I love Carol. Of all the characters in AMC's The Walking Dead, she is by far my favorite. When we first meet Carol, she seems nothing more than a meek victim of her husband's abusive nature. But over the course of five seasons, we've seen her grow into one of the most complex characters in the series. She is fiercely maternal, shockingly pragmatic, and a surprisingly competent survivor. Her comic book counterpart died off ages ago, but the TV character is so much more dynamic and interesting that she'll probably stay alive forever. The sad part for me is that I'm not sure what other ladies are on the horizon for this line. Sasha, Beth, and Rosita are likely candidates, but at this point all the heavy hitters are done. The sculpting on this Carol figure is great. However, every version I saw in stores had pretty awful facial paint. I looked at the paint master photos on spawn.com as a guide for a quick touch-up and I'm pretty happy with the results. Let's check out Carol (and my customization) below!
This first group of photos is pre-touchup.
Okay. Now to me there were a few main points of concern for her face. (1) Her eyes are lacking definition. One of Carol's signature features are expressive, almost puppy-dog-like, eyes with really attractive lashes. This figure just has beady little pupils. (2) Her nostrils are too prominent. Carol does have a very sculpted little nose with visible nostrils, but this is overkill. (3) Her lips are painted too sparingly making her look like she's biting her lip. and (4) Her hairline is patchy and there are "smudgy" areas around her temples. This is because the head is cast in dark plastic with the fleshtone painted on unevenly.
These Walking Dead figures are difficult to touch-up because their charm is how they achieve such realism through minimalism. Too much detail makes a figure look cartoony really quick.
My touch-up is very subtle. I turned her nostrils brown (from black) and reduced their size with fleshtone paint around her nose. I widened her mouth, and I added a top lash line to her eyes. The sculpt was already there for all these details, I just added the paint to bring them out. I think she has the best sculpt of any of the ladies so far.
Carol comes with three accessories: a hunting knife (like the ones she was secretly training the kids to use in the jail when everyone thought she was leading storytime), a gas can (that she used to torch the bodies of the infected group members she stealthily and unceremoniously killed), and a pistol. I love Carol. She's so confusing.
Carol has the same crazy articulation that the rest of the figures in the series do. You can basically get her in any pose you want, but the simple ones look best.
Time for a Group Shot!
Maggie (who I really need to touch-up now as well), Andrea, and Michonne.