It’s and EARLY Toy Review Tuesday because I just got this new Marvel Select Cable figure before the official release date of March 18th, 2015. I’ve never had a Pre-Release figure before and when my local comic book store owner e-mailed me to let me know he had just 1 that just came in, I jumped in my car right away and got it. So, this is the reason I could not wait for Tuesday to post my review of this new figure. I only wish there were more of you out there who were as obsessed as I am about these figures so I knew I wasn’t just talking to myself. But who am I kidding, I’m doing this for me anyway.
- Character: Cable
- Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
- Series: Marvel Select
- Dimensions: 7“
- Weight: 1.2 lbs (w/packaging)
- Recommended: Ages 14+
- MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
- Part Number/SKU: OCT142189
Articulation – ★★★★☆
Excitement aside, let’s take a good look at how well they did with the articulation on this Cable figure. Cable’s 22 POA’s goes a long way for the flexibility you get with this figure. He can be posed in a large array of stances, which I am so happy for. I was worried all my excitement would be met with a huge letdown. Luckily, my excitement was not let down one bit. There are some limitations, but nothing worth getting bent out of shape over.
Total POA’s = 22
- Arms – There are 3 joints per arm. The arms are one of the areas I would have liked to either see a double jointed elbow, or an upper arm joint. Adding one more joint in Cable’s arms would have got him up to 5 stars in articulation. That said, his arms still provide a sufficient amount of flexibility, so no harm done.
- Shoulders: Ball Joint but because of the massive gear, Cable cannot rotate his shoulder 360 degrees. There is also a decent amount of outward motion capable.
- Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 75 degrees of motion. Joint grooves allows for the joints to remain in place.
- Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand.
- Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. These 7 joints enables Cable to be posed in a huge number of ways beyond the normal standing pose.
- Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The combination of these two joints in each hip is huge. the allow for great lifelike poses, as well as balance that this figure needs to badly due to his large upper body. I did notice his right hip joint for the outward positioning is somewhat loose. They did make these joints grooved, but there seems to be a small number of grooves and due to the looseness, they don’t hold very tight.
- Thighs: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
- Knees: Double Pin/Hinge Joints with about 120 degree bend ability. Both joints have locking grooves. My figures knee joints are extremely tight which is great.
- Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints as well as a ball joint that allow for about 65 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back.
- Body: There is a single Peg Joint in the waist allowing for 360 degree rotation of the torso.
- Head: Ball Joint allows for a very limited rotation due to the collar. He also does not have very much tilt capability in his head which was a little disappointing.
Mold – ★★★★☆
The mold on this figure is awesome! There are definately some points in which the mold limits the articulation of the figure which is why I had to drop one of the stars. Overall, though, I love the mold work they did on Cable. The amount of detail in his clothing and extremities is amazing. My favorite part has to be the weapon vest detail work. There are just so many fun little nuggets to find.
As a side note, as I was working to figure out a pose for Cable for my display, I accidentally slipped and thought I had broken off the left knee plate. Turns out, it’s actually not really glued on, but has a small tab that inserts into the top of the boot belt. So this was a nice find because getting Cable to kneel was difficult because of this knee plate. I can now remove that plate and he can actually kneel on his knee which is great. Not sure if this was the intended purpose, but sometimes an accidental slip in which you think you just broke your brand new figure turns out to be a great discovery.
Paint – ★★★★★
The paint on Cable is superb in pretty much every way, except perhaps his accessories, but I’m not counting that against the paint work on the figure itself. The color pallet they used was exactly as I like Cable in the comics. The shading and work to create a dirty effect is so realistic, for an action figure that is. I especially appreciate the detail work on Cable’s face. Along with the impeccable sculpt work they did on his face, the paint was just as good with a great skin tone color. The best is probably his right eye which almost glistens in the light.
Accessories – ★★★★★
Cable comes with an assortment of accessories. I gave Cable 5 stars for his accessories even though I had noted the paint work on the guns was a little uninspiring because I didn’t feel it really brought this category down enough to warrant the loss of a star. I wouldn’t say the accessories are on par with Venom whom I reviewed a while ago, but pretty darn close. Here’s the list of accessories he’s got.
- Giant silver rifle
- Medium size gun
- 2x Oversized handguns (holsters on each leg)
- Small handgun w/holster insert allows gun to be holstered in either leg holster
- Knife which is stored in sheath on back of weapons vest
- Detailed Display Stand
As you can see, there are a lot of accessories. All of which provide a huge number of options for changing the look of Cable. You can give him a different look every day of the week and still have a few more options after that. I really like the display stand that came with Cable. There is a little bit of rubble and the helmet of some foe whose name is alluding me right now.
Packaging – ★★★☆☆
Cable comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard.
Overall Rating – ★★★★★
Overall, I gave Cable 5 stars. All my excitement was warranted in my opinion as this figure delivers on articulation, mold, paint, and accessories. You cannot go wrong with this figure, especially if you already have the Marvel Select Deadpool figure. They compliment each other very well and I cannot wait to figure out how I’m going to display these two together on my over crowded shelf at work. You definitely need to get this figure when they release it on March 18th, or talk to Craig at my local comic book shop and maybe he can hook you up early. I’m kidding, he wasn’t even sure how he managed to get this one early.
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