X-Force fans can finally rejoice this week. The new Marvel Select Cable from Diamond Select was released this week. Cable has already had a few figures made, but he's definitely been on the short end of the stick for figures, especially considering that he was incredibly popular during the 90s and has been featured in several runs during the last ten years.
So now that he has his own Select figure what is it like? It looks great. The detail that was put into Cable is spectacular. Cable's vest and the additional grenades are done well. Cable's techno-organic arm looks great. Cable's face has the familiar scowl and his techno-organic eye though unfortunately his eye isn't well defined. It's incredibly small which makes it disappointing because his eye tends to stand out in the comics. I feel like the eye does detract a bit from the overall awesomeness of the figure.
The articulation is a little disappointing as well but the vest is a problem. It's huge, which cuts down on his shoulder movement. Elbow to shoulder you have limited movement, however, from the elbows down, there are no movement problems at all. The loss of upper arm movement is a problem from a posing standpoint. The legs don't share the same issues as the arms. They're not held back by any limitations at all, in fact Cable can even do the splits should you feel the need to pose him like that.
Cable comes with five guns and one knife. He has three holsters to carry two guns and one knife, which is attached to his back. The weapons look great and Cable would be proud to have so many readily available at his disposal. They attach without too many issues once you figure out how to manipulate the hands and figures. The larger gun has an issue with how far it goes back. Once again the vest becomes an issue because the larger gun sort of runs into Cable's vest. However, the wrists are able to twist so you can sort of get around it.
I really want to love this figure because I'm a huge fan of Cable and I've been looking forward to this release for months. Don't get me wrong, I do like it...but I don't love it. The vest takes so much potential away from this figure. It reduces the amount of poses that the figure can do. It's far too bulky and restricts a large amount of movement that could be possible. Also, I really wish they had a better job with Cable's eyes. There just isn't enough detail in the eyes for my liking.
Still, I would recommend this figure to fans of Cable and X-Force. Despite the criticisms it really does look pretty awesome. Obviously you aren't going to get the detail that higher end action figures have, though I really wish that they had put in a little more effort in the painting of Cable's eye and in doing some testing with Cable's arms. Really these two issues are the only negatives of this figure.