Sunday 25 August 2013

McFarlane's Assassin's Creed Figures - Kenway Family Trio

Finally got the pics ready. Here are the first 3 figures from McFarlane's Assassin's Creed series, the Kenway Family.

Thanks to my friend who helped me bring this in. Prices were much better than what I have seen in local stores!

Also got a NECA Ezio in his Ivory outfit. Needed an extra to display on the Flying Machine. The packaging is relatively small compared to the NECA Assassin's Creed figures.
Here's Haytham Kenway, the Assassin-turned-Templar, father of Connor and Edward's son.
The back-view
Closer look at the emblem.
His weapon accessories are a sword and a pistol. The sword can be put in the sheath as shown below.
Or, you can get Haytham to hold it.
Next up is Connor, the Assassin in AC3, son of Haytham Kenway.
He comes with an abundance of weapon accessories.. 
but I'll go with the tomahawk and hidden blade pose for Connor. There will be a few more Connor variants coming up so maybe I can do a different pose next time.
The back
Lastly, it's the newest Assassin in the franchise.. Edward Kenway, grandfather of Connor.
Edward comes with a pair of swords and hidden blades.
I think the two different hidden blades are to depict the hidden blades withdrawn and released, without having to use a mechanic to pull out the blades. Fine with me I guess...

With the swords..
Dunno why his nose looks weird in the pics, but I can assure you it looks ok in real.

The back
So there's the 3 figures
And in comparison to the NECA's Assassin's Creed figure...
The McFarlane ones are at least a head shorter than their NECA counterparts. Both are listed as 6" figures but on measuring their heights, McFarlane is only about 5.5" whereas the NECA ones are 7". I wish that McFarlane would have followed NECA's scale so that collectors can at least pretend they are all of the same line. But with McFarlane planning to do figures from the past games, in the future, it probably is a good strategy for them.

Nevertheless, I think the figures are rather well done. To be fair, you can't compare them to the quality of higher-priced statues and you shouldn't.. but that's not to say these are of poor quality. Several accessories also give you options for poses. Their ankle joints click into place so the figures are very stable, when you leave them standing on the shelf. There is good articulation as well.

I'm sure there are many collectors, like me, who were disappointed with NECA losing the AC license to McFarlane and what it meant for their collection. 

Comparing the 2 companies' figures, I can't say that either one has the "better" figures. I tried displaying them on the same shelf and of course, putting them side-by-side, NECA's larger figures look the more impressive ones. But when I put McFarlane's figures on another shelf, they do look pretty good on their own.

I'm definitely pleased with them and will get more of the figures from McFarlane's Assassin's Creed line.

This is the back of the packaging, with the figures that are soon to be out.

Connor's New York Outfit Variant and Ratonhnhak√© ton will be definite buys. I'm still deciding on the pirates but the extra unlockable content will be tempting. 

Anyway, speaking of unlockable content... These are what you get with the Kenway figures.
No you do not get an Iphone.. It was here to hold the vouchers in place.

However, at the back..
"Playstation codes are only valid for North, Central and South America". Hmm.. not sure if this is because my figures originated from U.S or a general thing. That would suck for the rest of us, thought it could be easily solved by getting a US version of the game.

Anyway, can't wait to see what's next in this line. Hopefully, we will see the highly-requested Altair in his older years!