I go on and on about Liliana. Maybe I have a problem…I made a deck and did spectacularly moderate at the Friday night magic on January 2…based on Liliana Vess. I really wanted to show off the card from the Dual Decks Anthology…And I was given the opportunity several times.
I spent virtually all monetary Christmas gifts I received on Magic cards. And I decided to get a figure for my final few dollars. Lilliana was there, and now she’s here. Here for you to see, oh Hub City geeks.
So how does the figure of Liliana stack up to other figures? Read on for more details!
In the picture above, you see Liliana Vess in her packaging. It is a nice package. I already talked about Funko PoP! Nicol Bolas, and how his packaging was really great. Unfortunately, this licensed product went with the Magic the Gathering 2015 Core Set styling, which isn’t bad, but isn’t as good as Funko could do. However, they may have been restricted in what they could do for licensing purposes. (who knows?)
Here is the back and sides of the box.
Liliana is the fifth figure in this line. I have seen the other figures. They look good too. Especially Ajani Goldmane. Oddly, the Garruk is labeled “Garruk Wildspeaker,” but it depicts “Garruk Apex Predator.”
But this isn’t a review of their figures, is it?
One side is a continuation of the window…Not showing you that. The other has this cool image.
But what is interesting is the bottom of the package. There are all kinds of warnings here. The one that sticks out the most to me is “This is not a toy!” (In three languages)
Mint-on-card collectors will enjoy Liliana in her packaging. Fans of 2015 Core Set might decide to keep it around. I personally think all core sets have fallen sort of flat since Core Set 2013. Oh Well! (M15 IS BETTER than M!4)
Liliana was tied into the box with bread tie things. They weren’t that hard to remove. I was surprised to see that the cardboard backing behind her was removable and meant to be a background display for the figure, if you so pleased. (I guess that was on purpose…)
I unwired her, and photographed her right away, so you can see what you have. She is propped in this photo, for your information. But this is literally her right out of the box, no bent joints or anything.
As always, I spent some time playing with Liliana before reviewing her…to kind of see how “playable” she is. She is really stiff. And I had a REALLY HARD time making her stand. She seems to have rocker ankle joints, but her “pantsline” (not really pants) impedes her foot movement at the ankle. She has double jointed knees, but really you only need one knee to move. Her legs have to be “just right” in order for them to allow her to stand because of her feet issues. After awhile, I figured it out…you need to be sure the side of Liliana with the skirt hanging down gets most of the weight.
Lillian’s arms at first had me fooled. I didn’t think there were elbow joints. But then, after playing for awhile, I saw that they were there, but were expertly hidden! Lilliana’s elbows bend just fine! Here arm movement is hampered a little by her clothes, though. She has these draping cloths hanging from her sleeves. She has what I believe to be the Chain Veil over her left shoulder, and this hampers that arm. Neither hand can move except at the wrist. This is fine, as Liliana is casting spells and not wielding weapons.
I really appreciate how good the shoulder straps hang correctly loose at the top…just like in the art on the card. Lilliana doesn’t have a waist twist. But instead her torso rotates at the bust, keeping her belly static so she matches the art on her card all of the time.
Like most figures with sculpted hair, Liliana’s head articulation is totally hampered. You CAN rotate her head, but whether or not you should is the question. It doesn’t look right, and you risk breaking something. Fortunately, the hair is soft enough where nothing breaks. Unfortunately, Liliana is forever staring sort of down.
SCULPT AND AESTHETICS
Liliana is sculpted really well. At first I thought maybe the bodice was too modest, considering the art. But after really spending time with the figure, it seems right. Her clothes are what are most impressive. The draping pieces of cloth look extra “witchy.” Her headdress is also dead-on-the-money. As much as I dislike the way the ankles work, the shoes/boots whatever they are look fantastic.
Her skin is a pleasant tone, marvelously tattooed with purple designs. Lilliana is depicted showing these tats when she is working magic. Other times, she just has regular skin, so it seems. These tattoos figure into her storyline, which I am informed of just a little bit. I need to spend some time reading MTG fiction to really get it. I understand there are some good stories out there.
As good as the tattoos look, there is a little bit of paint slop on one of her hands…(sadness) And it seems like the chain veil could have been handled differently. Maybe as a separate item. Maybe even some kind of shiny mesh. Instead, it is sculpted in plastic and painted gold. (I thought the veil was silver?)
Thoughts on and Rating of Liliana Vess
I don’t know what to say here. I am genuinely torn. Funko Legacy Collection Lilliana Vess has lots of upsides, and just as many downsides. If the figure is meant to be an action figure, she is sort of like Marvel Select Thor, but not quite as bad. But as a statue, she is really good, but not as good as a full on statue. A figure like this isn’t sure what it is aiming at. It is an adult collector action figure. And as that goes, it isn’t as good as a Masters of the Universe Classics figure. And is miles away from Marvel Select Deadpool, (which is the gold standard) But it doesn’t fall apart and have the problems that D-Arts Cloud Strife and Vincent Valentine have had. But then the figure has ZERO accessories. Which has to be a mark against it, considering that Chandra has a fireball, and Ajani has his battle axe.
I don’t think I should rate Liliana Vess at 2/5. She isn’t that bad. But she doesn’t get to be a 4/5 either. The SpartanNerd ranks Funko Legacy Collection Magic the Gathering Liliana Vess at a humble 3/5. (kind of like that deck I played last night.)
I am going to leave you with some various pictures and a few more thoughts. It has been a good Christmas Break, reviewing all kids of things, from toys to Dual Deck matchup. Keep reading, Hub City Geeks!
Liliana is one of the few female figures I have. She makes vintage Evil Lynn feel really outdated. And Battleground Tella and Liliana Vess must shop at different clothing stores. Lilliana is of a smaller build, and Teela is “big boned.”
Here is a match made in…heaven….
Funko made both of these. PoP! Nicol Bolas is great. They don’t feel like they belong together, though.
Oddly, Liliana stood very well on Thor’s rock.
This is TOTALLY the kind of thing we see Liliana doing in the cards…
Here I am, showing off my cards again! Above you can see the card, “Liliana Vess” in it’s M15 printing and it’s Dual Deck Anthology foil printing. The bottom picture shows off the other Liliana card I have…Unfortunately, I don’t have Liliana of the Veil. (That’s a $70 card!)
The SpartanNerd ranks Funko Legacy Collection Magic the Gathering Liliana Vess at a humble 3/5. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!