Soap Studio Arrow (Season 1) Special Edition 1:12 action figure REVIEW!
Green Arrow (Oliver "Ollie" Queen) is a fictional superhero who appears in graphic novels published by DC Comics. He was created by Mortimer Weisinger and designed by George Papp and first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941.
Oliver is a billionaire businessman and owner of Queen Industries, and a well-known celebrity in his locale of Star City, similar to Batman and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne.
Dressed like a modern-day Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who uses his abilities to fight crime in his home cities of Star City and Seattle, as well as alongside his fellow superheroes as a member of the Justice League.
Green Arrow has been known to deploy a vast array of trick arrow with special functions such as glue, explosive-tipped, grappling hook, flash grenade, tear gas and even kryptonite arrows .
Green Arrow currently has his own show on the CW network titled "Arrow" starring Stephen Amell.
Soap Studio's 1:12 Arrow figure, together with The Flash (check out my review here) depict the CW characters in their Season 1 outfit and accessories.
Arrow comes packaged in a window box panel, where the figure is shown alongside some graphic art.
I really appreciate the effort Soap Studios took into equipping Arrow with nifty accessories, such as the mini-arrows, removable arrow holster as well as a wired hoodie. The special edition of the figure comes with:
- 1 Quiver
- 3 Arrows
- 1 Pair of fists
- 1 Pair of relaxed hands
- 1 Pair of bow holding hands
- 1 unmasked Oliver Queen head sculpt
- 1 Father's journal
- 1 holster for storing arrows
- 1 stand for figure
But having said I found the arrow holster and the removable strap to be quite flimsy (right), so I changed it up a little and replaced it with the one from DC TV Collectibles' Arrow figure (left), and voila, perfection:
1. Arrow is definitely a much more superior figure compared to the Flash in terms of look, feel, articulation and all-around general "bad-assery".
2. The quiver fits in both hands comfortably, and he has no problem holding the arrows.
3. The figure looks better scaled compared to the Flash in terms of size, and will fit nicely alongside the Mezcos and the Mafexes.
4. There have been some complaints about how he doesn't look anything like Stephen Amell, but I beg to differ. At a 1/12 scale, I'd say he looks pretty darn close at some angles..or at least he can pass off as Amell's distant relative haha!
1. Like the Flash, the pegs for the hands and feet are a cause for concern. They feel somewhat flimsy, and I fear that I may break them if I exert too much force.
2. I am not sure whether the cloth material for the figure can withstand the test of time, and I think that with extreme poses you run the risk of tearing the fabric.
Here are mugshots of the two headsculpts that came with the figure:
And here's how he stacks up alongside the Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Green Arrow figure:
The figure is as articulate as you'd expect Stephen Amell to be...if he were a 1:12 scale action figure collectible. Executes poses very nicely.
1. The cloth fabric hinders some articulation for the hands.
2. Use of pegs instead of ball joints limit movements around the neck, hands and feet.
Arrow isn't perfect, but he's close. And really fun to play with.
I'd say the figure is a definite keeper if you're a Green Arrow /CW Arrow fan. But I would suggest buying it directly from Soap Studio instead of BBTS, the latter's pricing is really quite steep for this figure.
OVERALL SCORE: 8.5/10
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