by: Darren Baker [ ]
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ICM has finally released the third of their games of thrones figures in the form of one titled ‘Wight’, and I would urge them to consider tackling more of the major characters and of course the Dragons and Wolves from the series. So what we have here is one of the warriors to go along with the previously released Ice King and his subordinate in 1/16th scale.
This offering from ICM is packaged in the traditional format of a cardboard tray with a flip top lid and then an additional card lid is provided with the artwork on it. Inside there is a single re-sealable plastic bag with the parts for the model and there is of course an instructional sheet of paper. The moulding quality is good for the most part, but there are of course there are seam lines that will need to be addressed.
A person who dies in a freezing climate has a few conditions to meet in order not to have their body destroyed. The body needs to remain on the surface for freeze drying to take place while at the same time not attracting predatory animals such as the wolf and bear. The series indicates both species being present and these will eat a body or portions of it, even removing parts for eating in a safer location. Also the clothing and the body can be damaged by the wind and ice conditions they are in and is why I believe the body of ‘Wight’ exhibits both desiccated flesh and bone.
This is only a character from a TV series! Yes it is but the show and by extension ICM went to a good degree of trouble and thought on how to represent an animated frozen corpse. The portion of the body being less damaged than that exposed to the air. The flesh has shrunk back against the bone as the water is removed from the body add a realistic look and the cloth parts of the clothing have become tattered.
Complaints I have a few or so the song should go. I am disappointed that the artwork displays an exposed rib cage that is not present in the figure. The joints between the front and rear of the torso and the torso to the hips is not the greatest, and while hidden I was expecting better.
The clothing is restricted to a small amount of plate armour protecting the neck and shoulders, lower back and one foot. On the front of the figure there is a small amount of chain armour present that makes for visual interest. The leather straps are present where needed for keeping the armour in place. The cloth consists of just a few scraps and one leg. The axe provided certainly looks to be something I would not want to be hit with.
The hands of the figure are suitably skeletal in appearance and have a very good level of detail present. The head has sunken eyes and recessed cheeks, but I am unsure about the replication of the ears, not because they are wrong but I think they should have a different appearance. The model is finished off with a nice oval base that can be decorated as wished and displays the figure in a pleasing manner
Detail overall I am pleased with, but disappointed it does not replicate what is on the box top. The pose is good and with careful painting should result in a pleasing figure. The fit of some parts is a trial at best and a losing battle at worst, which is a shame for a new product. With that said once all of the attachments are in place I think most of the issues will be hidden from view.