blew me away, the accessories were so on point.
MLK comes with a black fedora hat, a real “March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom” button, three extra hands, the Bible (which has small words on it…I was trying to magnify but was unsuccessful), the Nobel Peace Prize, and overcoat. And traditionally, with 1/6th scale figures, you count the clothes that the figure is wearing as accessories. So with MLK, you get a nice charcoal gray suit along with shirt, tie, tie pin, handkerchief and dress shoes. This figure is as fresh as the real MLK!
If all that isn’t enough, then I feel justified in saying this: “But wait, there’s more!” Along with the MLK figure, I also received the podium with mics that he used for his famous speech. This podium also acts as a display stand for the figure. On the bottom front of the podium is a nameplate with MLK’s name, date of birth and passing.
If that wasn’t enough, in fiddling with the podium, I found a section in the flooring where you can place batteries in it. When I placed the batteries in and flipped the switch to on, I was pleasantly greeted with a good portion of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. And while the audio definitely shows its age, I found it way more tolerable than the campy speech feature on my Obama figure. I listened to the speech about 4 times as I was putting the podium together.
While I was impressed with the accessories there were some minuses with them. For one, the buttons on the overcoat are real. So while I was able to unbutton them, my fat American fingers are not as nimble as the tiny Chinese ones that put this together and I was unable to button the coat once it was on the figure. Also, as hard as I tried, I could not get the podium to look as nice as it looks on the front of the box. I honestly did the best I can, but pieces of the podium started to become unglued. The wires were pretty unruly…I may go back to straighten them up later but for now, it’s okay to me.
Other than those minor grievances, these were pretty great accessories to get with this figure.
Accessories Score: 9.5 out of 10
When I first saw the listing of this figure, I thought to myself that the likeness was okay enough to buy, but they were way off. Having this figure in hand has completely changed my mind.
This is a 1/6th scale version of Martin Luther King Jr. I’m sure in the right light and settings, a real photographer can almost pass this off as the real man. The sculptor has captured MLK perfectly, right down to his very manicured mustache.
I haven’t done so myself, but I believe underneath the suit is a padded body suit to give the figure a little plumpness to add to the MLK likeness. All this attention to detail just impresses the hell out of me.
No doubt in my mind one of the best sculpted and closest likeness I have in my collection.
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 10 out of10
I have quickly learned that not all 1/6th scale figures are created equal. While most have similar articulation, I find that some are easier to manipulate than others and there are some that are fragile if not moved in the right direction.
I will back that up to say that this figure has been as sturdy as my Hot Toys figures. The articulation is great and wonderful, even when it does not have to be. I could pose MLK down on one knee aiming a missile launcher, but I’m never going to do that (at least I don’t think). So I’m just going to say that this figure has over 30 points of articulation and keep it moving.
I will say that some of this figures articulation (like waist turning) is impeded by the figures clothing.
Articulation Score: 9.5 out of10
I have a confession…I was mad. Mad that I found out somewhat recently that the man I have idolized for so long may have had some infidelity within his marriage. I had this big plan where I was going to take a shot of him surrounded with female action figures and him acting inappropriately.
But I had some recent revelations…who am I to judge? How can I downplay the works of someone who if he had not existed, I may not be here right now writing on my blog entitled BLACKactionfigure. Who am I to know what he did behind closed doors?
In opening this figure, that solidified my resolve to focus on the great works of this man and the iconic nature of this collectible. If you are ever able to get your hands on one, I wholly suggest you go ahead and make that purchase. This is one that may be passed down through the generations.
Please take this time to reflect on how this man has changed the course of history and has made the world better for all colors, brown, yellow, red, black and white.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!