If you aren’t already familiar with the action packed Underworld film franchise that exploded on to screens starting 2003, it’s never too late to immerse yourself in this compelling world where the Lycans, or Lycanthropes, and Vampires battle to the death. The visually striking main character Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is an elite vampire assassin charged with hunting down the Lycans. Star Ace Toys has released a third collectible action figure based on the Underworld franchise in UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION – SELENE (BLUE EYES VERSION) 1/6 scale collectible figure.
This 1/6 scale (29 inch tall) collectible figure has 30 points of articulation and includes Selene’s iconic and form fitting leather body suit and trench coat. The wardrobe is an improvement over early figure releases as the material seems to have more give and really allows one to take advantage of all points of articulation in the arms and legs with no restrictions. The body suit has real working zippers and an actual miniature functional corset. Star Ace Toys has also put a great deal of time into getting the wardrobe to look screen ready and it really shines on this particular figure.
This figure includes one hand painted head sculpt with rooted “real” hair, this again is a big improvement over the painted vinyl hair on the earlier Selene release from the first film. Another interesting evolution in the character design is the blue-eyed light up function that is built right into the character’s head. This function is run off very tiny batteries (which are included), but getting them into the slot on the back of the head in a working function proved pretty tedious. When the eyes work they are really impressive and a great selling point on this figure, but be ready to get a little frustrated and break out a comb to fix Selene’s hair as the location where the battery pack is found is on the back of the head underneath the faux hair.
Along with the aforementioned wardrobe, this time around includes a white winter coat, which adds a nice little break from the darkness of the rest of Selene’s attire. The figure itself has painted plastic black knee high boots, which actually aid the figure in standing without the included plastic stand and base. Accessories also include two extra pairs of hands that are made specifically to hold certain included Walther P99 pistols with removable bullet clips. These can be store in the two holsters located on Selene’s belt. Other accessories include one grenade and one shuriken. If needed, a waist clip and plastic stand are included to help display the figure in standing position.
Know for releasing very detailed and highly articulated collectible figures, Star Ace Toys has previously released two other figures, a 1/6 scale Selene and Viktor with a limited edition version also available (both were featured here). Some of their noted figures include Kong (Skull Island), Valak (The Nun), Pennywise (IT) and many more horror greats in the new Artist “Defo-Real” series of figures. They also plan on extending the Underworld figure line with Marcus soft vinyl statue and a Lycan soft vinyl statue.
Overall the Underworld: Evolution 1/6 scale collectible Selene action figure is a big upgrade from the early release. With and improved wardrobe and head sculpt, the figure really shines bright with the only downside is attempting to get the batteries in the back of the figure’s head without going mad and totally messing up the life-like hair. Fans of the Underworld franchise will definitely want to have this in their collection, although you may want to save up as the figure has a $228 USD price point. Look for other announced releases on the Star Ace Toys website or follow them on their Facebook account.