I am a relative newcomer to the world of action figures, but lately this style of doll has become increasingly appealing to me. One of the reasons I'm drawn to action figures is that many of them have excellent articulation and balance. This flexibility can come at a price, though--some of the figures I've purchased (like my Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Otaku figures) have unsightly joints and/or bizarre, exaggerated proportions. I also admire how action figures can have such realistic faces, and both my Daryl Dixon figure and Séverine's Avenger's Black Widow are great examples of this. With all of these things in mind, I set out to find a 1:6 scale action figure with a good blend of articulation and realism.
In my quest for this ideal action figure, I spent a lot of time browsing BigBadToyStore, Entertainment Earth and several of the big manufacturer's websites. I also lurked around on the information-packed forum, "One Sixth Warriors." After all of this research, the company that stood out to me the most was Phicen. What makes Phicen figures unique is that they are extremely well-articulated, but they're also "seamless"--meaning that they have very few visible joints. The skin-like covering on these dolls can make their bodies look startlingly real in some photographs. In fact, the body on the Phicen figure in this review is so realistic that I left her partially clothed for most of the pictures. Even so, I would like to start off with a quick warning:
WARNING: The realism of this doll might make some photographs inappropriate for the workplace or for young children.
|1:6 scale seamless Super Flexible Phicen body with stainless steel skeleton, $105.|