Figures & Toys
MCFARLANE TOYS - ROBOCOP
In a new spin on an old franchise, the future of law enforcement will be cyborg, deadly ... and cute.
Figures by: Mezco
Review by: Sean Huxter
In 2004 MEZCO released three figures from RoboCop all in the same package. Officer Lewis, Robocop and a rotocast ED 209 robot.
This set of figures is small and cartoonish, but at the same time fairly detailed, articulated and resembling nothing so much as enlarged LEGO figures.
Each figure has a ball-jointed head, shoulders and hips, with hands shaped like extruded Cs. Murphy and Lewis come with their appropriate weapons and armor. ED 209 is an articulated version of the threatening enforcement droid.
The Robocop figure is shaped basically the same as Lewis', but with rubber panels attached at the shoulders and hips to indicate Robocop's robotic armor plating. Like Lewis' body armor, Robocop's plated chest is a rubber sheath slipped over the hard plastic torso. Robocop is painted in a metallic blue/silver and has fairly well-portrayed detail. Hydraulic shocks are attached to the backs of his legs as a cartoony version of the original leg mechanics. Robocop comes with a rubber version of his extended automatic pistol.
Robocop's helmet looks as if it is removable, but it appears not to be. You can glance up under the face plate and see Murphy's eyes under there, but it appears his brows meld into the helmet. However, after some persistence (and don't try this at home if you wish to do no damage), I was able to remove the helmet, which is glued to the head with a post that goes into the top of Robocop's skull.
This is the strange thing. Because underneath the helmet—completely invisible if the helmet cannot be removed—is detail that should not be missed. The entirety of Robocop's mechanical head is detailed and properly painted, and, most importantly, the bullet wound on the right of his forehead is there. Why hide this detail under a helmet that appears to be intended to stay put?
In this set, Lewis comes as a caricaturistic figure dressed entirely in black. Matte black for her armor and uniform, and gloss black for her boots, gloves and helmet. The helmet is fairly detailed, and has a clear visor that can be raised and lowered. Her face is painted with an odd, anticipatory expression, looking somewhat hopefully (or fearfully) upward. She has rubber body armor over her chest and a very detailed OCP logo on her shoulders. She holds a rubber pistol.
Aside from the fact that all police armor in the film is blue, this is a fairly accurate (if somewhat cartoony) depiction of Officer Anne Lewis (played in the film by Nancy Allen).
The highlight of this set is ED 209. Made of a softer, hollow plastic, this depiction of the killer robot is, like his companion pieces, cartoony in some places and well detailed in others. Made from 10 separate pieces, ED 209 features joints that allow each side-weapon-arm to tilt up or down and each barrel-hand to rotate on its axis. Each leg has two joints, and the torso rotates on its hip-base, making this a surprisingly posable figure.
But while there is good detail on parts of this piece, its feet (shown clearly in the film during a scene in which it is shown that ED 209 cannot negotiate stairs) are formed with separately articulated toes—three per foot. On this version, there is no indication on the solid foot that the toes should even move at all, and they are the wrong shape—the one major inaccuracy. Otherwise, the ED 209 Mez-Itz is practically worth the price of the entire set.