I really really wanted a *good* figure of Daryl Dixon, though. I'm not a fan of the sculpt on the figure of Daryl that was put out in a two-pack with his brother Merle. See them here at ToysRUs.com, and judge for yourself. Merle looks great, but Daryl looks like he made a tragic choice to trust a fart and it trying to figure out if anyone will notice him deciding to wander off for a bit.
Then came the "Daryl and Chopper" figure set. Amazing sculpt, super-poseable. But it came with that bike. Great bike, but I didn't need a bike. It would sit around in the closet until something fell on it and broke it. So I watched ebay and hoped someone would put the figure alone up for a reasonable price. Short version of this story, it never happened and I gave up on getting a solo Daryl and set my sights on the hopefully more attainable Carol Peletier figure due out this December.
Then I happened to be in Walgreens and while sorting through the toys, I found this guy.
Getting Daryl to hold his crossbow was a frustrating and nerve-wracking process. I was really afraid that I'd snap off some fingers. Thankfully, I got it in his right hand eventually. I wasn't able to pose him with both hands on it without him dropping the thing, though.
Crossbow from the right side.
And from the left.
|"I'm Daryl Dixon, an' this's mah trophy wall! Shoot me OR mah brother, this's how ya end up!"|
Daryl's feeling pretty good about being the only figure from the line (so far) to be allowed to wander free. Phillip's been warned that his spare head will be used as a soccer ball if he gets any bright ideas about busting free.
|"Keep an eye on 'em, Chirpy. Either of 'em so much as twitch, give 'em th' zap." |
Our favorite redneck has made friends with one of my R2D2 toys, who joined him to admire the "losers frozen in carbonite" wall.
|"Good afternoon, Mr. Dixon! You may call me KITT." |
"The frikken' HECK are YOU supposed to be?!"
That wasn't quite enough to prepare him to meet one of my favorite toys, though. KITT was my birthday present to myself this year, and has barely been out of his box because I'm overprotective of him like that. KITT is pleased to make Daryl's acquaintance, even if Daryl's not so sure about this talking car business.
KITT's eager to point out that they have some things in common, such as troublesome older brothers who have a bad habit of getting in trouble with the law. Daryl's pretty sure that he shouldn't have let Beth talk him into drinking that moonshine, but decides to go ahead and talk to the crazy magic car. Sure, why not?
|"Okay, you cain't blame my diet for me not fittin' in here!"|
"Mr. Dixon, my sensor inform me that you smell alarmingly of squirrel...?"
KITT's just managed to convince his new acquaintance to go for a zombie-proof ride, when this happened. Drat it all, Daryl's just a little too big!
|The perfect position for sniping undesirables and zombies.|
But they'll be hanging out while we wait for Carol to appear anyway. Out of scale or not, this is a fantastic crossover idea, IMO.
I'm beyond stoked to see Daryl in stores solo, let alone for the affordable price of $12 that he's going for at full retail in Walgreens. I haven't seen this particular line anywhere else around town, but it would definitely be worth checking wherever the figures have been sold in the past if you're eager to grab him. I can't wait to add Carol to the mix.
|"No time ta 'splain! Get in th' car!"|