I'm an avid weapons collector. Whether it be blades, blunt weapons, or ranged weaponry, I have a little bit of everything in my collection.
Warhammer 40,000 is getting bigger and bigger with each passing day, and I don't just mean the amount of time and space that the universe itself encompasses. No, I'm talking about the fanbase and the amount of diverse and fun products being offered for the franchise. My favorite of the newest additions to the collectibles for what is deemed "the hobby" are the action figures from McFarlane Toys.
The second wave of the action figures recently released as I write this, and that included the Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister whom I picked up an artist proof and a colorized version of! As excited as I was to receive my Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister figures, they didn't quite live up to the expectations I had formed from my experience with the Ultramarines Primaris Assault Intercessor.
However, before I hop straight into my review, let's explore the specs made available to us from McFarlane Toys themselves!
- Incredibly detailed 7' scale figures based off the Warhammer 40k Franchise
- Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing
- This Sister of Battle dons the classic Black armor of the Order of Our Martyred Lady
- Includes a Bolter, a Chain Sword, and a base
- Figure is showcased in Warhammer McFarlane Gold Label Series themed window box packaging
- Collect all Warhammer Action Figures! Figures Sold Separately
- Style may vary as ultra rare white chase figure may be received
"The Battle Sisters make up the vast majority of each of the Orders Militant, gunning down heretic, xenos and traitor alike with their holy trinity of weaponry – bolter, melta and flamer. They are the foot soldiers of the Emperor, his sword of defiance and his shield indomitable. Beneath their thundering bolters countless aliens, mutants, traitors and heretics have met their doom. Wherever they advance across the battlefield the light of the Emperor spreads like a holy dawn, manifesting in miracles that see the bolts and blasts of the enemy turned impossibly aside or the foe consumed by the fires of righteous retribution.
Onwards the Battle Sisters march, their exultant prayers ringing out all the more stridently at these breathtaking proofs of the Emperor’s manifest divinity, and with every squeeze of their triggers they dispatch more of the unworthy abominations that dare stand against the Master of Mankind."
My Personal Review of the Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister
Alright, so now that we have the manufacturer specs out of the way we can get into the nitty-gritty—the finer nuances, if you will—of the Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister action figure from McFarlane Toys. To start out with I'd like to discuss what it is I actually like, what anyone will like, about this action figure. Unfortunately, though, the list of positive feelings I have for the figure is pretty short even if it does outweigh my negative feelings.
First and foremost it must be said that the amount of detail put into this Battle Sister is absolutely stunning. The colors pop in all the right places, the texture on her loincloth gives it a realistic touch, and every stud, rivet, and adornment was obviously designed with the utmost attention to care. This Battle Sister action figure must've been a work of passion and love for the one who designed it, because I can see it in every carefully-designed nuance.
Even on the Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister Artist Proof, the one with no color so that you can paint her in whatever colors you so choose, we can see and feel the designer's passion for what they were creating. My favorite facet of the action figures themselves is the rubber they incorporated onto the armor. The loincloth, gauntlets, and kneepads are all made of this flexible rubber-like material, and it really manages to give the figure a feeling of being more alive and realistic.
Even with all the positives I could list about these beautiful Battle Sisters it just wouldn't be justice for the consumer if I didn't tell you there are some blaring negatives. For one, I have a very important concern about the way they packaged the weapons. The Battle Sisters' swords are bound into the box by a rubber band, and they are locked down so tight in the middle that they come out of the box warped; a warped Chain Sword can be easily remedied on my end, but less experienced collectors risk stretching the material or even ruining the weapon itself while getting it back to its proper shape.
My second gripe with the figure is how clumsy-but-stiff she is; this complaint is my biggest one. No matter how I try to pose the Battle Sister she just will not stand up straight, or in such a way that would be natural for anyone to stand. The base is a must, unlike with the Primaris Assault Intercessor, and even as I stare at her on my shelf right now she is standing with an awkward tilt forward; I really wish she were better designed and proportioned for standing freely.
Third and finally—this complaint hearkens back to my second one but needed to be addressed individually—the Battle Sister's joints look and feel very delicate. The joints on this action figure move a lot more freely, especially on the feet which have three joints, making this a design issue more than a feature to value. You see, I like my figures' joints to have some resistance so that a slight vibration won't throw them off balance, but already I've had my Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister action figure take a tumble to the floor due to doors being closed too hard on the other side of my home.
As a collectible, this action figure stands out in quality and craftsmanship, but she most certainly is not meant to be a toy.
Final Verdict: A Must-Buy for True Fans of "Warhammer 40,000"
Though I find myself with many more negative feelings about McFarlane Toys' Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister action figure than I did with their Primaris Assault Intercessor, I am confident when I say that any true fan of Warhammer 40,000 needs to have her in their collection. It must be pointed out, however, that this action figure does feel a lot more niche than your basic Ultramarine, though, and designed for collectors rather than a broader audience. I don't think the general market is going to truly appreciate the Battle Sister as things stand right now.
Equally so, the Battle Sister is much more fragile, thin, and overall breakable than her Ultramarine action figure peers, and I do not recommend this for kids who actually enjoy roughhousing with their action figures. I let my son put the Primaris Assault Intercessor through its paces just to test its durability and he came out fine, but I'm scared to handle the Battle Sister excessively myself lest I break off a bit of her regalia, or even snap one of her joints. She does look pretty on my shelf, though, and I'm super happy to have her in my collection.
So, what are you waiting for? Go to the links listed in my review and get yourself an Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister right now; you won't regret it!
© 2021 Kyler J Falk
Kyler J Falk (author) from California on June 09, 2021:
Thanks, Stella, I always hope for my articles to be of a quality that others find acceptable. It is nice to hear that I hit the mark!
stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on June 08, 2021:
A very good and informative article.