Guile is one of the most easily recognizable Street Fighter II characters. Although he’s been featured regularly in the Street Fighter series of games, Jazwares shipped this figure with the wave of figures that comes in the Super Street Fighter IV packaging.
I guess this was done to avoid using the Street Fighter card for a character that didn’t appear until the sequel, but then again, Blanka also made his first appearance in Street Fighter II and came in a Street Fighter backing card, so i don’t see why they couldn’t just do the same here.
Packaging issues aside, Guile is a pretty impressive action figure. The sculpting style is stylized to match the animated look. With that in mind, the body proportions work well within the line, although Guile stands out like a sore thumb among other, more realistically sculpted lines of figures.
Guile follows the articulation standard Jazwares developed for this line, consisting of:
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Pegged hinge elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Pegged hinge hips.
• Pegged hinge knees.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
All of the joints feel tight and durable, although the volume of some of the pieces tends to limit somewhat the angle they can bend at. The exposed pin joints on elbows and knees can be a bit distracting at times, but as a whole the joints are as well integrated into the character design as possible.
Guile was molded from olive green plastic, so the exposed skin areas are all painted on rather thickly and without any kind of shading, which does look rather plain, but the camo pattern on the pants enhances the overall look quite nicely. Guile sports American flags painted on each shoulder; these look way too crisp to pass for tattoos, but then again, that is consistent with the look from the games.
Like most of the figures in this line, Guile comes with an extra pair of hands. The default pair has the right hand sculpted holding a black foldable comb, while the left is sculpted simply with the palm open. The alternate hands are both sculpted as closed fists, and exchanging them is extremely easy.
I have to say that Guile came out quite well in the end. The figure feels well constructed and the overall appearance is true to the videogames. The inclusion of the character specific hands is quite welcome, as it provides with a good number of display options.