Mezco 1:12 Collective Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Figure Review

DSC_0034With the amount of stuff I already spend my money on (and my wife puts up with), I didn’t need anything else begging me to buy it.  Unfortunately, Mezco’s One:12 Collective line was getting such great reviews, it was hard not to pay attention.  I was still holding my ground as I don’t collect many superhero figures.  It wasn’t until Mezco unveiled they were branching out into the horror genre in this line where I said to myself, “ah, crap.  Here we go.”  Of course, I mean that in a good way because it was time for me to give the line some of my money.

I started with Michael Myers, a figure that was great except for the pockets on the shirt (and me forgetting to raise the collar in my review).  I liked the figure and because of that, decided to keep my pre-order of Ash from The Evil Dead 2.  Suffice to say, that figure was simply amazing and made me confident that I would love my next pre-order, which is the figure I’m featuring today.

Mezco’s Jason Voorhees figure is based off his appearance from Friday the 13th Part 3.  I think that’s fitting because of the amount of weapons he used in that movie and the options for the portrait you can display with, which you’ll see here.  It makes for a great Jason to start a collection off with.

The box is pleasing to the eye with the Friday the 13th logo on the front with the woods subtly placed in the back.  The sides showcase that classic movie poster and the back shows you everything you get with the figure.  This is a great decision from Mezco because people can see the value you get with these figures for the price point, as they are way more expensive than most figures in this scale from other companies.  Then again, these are higher end.

Speaking of higher end, if you want to check out my review of the sixth scale Jason from Sideshow Collectibles for a comparison, click here.

There’s a lot of protection of the packaging thanks to the plastic all around it and the figure and accessories are protected well, too.  You’ll have no issues taking the figures or the accessories out of the box or putting them back in.  It’s very collector-friendly.

This figure looks pretty damn awesome out of the package, even without any weapons in hand or even with the arms in any pose.  Having him stand up with his hands at his side is enough to already make this figure look damn creepy (in a good way, of course).

The figure is over 6″ tall and has a lot of articulation.   I go through it all at the end of this feature in my video review.  All of the articulation is tight, but not too tight where you think you’re going to break anything.  You’ll find articulation points with the head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, torso, legs, knees and ankles.

The tailoring on the shirt and the pants is done well.  Thankfully this figure didn’t have the awful pockets my Michael Myers figure did.  The one thing I wish was different with the shirt is with the length of the sleeves.  I think they’re just a tad too short and should go down to just above the ball joints for the wrists.

For the lower half of the figure, the pants are plain but fit well and I have no issues with the stitching on mine.  The boots have a great sculpt but are nothing fancy.  The articulation cuts in the boot are hidden very well.

I didn’t take any pictures of the belt that is covered by his shirt, but you can watch the video review at the end of the feature and see it there.

The first portrait comes with Jason’s iconic mask with amazing detail on it.  There are fans in the Friday the 13th community that put every mask any company creates under the microscope for accuracy.  While I’m not the biggest stickler, I think this is one of the finest masks for Jason I’ve ever seen.  I love the how the paint has been applied, how it looks slightly dirtier in some places than others, and the metallic accents.  This is so, so good.

I’m just as blown away at the sculpt under the mask and I think this is probably one of the best sculpts of Jason I’ve ever seen.  The work on the wrinkles, the lumps of skin, the mouth, nose, and eyes are all phenomenal.  Even check out the detailing done on the ears.  That is such attention to detail that you can’t help but be blown away by the care taken by the person (or people) that were behind the sculpt.

The paint is spot on when it’s used for the mouth, around the eyes and the work done on the pupils.

I’ll also point out how well the portrait blends so well with the neck.  The hanging, bloated skin on the neck and the bulging in the neck area make this figure so life-like in such a small scale that I’m amazed the companies doing sixth scale collectibles can’t do it this well.

The second portrait includes a matching mask but the damage done from the axe.  I love that Mezco included this to give fans the chance to display a battle damaged Jason on their shelves.  If I was made of money, I’d buy two of these to have displayed at all times both ways.  It’s just that good.

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For the second portrait, I really like that Mezco didn’t just use the same head simply add in the wound and paint.  They gave fans more value by creating something new.   Just look at that work done with the blood. The various shades makes it look so fresh, with some spots drying a bit while some spots are still really thick.  This is some excellent paint work.  Props for the different expression and mouth, too!

Mezco include four extra hands to swap with.  Using these, you can add more posing options to your figure and have him able to hold one of the accessories I’m about to go through. They easily pop in and out with no issues.

The figure comes with a plethora of weapons.  You get a harpoon gun, an axe, a wrench, a fire poker, a machete, and a pitchfork.  The detailing on each of them is superb but they are quite delicate.  While they are lightweight, be careful while handling some of them because they could snap easily if mishandled.

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Let’s start off with some pictures of Jason and the wrench.  You know he’s not walking around Camp Crystal Lake to do any maintenance.  The only hand-work he wants to do is get rid of the horny teens hanging around.  One or two hits from Jason with this thing will do the trick.

I think Jason was inspired a bit by Leatherface here when he picked up the ol’ butcher knife.  All kidding aside, I love the blood stains on this piece and Jason looks even more intimidating holding it.

Fire pokers and horror movies seem to go hand-in-hand.  Placing it in Jason’s hand ups the terror level.  I’d never want to be on the receiving end of an attack with one of these things, hot or cold.  Jason, on the other hand, doesn’t care.

Is it wrong the first thing I thought of when I placed the pitchfork in Jason’s hand was how much I wanted a victim figure with holes through the torso to use alongside Jason? Jason just doesn’t look bad holding any of these accessories.

The harpoon gun is pretty awesome looking and fits into the trigger finger hand securely.  Just like the other items, there are little details that make it so realistic although it’s so small.  I really like how Jason looks posed with it.

Finally, here are some pictures with Jason wielding his trusty machete.  While all the other weapons are quite awesome, I just don’t think I could have Jason on my shelf without this in hand.  Perhaps I’ll alternate weapons each week and keep them close to the figure for easy decision making.

If you want to give Jason the axe, you can.  It takes just a bit of wiggling but the axe can fit firmly into that gash in his head.  Represent that killer (excuse the pun) scene in the movie.

I know it’s not the correct weapon, but I also took some pics with Jason getting the meat cleaver in the head, too.

Seeing how this figure can be pretty tipsy at times, I’m going to be using the awesome looking base this figure comes with.  If you want extra support or to have Jason jumping for some reason, you can use the stand that clamps onto the figure securely.

I forgot to take a picture of the accessory bag that Mezco also includes if you don’t want to put everything back in the box but I do show it in the video review.

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Hands down, this is my favourite One:12 figure so far and is probably my favourite Jason Voorhees figure in any scale.  The promo photos looked great and it delivered even more when I got it in hand.

This figure makes me even more pumped for the upcoming Freddy Krueger figure coming out this year (already pre-ordered, baby!), and I’m going to have to get the Pennywise figure that is now available for pre-order.  Hopefully the success of this figure, and Freddy in a few months, will entice Mezco to make a version of Jason from Part VI: Jason Lives.  I’m also hoping they tackle Pinhead from Hellraiser, and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  If they keep doing horror this well, I’ll keep buying them.  Bravo, Mezco.  Bravo.

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Enjoy the video review (and toss me a sub!)