Sculpting - Guy ***;
This is a real ax handle!
Real wood, not foam or plastic, but wood. I am not sure if it
different than a generic handle as I am sure the character dresses up a
real handle and doesn’t carve one or anything. So is it
“sculpted”? I don’t know but its dead on and that’s what I
they did do the carving into it and that counts. On one side inside a
carved banner, “Hey ho, let’s go” and the other side has “These colors
don’t run”, they also scratched and dinged and dented the wood so it
looks as though its seen action. On the small end is a silver Colonel
badge and three stars on the large end. Sculpted or not, the grip is
done with electrical and grip tape as well so you get a fine grip to
use around the house or wherever you feel the need to take it.
I suspect that NECA didn't just pick up a few ax handles at the local
Home Depot, but Guy is right - this is the real deal, solid wood and
not just any wood, but a true hardwood. This baby has heft, and is an
The stars on one end and the
badge on the
other are metal, and set deeply into the wood. The handle is wrapped in
actual electrical (red) and grip (white) tape, again, making this about
the most realistic replica I've seen in awhile.
On either side
are the carved sayings, and these are carved, not merely painted. It
adds quite a bit to the overall look of the weapon.
Paint - Guy/MWC: ****
Here is the winner and
what sets a good replica apart from a mediocre one. The
stars are there as well as the deep blue color but some of it is rubbed
off, scratched, nicked, dirty, chipped and the like. The whole
thing has a wash over it to give it a dirty used look. Even the white
grip tape on the handle is grungy, and both the white grip tape like on
a hockey stick or baseball bat and red electrical tape for its American
look are worn.
work on the paint, with beautiful wear and tear added to the various
colors. Nothing looks faked or forced, and that's not an easy thing to
pull off. The natural chaotic patterns of real wear are always
difficult to match on purpose, but they've done it beautifully here.
Value - Guy ***; MWC
As I said before, most prop replicas are high priced so only $50.00 is
not bad and a comic con exclusive at that, well it’s better than many
con exclusives are $30 - even the little ones. Here, we get an
excellent prop replica for a real bargain price. You can't find any
replica for $50, let alone one that's an exclusive.
Things to Watch Out For -
Furniture, if you are swinging this. Remember how people
broke their TV’s with the Wii remote?
MWC: Not a thing for
Overall - Guy ***; MWC
A prop replica, well made, screen accurate, heavy weight, exclusive,
all lead to a fun find at this years Comic Con.
Sadly, we do not get enough really well done prop replicas, especially
at a reasonable price. When I come across one, I do a little happy
dance, and believe me, I'm bogeying right now. I didn't pick up a ton
of SDCC exclusives this year, but Betsy Ross was easily the best of the
Packaging - Guy/MWC ***
Sculpting - Guy ***; MWC ****
Paint - Guy ***; MWC ****
Value - Guy ***; MWC ****
Overall - Guy ***; MWC ****
Where to Buy -
Your best bet was SDCC of course, but now you can try to search
ebay for a deal. One may pop up on th NECA Ebay store soon
but currently they only have a foam option.
I haven't checked out any of the new Kick Ass figures yet, but I did
check out the cool 12"
figures and the 6"
versions from Mezco based on the first film.
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