Hoo boy! It’s been a long time since I last opened any of Mezco’s 6-inch MKX figures. In fact, the last one would have been Kitana way back in January. I love these figures, but to be honest when Mezco announced that the first two assortments (six figures total, not counting a bewildering myriad of variants) were going to be it, I let bitterness and frustration get the better of me. Well, I’m better now and the last two of these figures are still sitting in my hopper waiting to be unleashed, so today I’m going to open up Kotal Khan and tomorrow Quan Chi.
The packaging here really strikes a balance between no-frills and stylish design. The hourglass card hosts the key-hole shaped bubble with the MK emblem embossed right into the plastic. A simple insert calls out the series and the name of character. The package is designed so that it can stand on a shelf or hang from a peg and either way it shows off the figure beautifully. The fact that his sword is individually bagged to prevent paint rubbing shows some careful thought and I really appreciate that! The back panel has a small blurb about the character and a list of his accessories. Bonus aggravations points, Mezco, for calling out Mileena on the back of the package when she never got a figure in the line. Boo!
Damn, just check him out! Unlike the previous figures in this line, Kotal Khan is a new character introduced in MKX and heavily inspired by Mayan mythology. He also proves two things: One, the MK series can still produce some killer character designs, and two, if you give that design to Mezco, they can turn it into high plastic art. The attention to detail in this sculpt is just top notch and I don’t quite know where to begin. Kotal shows a lot of skin and besides his musculature there are faint patterns sculpted directly into his body, which give him a lot of character. The armor consists of an intricate collar and shoulders, as well as a loin cloth decorated with a grizzly split skull and his collection of jaw bones. Oh, like you don’t collect jaw bones too! His wrist bracers are sculpted wrappings with segmented plates on the outside of his forearms. His feet have sculpted wraps with what looks to be a feather fringe on the tops.
The portrait features a grim and detailed visage. The helmet conveys a subtle eagle homage with the open beak framing the face and and feathers protruding out the back. The paintwork on display here is simply fantastic, not only in its precision, but also how it manages to convey a dull and antiqued look. The gray and gold deco of the armor looks ancient and worn and the bones have a rotted brown finish. But what impresses me the most about the coloring on this figure is the blue-green skin has a chalky, almost marbled finish to it, which is just beautiful. It almost looks like the figure was carved out of jade. Damn, it’s cool!
The articulation in this line has been pretty solid and that trend continues here with Kotal Khan. You get rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. The hips are ball jointed and there are ball joints in the waist and neck. The joints are nice and strong and I didn’t have any issues with fused or painted over hinges.
Accessories include two sets of hands and two weapons. The figure comes with a pair of clutching hands already attached, with the extra pair being the ones used to hold the weapons. The first weapon is his Tecpatl, a sizable sacrificial flint knife. This is the weapon he uses to perform his “Blood Offering” move in the game, where he basically carves up his own chest and sacrifices some health in order to do more damage. Bad ass!
As great as the Tecpatl is, his other weapon, the Macuahuitl, is the real showpiece here. I’ve always been fascinated with these swords. They’re basically planks of wood with sharp pieces of flint studding the edges to make a blade. It’s an ingenious design for a culture that didn’t have the ability to forge metal swords. This version is pretty damn big and features a red “blade” with sculpted decorations and a sculpted wrapped hilt. Not only is this weapon beautifully sculpted, but the edges are actually pretty sharp!
Even if I wasn’t a Mortal Kombat fan, I’d be happy to put this guy on my shelf… he’s gorgeous! I was originally going to blow out the last two figures in this line in one quick Feature, but once I opened them, I knew that these guys deserved their own attention. While Kotal Khan doesn’t have the gravitas of the older MK characters, he is nonetheless a great design and a magnificently executed figure. Playing around with him has made me both happy to have him and sad to realize that this line is dead and I have only one more figure to open up. And with that having been said, I’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up with Quan Chi.