Ready for some more Action Force? Last week I received three of the new series 3 Action Force figures from Big Bad Toy Store and I'm excited to start checking them out in the coming week or two. First up I'm taking a look at Eclipse, a member of Action Force. Valaverse is using the "base body" model for the Action Force line, so most figures are made from one of a few standard base bodies with different vests, gear, portraits, and color schemes to keep them feeling fresh and unique. Series 3 introduces women to the line with three new named characters and a Steel Brigade army builder. I haven't read any of the Action Force comics yet (I'm waiting for a trade paperback) but there's definitely a lot of thought put into the bios. Eclipse's is really well done and nicely mixes a personal history of the character along with some details about her role in the events of the Action Force universe. Eclipse (real name Dyani Tamayo) is Airborne qualified, has been through Ranger School, and operates extensively in covert operations in the Middle East. She's definitely bringing a lot to your Action Force team, so let's take a closer look at her after the break...
Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed drop down hips, ball jointed waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Vest, 2 portraits, 8 swappable hands, shemagh, rifle, 3 magazines, pistol, knife, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $32 dollars
* Underneath her vest Eclipse is sporting a tactical sweater, similar to many of the other Action Force members in the line. It's a nice piece with sculpted folds and creases to make it look like an actual garment and not just something painted on. Her khaki pants are nice and feature built in kneepads and some protective padding on her inner thighs. All of the sculpting is crisp and clean and the paintwork is neat with no slop to be found.
* Eclipse really shines when you throw her vest on, though. It's similar to the Steel Brigade vests but it's a much more grayish-blue with lots of scuffs and scrapes on it, as well as the Action Force logo on the top left. It's really quite easy to take this vest on and off, especially when you compare it to the vests of the series 1 figures. Everything just works so well.
* Eclipse has a really gorgeous headsculpt and she really stands out, especially her eyes. The headsculpts in this line are really good and the women seem to be just as good as the men, if maybe not a little better. The skin tone and the subtle paint on her face really just brings the character to life.
* Here's a shot from the back to show off two things: Eclipse's hair and the cool, exoskeleton like back of her armored vest. I love that braid she has on the side of her hair. It's just a fantastic detail.
* Eclipse comes with a second portrait with most of her head covered by a shemagh. Not only does it really nicely show off her lovely eyes but the paint job/ printing on the shemagh is really impressive. That's some seriously nice work. Even the tasseled edge gets a paint application.
* If you want Eclipse to have her shemagh down, you can do that. There's a separate piece that can fit around her neck so she can wear the wrap like a bandanna.
* The Action Force line has an excellent articulation model that wonderfully blends functional articulation with the sculpt. It reminds me a lot of the G.I. Joe: Classified Series. Eclipse's articulation isn't much different than that of her male counterparts except that she doesn't have the butterfly hinges. Since her arms and armor are thinner, though, it's not as necessary as she can still take two handed firing poses just fine.
* Eight gloved hands that you can swap out are included to help Eclipse stay versatile. The pegs are really thick and sturdy though I needed to use a heat when I swapped them. There's a pair of pistol grips, a pair of standard grips, a pair of cradling hands for holding the barrel of a rifle, and a pair of fists.
* I've previously said that I think this weapon is an HK416 that has been modified with lots of add ons. No one has offered up a better match yet, so I'm till going with that. It's a fantastic sculpt and the paint scheme works Eclipse since she seems to be operating in a desert setting.
* Like many other Action Force weapons this rifle has a removable magazine and to additional magazines included, so three magazines in total.
* Eclipse's armor has two pouches which hold the magazines securely. The pouches are wider, though, if you want to swap out weapons and give her one of the weapons with the larger magazine.
* We've seen this knife many times before (it came with the original Steel Brigade trooper) and it's still a great sculpt with a silver paint application for the blade. It's a wicked little tool when Eclipse needs to take someone out quietly.
* Eclipse has a belt around her waist that is a separate piece, but you'll have to disassemble the figure if you want it off. I don't, though, and I love that the belt has a sheathe for her knife. It slides in perfectly.
* The SilencerCo Maxim 9, a pistol with a built in suppressor/ silencer, has been the sidearm of choice for so many figures in the Action Force line. The grip looks like a pretty standard modern pistol but the front is more advanced and boxy. Hers is solid black.
* I'm a huge fan of all action figures coming with display bases and Action Force's bases might be the best out there. The metal look of the display stand is fantastic and there are four pegs on the base, making it extra versatile. See that little slit at the back? If you want to cut out the file card from Eclipse's package you can even display it behind her.
* Those pegs are durable, so I didn't have any fear of breakage, but it really took me using a hairdryer every time to swap out those hands. They're still not easily swappable yet, so hopefully you have your handy action figure de-loosener nearby!
This is the first figure of Eclipse I've reviewed. For more Action Force reviews check out the following: