Farscape Series 1: John Crichton “Commander Crichton” by Toy Vault

There has been news on the Farscape front about a new TV movie being made. I’m not jumping for joy yet, but it did give me a lame excuse opportunity to trot out another Farscape figure that has thus far escaped the spotlight here on FFZ. I’ve already looked at several of these figures, and you’d think that John might have been among the first, but truth is he’s tough to find for a good price, and a month or so back I stumbled upon a carded one for under $20 and I jumped at the chance.

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The packaging here is a pretty solid effort. You get a big organically shaped card and bubble that I presume are patterned after Moya’s bio-architecture. The large bubble gives you a great look at not only the figure but also the accessories surrounding him. I’ll also point out the odd notation on the insert that this figure is limited to 30,000 pieces. Ok, that’s not much of a frelling limitation there, chief! The back of the card uses screen grabs to show the other characters that are available in figure form. The packaging here is not at all collector friendly, so you mint-on-card collectors better avert your eyes, because I’m about to rip this baby open.

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Now is as good a time as any to point out that I collect these figures because I love the show and these are all we got. Some have been quite good, some not so much, but it’s a line that really bugs me because of its inconsistencies and Commander Crichton here certainly does nothing to buck that trend. This figure represents a pretty versatile version of the character, and I’m thankful Toy Vault didn’t go with some ridiculous episode specific variant like they did with Aeryn Sun. Later variants of John followed, but if you want one Crichton for your shelf, this is the one to go with. There’s nothing at all remarkable about the sculpted outfit, it’s just a white shirt and khaki pants, although the occasional use of softgoods in this line does make it rather unique and I do think the cloth jacket looks pretty good on the figure. For a 7-inch scale figure, it’s pretty nicely tailored.

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The portrait here isn’t a bad one. I think these companies have an easier time with aliens than they do humans, so I’m willing to cut them some slack. I think the cheeks are a bit puffy, but it’s a serviceable likeness to Ben Browder and the paintwork is certainly clean enough.

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Crichton’s articulation is right in line with D’argo in that he is totally static from the waist down. Beyond that his arms can rotate at the shoulders, his wrists can swivel, he can swivel at the waist, and his head can turn. That’s it! He’s not terribly pre-posed, although his right arm is perpetually cocked at the elbow. You can stand him on the shelf, you can tweak him a bit, but that’s really all the “action” you’ll get out of this figure.

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You get a decent handful of accessories with Crichton. First off, there’s his astronaut helmet. I like this piece a lot and it fits over the figure’s head quite well. There’s a soft plastic chinstrap and a clear eye mask. The deco includes some fine red and blue striping and a tampo of the Farscape project emblem. The white paint is a little blotchy, but I think that just adds some realism to the helmet and makes it look a little beat up.

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Next up, Crichton has a pair of goggles, which I believe are the ones he wore on the planet surface in “Til The Blood Runs Clear.” They fit snugly onto the figure’s head and just like in the episode, they look absolutely ridiculous.

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Now that we have the optional headwear behind us, we can get to the good stuff. DRDs! Yes, Crichton comes with a pair of the Diagnostic Repair Droids that always felt to me like a direct rip-off of the Scutters on Red Dwarf. Either way, these little guys were prominent in the show so it only seems right to get little plastic versions of them. The sculpting and paintwork on this pair is really nice, even if you flip them upside down. Sure, getting 1812 would have been a welcome treat, but let’s not forget this is “Series 1” Crichton, so 1812 was still a few years into his future.

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Last up, you get Crichton’s carbine. It’s worth mentioning that while Toy Vault included the same model of carbine with Chiana, Aeryn, and now Crichton, each weapon has been a unique sculpt with some kind of modification. Crichton’s feels like the best sculpt of the bunch as it has a bit more detail and some extra doo-dads. He can hold it in his right hand and it comes with a strap so you can sling it over his shoulder. I’ll point out here that I’m disappointed he didn’t come with his trusy blaster, Winona, but I suppose I could let him borrow the one that came with Aeryn.

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In the end, Crichton is what I’ve come to expect from this line. He’s not great, he’s not terrible, and he’s more statue than action figure. It would have been really cool if Diamond Select had secured the Farscape license, especially since they wound up doing likenesses of Ben Browder and Claudia Black for Stargate. We would have certainly had a more cohesive and consistent assortment of figures and possibly even saw figures of Stark, Sikozu and Jools.

