Mortal Kombat, the long running video game franchise that has spanned multiple gaming generations, has always seemed like a perfect license for action figures. The characters were a mix of iconic martial arts movie as well as sci-fi and fantasy designs. As the series grew, more unique characters entered the fray, however, the license has sometimes seemed to have a rocky relationship with action figure collectors. Over the years, a number of companies have attempted to bring these characters to fans of the series. Companies ranging from Palisades Toys, Toy Island, Jazwares and Mezco (among others) have all attempted their own lines from different eras of the franchise. While some had decent runs (such as the Jazwares releases), many of these lines, unfortunately, rarely went on for more than a few waves, leaving fans without some of the most iconic characters that make up the rosters. Storm Collectibles is looking to change the game with their line up. Instead of focusing on mass market retail, they are taking the classic designs and creating fully packed collector level action figures.
Their first two Storm Collectibles Mortal Kombat Figures are now available in North America (they were released a couple months ago overseas). Today we take a look at Sub-Zero! Toyark sponsor Entertainment Earth sent along the figure. Read on to check out my review ad full gallery for the figure.
Storm Collectibles Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero 1/12 Scale Action Figure
- Excellent sculpt
- Great articulation and range of motion
- Strong joints allow for dynamic posing with no stand needed
- A lot of accessories included
- Interchangeable MK1 and MK2 masks
- Can place any Storm MK character head on the ripped out spine
- Hands do tend to pop off a little too easily
Packed in a collector friendly window box, the Sub-Zero packaging features a very eye catching design that showcases the figure as soon as you see it. The window is large and the packaging has nice Sub-Zero artwork on the front. The back of the box features photos of the figure, showing the articulation and accessories, as well as a bio for Sub-Zero. The figure sits on a plastic tray with the accessories. Sub Zero include numerous interchangeable hands, a swap out Mortal Kombat 1 and Mortal Kombat 2 face mask, a freeze effects piece, a sliding freeze effects piece and a skull and spine fatality accessory.
Sub-Zero exceeded all of my already high expectations as soon as I started posing him. The sculpt is nicely detailed throughout and the paint work really compliments those details. The proportions are a bit exaggerated, but work well on the figure. The figure has over 30 points of articulation, inducing double jointed elbows and knees. Other articulation highlights include joints in the toes, ball jointed ankles and multiple articulation points in the torso. The range of motion in the joints is great, and it’s easy enough to pull off many of Sub-Zero’s iconic moves. The joints themselves are strong without feeling overly tight, and the leg and hips joints are strong enough to pose the figure on just one leg. Storm uses a soft vinyl overlay for the tunic, giving the figure a more realistic look, while keeping some of the joints out of sight. Thankfully the outfit does not interfere with the articulation at all. While Storm lists these figures as 1/12 scale, they are actually a bit bigger. Sub-Zero is just a little shorter than a 7″ scale NECA figure, but would be taller than a standard Marvel Legends release.
There are a bunch of well done interchangeable pieces and accessories included. They included both the Mortal Kombat 2 and Mortal Kombat 1 style face masks. The MK2 mask works a little better here, as the rest of the figure design is more in-line with his look in the second game. Hand swap out very easily, though they do tend to pop off while trying to pose the arms and wrists. The collection of hands here has great variety and I found just about all of them were using for different poses. The ice blast effects piece attaches easily to the flat palm hand and sits sturdy without tipping over the figure. The best included accessory is the ripped out bloody spine and skull fatality piece. The best part of it is that the skull pops off the spine and you can place one of the other Mortal Kombat figure heads on it for more accurate fatality poses. The skull itself can also be placed onto other figures (keep an eye out for my upcoming Scoprion gallery for an example).
The Mortal Kombat sub-Zero figure is a blast to pose and is absolutely worth picking up if you’re a fan of the franchise. Check out some highlight photos below and see the full gallery after that.
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