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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug- Radagast Action Figure Review


With the release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” a mere two weeks away, new shirts, tie-in books, collectibles, statues, and toys have begin to pop up in stores and on various websites. One of the most recent toy line releases comes from a relative newcomer to the toy scene- The Bridge Direct. In the company’s new three figure line of 6” figures, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” aficionados now have the option of purchasing new action figures of Legolas Greenleaf, the villainous Azog, and the eccentric Wizard Radagast the Brown (which is the figure I will be reviewing here).

While some fans grumbled about Peter Jackson’s depiction of Radagast the Brown in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” I thought the character was one of the highlights of the first film (along with Gollum of course). As a longtime fan of actor Sylvester McCoy (best known as the Seventh Doctor from “Doctor Who”), it was great to see the underrated actor get the role of a lifetime. Now, at long last, fans of the nature loving Wizard can finally own an action figure version of the kooky character.

The first thing that struck me about the 6” figure is that it is vastly superior to the 3.75” line of figures. While I have no problem with smaller figures (that’s what many of us 80’s kids grew up with after all), I find the larger figures to be much more polished and intricate. There’s simply more room for the sculptors and toy designers to work with. This is especially evident with the Radagast figure which boasts an impressive level of detail on the thick garb, facial features (including the nose, eyebrows, and scraggly beard), and shoes. The only real noticeable flaw is that the bird poop encrusted on the side of his face is more of a blueish color than a white color. It also doesn’t look very crusty and instead looks more like he dyed part of his hair blue. It’s a minor quibble to be sure, but it did stand out to me.

As with any proper action figure, Radagast comes with two accessories. The first is his trademark feather cap and the second is his trusty blue crystal staff. Both of the accessories are perfectly suitable for the figure, but it would have been fun to see some animal friends or perhaps even his rabbit sleigh as well. Maybe The Bridge Direct will come out with a vehicle for him down the line?

Overall Thoughts: Radagast might not be one of the most popular characters or action figures out there, but if you are a fan (or a Hobbit/LOTR toy collector), it is absolutely a must own figure. It should be noted that this toy also makes a great companion piece to any Seventh Doctor figure in case there any “Doctor Who” collectors who are looking for another Sylvester McCoy toy on the market.

November 28, 2013 - Posted by | Toy Reviews | , , , , , , , , , ,

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