A review of Mezco's One:12 Collective Alex DeLarge figure from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE!
“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.” – Alex DeLarge
Mezco has gone outside of both the horror and comic book realms to release a character from classic cinema: Alex DeLarge. He is a part of the One:12 Collective and made in the infamous likeness before his incarceration. Let’s have a look at this cult-classic figure to see what you’re getting into:
The box is the slipcover type with a bright orange cover and the white lettering. The sides are white with the back having the “action/accessories” shot from the website. Opening it up, it is in the black box that the others tend to come in. It has the window and Mezco logo on the back. It is a simple box but fits well with the figure and it pays tribute to the Kubrick film.
Looking at him, this has to be one of the best likenesses to Malcolm McDowell that I have seen in a figure. He comes with three heads: the standard head with the bowler hat, the same look but with the robbery mask, and the third is after his droogs beat him up, leaving him for the cops.
The standard head has the sculpted bowler hat and the painted eyelashes on his right eye. He has the bright blue eyes and they match that smug look that the character is known to wear. The skin tone is warm and he has these tiny freckles for a better look. His hair has a few shades of brown so that it has a more realistic look as if the light was hitting it in different places.
The robbery mask has similar paintwork on the hair, the eyes, and skin tone. The hair, hat, and the mask all look like they’re separate pieces. It makes the head sculpt look a lot nicer and realistic. The coloring on the mask is spot-on with the mustard color base and reddish accent on the nose. His mouth is open slightly like he is laughing at the situation. Like the smug look of the other sculpt, there is something unsettling about how much he enjoys the ultra-violence he inflicts during these burglaries.
The third head sculpt is from the scene right after he is arrested and beaten at the station. His eyes look mad and red. His nose is bandaged and his mouth is bloody but loving how ridiculous the cops are being. They were able to really capture that crazed look that he had in the station and the texture on the bandage looks excellent.
As for his clothing, he is in the all white with the suspenders and they are a separate material from his shirt. He has the eyeball cufflinks that are fixed to his clothing. The codpiece is a separate, vinyl piece so it gives it that different texture and looks to make it stand out. The trousers are tucked into his black boots and they seem fixed so don’t try and pull them out or you might damage them. The boots have some nice intricacies such as the treads, laces, and natural folds that occur in boots made of leather. The tips of the boots have a little bit of scuffing but nothing like the 12in version. Its just a bit more subtle here. The eyelets are painted silver for the final touch. Overall, the outfit is spot on for him and very accurate.
He comes with all of the essentials: the three (3) head-sculpts, seven (7) interchangeable hands, a cane, a knife to look like it was in the cane, a glass of milk, a base stand arm for posing, the base stand with the movie logo, and a bag for the accessories.
As for the hands, there are the two fists, two open hands, two gripping hands, and one hand for holding the milk. The skin tone matches with his face well. The head of the cane is a bronze ball-type with the shape being made for the appropriate hands. The cane itself has a matte black finish and it is one, solid piece. The knife looks like it would come out of the cane as it does in the movie but the blade might be too fragile to have it as a working accessory. The blade has a metallic finish with a slight point. The glass of milk is a really nice accessory to include. It allows for spot-on poses and photos. It’s similar to the look of Elmer’s glue in a plastic glass. The base stand is the typical disc with the bowler hat and Alex’s eye on it. There is the standard peg that is removable and that’s where the clear posing arm plugs into. There isn’t going to be a whole lot of use for it unless you do a pose that requires some extra balance. There aren’t any clip-on extras for the posing arm and it is very standard.
The figure’s movement isn’t limited by the clothing at all. Legs seem to have the double joints to make the posing very easy. He has the same joints in his elbows so getting his arms behind his body is easy. Hands swivel in the same manner as they have with every other figure. The head and neck movement allows for some decent poses. Lastly, he has some articulation in the chest to get that better movement. Honestly, there are no complaints about how he moves.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
As I mentioned, this has to be the best likeness of Alex to date. Along with getting the look right, the head sculpts are great because no one is like the other. Speaking of the heads, including all three of these head sculpts is incredibly nice of Mezco. It allows the collectors to have some variety in posing and photos. The accessories are cool but the milk glass is awesome. I mean come on, there is no way that they couldn’t include it due to it being a part of the most identifiable scene in the film. The only other head they could have included is the one in the helmet and his eyes forced open. This would’ve driven up the cost so that would be the tradeoff. My final verdict is Mezco, you did everything properly and you have made a figure that is a necessity to the collectors. I highly recommend getting your hands on this figure.