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And that’s where I wrap up my Farscape features. The two remaining characters, Scorpius and Crais, are way too expensive for what they are. I’m not willing to drop $50-60 just to complete a set of mediocre figures no matter how much I love the show. There are still a ton of variants of the characters I’ve already looked at, and maybe one day I’ll pick up some of those for cheap and revisit this line. Unfortunately, even if the new movie goes through, the characters will be different so there’s not much chance of new action figure treatments. Although, if Funko’s Legacy Collection takes off, and they do wind up doing Firefly figures… Maybe something like Farscape could be a possibility down the road.

Farscape Series 2: Rygel (“Dominar of Hyneria”) by Toy Vault

Since Marvel Universe has taken over Mondays for the time being, I thought I’d just stick my newest Farscape figure in here. It’s everyone’s favorite Hynerian curmudgeon, Rygel. Actually, for a lot of fans he’s probably that character you love to hate or maybe hate to love, but he’s definitely one of my favorite characters on the show. Besides the amazing animatronics that bring him to life, the writers really managed to layer some depth into him. Sure, he’s usually just a foul-mouthed, misogynistic opportunist who would slit his own grandmother’s throat for a space-dollar, but we also get to see his vulnerabilities and maybe even a glimmering of heroism from time to time. Given my druthers, he probably would have been the first Farscape figure I bought, but he tends to be tough to find and often rather pricey. To the packaging!

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Ok, nothing new here. The card retains the same deco influenced by Moya’s architecture. Rygel is a tiny guy, but Toy Vault has managed to spread him out with his accessories so that the bubble is still filled out nicely. The back of the card shows character portraits of the three other figures in Series 2 and a rather poor group shot of the Series 1 figures. My Rygel’s card is in pretty rough shape and the insert in the bubble is all askew. Good thing I didn’t buy him to keep him carded… Let’s rip this yotz open…

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Yup, that’s Rygel all right! The folks at Toy Vault did a mighty nice job sculpting the Dominar of Hyneria. He’s got the beady eyes, the expressive ears, and the perpetually downturned and disapproving mouth. Even all the little folds of skin under his chin are all lovingly recreated here. Rygel’s tiny body is covered with a glorious velvety soft goods robe and his communicator is attached to the collar. There isn’t a lot to the rest of the figure, just his little hands and feet, which give him his total of four points of articulation. The paintwork on the figure is excellent. The variations in his skin color match his on screen counterpart really well. I’m not all that keen on the little animation-style reflection dots on his eyes, but that’s more an issue of my personal preference than any complaint about the paint quality.

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Rygel can stand perfectly fine on his own, but in the series he’s rarely seen without his little flying throne, so naturally Toy Vault provided their Rygel figure with a little scaled version. I’m a little torn on the throne. On the one hand, the sculpt really is wonderfully detailed. Almost every bit of it is pimped out with ornate scrollwork, and the detail on the cushion is extremely convincing. There’s even a ball jointed joystick for him to pilot it around. On the downside, it feels just a tad undersized. When you sit Rygel in it, you can barely see the chair at all. I’m thinking it may be more because of the poufy robes than the chair itself, but it’s such a gorgeous little piece, I wish you could see more of it with Rygel on it.

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In addition to his throne, Rygel comes with a small assortment of other accessories from specific episodes. These are mostly tiny and useless. From “Durka Returns” you get the little tray of explosives and the bomb sphere he used to try to kill his former Peacekeeper captor, Durka. The crystal seems to be the one from “DNA Mad Scientist,” and unfortunately looks more like a dildo than anything else. As for the tiny useless dagger, well I’m pretty sure Rygel’s had that in a number of episodes. Nothing here is all that special and he can’t even really hold any of it, so the accessories don’t really add value to the figure. They’re mostly just tiny things that will likely get lost. If you’re hunting a Rygel, you’re much better off going for the variant. At least that one comes with a hookah pipe.

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Unfortunately, like many of the Farscape figures, Rygel can be damned expensive on the secondary market. I lucked out and was able to pick up mine for $30. That’s still an awful lot of money for this figure, but considering he’s rarely seen on Ebay under $60-80, I guess I should just be satisfied to have him in my collection. And that will leave me with just John Crichton to hunt down. Truth be told, I’m not as eager to pick up the rest of this line as I once was. Partly because of the prices (Scorpius and Crais go for way too much money), and partly because I’m not really digging Season 3 all that much. Maybe as I press on through Season 4, my fondness for the show will be rekindled.

