Thursday, August 30, 2018
This is the standard box art and design by Dragon Models Limited (DML).
The figure resembles Aaron Kwok as Darren Tong in the 2000 Hong Kong film China Strike Force.
Although the head sculpt resembles only a little bit of Aaron Kwok, I still consider it's a good sculpt. Anyway, the figure was released in 2000. We can't compare it with the big brands in current market.
The magazine pouch is made of plastic which has some detail but combat boots are my favorite. I guess the materials used to make the boots are fabric, leather and plastic. In fact, the boots look realistic.
Darren's hair style looks cool but it lacks of color tones, detail and texture.
Besides magazine pouch, the figure comes with a tactical belt which holds a handheld light, a walkie talkie and a drop leg holster with handgun in place.
As the wrist joints have limited range of movement, there is not much holding gun poses you can make for the figure.
You also can't get a lot of great poses from the figure as it doesn't have an articulated waist joint.
Surprisingly, DML plastic stand is able to support the figure with basic kick :)
No matter what, I am happy that I still can get this figure after 18 years. I have displayed it with the rest of my DML figures on shelf.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
The head sculpt possesses good likeness of Norman Reedus. Unfortunately, skin color of the head and neck is different.
Although the boots are made of plastic, they are well sculpted with great paint application.
I believe ThreeZero has put a lot of effort in sculpting the hair of the character and flow of the hair looks natural.
A pair of angel wings was nicely stitched on back of Daryl's leather vest. The red handkerchief is definitely a great add on to the outfit.
If sculpting and paint work are equally good, both factors would enhance the texture and detail of the hair sculpture.
Daryl's leather vest is very fit and it looks realistic with right amount of weathering.
The combat knife fits perfectly in the sheath and oval buckle belt is adjustable.
When posing Daryl with his crossbow, I did not pull the string back to the locking lever because I may break it.
You can remove the arrows from the crossbow quiver as and when you want.
Besides crossbow and combat knife, Daryl also carries a handgun.
Daryl's muscular arms look nice but if you bend his elbows close to 90 degree, his arms look weird. I guess this is due to the material used to make seamless arms.
As usual, the figure has no issue to hold great poses as it has pretty good articulations and tight joints. You may see the box package here.