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Sunday, October 30, 2016
31 Days of Toy Terror Lives: The Nocturnal Barrow-Wight from Middle-Earth Toys by Toy Vault
Height: 6 1/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Shield, dagger, and a goblet.
Creative Desgin by Todd Lockwood, Sculpted by Mark Innis, Paint by Edward Wires and Karl Sanders, and Packaging by Harald Graham.
* This is an incredible headsculpt! Look how hideous this thing is! The teeth and translucent green eyes are incredible (they glow through the use of light-piping)! If you've ever played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you'll notice that the Draugr in the game bear a great resemblance to the barrow-wights. That's because Tolkien, Skyrim, and Toy Vault all were inspired by Norse mythology for these creatures.
* While the articulation is rather antiquated compared to most modern lines, at the time these were far more poseable than most of what you could find on store shelves. While there are no ball-joints or swivel/hinge joints present, these presence of hinged knees and elbows should let you do a few cool things with this creepy corpse.
* Not only is the barrow-wights armor amazing with some skillful dry-brushing to represent rust but there are even some places where the armor has broken away to show off the body's rib cage. Hmm... maybe this is the blow that killed the original warrior who inhabited this body?
* The body now inhabited by the barrow-wight also has another pierced segment of armor on his back right. Maybe this guy got into a really tight spot! What's really worth noting here is the realistic hair. It's really odd looking at first but I think it works here. It's a pale, blondish color (befitting of Nordic inspiration) and it flows down over the wight's shoulders.
* Check out the sculpting and paint on the skin! It has that creepy, dried out look that you'd expect from some bizarre form of natural mummification. There are also a few different paint highlights on the skin that just bring out all of the creepy details.
* Each of the three accessories included here is absolutely insane in terms of detail and paint. These are amazing, particularly the shield. I love the crest on it (it matches the belt buckle) and the dry brushing and work on the wood is amazing. This is some real quality stuff right here.
* On the top of the barrow-wights head is a translucent green panel which is used to help his eerie green eyes glow. I like the concept but I'm never that big of a fan of the translucent panels needed to make light-piping work. The idea is that if light shines down through the top of the figure's head it will light up a part lower on the body. It can look cool but it also is an unsightly element on an otherwise amazing sculpt.
* A sheathe would have been a nice inclusion. Heck, even a loop on the hip to slide the dagger into would have been welcome, too. Since the barrow-wight has a goblet, it'd have been cool to let him have a place to store his blade when he's quaffing his favorite ancient beverage.
The Shadow Balrog
from Middle-Earth Toys, so check that review out too!