This time around I’m reviewing Star Ace Toys’ Rubeus Hagrid and Headmaster Albus Dumbledore from the HARRY POTTER film series. The figures are 1/6 scale and a part of the toy company’s ‘My Favourite Movie Series’. These figures are the normal versions and there are deluxe version available that includes Fang the dog with Hagrid and Fawkes the phoenix with Dumbledore.
Packaging: 4 out of 5
First off, the packaging for the Rubeus Hagrid figure is a bit larger than any other due to the figure being to scale and standing at about 15.75”. That is about an inch smaller than the Hulk figure from Hot Toys but you would never know it from the look of this figure. The box and art itself is probably the nicest that they’ve done so far with a photo of Robbie Coltrane in his full costume and some basic info on the front. On the back, the movie title and the artist credits have been listed. What I really like about the box is the way it easily slips on and off to the window shot of the figure.
The box for Dumbledore has been made in the same fashion. It has an excellent photo of the late, great Richard Harris on the front with the HARRY POTTER logo above him. His box is a little smaller than Hagrid’s but they were very smart to utilize all of the space for accessories and what not.
Likeness 5 out of 5
Like the packaging, these are easily the closest to the real actor as Star Ace has ever gotten. With Robbie Coltrane, the headsculpt could be unpainted and still be spot on to the actor. They got the skin tones and textures correct with the final release. One thing I think fans will appreciate is the subtle changes since the original prototype. The figure was originally designed to have stranded, rooted hair for both the head and the beard but they made some major tweaks. They decided to make the beard a part of the headsculpt and it looks so much better. Personally, I feel like this look makes the figure look cleaner, even though Hagrid is kind of a shaggy mess. This alone elevates the figure to a new level.
Being designed around the same time, the Dumbledore figure has a lot of the same thinking in the hair decision as Hagrid. The earliest prototype figures had the rooted hair in the head and the beard as well but the hair was very straight. It looked more like the classic old man on the mountain look or from Asian folklore and not exactly like the character. When they changed over to the sculpted beard with the perfect likeness of the actor, they had a winner. The light curls in the beard add that look of the wizard’s nice, long beard. The coloring and imperfections of his skin look amazing and very distinct from Michael Gambon’s look as Dumbledore, who is the actor who would take on the mantle after Harris’ passing.
Accessories: 5 out of 5
Hagrid comes with his pink umbrella wand, crossbow with bolt, and functioning lamp. The pink umbrella is made to be held by the figure and can be stored in various places in his coat. Speaking of the coat, its brushed cotton that feels like a very, very soft suede. It fits well and unlike some clothing, it also easy to take off. Under the coat, he has his medieval looking clothing that he wears in the scene with Norbert in his hut. His boots are meant to look like leather, as they’re actually a textured plastic with stressing and weathering. As for his crossbow, it is to scale and looks very large for the half giant. It has a drawn back string and hook to make it look like a loaded weapon as well as a bolt to lay in a small groove for added realism. The one issue is there is nothing to hold the bolt in place so the only position you can have the weapon in his arms it evenly horizontal. You would think that it has a working mechanism but DO NOT try to squeeze the trigger, as you will break it for sure. Hagrid’s last accessory is his lamp that is battery powered by 1 CR2032 button battery. It has a yellow, glowing bulb with a plastic housing. The housing is painted and weathered to look like tarnished brass and it looks excellent whether the figure is holding it or not. He also comes with 5 hands for holding the various accessories.
In a previous review, I said that Sirius Black had some of the most detailed clothing in this line but I think the Dumbledore figure has just pulled ahead into first. There is different detailing on every piece of clothing from his lapel to the gold stitching on his inner robes. There is also a very detailed belt buckle hiding his inner robes together. His cloak or outer robe is removable and comes off with ease. Under the robes he is wearing a satin outfit and has some padding on his chest and arms to give him a bit more bulk. Not that it hurts anything but I’m not sure why this was done. The only reason that I can think of is the outer robe wouldn’t look as huge. On his feet, he has little brown slippers. He also has his classic wizard hat to make him look more regal. He comes with 5 hands and 2 rings that can be removed and added to any fingers.
