Factory Entertainment's GREEN HORNET Action Figures
The Green Hornet and Kato almost ready for action...
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As Sony Pictures brings back the forgotten crime-fighting duo of the Green Hornet and Kato, Factory Entertainment delivers the action figure treatment to collectors. This pair of figures are tailored for the adult collector and have a very "in-action" quality to them, the duo pre-posed for display. While statuesque collectibles are fine, it really hinges on the sculpt and pose chosen.
The packaging for both figures is attractive, featuring photography unique to each character in the upper left hand corner and "The Green Hornet" prominently displayed at the bottom. The use of the Green Hornet logo in the upper right hand corner also really helps these stand out. Twist ties are used to secure the figure and accessories in place.
On the back, fans will find a blurb about the film and other Green Hornet product from Factory Entertainment, including die-cast cars of the sleek Black Beauty. The back is identical to both characters.
Sculptor Alex Heinke is credited for both figures and I could only assume that he did a solid job according to the product photography on the packaging. The final product doesn’t exactly look as polished, with much of that a result of poor paint applications. However, I’m also not sold on the poses used. The Green Hornet is delivered to us in a forever running stance, firing his gas gun with his right, left arm pulled back for balance. I suppose this is a more dynamic pose for a crime fighter but this is also a duo we’re looking at. How does he look standing next to Kato?
Kato is by complete contrast NOT running. He’s in a fighting stance but very stationary and better rounded. Standing the pair together, it just doesn’t feel right to me and I would have preferred both figures in a more neutral stance.
Both figures have one foot glued to a clear stand to help balance. The clothing detail looks realistic and well sculpted.
The paint, when compared to the packaging shots, is a night and day difference. Skin tones are the most apparent difference, as the figures could stand to see more sun. Clothing is mostly solid colors but the edges and lines on both character's heads could use more attention. The mask on Kato is especially a real problem, but the biggest issue is their eyes. They’re soulless and have a glazed, frightened look about them. Good paint apps would have certainly enhanced the look of these figures, so it’s unfortunate that they came out the way they did.
Articulation isn’t high on this pair and certainly not on the Green Hornet himself. GH has waist and neck articulation but I lose count after that because this specific figure unfortunately had two broken arms right out of the box. If the arms are articulated, I wouldn’t know, but with a permanent stance such as this, would you want the arms to move any other way? Also to note, he does have wrist articulation.
Kato is more of a winner in the articulation department, being more of a fighter, he has neck, shoulder, elbow, and wrist articulation. It’s still limited but at least gives you some options.
On the accessories front, Green Hornet comes equipped with his famous gas gun that can be held in his right hand. Kato comes with an alternate set of swappable hands: one set holds knives, the others without.
The Green Hornet and Kato figures are now available wherever collectible toys are sold and should cost you about $15 per figure. While the sculpt for these figures is good, poor paint apps ultimately bring them down. Their pre-posed nature is also questionable, leaving my recommendation for the duo only to die-hard Green Hornet fans.
Review and Photography by David Yeh
Review Samples Courtesy of Factory Entertainment