FarScape Series 2: Aeryn Sun (The Mutation) by Toy Vault

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for more Farscape. Today I’m busting into Series 2 with a look at our favorite Peacekeeper protagonist, Aeryn Sun. Aeryn is a pretty good example of the kind of character that makes the show work for me. You can see her changing as a person throughout the course of the show, and it’s never forced or contrived. The credibility of her character comes from excellent writing and certainly the performances delivered by actress Claudia Black.  I’m kind of surprised it took Toy Vault until their second series of figures to get to her, but with only four figures per series, I guess they had to save someone for later. So far, Toy Vault’s been delivering some great figures in this line. Can they keep it up? Short answer… apparently not.

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The Series 2 packaging is more or less the same as what we’ve been seeing all along. The card is still inspired by Moya’s design and features a huge bubble, which displays the figure and the accessories quite well. There’s an illustrated insert that has the character’s portrait, name and a list of her accessories. Flip it over and you can see some changes on the back. There’s finally a photo of actual figures, in this case only the four from Series 1. You also get screen shots of the characters offered in Series 2.

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I’ve got a lot of gripes about this figure, but I’m going to start with my biggest. Why would you take one of the main characters of your license and make her one and only figure based on one scene from one episode in which she is physically altered to not look like herself??? The episode in question is aptly named, “DNA Mad Scientist” and in it, some crazy alien with cyber-goat legs(!) gives Aeryn Pilot’s DNA, which causes her to slowly mutate into one of Pilot’s species. This figure is practically sculpted from a specific screen shot, where Aeryn lifts her shirt up to reveal the scaly patches of alien skin on her stomach. The mutated areas, which also include her right arm, are sculpted not just painted on, and Toy Vault never did a remold or any other release of the character. Sure, maybe the company expected the line to go beyond two waves, but still… this kind of thing should be a variant, not the first and only release.

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In terms of sculpt, Aeryn is ok, but definitely the worst of the Farscape figures we’ve looked at so far. The portrait is almost there, although it kind of looks like Claudia Black with some kind of wasting disease. I suppose you could argue that she was definitely sick in this episode so… bravo, Toy Vault! There are, however, some nice touches to the rest of the sculpt, particularly her belt and gear, and the way the functional holster actually works like it did on the show. The alien skin is also executed quite well as is the effect of her pulling up her shirt with her left hand. You can see the beginnings of a little insect-like leg. Gross.

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And that brings me to the point that this figure is also the most pre-posed of the bunch. Sure, articulation hasn’t been this line’s strong point, but make no mistake, Aeryn is far more statue than action figure. Again, she’s designed to be reproducing a very specific scene, which renders her left arm useless for anything else. She has a whopping four points of articulation: Her arms rotate at the shoulders and her hips have swivel cuts. But three of her points are completely useless. The left arm is always supposed to be right where it is and the hip swivels are only good for making minor adjustments to the legs so she can stand better. The right arm can rotate up or down, but why bother? You’ll notice I didn’t mention any neck articulation. The head and hair are all sculpted as part of the torso.

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Aeryn comes with a bunch of accessories, but with the pose she’s in who cares? You get her pistol, a rifle, two syringes, and an analyzer. Technically, she can hold any of the accessories in her right hand, but neither the analyzer nor the rifle look very convincing. The rifle itself looks good, but it has a ratty looking strap on it and you can’t really tuck the stock on the inside of her elbow, so she looks really awkward holding it. The pistol probably looks the best in her hand, and it can also clip into her holster, which I absolutely love. That feature alone makes me wish Toy Vault had done another version of the character with the same working holster. In fact, they could have reused everything from the waist down and I would have been happy. I suppose I’ll probably end up displaying her with the large syringe, like she’s about to jab it into her stomach.

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I’ll come right out and say it. This figure pisses me off. If we got this later on down the road, after a regular version of Aeryn, I could have liked it a lot more, but as the only version of the character to stand beside her shipmates? No way. The concept would have worked beautifully as a 1/8th scale stand-alone statue, and I probably would have bought it, but as an action figure in this line it just sucks. Toy Vault had a good thing going, but they stumbled and face planted on this one.

Alas, I’m going to have to put Farscape Monday on hiatus for a little while. I’m looking to pick up some more figures, so I will come back to them eventually. In the meantime, next week we’ll kick off Marvel Mondays as I try to get through the bunch of Marvel Universe figures on my receivings pile.

