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Monday, August 31, 2015
Action Figure Review: The Street Deacon from Shadowrun Duels by WizKids
Heroclix gaming system based in the Shadowrun Universe, Shadowrun was an action figure line that failed to catch on with gamers and a gaming system that seemed to avoid the attention of most action figure collectors. I've owned eight of the line's thirteen figures for quite a few years (ever since I actually bought them in a game store) and lately I've been wanting to complete my set. The first figure I picked up that I didn't own was the Street Deacon from the first series of figures released in the Summer of 2003. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed neck.
Accessories: Removable vest, armored chestplate, katana, shotgun, walkie-talkie, medical pack, 8 dice, tape measure, two-part base, rulebook, and alternate hands with pegs.
Original Retail Price: $15-$20 dollars
* The characters of Shadowrun Duels are quite interesting. Living in a slightly futuristic world of technology and magic gives the opportunity for a wide variety of characters. The Street Deacon is a human vigilante of some sort that seems to have cybernetic hands. Outfitted in biker clothing with an old fashioned wide brimmed hat, the Street Deacon cuts a fearsome figure. The different materials on the clothes he's wearing have a variety of interesting textures.
*While he's dressed mostly in black, he's not all the same color. His leather jacket is made from a shinier plastic while his stitched together pants have a flatter color to them. His face paint is quite interesting as well: It hides his expression and kind of reminds me of a skull. Very unsettling!
*Super-articulated figures weren't the norm in 2003. The Street Deacon does, however, have a nice variety of articulation, particularly in his arms. You can get a wide variety of poses with him utilizing his shotgun or his katana.
There is also a second set of hands. The main set are designed to actually grip the sword or shotgun while the second set have a peg and a hole used to attach other accessories.
*The only problem I have with this figure is a broken peg on the Street Deacon's back. The idea with these figures was that when playing the game you equipped the character(s) you were playing with a set amount of equipment (each item has a cost). For various pieces of gear like health packs, radios, and magic artifacts, you could store them on the characters body rather than in their hands. Unfortunately, when removing the health pack from the back of the figure, the peg just came off on its own.