To finish off the outfit, he has his half-moon spectacles, which is something the character would look odd without. The glasses are very fragile so be very careful. There is even a warning in the booklet to be careful when handling them. The recommendation is to use tweezers but you shouldn’t have to adjust them too much because they seem to stay firmly in place. He also has his Elder Wand with etchings that keep it unique from the other wands. Some of the other cool accessories are the crystal ball with the elephant themed stand and Dumbledore’s cup. It is a golden color that also has plenty of detailing all over it. What is possibly the coolest accessory is the Sword of Godric Gryffindor. It is painted with a coating of a high-gloss silver finish and details on the hilt and handle. Now, the sword didn’t show up in THE SORCER’S STONE but it did in THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS so it makes the figure fit in with both movies depending on what kind of collector you are. One huge change that Star Ace has made that I am incredibly excited about is the stand. Up until now, the toy company has used the clear figure holders and for some figures like the Triwizard Cup Harry Potter, that is the stand you need. But now the figure stands are more in line with some of the other 1/6 scale figure makers with the low-profile base stand, nameplate, and adjustable post depending on the figure’s height and stance. I really hope that this is the beginning of a trend with them because I prefer the new stand over the old one.
Articulation: 5 out of 5
The articulation on the Hagrid figure is pretty good but due to the size of the figure, the figure can’t sit with his legs straight. So as you move the legs into the sitting position, his knees get further apart. His head has plenty of movement because his neck moves as well as the head. This allows the head movements to seem so much more natural than figures from a few years ago. His arms also move well but because he is so barrel chested, his hands cannot touch. His hands move freely to get into the position you need. Honestly, he moves like a big guy would.
Dumbledore has excellent movement and is a very stable figure. His arms move with ease and were able to easily maintain the poses I put him in. His legs are the same way and they’re loose but not flimsy at all. As for his head, it swivels into many positions but because of his beard length, poses would stay on the more realistic side. His hands swivel at the wrist and you can make him look as if he’s casting a spell.
Bottom Line: 4 out of 5
The bottom line is that Star Ace has two solid winners here with every little intricacy taken into account. I’m highly impressed with them both but for very different reasons. Hagrid is well built and looks incredible when put with the other characters from the line. His size makes him tower over everyone else but he is definitely to scale. His included accessories and clothing complete the figure perfectly.
As for Dumbledore, he is also made well and captured the spirit of the character as well as the actor. I know this sounds weird but Dumbledore’s figure has this charm that makes it feel like, well, magical. He is also well built and I love the way he looks on the stand.
I have said this before and I’ll say it again: Star Ace has taken their already beautiful line and stepped up their game with these figures. You know what the best part about this line is that I feel like they’re still so early in the figures that the next wave of figures are going to be a game changer. I highly recommend picking these figures up because the will elevate any collection out there.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
The Rubeus Hagrid Sixth Scale Collectible Figure features:
Sixth scale newly developed body, approximately 40cm (15.75″) tall with over 26 points of articulation
Fully realized authentic likeness of Rubeus Hagrid in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with accurate facial expression and detailed skin texture
Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted
Each head has rooted hair and a sculpted beard
Five (5) interchangeable hands including:
– One (1) pair of open hands
– One (1) right hand for holding wand (Umbrella)
– One (1) right hand for holding crossbow
– One (1) left hand for holding lamp
One (1) red shirt
One (1) brown waistcoat
One (1) moleskin coat
One (1) pair of brown trousers
One (1) belt
One (1) pair of brown boots
One (1) Rubeus Hagrid’s wand (Umbrella)
One (1) wooden crossbow and bolt
One (1) lamp with light up function (Battery 1 x CR2032 is not included)
One (1) figure stand
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
The Albus Dumbledore Sixth Scale Collectible Figure features:
Sixth scale body, approximately 31 cm tall with 30 points of articulation
Fully realized authentic likeness of Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with accurate facial expression and detailed skin texture
Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted with rooted hair and sculpted beard
Four (4) interchangeable hands including:
-one pair of open hands
-one right hand for holding a chalice
-one right hand for holding his wand
The Elder Wand
Crystal ball base with LED lights to illuminate the crystal ball
The Sword of Godric Gryffindor
Two (2) Rings
Here is a video with some of the items and figures detailed.