I have been a very avid collector of action figures and toys for many, many years, and have amassed a quite large collection along the way. I was thrilled when Games Workshop announced that they were going to produce an action figure based on the Warhammer 40,000 IP with Bandai Toys one of the biggest names in the action figure hobby.
However, the cost of the Bandai collaboration was way too rich for my blood and out of my price range so sadly I missed out. Then during New York Toy Fair this year (way back when we counted time in months rather than lockdowns) it was announced that Games Workshop would release another range of figures, but this time partnering with McFarlane Toys, a company that has no shortage of experience when it comes to licensed properties.
The figure shown off at the toy fair was a prototype ‘3 UP’ of a Space Marine Primaris Intercessor and looked the business and with the recent launch of Warhammer 40,000 Indomitus it was announced that the McFarlane figures would be out soon and would contain not only a Space Marine but something for him to fight against in the form of a Necron Warrior.
Indomitus has been out for a couple of months now and the McFarlane Toys 40K action figures have now started to hit stores. They come in three flavours, the Space Marine, the Necron and a totally unpainted version of the Space Marine. This is a quick review of the Space Marine.
Standing 7″ tall from the foot to the top of his Primaris helmet, this action figure has 22 points of articulation (the way that joints move to allow for posing) from several in the legs and arms, to a pivot in the torso and ball-jointed hands and head. This gives a pretty good degree of poseablity and options on how to display your marine should you choose to open the packaging, that sacred no of all action figure collectors!
The figure is pre-painted to represent a member of the 4th Company of Ultramarines and naturally with this being the Assualt company he is Armed with a Bolt Pistol and Chainsword and comes with the iconography of his company on his shoulder pauldron.
The articulation is good, with lots of room to move the arms around, despite that unnatural armour (in reality, the marines would have a real disadvantage with the huge shoulder pauldrons), but sadly the lack of articulation at the waist limits some more action-orientated posing. The figure does have a pivot at the torso which adds a slight degree of movement but I would really have preferred it to be posable from the waist, though that’s only a slight niggle.
However, the big niggle and more or less faux par on the behalf of McFarlane is the accessories that come with the figure. The chainsword on my figure was pretty warped, but that is an easy fix with hot water and cold water to reposition the plastic and set again. The bolt pistol has very little detail on it and is pretty bland when compared to the rest of the figure and a little more effort such as adding an Aquila or purity seal would have made it stand out more.
The main downfall of the accessories though is that they really don’t fit into the figure’s hands without a lot of coaxing and messing around. Not every kid who will get this toy (and let’s remember it is a toy first and foremost) will know the heat fix for action figures and may become disheartened when they go to play with it as they can’t fit the weapons into the hands! The pistol took a lot of coaxing to get into place, but the chainsword was a total no go from the off and without removing the hand and using heat I don’t think it would ever fit incorrectly.
This is just a minor niggle, but worth mentioning. McFarlane Toys have been making action figures from the best part of three decades now and most come with some form of accessory and out of the sixty or so that I own I have never come across one that has had this problem to such an extent!
The livery of the figure as noted above is that of the Ultramarines Chapter and on the whole, the paint job from the factory looks great if a little flat. The white on the knee cap seems to bleed into the blue and looks totally off and the gold trim around the shoulder pauldrons and on the Aquila looks pretty bland and not in keeping with the rest of the figure.
Of course you can repaint your figure and this is really crying out for some extra detailing such as weathering the armour, something that will really make it stand out head and shoulders if done so. As mentioned in my video unboxing, a simple coat of Nuln Oil or Agrax Earthshade would work wonders, especially if followed up by some edge highlights.
To cater for those who wish to paint the model in their own choosing there is always the artist proof of concept version of the figure that comes as a grey, unpainted figure that allows you to go to town on painting the figure whichever way you wish. This version is also equipped with a Bolter rather than a Bolt Pistol and its just been announced that the Necron Warrior will also get a proof of concept release too.
Games Workshop has long been heading down this route and though many may scoff at the thought that they will produce toys, its only a natural extension of the hobby. In the past two years, Games Workshop has been aiming their products more and more at younger audiences with a range of audiobooks and adventure books aimed at young readers and add to this the toys and the future is pretty clear cut.
I have gone down this road for several years and always been slandered whenever I have brought up the topic of toys, yet as far back as 1998, Jes Godwin stated that he would love to see toys based on his creations (which for a long time was most of Games Workshops ranges of miniatures) and he really did hope that someone at some point would pick up the rights.
Now Games Workshop is moving into new territories with animated works based on its IPs and this means more exposure to people who may not have ever heard of Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar or Blood Bowl!
As of writing this, it has recently been announced that two more figures from McFarlane Toys will be joining the range, the Blood Angel Primaris Hellblaster and Sister of Battle, both of which will also have proof of concept versions and there is rumours of Eldar Banshee, Inquisitor and even an Ork Warlord if the line proves to be popular, only time will tell.
The Primaris Space Marine Assault Intercessor is available now from Games Workshop and all good toy stockists.
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