After days and days of delays and laziness, I've finally gotten enough strength to pull myself together and get a couple of words in for our next Warcraft Action Figure Review. The Human Paladin: Judge Malthred is a figure that has a lot of details in a bad ass pose as well as design. I'm actually leaning towards the fact that he has too much detail on him that it's not really going to be a good thing in the long run, but I may be getting ahead of myself so let's just see what happens when we dive in after the break.
As always here's a couple of tidbits from our friends over at WoW Wiki to tell us a little something about Paladins:
The paladin is a hybrid class with the ability to play a variety of different roles — including healing (holy), tanking (protection), and DPS (retribution). They have auras, blessings and seals that provide useful buffs for other players while withstanding heavy physical damage with plate armor and strong defensive abilities. Paladins are also considered to be holy knights or blood knights.
With that out of the way let's dive right in. The packaging is the same as the series 6 figures with Deathwing taking center stage on the inlay. All in all you get only the main figure out of all that plastic package. For some reason they already assembled his weapon and placed it in his hands, but as you'll see later it can still be disassembled in case you need to. You can obviously see that he's one of the big figures out of the box which is expected as he's supposed to be some kind of heavy tank, being a Paladin and all.
Here's a closer look at his weapon. He appears to be using the "Sulfuron Hammer" which really goes well with his overall theme. I like that the spikes aren't too pointy and they dont feel like they'l easily break in case you drop it. The colors give off a brick feel to the head of the hammer which goes great with the gold accents and lining.
Here's a look at the entire figure going 360 degrees. The first time I looked at this figure I kind of expected that he'd have some kind of peg stand to support his pose. Turns out he leans on the skirt of his armor. I like the pose but for some reason he looks weird on his own.
The face is covered with a full helmet. I really like it because even though you can't see his face you can still see expression in his eyes which is kind of hard to achieve when you don't have the other parts of the face to use, plus he looks like a ninja (LOL). The hood is also a nice touch and easily blends with the entire head, I'd easily get weirded out with full armor guys with cloth hoods over their heads but luckily it works out on Judge Malthred's overall design.
Here you'll see the overwhelming details of the armor. According to research he seems to be wearing the "Judgement Armor" which comes as no surprise given that he's name is Judge Malthred. Here comes the weird part for me, the first time I saw this figure in teaser images all over the interwebs I thought to myself that this will definitely be the best figure in the set. But now that I have him and got a chance to look at him for a very long period of time I feel like all the details of the armor seem to much for me. There's just too much to look at that it feels like I can't concentrate on a good overall feature. The shoulder armor is covered with books and a sword some how that feels too overwhelming for a design. I'm not even sure if those are some kind of bookmarks on top of the books but it looks like somebody just slapped on some hardened wax on it.
Luckily the arms are a bit better, looking solid with all those gold linings. I just hope they did a better job at coloring the red gems. They just feel kind of dull for me.
There's just too many stuff hanging around the armor that I really can't concentrate on one thing. I'm not sure if it's the armor combined with the closed up pose but it's really hard to get a good look at the other features of the armor without being distracted of the other stuff that's hanging around and grabbing your attention. It may just be me but I'm pretty sure some of you out there will love all these stuff on him.
I guess it's just me but for some reason I feel overwhelmed by this figures design, I just think there's too much going on with his armor. I'm pretty sure a lot of you would disagree with me but that's just how I see it. There's a lot to be excited about this figure and if you're looking to add another aggressive pose type of figure to your collection than Judge Malthred will definitely be a great buy for you.
Posted by Jab Escutin
Source: Buy Here