FarScape Series 1: D’argo (Til The Blood Runs Clear) by Toy Vault

It’s Monday… it’s more Farscape! This time we’re checking out the Klingon of the Farscape universe: D’argo the Luxan Warrior. I did not know what to think of this guy as I started watching the show, other than he seemed pretty derivative of the aforementioned other alien warrior race. Actually, I spent most of the time pondering whether that was supposed to be his real nose or some kind of nose armor shingle. Maybe his nose has a boney shell to protect it? If not, does he stick it on there every morning before going out? It both fascinates and perplexes me. Eventually, I warmed up to the big guy, so I was pretty anxious to get his action figure.

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We’ve seen the Farscape packaging twice already, so there are really no surprises here. D’argo looks great on the card with its huge bubble and Moya-inspired deco. The back has a few tidbits of information about the character. Apparently Luxans can only survive for 15 minutes in a vacuum, so let’s tear him open and get him out.

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Hell, yeah… that’s D’argo alright. He’s a huge, hulking slab of beautifully sculpted and painted plastic. At first, I thought he had escaped the mixed media treatment, but on closer inspection you can see that the braids of his beard are some kind of hair-like substance. Each one is actually braided and carefully tied off at the end with string. Toy Vault made this guy with love. I suppose his fabric belt and shoulder strap also count as mixed media too. There’s lots to love about D’argo’s sculpt, like the pattern in his clothes and the fact that Toy Vault even included those horrible rings piercing his chest that were used by the Peacekeepers to chain his collarbone to a bulkhead. Holy shit, Farscape can be hardcore when it wants to be. The portrait is spot on as well. I’ve got no complaints about the paintwork on the figure, either. In fact, Toy Vault did a fine job reproducing all his various tats.

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But wait… Uh oh, what happened to the articulation? Zhaan and Chiana weren’t exactly highly poseable, but D’argo has even less going on. You get a whopping five points, which include a swivel neck, rotating shoulders, and swivels in the wrists. You can’t get much rotation out of the head because of his tentacles and hair that hang down his back, and the left wrist on my figure is stuck, so if I try to swivel it, it will likely twist off. I had the unpleasant experience of doing that a while back to one of my DCUC Raven’s legs, so I’m content to leave it where it is. Below the waist, D’argo is completely static. This guy is designed to stand there and hold his sword, and not a lot else.

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D’argo comes with three accessories, which include two weapons and a sand mask. For weapons you get his Qualta Blade and  dagger. The dagger is pretty simple and can be tucked into D’argo’s belt, which is convenient since I never expect to display him holding anything but his trademark sword. It also looks like something someone picked up at Hoffritz Cutlery in the mall. Yes, kids, go google Hoffritz Cutlery… it was a store in the mall that sold nothing but edged weapons! Can’t do that nowadays! The Qualta blade is clearly the real showpiece here. It’s nicely executed, albeit kind of a shame that Toy Vault didn’t include a second version converted into the gun form. I also would have liked a way to store it on his back.

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The mask is the one Dargo wore in the episode “Til The Blood Runs Clear” and I’m pretty sure it’s the same prop used by him in “Through The Looking Glass.” It actually fits on the figure quite well, but who is ever going to display their figure wearing this thing? As mentioned earlier, they would have been better off spending the effort in sculpting a second Qualta blade.

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Yes, D’argo lowers the bar for this line’s articulation. If Zhaan and Chiana flirted with the idea of being actual action figures, D’argo makes no bones about being a slightly articulated statue. On the other hand, he is a very nice looking statue and a fine tribute to the character in plastic form. Plus, I dig the fact that he isn’t as pre-posed as Chiana. The sculpting and paintwork show that Toy Vault knew what they were doing with the license… at least from what I’ve seen so far, and D’argo will make another excellent addition to my 7-inch scale sci-fi shelf.

Next Monday we’ll starburst into the Farscape universe once again with a look at Aeryn Sun.

FarScape Series 1: Chiana (Armed and Dangerous) by Toy Vault

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[I’ve got to start today with a bit of self-serving bullocks because today marks the Third Anniversary of FigureFan. I’m not doing anything special today, at least not in front of the camera, but I have embarked on some behind the scenes stuff to start pushing FigureFan Zero to the next phase of development. This blog started evolving all the way back around 1997 with TechnoCothica, a site that dabbled in video games and related action figures and collectibles and it was eventually rebooted on Feb 18th 2010 into what it is today. Three years and 860+ features later and it’s still chugging along.

