Guess what's out…
The Serenity PVC Set from Dark Horse Deluxe, featuring River, Mal, and Jayne, is out on the shelves now. And you know what? They look pretty good.
Gentle Giant Studios did the sculpts and I think they're better than the action figures or the statues, which is pretty good for an $18 set. The detail and shading on the clothes and weapons is excellent, the poses are perfect, and instead of the weird blue/black bases in the promo pictures they come on little Serenity logo discs.
River is in her Buffy pose adn she manages to look tiny and vulnerable while still being extremely bad ass. She's 3 1/2" tall, complete with Reaver sword and axe, and while I couldn't quite capture it with my crappy camera her profile looks dead on.
Our captain is in a relaxed-but-ready gunfighter slouch that just screams "Mal." You know, looking at this 4" figure, that he's about to infuriate someone. The color effects on his clothing are amazing and the gun is good, even if the grip is about twice as long as it should be. Best of all, it has his eyebrows, his nose, and most definitely his smirk.
My only real complaint is that Jayne isn't carrying Vera. I think it would have helped if they had chosen a less generic facial expression for him — maybe a happy sneer? — but he looks menacing and calm and seems to be in some sort of combat-ready spin. He's also armed out the wazoo with a knife, two guns, and a rifle.
The box includes a nicely designed background that could serve as a little panorama display. And I think I sold three of them today…
While I have one on order from TFAW.com I also stopped by Acme Comics in Longwood — my son needed gaming dice, I'm so proud to see the next geeky generation coming along — and I couldn't help buying a set while I was there anyway. While I was looking around I overheard two women talking about possible upcoming Serenity comics. I butted in and told them about the next series, showed them the PVC set, told them where the rest were, and when I left they were exclaiming over the ornaments. I can't help it, I was born to pimp. The lady at the counter told me they had ordered 30 of the variant ornaments and they were almost sold out, and this makes me happy.
The PVC sets are available at TFAW.com and from your local comic store, and for the price you really can't go wrong. And I want these to sell very, very well because I want to see the other 6 crewmembers, so hop to it.