Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Mass Effect – Tali

Rounding out the first series of Big Fish Toys’ Mass Effect figures is Tali’Zorah nar Rayya, the Quarian machinist more commonly known simply as Tali. As a main squad member who appears in all three Mass Effect games, Tali is a solid choice for the first wave. Read the review to find out how Big Fish Toys handles everyone’s favorite Quarian mechanical genius pilgrim.

Once again, we’ve received our generic Series I packaging marked by a Tali sticker on the front of the clamshell. While overall I like the packaging, I’m not a huge fan of generic packaging. There’s a lot of grey area on the front of the cardback/insert that could have been used for some awesome individual character art. For me, it adds up to overall good packaging, but a missed opportunity for great packaging.

Given the character of Tali, we won’t be seeing a face sculpt. While removable helmets/facemasks are almost always cool, I’m glad Big Fish Toys didn’t attempt to take liberties with the character. What we get is a nicely done breather mask with Tali’s signature purple hood. The costume has some great sculpting with well-made buckles, belts, pouches and the like. All in all it’s a nice representation of the character.

Tali comes with the customary stand, an M-27 Scimitar shotgun and a decent omni-tool. The shotgun has once again blown me away (pun intended) with great sculpting and nice paint. Very accurate to the game. The omni-tool looks good, but doesn’t seem to be removable. It has a slight appearance that it might be removable, but when I fiddled with it, I got the sinking feeling that if I removed it, it would never go back on. Unfortunate, as the shotgun should clearly be a two-handed weapon. The other disappointment is on Tali’s leg, in the form of a non-removable knife strapped to her boot. If Hasbro can handle removable knives on 3 ¾” Joes, it shouldn’t be a problem to do a removable boot knife in this scale.

Big Fish has once again provided a decent number of points of articulation, but managed to do it in a rather limiting way. Tali’s sculpt doesn’t seem to indicate that the designers had any particular pose in mind. She ends up looking best in a sort of relaxed-neutral pose. I would like Tali to pull of some semi-bad-ass looking by wielding that two-handed shotgun, but the limited articulation and omni-tool make that a bit difficult. The neutral pose doesn’t look bad, it’s just no overly exciting.

All in all, just like the rest of the Series I figures, Tali is at the same time a great figure and really sub-par. It’s a nice looking piece of plastic with a lot of missed opportunities to be great. But in the end, Tali is Tali, and your Mass Effect crew just won’t be complete without her.


  1. These would definitely make nice 3 3/4 inch figures...

  2. Agreed. I think even as a limited edition box set, or pair of box sets, they could sell through a decent enough run of the main crew members to make it worth the moneys.