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Last Monday I kicked off my look at Toy Vault’s Farscape figures with Zhaan, and I promised I’d be back this week to look at Chiana. She’s still a new character to me, as I’m just now finishing Season 1. I’m still deciding whether I dig her or not as part of the show. She’s portrayed by the lovely Gigi Edgley, who despite looking like she’s engaged in Blade Runner cosplay, delivers quite an intriguing performance. Let’s take a gander at how she fares in action figure form!

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The packaging is the same presentation we saw with Zhaan. The design really captures the feel of the show and the architecture of Moya, their living spaceship. The bubble displays the figure well and features a printed insert with the character’s name and a list of her accessories. The back of the panel has some stills of the characters from the show, but no photos of the actual figures. There’s also a small assortment of stats on the character. I’m not sure if she actually sold for $17 when she was released about 10 years ago, but I picked her up for a deal at a local comic shop. I must have seen her and Zhaan hanging on the pegs a dozen times, but never took notice until I started watching the show.

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Zhaan’s sculpt was competent enough work, but I really think the folks at Toy Vault totally nailed this one. The figure’s portrait is a great likeness for her on screen persona. The dark eyes, wild hair, and open mouth all make her instantly recognizable, and the paintwork on her face is clean and sharp. Chiana’s outfit is also sculpted with a lot of detail to bring out the crazy web like pattern in her pants and top. She’s showing off a little cleavage and midriff and her muscles are subtly sculpted into place as is her little belly button. To keep the mixed media gimmick coming, Chiana has two little spots of fluff glued onto her shoulders to simulate the furry pieces on the character’s costume. About the only thing here that’s a tad off is the painted shadowing effect on her cleavage. It looks a little heavy handed and cheesy, but not too bad.

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Chiana sports about the same seven points of articulation as Zhaan. You get a swivel in the neck, rotating shoulders, swivels in the wrists and in the hips. But while Zhaan was sculpted in a fairly neutral stance, Chiana is a lot more pre-posed. Her legs are permanently bent at the knees, one elbow is bent a bit and her other arm is drawn up completely to hold the weapon at the ready. Her hip articulation is really only practical for tweaking her to stand better. Otherwise we’re looking at a figure that comes from the DC Direct school of articulation, where you can make a few adjustments to her pose but nothing too radical.

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Chiana comes with three accessories. You get her punishment collar, a pair of working handcuffs, and a gun. The gun is a nicely detailed piece with some paint wash to give it some realism and wear and she can hold it quite well in her left hand. The collar can fit around her neck and has some tiny paint apps to simulate the lights. The handcuffs… well, it’s just cool to have a working pair of 7-inch scale handcuffs. I prefer to pose her with them hanging off her right wrist. The odd thing here is that it seems like something is missing as Chiana’s right hand is posed as if it was designed to take a circular object. It’s useless with any of her accessories. I’m guessing either something was left out or they had planned to re-release her later with an additional accessory.

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Did I mention last time that these figures scale perfectly with Diamond’s Trek figures? Yes, I did… because I love that crossover potential. All in all, Chiana is definitely a nice piece of work on Toy Vault’s part. The sculpting and paint work are all top notch and the accessories are well thought out. Sure, I would have preferred a fully articulated action figure to a semi-poseable statue, but I can’t deny that she displays really well on the shelf. I bought these ladies just to feel out the line and see what it was all about, but I’m pleased enough with the pair of them to keep pressing on. We’ll keep the Farscape Monday tradition rolling along next week with a look at the loveable Luxan Warrior, D’argo.

FarScape Series 1: Zhaan (Delvian Priest) by Toy Vault

I don’t watch a lot of TV. With me a show will either click almost instantly or I’m done with it. So I’ve got to hand it to FarScape for being the exception to the rule. I made a go of it with this show on at least four separate occasions before I finally got far enough and knew that I would be sticking with it. It still takes some work to make it through some episodes, but in the end, it won me over with its ambitious effects, original alien designs, and interesting characters. And hey… there are action figures! Yes, someone consigned a pair of these figures, Zhaan and Chiana, to my local comic shop where they’ve been collecting dust for a long time now. With my new found commitment to the show, I decided to take them off his hands. He got less than he had hoped out of me, but he seemed relieved to be rid of them. Today I’m going to check out Zhaan and I’ll put off Chiana until next week, since I’m still a few episodes away from meeting her.

