The Lich King: Arthas Menethil World of Warcraft Action Figure Review

Monday, July 11, 2011

Warcraft Lich King Figure Review

It's been a couple of months since our last figure review and just last week the Premium Series 3 Figures have been out so I made it a point to make sure I don't do anything else until I finish posting this review of the Lich King Figure. You really have to excuse all the delay as each figure review takes a significant amount of time to complete. These things don't just pop out of my head and into the blog you know. So I guess you're all excited and probably skipped all the words I just typed in so just head on to the break to see what the fuss is all about with the World of Warcraft Lich King Arthas Menethil Action Figure.



So who the hell is the Lich King Arthas Menethil?

The Lich King is the master and lord of the Scourge, which he ruled telepathically from the Frozen Throne atop the Icecrown Glacier.
Kil'jaeden the Deceiver created the Lich King from the spirit of the orcish shaman Ner'zhul to raise an undead army to conquer Azeroth for the Burning Legion. Initially trapped within the Frozen Throne with Frostmourne, the Lich King eventually betrayed Kil'jaeden and merged with the human Arthas Menethil.

That's only a small part of who and what the Lich King is if you want to know more I suggest you start clicking on the pages of WoW Wiki and start reading.

Now with that out of the way let's head on to the World of Warcraft Lich King: Arthas Menethil Action Figure Review.

All in all the box is pretty straight forward. I'm actually surprised that they haven't tried to tweak it in anyway like the Premium Series packaging. Anyway it works and maybe I'm just bored of the same old box for the last 7 deluxe figures.

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All in all you get three pieces out of the box. The main figure, the plate stand and the sword Frostmourne.

First let's discuss the beautifully designed stand. As you can see they did a very good job making it look like ice. It really sets the tone on where the Lich King is and how "dark and cold" this character is. I'd probably call it a stage rather than an actual stand. I'm really glad the designers are making the push to design the stands rather than the old black boring plates.

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The version of Frostmourne that comes with this figure is more or less a disappointment for me. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high but I just feel like who ever worked on designing and coloring this supposedly great sword didn't even begin to understand how epic it's supposed to be! The runes on it didn't even have any kind of glow on it and to make things worse some of the paint weren't even on the runes itself.

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Now let's move on to the 360 turn around of the figure without all the accessories.

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Here's the full-on view of the World of Warcraft Lich King Action Figure with all it's accessories on. I can definitely say a lot of thought has gone into the actual pose of the figure. Just by looking at him you already get a feeling that he's somewhere high. Like a cliff or something and the flowing cape really adds to all that "drama".

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The head more or less reminds me of the "Nazg├╗l" from the Lord of the Rings. It looks great and all but I just wish we can take it off. I'd love to see Arthas' undead face under all that dark metal. Anyway the material feels good and solid but not too much that it'll break easily. I like that we can still see hair at the back though.

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The shoulder armor are obviously inspired by the dark forces with the big skull on the right elegant but shadowy designs on the right side. It's really consistent with the in-game design of World of Warcraft. He'll probably win "Best Dressed Undead" wherever he goes.

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I'm glad that both arms have the same design because that would really ruin the "elegance" of the armor's design. Another thing that bothered me about Frostmourne is that the blade didn't fit that well with the handle. It kept on wobbling when I put it in place. If you go back a couple of images you'll notice the sword kind of points downward which is really annoying.

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The torso is well designed and still consistent with what I can see in-game. I like the fact that the colors are well toned and gives out an undead look but not the rotting kind. More like a dark and ominous type of bad guy.

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The legs and feet are probably the best I've seen out of all the figures we've reviewed so far. I'm not sure if it's rib cages designed on his thigh armor but they definitely look great. Plus the wool or whatever it is on the back of his legs look great. Although they're hard they still give out a look that it's supposed to be something made of fibers or hair. I like that the straps make sense. Without 'em there you'd think all that armor just stuck to his skin.

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I know you probably skipped most of what I just said and just looked at the images in this review but all I really wanted to say is the Lich King: Arthas Menethil Action Figure is a great buy and if your planning to get a deluxe figure this is the one to get, aside for the Pandaren Brewmaster that is.


Posted by Jab Escutin
Source: DC UNLTD


33 comments:

Dwaftman said...

My figure has a little bit flaw at the back side shoulder thorn. It's a little bend that I doubt it came from packaging process :(.

Jab said...

@Dwaftman - it's usually because they crammed the figure into the packaging. Did it look that way when you got it out of the box?

Dwaftman said...

Absolutely yes :( try to bend it back but after a while it'll be the same again.

Jab said...

@Dwaftman - that's too bad... don't try to change it anymore as you might end up doing more damage than good.

Dwaftman said...

