This is an actual quote from Pat Tallman: “My doll is the most hideous doll. It’s actually, the face on the Lyta doll is the same as the Delenn doll, and they didn’t even bother putting eyebrows on me. The bangs cover where the bone would be. She’s just fucking hideous. I hate my doll.”
Soooooo… my long-awaited, feels-like-it-was-preordered-forever-ago Beth Greene action figure finally arrived via UPS today. Yay!!! 😄
I obviously couldn’t wait to “reunite” her with my Daryl Dixon action figure and do this photo shoot. LOL! I’ve had a lot of fun and experience with posing my daughter’s Barbie dolls, etc. for taking pictures so I thought this would be a breeze. 👍🏼
Well, these action figures are actually a bit tricky to manipulate. For example, the “serious piggyback” was somewhat of a challenge as far as twisting their limbs into just the right position and then I had to balance them. But the grass was very helpful in keeping them vertical. I also recreated the famous come-from-the-back Bethyl hug and of course I couldn’t resist taking pics of them in cute embraces, gazing into each other’s eyes, and of course *giggle* a little kissy-kissy action–a Beth and Daryl kiss that we Bethylers have been sadly deprived of–because, well, I’m such a GIRL… as well as a big ol’ dork. LOL! 😝
The “action shots” with them brandishing their weapons were also kinda hard to do because for one thing, Daryl’s crossbow strap is not long enough to slip it over his head and under one arm so he can carry it securely on his back like he does on the show. But at least his tiny hand can grip it pretty well. Beth’s even tinier hands can barely grip her pistol or her knife. There are teensy-weensy short pegs–one on the inside of each of her palms–that are supposed to fit through itsy-bitsy holes in the handles of the weapons in order to attach them to her hands. Well, this is great in theory except that the pegs are made out of a more flexible vinyl that I had a bit of a hard time squeezing through the teeny-weeny hole in each weapon because they kept bending. I finally managed to make her somewhat grip her weapons, but Daryl’s bigger, claw-like man hands are way better at holding her gun and her pistol than her demure little female hands are. Plus, unlike Daryl, she doesn’t have the familiar brown leather holster on her right hip to hold her iconic knife. So I will just let Daryl carry her knife in his holster when she’s not using it (LOL!), which is appropriate, seeing how he currently has her knife on the show anyway. ❤️
Plus, it’s all okay anyway because I don’t think I ever got the knife that was supposed to be included with the Daryl figure because I bought him secondhand so he wasn’t in packaging. So now he has a knife for his holster. Wow… that really sounds like some reverse sexual innuendo there, doesn’t it??? 😋
And not to be TOO picky, but the height ratio of Beth to Daryl seems to be a tad off. Beth is approximately 4 ¾" tall while Daryl is about 5 ¼" tall. The top of Beth’s head is pretty much level with the tops of his shoulders. At 5'10" tall, Norman Reedus only has 5" on Emily Kinney. But the action figure Daryl is about a whole head taller than Beth–definitely more than 5 inches in real life. But no biggie really. 😊
But aside from all of that, they are both very detailed and realistic… as Todd McFarlane’s action figures usually are. My hubby has some KISS (the band) McFarlane action figures that I bought him about 16 years ago and they are also awesomely detailed and intricate. And it’s really not a huge deal that their facial features aren’t an exact resemblance to those of the actors, but not many action figures bear a striking likeness to their real life counterparts anyway IMHO.
It’s just so adorable to see them together again… even if it is only just their toy likenesses. And my daughter can’t wait to play with them. 💘
Robert Picardo (he played the holographic Doctor on the television series Star Trek: Voyager) with his ST action figure posing for the NOH8 campaign which supports marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.