Having been thoroughly disappointed by NECA's performance at their previous Resident Evil figures, I was highly skeptical of news that NECA would be producing Resident Evil 5 figures. I decided to sit this one out. But as luck would have it, I noticed these were already "in-hand" from an online retailer (via eBay). I noticed the figures actually looked better than what I'd originally seen at NECA's website. Giving into my "inner-Resident Evil fanatacism," I ended up purchasing the entire set.
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By now you should know who Chris Redfield is. He's the protagonist in Resident Evil 5 as well as from Resident Evil, Resident Evil Code: Veronica, and Umbrella Chronicles. Chris Redfield made his first appearance from the cutscene in Resident Evil, where he and fellow surviving S.T.A.R.S. members ran to safety in the Arklay Mansion (dubbed "the Mansion incident"). After barely escaping with his life from the mansion, Chris and the remaining S.T.A.R.S. members (Jill Valentine and Barry Burton) jointed the Anti-Umbrella Movement as they continued fighting the nefarious corporation. After successfully defeating the B.O.W. named "T.A.L.O.S.", Chris joined the B.S.A.A. (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) to further his fight against bio-organic weapons.
Chris Redfield comes packaged in clamshell packaging (plastic covering, showing off the figure and all of its accessories in neat fashion. This type of packaging can be considered "collector-friendly" due to the fact that this type of (all-around plastic) packaging protects the figure from all sorts of damage. It also can be easily stored and doesn't have any worries of "aging" (as long as it isn't placed in direct sunlight). I must stress the fact that this action figure isn't for young children (you know, the whole killing infected townspeople sort of thing). The packaging itself looks quite catchy, with the "3-D" "Resident Evil" logo at the top-center of the packaging on the good-quality paper. The background itself displays the highly recognized "5" over the outline of Africa. The words "They are in Kijuju" and other phrases are written in "crazy" handwritting as well. At the bottom, if you look carefully, you'll notice the outline of various "town Majini" stalking in the background. In front (at the bottom) of the figure is the customary name of the figure and boasts that Chris has "25 Points of Articulation."
Chris comes with a total of three accessories: handgun (with laser-pointer), Ithaca 37 shotgun, and machete. I was disappointed but not surprised at the few accessories. It would've been nice to have additional weapons, but the articulation more than makes up for those missing accessories. Chris Redfield has (as mentioned earlier) 25 points of articulation: ball-jointed head, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel upper-arms, swivel/hinged elbows, swivel wrists, ab-crunch, swivel waist, swivel/hinged legs, swivel thighs, swivel/hinged knees, and quasi-ball-jointed ankles.
I wasn't surprised at the level of detail found on Chris Redfield. NECA's well-known for their attention to detail. And the sculptor, Jason Frailey definitely shows lots of love to RE fans and his work. The facial expression is pretty good; Chris is given a "concerned" look. The belt and buckles are all-around really decent sculpts as well. The sculpting of Chris' shoes were especially impressive, with the soles of the feet sculpted as well (the shoelaces as well). But nothing beats the amount of articulation given by NECA. A fully-detailed and throughly articulated figure is unheard of.... until now.
Despite the shining positives, there were also a bunch of glaring negatives. The paint appliciation on Chris' face is awful. His arms are "tanned," but his face is dead pale. I find it highly amusing that Chris looks like a zombie himself. The sculpt on Chris' earpiece is just nasty-looking (and the terrible paint application doesn't help either). It would've been better if his earpiece were a separate "rubbery" piece that was attached to his ear, instead of sculpting it onto his face. Chris' left hand is wobbly. I thought it was just my figure, but I've noticed other Chris figures have similar problems. I was really annoyed that Chris' pistol couldn't even fit in his hands firmly. I had to pose Chris with his other hand to make sure the pistol wouldn't fall out of his pre-posed grip. Even then, his weapon was still wobbly. However, the Ithaca 37 shotgun fit perfectly in his right-hand. Like previous RE figures, Chris couldn't even grip his machete. Because the handle was too thin, it would slip right through his plastic fingers. After going through several figures (that came with knives), you'd expect NECA to fix that problem. Oddly, Chris' handgun seems to be a repack of Leon Kennedy's pistol (I wouldn't be surprised, since NECA has been reissuing the same accessories for different figures). Chris' holster can close very easily without the handgun stored in place. While the handgun fits snugly in its holster, the strap that supposedly keeps it closed has a hard time staying closed. That just shows poor design and execution on NECA's part. The lack of accessories is another. Throughout RE 5, Chris has a variety of weapons which he uses for different occassions. While skimping out on accessories this time was okay due to the fact that Chris has loads of articulation, I hope this doesn't happen again (especially with the price of figures we're paying for today). Also, the "trigger" of the Ithaca 37 shotgun broke off quite suddenly, without warning. You might want to watch out for that. Quite possibly the most disturbing of them all is the appearance of the "male-cameltoe". I understand that it allows Chris additional movement, but it's quite an unsightly thing to be seen (especially of all places, on an action figure).
There were several things I would've loved to have seen done with Chris Redfield. It would've been nice if Chris' weapon (Ithaca 37 shotgun) was designed to stay on his back, as seen in the game. Additional accessories, say additional hands would've been especially great. You know, one hand pre-posed so it could properly hold his machete, another properly hold his handgun, and a few pre-posed fists to punch infected Majini with.
I purchased this via eBay a month ago, when the asking price was slightly higher than it may be now (just so you know, that's the price of getting it first). If you're looking for a Chris Redfield to start your Resident Evil 5 collection, you're in luck. Most prices for him are relatively cheap on eBay and other online retailers.
- Fully-articulated Chris Redfield: ball-jointed head, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel arms, ball-jointed elbows, swivel wrists, ab-crunch, swivel waist, ball-jointed legs, swivel legs, swivel thighs, ball-jointed knees, and quasi-ball-jointed ankles.
- Highly-detailed: body armor, veins in arms, face, etc.
- Paint application is a constant problem with NECA's figures.
- Minimal accessories.
- "Wobbly" left-hand.
- "Trigger" breaking off of Ithaca 37 shotgun accessory.
- The appearance of the "male-cameltoe"
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Amount Paid (US$): 17.66
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Other