McFarlane Toys - 12" Robocop (Battle Damaged Version) - Review

…There’s a new guy in town, his name is Robocop.

DSCF8614Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you I have a thing for robots, cyborgs, androids and anything even closely related.  I’ve always been a massive fan of the Terminator franchise and in my youth a big fan of Robocop too.  I share the opinion with many that the first film in 1987 was by far the best.  The sequel was somewhat believable although starting to become a little silly and too comical, and the 3rd film was a total disaster.  Over the years they’ve tried to resurrect the franchise with an off-spin TV series, but it lacked the dark tones and violence of the films and was aimed at prime time television – one for the kids!  With news that they may be giving the film franchise a ‘reboot’, it stirred new interest in obtaining a Robocop figure, and so I went on my mission to find one.

Hot Toys released several variants in the early to mid 2000’s, but finding one now, although not too difficult if you look at eBay, commanded a hefty price tag.  You’d be looking at slimming your wallet down by nearly £300 for a Robocop 3 figure with ‘Jet Pack’, the most common type found available on the Internet at the moment.  It looked like my dream of owning a Robo figure was rapidly diminishing, and then I learned of the McFarlane toys figures.

McFarlane toys, in 1997 began to release a series named ‘Movie Maniacs’, in 6” format (although you’ll regularly see on eBay advertised as 7”) and by Series 7 in 2004, a Robocop figure hit the scene.  A second figure, larger in scale at 12” was released in 2005 I believe – the Robocop ‘battle damaged’ format, and that is the figure we’re looking at today.

What inspired me to search for this figure was the price tag.  I’d seen a few weeks prior a brand new, never removed from the box, figure on eBay go for only £34.  That is just under 10 times less than the Hot Toys figure!  Ok, so it wasn’t going to be Hot Toys quality, and I’d already worked out from looking at other YouTube reviews that certain elements were lacking, but for me it would be perfect.  I’m the kind of collector who likes to display my figures, which means they’re posed, and usually left alone, perhaps reposed every now and again to give a different look.  So in that respect, I was willing to sacrifice some of the functionality of the Hot Toys version.  The problem came in finding one.  I searched everywhere, for several days.  Eventually I managed to find one at an online shop in the Netherlands for only 49 Euros!   Ka-Ching!  Bargain!  I ordered it late on Wednesday evening, around 11pm; by Monday lunch time it had arrived.

It is immediate straight away that this figure is fairly solid, as the box has some real weight to it, I noted in the packing slip it had, including packaging fell into the 2kg category so that should give you an idea.  Once out of the brown cardboard box the figure packaging is fairly large too at about 36x25x20 cm, with a large plastic window in the front detailing the figure with the base stand behind.

It should be worth noting at this point, that this item has been deemed by McFarlane more of a toy than a collectable, and as such is packaged that way, with those horrible ‘bendy wire’ wraps that keep the figure in place.  It even says on the front ‘Ages 5 and up’, but don’t let that put you off, the detailing is amazing, it may have been marketed as a toy but it certainly falls into the domain of collectable as far as I’m concerned.

The figure is articulated at many points, although the articulation is quite limited in places allowing for only limited posing.  Below is a detailed list of the articulation available:

  • Head:  Rotation 360 degrees, up and down movement (no side-to-side)
  • Shoulders: 360 degree rotation, limited outward movement of a few cm.
  • Elbows: Limited movement from arms straight to bent at about 30 degrees
  • Wrist: 360 degree rotation
  • Hands: Fixed position, right hand ‘trigger’, left hand ‘fist’
  • Waist: 360 degree rotation
  • Hips: 360 degree rotation, some limited outward movement of a few cm
  • Knees: Straight leg or bent backwards about 30 degrees
  • Ankles: Upwards and downwards movement of a about 20 degrees

(all measurements are approx)

All of the joints have a ratchet mechanism which locks them into place keeping them stiff, which with a figure of this weight is needed to stop it from buckling and falling over. 

DSCF8636The figure has been designed to represent Robocop in the first film and the damage he sustains shortly after his encounter with ED-209 at OCP headquarters when he attempts to arrest Dick Jones.  I’ve watched this particular sequence a few times to compare and I must say the damage ‘inflicted’ upon the figure is very accurate and convincing.  The overall dimensions of the figure also appear to be well in proportion and every detail accurately reproduced, such as all the little ports, joints and ‘rivets’ etc…

The overall finish of the figure, whilst again probably not up to the standard of Hot Toys (I haven’t a figure to compare against though), is plenty convincing enough and pleasing to the eye.  There are small visible moulding lines and texture applied to the ‘metal work’ as part of the moulding process; however the paint application I think for a figure of this low value is perfectly acceptable.

The only glaring mistake and comparison against the Hot Toys model is the exposed ‘hinge’ on the top of the shoulders which hold the breast and back plates together should not be a solid piece, it should be a half ‘loop’, if that makes sense?

Before this figure had arrived, I had resolved myself to the fact I would probably need to re-touch some of the painting, perhaps even re-tone the face area.  In fact, there were no modifications required at all, and out of the box it all looks very good.  The facial area has very expressive features and a fantastic natural looking skin tone.  You can even clearly make out the eye through the bullet damage on the front of his visor – fantastic detail!

Another fantastic selling point about this figure is the base that he comes with to stand on.  Made from a softer vinyl like plastic, it comprises a cardboard box, what looks like a bin, although I suspect is round ‘shipping container’ containing ‘drugs’, some spent shell casings on the ground and two micro-uzis.  Robocop is secured to the base by two pegs which protrude from the surface and connect into recessed holes in his feet.  Again, the detailing is fantastic, although my base was slightly ‘warped’ and didn’t lay completely flush with the ground – easily resolved by heating with a hairdryer and easing back into shape.

I would say that if you’re looking for a Robocop figure, and you’re on a budget – then this is a definite must.  You do have to overlook the fairly limited articulation, but the sheer price difference off-sets that for me, although as always it is down to personal preference.

This particular figure was picked up from Vision Toys, for 49 Euros.  I would like to thank them for the excellent service and speedy delivery when ordering this figure.

There are also some good YouTube reviews available, here is one of my favourites below: 




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