We posted shots of it with the other goodie bag infos yesterday, but as I was talking to a friend who is attending Blizzcon this year (I am not, for a change) who was just poking at the toy in her Anaheim hotel room, I got her to write up a quick hands-on review along with the pair of photos she sent me. Since I’m sure you’re all trying to figure it it’s worth the $40-300 they’re going for on Ebay right now, here’s the quote:
In terms of proportion and design, the Mini Tyrael is better than last year’s Deathwing. Deathwing looked puny and fragile in such a shrunken form. Tyrael looks cute and just the right size in comparison to its base and sword. It doesn’t suffer from shrinkage. 🙂
I wouldn’t call the paint job the best I’ve ever seen. I probably would have preferred a shade or two brighter, with a more metallic sheen to the armor. It’s just a bit dull for Tyrael. The sword could have use more detail, as well. The hilt seems incredibly plain. The blue-translucent wings were a nice touch and good contrast to the rest of the piece. They stand out.
Overall the piece is sturdy enough. It would probably survive a fall off a desk during an earthquake but I wouldn’t let my dog play with it.
I rather liked the Deathwing last year. In fact I’d say it was the best collectible in any Blizzcon goodie bag, and I’d been to Blizzcon 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010. But then I’m fairly partial to dragons (even cutesy-style WoW ones), and I’ve always found Tyrael to be a feathered lecturing pedant who I keep hoping will turn evil so I can beat him until eggs come out, so maybe it’s just me.