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click for larger Mezco's Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Lobster Johnson
by Jager

Mezco has gotten a lot of attention from collectors for the way they so effectively bridge the gap between common action figures and designer toys. This is accomplished by using high quality plastic, employing top notch sculptors and painters, and most importantly tackling interesting pop icons as subject matter. With the newest version of Hellboy and his pals, based on the comic depictions—not the movie—the tradition continues. YouBuyNow.com was nice enough to send a few our way and I was totally floored. These figures are nearly perfect renditions of Mignola's art.

click for largerHellboy
Hellboy busts off the comic page and doesn't lose a bit of the toughness that makes him so cool. The first thing you notice when you pick this guy up is how heavy he is. This is one solid toy. The plastic Mezco used was some sturdy stuff! It's obvious that Mez worked closely with Mike Mignola because Hellboy is just an amazingly detailed action figure. He sports scars and cracks in his skin really giving the impression that this guy has been through the ringer more than once. Where his horns have been removed there appears to be saw marks. The Right Hand of Doom is huge and it too has cracks and while it is molded into a fist, it has enough undercuts to not appear to be just a piece of plastic. His belt isn't attached to his waist; or rather I should say it is attached like a real belt. There are many things on his belt that reference the comic as well. His gun, Samaritan, fits into the soft rubber holster (bearing a US insignia), his rosary hangs on a real chain, the big red homing beacon is on the buckle, there are lots of pockets, and he has a horse shoe for checking if babies are really demons (they hate iron). He also comes with a walkie talkie that bears the Zinco label (another nod to the comic's fans). But the gun doesn't only fit into the holster. It fits snuggly into his hand, which is molded with the index finger extended to rest on the trigger. Now you're thinking, "Sure it looks great, but it can't be poseable." Well guess again because this guy sports 21 points of articulation! The stunners are a ball jointed neck, a ball jointed wrist on the R.H.of D., and 3 perfectly placed twists in the tail. All the joints are tight (with major ones ratcheted) which makes for great posing and stability. The final thing I'd like to mention is the face. YouBuyNow.com sent two versions of the harbinger of doom. One standard "stone faced" and one mouth open "butt kicking" version. The mouth-open version is cut away with the teeth being recessed a bit away from the lips. This is really great looking and adds to his character.

click for largerLobster Johnson
Fan-fave (especially mine) Lobster Johnson, or the Lobster, first appeared in Conqueror Worm. His tale of woe was told and then he came back from the dead to help Hellboy kick some Nazi tail. (Check out that Graphic Novel, it's great!!) Johnson is a quiet type. He lurks in the shadows, strikes, and then burns a lobster claw image onto his victims' foreheads. The figure is equally as sinister with dark blue, almost black outfit and glossy orange goggles. The strict attention to detail is in this figure as well. His clothes have wrinkles and folds in all the right places; there is stitching on his shirt; his face is scared; and the belt, while being molded to the form, has some great pockets and even a wound up rope. On his right leg is a soft rubber holster to hold his pistol. The pistol is the only thing that I could complain about. It seems a bit small for his hand. Then handle just isn't long enough. But that's being picky. The paint apps are tight and like I said, the goggles are glossy. On his left hand is the mentioned lobster claw glowing orange ready to burn with justice. Watch your forehead! This Nazi hater has 19 points of articulation with ball jointed head and wrists. He comes with a brain with a long tentacle coming out of it. The tentacle has a wire and a much stiffer plastic around it than most wire framed toys have. In case you're wondering what's up with that thing, it was only in one panel of Conqueror Worm where they were flashing back to the "hay day" of Lobster Johnson. Again, Mezco and Mignola nod to the comic fans. Like Hellboy, he is made of quality plastic that is solid and steady for poses. I've been waiting for a Lobster Johnson figure for some time and this guy was worth the wait.

click for largerLiz Sherman
The B.P.R.D.'s resident fire starter is a troubled soul. Wouldn't you be if you burned 32 people to death when you were 11 year's old? Anyway, that troubled/depressed look really comes to 3-D life with this toy. Her face just looks so sad. The sculpt of her body is impressive as well (not like that you pervert!). Her jacket is open with folds and her undershirt fits snuggly and has just the right wrinkles too. Her boots have buckles, and her hair is a soft rubber. This was a really nice touch in my opinion. Her belt has lots of pouches and the same B.P.R.D. issued homing beacon Hellboy had. Her paint apps are the best of the three with flushed cheeks, faded jacket, black highlights in her hair, and patches on her jacket. And she comes with some great accessories too. She has a backpack that fits her back perfectly. The straps pop off but the sockets are concealed by pouches on the side of the bag. Her fire making ability is pulled off really well. She has a small socket in her left hand that you can slide a clear/red/yellow plastic flame into. There are two different versions: a bigger one that comes straight out of her palm and a smaller one that has an angle to it so she can hold her hand at a lower position. This adds to the variety of posing (which seems important to Mezco). The best accessory (of all the figures) is her cigarette. It snaps snuggly into her right hand and has a little flame coming off the end... like she's mad and can't control her flame (she has a problem with that anyway). Liz has 14 points of articulation with ball jointed wrists and ratcheted elbows. While this figure is depressing, it's still a great replica of Mignola's art.

click for largerOverall, this is THE Hellboy set. The movie line was great, but these guys are based on the comic—where it all started. Almost every aspect of these figures is spot on perfect. Great articulation, great paint apps, great sculpts, and very accurate likenesses. YouBoyNow.com has these for sale and if you consider yourself a Hellboy fan, a Mezco junkie, or just a connoisseur of fine plastic toys, you owe it to yourself to head over there and pick these up.

Mezco's site has loads of info on their toys. Lots of cool stuff to see. Check it out!!

click for largerYouBuyNow.com carries these Hellboy figures as well as lots of other great toys, and some good deals too.

If you haven't read any Hellboy comics, but you think you might head over to Dark Horse's site and see what it's all about.

You could say these are the ultimate Hellboy figures. If you like that sort of thing, you should check out our Masterpiece Custom Contest, where you can win $100 to YouBuyNow.com

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