Produced by McFarlane Toys
Asking Price: $39.99.
My Advice: If you’re a total Conan freak, it’s worth it.
McFarlane’s second series of Conan toys, “Hour of the Dragon,” has this as its flagship/deluxe boxed set. And it is a sweet one. Based on an older Conan who’s the big cheese (and looking pensive and a little bored about it) from the Robert E. Howard stories, it’s dead on in its recreation of the character. It’s evident that our friend Conan would be much happier if he were sinking a sword into the head of something large and disagreeable, for example. It’s a nice portrait of a guy who came, saw, conquered and is now really wondering what the hell the big deal was all about.
The figure itself has two points of articulation, one for the right arm, which is kinda useless since it’s meant to sit on the arm of his throne, and his neck. This is also pretty useless, since his left cheek is meant to sit propped there against his left fist, like you see in the pic. The detail on the figure is just as intricate as we’ve come to expect from McFarlane, with all of the armored bits nice and ornate and the fabric all flows well. The throne is detailed as well, with scenes on the sides and the crazed, spiny back and top, along with the base, curtain and lion head that forms the backdrop.
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The only thing this set has going against it is that its intent is befitting more a statue than a playset. Because after all, you can’t even…well, play with it. Conan sits and that’s about it. Oh, and you can take his helmet off or put it on him. That’s the extent of play. Nothing to take away from the quality, because it is what it is, but like I said, you’d think this would make for a better solid piece than something billed as an action figure. Unless the irony there is more of a message than I’m making it out to be.
If you’re a Conan freak, then you might want to grab this. Or if you just want to have it and use it as a statue that kind of sits there–which it does well, then this is right up your alley. Otherwise, if you’re looking for asskicking Conan, look elsewhere in this series.