Pros: excellent likeness of a main character
Cons: what kind of archer can't work a bow?
Aims, get it--"aims?" 'cause he's an archer? Who aims his bow and arr--ah, forget it...
Legolas is an Elf and Son of the King of the Woodland Realm of Mirkwood. He joins the Fellowship and his skill with both sword and bow proves invaluable in fighting the dark forces that seek out the One Ring.
Legolas is almost 7" tall and has 13 points of articulation. He comes with two short swords, his bow, and four arrows.
Relative newcomer Orlando Bloom has definitely struck it big fast. After bit parts in a few small pictures, he was cast as Legolas in Lord of the Rings two days before graduation, and he'll be next appearing in the much-anticipated Ridley Scott movie "Blackhawk Down." Meanwhile, it took me a year and a half to find anything out of school. Bah.
Thanks to Gentle Giant Studios' RealScan technology, the facial sculpt is dead-on; long blond hair tied back a bit, pointy ears, and a look of stern concentration on his face (probably aiming at a far away Orc). His costume is nicely detailed, from the wrinkles in his tunic to the filigree on his boots and bracers. His weapons are all embellished with ornate carvings, and his quiver truly looks like leather, wood, and cloth.
There are two sets of mystical action figures on the shelves at the moment--Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. But while the Sorcerer's Stone figures come with only a few ridiculous extras, each of the Fellowship of the Ring has a built-in action feature. Squeeze Legolas' legs together, and he reaches behind his back to pull a sword. Keep fidgeting, and he'll slash at his enemies and yours. Personally, I'd've preferred to see him fire an arrow--he's set up as a master elvish archer, but he can barely touch bolt to string.
Legolas is a true hero in Tolkien's novel, setting aside his enmity toward certain members of the Fellowship in order to serve the larger goal. On your shelf, he'll be a truly fine figure, well worth the purchase price.