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This line of figures is my first encounter with Toy Vault. According to the back of the cards, their stable of licenses includes some Lord of the Rings and EverQuest figures. A little research revealed that they are still in operation, although they seem to be more into peddling novelties, plush dolls, and games, rather than any kind of cohesive action figure lines. Zhaan comes on a large, somewhat egg shaped card, which looks like a cross section of Moya’s corridors. The card also features an organic deco that nicely conveys the patterns on the Leviathan’s hull. The bubble displays the goods nicely and there is a printed insert inside that has Zhaan’s name and a list of her accessories. While the front of the card is generic, the back features a few stats about the character and some screencaps showing other characters with figures available. Oddly enough there aren’t any pictures of the figures themselves. While the back of the card could use some cleaning up, the presentation here is overall quite good and really matches the feel of the show. Zhaan is scaled just slightly larger than your average DC Universe Classics figure, which to my delight puts her right about in line with Diamond/Art Asylum’s Star Trek figures. Yes, I am actually giddy about the potential of a FarScape-Star Trek crossover on my display shelf! For some reason, I think Zhaan and Spock would like to hang together.

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All nerdgasms aside, with the figure out of the package  the first thing I notice… holy crap, softgoods! Ok, I noticed that before I opened the package, but I’m going for some dramatic license here. I was both surprised and impressed when I first realized it, mainly because you don’t usually see this sort of thing on figures in this scale.  Nonetheless, Zhaan is indeed wearing an actual cloth outfit. The outfit is comprised of two layers: A long grey stitched robe and then a semi-transparent mesh covering. The under robe is belted with braided rope and the top garment is held in the back with a strip of Velcro. The softgoods work well to create the wispy and shimmering effect of Zhaan’s on screen clothing, which also wrecked havoc on my poor camera. Seriously, between focus and light balance, my camera had no idea what to make of this figure.

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Because of her cloth outfit, Zhaan doesn’t rely on a whole lot of detailed sculpting. Her head is a pretty good likeness to the Amazonian actress Virginia Hey. Her facial deco is simplified to basically a pattern of dots, but it works well enough. Trying to accurately reproduce the amazingly complex makeup they did on her face for the show must have been a frustrating task. Each of her individual rings are sculpted and painted onto her fingers and she has a very bland pair of shoes. Zhaan’s posture is fairly neutral. She’s standing straight with one arm cocked a bit at the elbow, and her hands are both relaxed, which is fine since her accessories aren’t meant to be held. Unfortunately, her feet are rather uneven and getting her to stand can be a chore.

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Speaking of accessories… Zhaan comes with two. First off, you get a trelkez, permanently attached to his perch. For the uninitiated, this is an adorable two-headed bird from the episode “That Old Black Magic,” which Zhaan is made to torture with her mind powers in order to prepare her to do battle with a space-vampire-warlock. I’ll let you digest that sentence for a moment. Ok… The other is a blue ceremonial mask that fits into a silver pillow thingy. I seem to recall this being an artifact that Crichton kept breaking as he looped through time in “Back and Back and Back to the Future.” The trelkez is a nice display bonus, but the mask is kind of meh.

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With a whopping seven points of useful articulation, Zhaan isn’t exactly super poseable. I say “useful” because I’m not a hundred percent sure what else is under that robe and I’m not going to futz with it to find out. Her head can rotate, her arms can rotate at the shoulders, her wrists have swivel cuts, and her legs can rotate at the hips. The leg movement is severely hampered by the tight robe, but it helps to tweak her legs so she can stand.

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All in all, I think Toy Vault did a pretty good job on this figure. The use of softgoods is a bold and interesting move, but they pulled it off and it certainly suits Zhaan well. It also allowed Toy Vault to do a number of quick and dirty episode-specific variants by just swapping a new outfit onto the figure. The sculpt and paintwork are certainly competent and I do like the inclusion of the trelkez. I would have preferred more articulation, but as we delve further into the FarScape line, we’ll see that Toy Vault takes the McFarlane approach and each figure is designed for a couple specific poses and not much else.

I’m going to swing back and to some more filler Toy Closet Finds for tomorrow and Wednesday and then we can end the week with some more Fall of Cybertron shenanigans.