Even though I am an avid follower of the Game of Thrones TV series, truth is I never intended to start buying Funko’s Game of Thrones Legacy Collection figures. However, bumping into them with a nice discount usually tips the scale in their favor.
After getting the White Walker, it was pretty much a given that I would need someone for him to fight, so I got me Jon Snow, who is portrayed as a member of the Night’s Watch, clad in black from head to toe and wearing leather armor and a fur-lined cloak. The garments are sculpted to represent the simple clothing used by the watch, but are nicely detailed.
The face sculpture is not quite there, in my opinion. Other than the unkempt beard, the face on the figure seems to lack any remarkable feature and even the shape seems to be wider than actor Kit Harington’s; the face is framed by the hairpiece, which is glued on top and sculpted to resemble the hairstyle we see in the show.
Also glued to the figure, is the heavy cloak Jon wears. Even though this piece is made from very pliable rubber, it does limit the range of motion if you try to have Jon raise his arms above his head. The overall articulation count for Jon Snow goes like this:
• Pin & disk shoulders.
• Pin & disk elbows.
• Pin & disk wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Pin & disk ankles.
• Rocker feet.
Given the costume design, not all of these articulation points can operate to their full extent, but the overall range is pretty decent to achieve a good number of poses.
Out of habit, I tend to be extremely careful the first time I use the articulation on any figure, dipping the figure in hot water whenever I felt a joint unwilling to turn, but Jon here required no more than a dip or two to liberate the thigh swivels.
The paintjob on Jon Snow’s garments is pretty good. The figure was made from black plastic, but nonetheless was also given a coat of matte black, with bright silver accents to represent clasps and buckles, with white highlights drybrushed on the cloak, boots and hem of the tunic to simulate snow adhered to them.
The face paint is not so good, and it is probably another reason this figure doesn’t resemble the character on TV. The skin tone is so pale that it negates any shape-defining shadow that could have helped with the likeness, and the stubble looks very unrealistic. On the positive side, the eyes and eyebrows are painted neatly.
Jon Snow comes armed with a beautifully detailed bastard sword named Longclaw. It has runes inscribed along the blade on both sides and the pommel sculpted in the shape of a bear’s head. The blade and hilt are painted in bright silver , with black and ivory for handle and pommel.
Longclaw is made from a rigid plastic and can be carried sheathed in the scabbard glued to Jon’s left side, or put in any of Jon’s hands, which are suitably sculpted for such purpose.
Overall, I am quite happy with this figure. The lack of a resemblance to the actor who plays Jon in the series still bother me a little, but the figure is nicely detailed and feels well-made, so I can’t really complain too much.
Errex Score: 85/100