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DID: 1/6th scale 1930 Chicago Gangster 'John' (John Dillinger/Johnny Depp) REVIEW

INTRODUCTION:

"Public Enemies" is a 2009 American biographical crime/mob drama film directed by Michael Mann, and is adapted from Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34.

The film takes place during the era of the Great Depression, and it highlights the final years of the infamous bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he lives his life on the run. He is doggedly pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale).

While I thought Depp's acting could have been a tad better, he nailed John Dillinger's look right down to the latter's slick combed hair, crooked smile and clothing.

DID Corp is a toy company which specialises in 1/6th scale adaptations of famous movie figures, and they've done quite a number in the past- Daniel Craig as James Bond, Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine in "Inglorious Basterds", and quite recently Gerard Butler as lead US Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in "Olympus Has Fallen".

The John Dillinger figure isn't new; I bought it three years back. But I thought he deserved a proper review, as there many good things about the figure (and some not-so good ones as well!).

PACKAGING- 7/10

Chicago Gangster comes with a basic hard cover packaging, with compartments inside which can be used to store your accessories. But what is cool is that the cover also doubles as a diorama for the figure!

FIGURE-8/10

I am a little torn about the figure, to be honest. On one hand, I wished that the head sculpt would look more like Johnny Depp, but on the other hand that problem is rectified by putting his shades on. The figure also comes with a TON of accessories. Very, very generous and I ain't complaining about that.

ARTICULATION- 6/10

One issue I have with this figure is this fear that I might break it whenever I try to twist and maneuver him into certain poses. His hands can go 90 degrees to the front and about 45 degrees to the side, and his knees can bend but it is difficult to get into a crouching/squatting position.

The figure also squeaks with every major move to change his position; so that makes me afraid (and somewhat cautious) about twiddling with him too much. But other than that, its a pretty sweet figure.

ACCESSORIES- 9/10

Chicago Gangster comes stocked with an arsenal of accessories! Check it out:

1. Hat


2. Violin case
- Wooden and metal submachine gun (assembly required)
 and two 1911 pistols

3.Three pairs of hands 4. One white shirt 5. One black vest 6. One double-breasted suit 7. One black overcoat 8. One pair of pants 9. One wine-colored tie 10. One black belt 11. One pair of black gloves 12. One pair of black socks 13. One double holster 14. One masked scarf 15. Banknotes 16. One money bag 17. One pair of sunglasses 18. Two cigarettes 19. One golden pocket watch 20. One pair of leather shoes

POSEABILITY-7.5/10

Despite the limitations in the articulation, the array of accessories and beautiful detail to the costume makes this figure very poseable indeed.

VALUE-7/10

If you're a collector who can appreciate a figure which comes with so many beautifully designed accessories, or if you're into gangster figures, then this is the definitive choice. Problem is that the figure is quite hard to get now as it was released some years back.

You can search for a deal on Ebay, although he's being sold right now for more than USD 225.94 (RM1,000). I got him a few years back for less than half this price.

OVERALL SCORE- 7.4/10

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