Box: Front and Back
Box: Front Panel and Cutout Interior
Nie Feng (Wind) is a character from a manhua (Chinese comic) called Fung Wan and was made into a movie called The Storm Riders. Although the box is covered with images from the comic, the doll, pardon me - the action figure itself, seems to be based off the movie character more so than the comic. The movie was produced in 1998 and the doll, oh sorry, the LIFE ACTION FIGURE was manufactured in 1999.
The coloring of his clothing is a little bland in my opinion. It's all very well made and the garments are of a quality, supple material, but overall, it's not doing anything for his character. Getting those boots off were torture and no way am I going to try to put them back on.
He has the best articulation of any doll I have - no contest. His joints do make this odd clicking noise when you move him, kinda like a Geiger counter. His hair is rather heavy though so his head tends to lean back. Probably doesn't help that I tried to pull his head off and may have loosened the ball joint.
His body closely resembles that of the Power Team guys but he has four more points of articulation at the wrists and ankles. The best thing though is that he doesn't have the awkward, protruding hip/butt section that the PT dudes have.
I've had the movie his character is from since 1999. It's okay. Achievements in special effects have grown tremendously so watching it today isn't as awe inspiring as when I saw it twelve years ago.
A character still from the movie.
The reason I think this figure is based on the movie is because the box shows the character from a later arc in the comic series in which he wears an eye patch. However, at the end of the movie he still has both peepers.
I got this guy at Tuesday Morning for $4.80. Yeah, you read that right. Talk about an ultimate score. This particular TM seems to be stuck in a land before time because they have some really old stuff at some super awesome prices. Everything is always $2 less than the box says and then I got 40% off on top of that. I went to another TM trying to find a second Nie Feng or the other released character figure (Cloud) but no luck so far. There are 2 more TMs in my area though. ^_^ I'll get to them someday.