Sunday, September 28, 2008

REVIEW - Blue Cartoon Baroness

Welcome to the first Ages 25 & Up review. This one's about the single-carded Baroness in a blue costume from the cartoon.

I'm a fan of the comic, not the cartoon, so I'm not sure how accurate it is to the animation model.

The figure is a retool/repaint of the Baroness figure that came in the Cobra 5-pack. Her head is new and her hips have been fixed. Yep, she can sit down and drive a HISS now.

The issues I have with the original 25th figure are still present. Mainly the proportions. Her legs are too long and spindly. Either those boots are extremely tight, or her proportions are off. One or the other. Knowing the Baroness, maybe both.

The detailing is what you'd expect from the 25th line. There's a lot of attention to detail: just look at the sculpted holster on her right hip and the non-removable sidearm inside it.

Articulation is fairly decent. Ball-jointed head, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, chest, and swivel wrists. Double-jointed knees or elbows would have been nice, though. She can strike a number of poses, just make sure you keep that stand handy. She can't really keep her balance well.

The new headsculpt isn't so great. Gone are the Baroness' familiar glasses, replaced instead by rectangular green ones. Maybe she stole them from Doc when Cobra captured him.

Her hair and glasses are different and the face just looks generic. If I didn't know this was supposed to be Baroness, I wouldn't have guessed it was her at all. The same goes for the colours.

Green glasses, blue costume, black gloves and thigh-high boots (giggity), and a yellow belt. These sure are some funky colours.

In terms of accessories, all she includes are a stand and her SMG. No backpack (her hair blocks the port), no knife like in the package art. The gun does look great, and she can hold in a few ways for badassitude.

I'm really not sure why they didn't just release a single-carded version of the Baroness from the 5-Pack. That would probably have made a lot of people happy, myself included. But no, we're instead presented with this outlandish repaint.

If you're a big fan of the animated Baroness and her blue costume and green glasses, this figure's for you. If you're looking for bland, generic female Cobras for your 25 ranks, this figure's for you. If you're looking for a female figure to match your Breaker Comic Pack Destro's blue costume, this figure's for you. If you're looking for a recognizable Baroness figure, look elsewhere.

Sure, you COULD repaint her like I did (images below), but there's really no point since there's a new Baroness coming out in the upcoming 5-pack. This figure makes a great generic female Cobra, but that's pretty much all she's good for.

25th Anniversary blue cartoon-coloured BARONESS

- UMP submachine gun
- figure stand


- fixed crotch
- head looks more realistic
- makes a good generic female Cobra

- colours are ugly
- does not look like the Baroness
- lackluster equipment loadout
- exaggerated proportions
- single-jointed knees

2.5 ON 5


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