“I hate being right all the time.”
Few people would argue that Dr. Ian Malcolm is easily the most beloved character in the Jurassic Park film series. He’s so loved in fact, that Mattel decided to release a second version of his Amber Collection figure with just a few minor changes and one additional accessory knowing that it would sell like hotcakes. They are probably right.
I wasn’t lucky enough to get my hands on the original figure but I do have an Owen Grady and a Dilophosaurus from the same line and I really liked those figures, so it was a no-brainer for me to snag the second version of Dr. Malcolm. This particular figure appears to be a lot easier to find in stores as I have seen the figure on plenty of shelves and they’ve been there for awhile. That’s actually a good thing in my opinion because it keeps scalpers’ prices low on the original figure. If I’m a collector who purchases figures because I love them and not in order to make a profit, I’ll definitely wait for a second version of a figure to hit shelves so that I can get the figure at a decent price.
The figure is pretty much the same mold as the original figure with two exceptions. Based on what I’ve read, the arms are new molds and have more articulation than the original figure had during its release. The only other difference is the paint application on Dr. Malcolm’s boots, which feature a little bit of mud on them this time around. Also of note is that the amber figure base that came with the first run of Amber Collection figures (something that I really loved) is not included with this or any of the other recent figures in this line.
The figure looks pretty good. The face sculpt and glasses could definitely be better, but I’m okay with what I received. The articulation is excellent and allows for some nice poseability. The figure looks good on my shelf next to Owen and the dilophosaurus. I’m hoping to add the Dr. Ellie Sattler figure to my collection once I can find her in the wild.
The accessories included with the figure are a spare set of hands, the iconic glass of water from the first film, and the flare that Malcolm used to distract the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. All of these accessories came with the original release of the figure. What’s new is the walkie-talkie that Malcolm used to help Dr. Ellie Sattler while he was injured. Just so you know, the glass of water only fits in one of the hands as does the flare.
Is the figure worth purchasing? Absolutely if you’re a fan of the character and/or the franchise and you didn’t get a chance to purchase the original figure. If you do have the original figure, the only thing new here is the aforementioned articulation, paint, and walkie talkie. If you’re happy with your original release, I’d skip this one.
Thanks for checking out my quick review of this figure. My next figure review is a doozy! I hope that you check it out later this week!