Way back in January of 2015, I reviewed Funko’s Liliana Vess. You can read that review here. So do Jace and Chandra stack up to my favorite planeswalker?
I received these two as gifts from the SpartanChildren. I happen to know that they were marked down to $5.00 a piece at Ross (discount store), which tends to happen when a figure warms the shelf at a mainline retailer for over two years. (Notice I paid $25 for Liliana.)
(I am doing both reviews at the same time for the sake of WordPress memory…as these are largely the same unboxing experience…)
First of all…check out the new PLAYMAT! Also a Christmas gift…from the SpartanWife! The art shows none other than Jace Beleren groveling at Liliana for help in dealing with the Eldrazi during the “Battle for Zendikar” storyline. I will be photographing Magic The Gathering related items on this mat from now on!
Jace and Chandra both come in the same window style boxes. The circlular bubble does NOT depict the card Jace Beleren nor Chandra Nalaar. Jace’s art depicts “Jace, the Living Guildpact” and Chandra’s depicts “Chandra, Pyromaster.” Not sure the reasoning here…Jace’s figure appears to be “Jace, Telepath Unbound.” Chandra appears to be “Chandra, Flamecaller”, neither card was released quite yet when these figures first came out. Maybe some insight into the design process can be found here?
The boxes use the M15 black and white styling for the packaging that you found everywhere when that set came out. It is striking…a nifty design, really. M15 was an interesting set…The Wizards talked at length about finding an identity for “the core set.” M14 was largely a failure…M15 wasn’t much better, and aside from the “flip walkers,” Magic origins was also a little weak. M15 was the first set to put holofoil stickers on the rare and promo cards. Not that that has anything to do with these figures.
On the other hand, the M15 story was cool, showing the fight between Liliana and Garruk a little bit more intensely, and detailing how Ob Nixilis gets free.
The back lists the other figures in this line. As far as I know, there was only this one series of MTG figures. Maybe I will be able to complete the collection with Garrk, Ajani, and Nissa someday. I certainly will if they are this cheap!
Each figure was wired in with Barbie style bread-tie wires. It wasn’t too hard to get them out.
I tried to stand each figure up as best I could without “primping.” These figures do not stand on their own easily, with Jace being the worse offender. He cannot stand without being stooped over. This was similar to Liliana, if you will recall I had to put her weight on one side.
Both figures have rocker ankles, that feature some ankle swivel. But the way their shoes are designed, the articulation is limited. This doesn’t help with the standing issues.
Chandra comes with a fireball. And Jace’s cloak is removable! Who knew? Notice, he doesn’t look like his picture on the playmat…must be a different cloak.
Here are some alternate poses. Notice that Jace just can’t do that much.
Chandra doesn’t have that much trouble holding that fireball. She doesn’t “grip” it. But it is sized correctly to match her fingers. I love that they included this. I wish she could have more flames, though.
Both Chandra and Jace have beautiful, detailed scuplting. And the paint is very nice as well. I think Jace’s face could look a little less like a manequinn.
Below is each character beside their deckbox from Duel Deck Anthology….The card art depicted is “Jace Beleren,” known as “baby Jace” amongst players. (I went and looked. The original card art does resemble the figure. The Duel Deck has alternate art.)
On the other hand, Chandra doesn’t look like either version of her card art. She looks like Chandra Flamecaller.
These figures are pretty cool. I am going to rate them the same as I rated Liliana. 3/5. The whole issue of not being able to stand is really the problem. The sculpting and painting are fine. They are more statue than action figure, though…they look incredible, but their articulation suffers because of the extreme detail. They could have better accessories. Jace’s cloak is more of a liability. Chandra could have more fire.
So the SpartanNerd rates Funko Magic the Gathering Legacy Collection Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar both at 3/5. They look like who they are supposed to represent. But they suffer as action figures. They are really more like mini statues, that have trouble standing. (Liliana is forever propped up in my office at work.)
Do you agree with my rating of 3/5? Let me know in the comments!