Jab have you got Taz'Dingo troll hunter? I have same problem as someone on youtube (he is review this figure) that it can't stand after attached the bow even they gave a little stand. Do you have a same problem like mine? It's so annoyed :(

Jab said...

@dwaftman - I haven't opened mine yet. I'll let you know as soon as I can. I'm hoping it's something we can fix by twisting a leg or something like that.

Dwaftman said...

I twist left wrist that attached to bow and use the bow to bear its weight but it'll make some of thorn on the bow to deform.

jab said...

@dwaftman - I'll let you know as soon as I open mine...

tenjou said...

@Dwaftman
Yeah Taz'Dingo has balancing issues. What I did was I just used the flame bear trap thing that came with the figure and placed it under the bow.
By the way you got the arrow right?
It's really easy to miss in the packaging if you dont look carefully like what happened to the guy on youtube.

Jab said...

@tenjou - thanks for the tip about the arrow. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it when I open my fig...

Dwaftman said...

Dont sure what materail it is (Plastic or Metal??) but you guys should be careful with an arrow because it's so long and if you push it too hard I scared it will break.

Whisky said...

If you guys will look closely, underneath the helmet of the lich king you will see Arthas' blue eyes, nose and his lips.

You guys already have Garosh Hellscream? I bought mine last toycon together with Taz Dingo. Garosh has a blizzard sign under his foot. I think it's in the right

Jab said...

@whisky - hey man! nice to see a fellow warcraft figure enthusiast. I noticed the eyes under the helmet but it's really too much trouble to see all the details... I hope you enjoy our review... see yah around...

JohnnyQ said...

@Jab: the arrow is on the right side of the box (assuming you are facing where taz'dingo is facing). Can't really find it in mine so I decided to open it and then voila!

Jab said...

@JohnnyQ - thanks man! I'll keep that in mind when I open mine.

JohnnyQ said...

@Jab - no problem man. btw, nice review again! Although your pics became a little more washed out compared to your other WoW pics. Oh and btw, the bones on his leg armor are actually vertebrae (spine). :)

Jab said...

@JohnnyQ - sorry about the images... I tried a new way to process the photos so they can be more web friendly... I guess I degraded it too much...

kdavidterry said...

RE: Taz'Dingo figure:

Yeah I missed the arrow, damn! Mine also has a serious balancing issue. Still a cool figure though.

check out photos on http://www.wix.com/kdavidterry/wow-figure-collection.

Anonymous said...

hi, i was planning to buy one. however, when i checked the inside, the figure was already damaged. also, the paint seems more faded than what i saw from pictures online. i would just like to ask whether the paint really fades that quick and also whether brand new boxes have tapes on them (what i saw from the store might have been repacked) thanks for the help!

Mike said...

hi, i would just like to ask if there are identical fakes of the figure going around?? also, how do you tell them apart without opening the box?? are there any noticeable features to look for? thanks a lot and more power to you sirs!

Jab said...

Hi Mike... I'm assuming you also posted the first question. Brand ne boxes have tape on it but just 1 on each flap. Sadly fakes have been going around and the only way to avoid it is to buy from trusted sources like Datablitz.

Mike said...

@Jab.. i see.. i guess there's no telling between the fakes and the originals. thanks for the help!

Jab said...

Actually one indication is the quality of print and colors on the box itself fakes usually look faded compared to the authentic ones..

Jay said...

sayang ang hirap na maghanap ng orig neto naubos na ata lahat. lalo na yung panda. alam nyo ba san pa makakahanp non?

Jab said...

Unfortunately the Pandaren Brewmaster fig is only available at Blizzard's online store... Try eBay... Unfortunately none of the local stores here sell it...

Mike said...

@Jab is the coloring of your figure perfectly symmetric? mine has minor(very very minor) differences. example the left and right skull on his chest, left and right knee armor? thanks dude.

Jab said...

@mike - small differences are to be expected with these figures so don't mind them too much... Try to compare it with the images above...

Mike said...

I can't see it too clearly from the images above. thanks anyway.

Anonymous said...

sir jab mgkakano na po ang lich king figure ngayon? nkasale na ba ito sa datablitz? bili din sana ako. tnx po..

Jab Escutin said...

@Anonymous - Hi... Last time I checked they were at 50% off... but I'm not sure if they're still on sale or available at DB...

Anonymous said...

wow, nice to know.. tnx sir jab, sana may stock pa sila para makabili na ako.. d2 kasi ako baguio sa datablitz lang ako nakakabili ng mga action figures. tnx ulit sir jab, nice review sa mga figures..

Jab Escutin said...

@Anonymous - Thanks! Next time leave a name so I can recognize you... See yah around!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous
sir ako po ung nakabili ng arthas menethil sa data blitz baguio ^___^