Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Cordelia That Looks Mostly Like Faith, The Clayburn Moore Original Cordelia Is Still All Right!

The Good: Great sculpt, Decent accessories, Good articulation
The Bad: Slight balance issue, No real collectible value, Over accessorized!
The Basics: Despite having a build and face that is virtually indistinguishable from Faith, the Angel Cordelia figure is not a bad basic Cordelia.

For every major franchise that has merchandising, the main characters who have variant figures all have a basic version of the character. For the Clayburn Moore Angel figures, there were a number of variants for Cordelia. But for the main character, there was only one Cordelia. She had long hair and the basic sculpt made her look very much like Faith from the Buffy line. Ironically, this ended up being the only long haired Cordelia action figure Clayburn Moore made!

With the decline of the Buffyverse as a marketable franchise, even this Cordelia has plummeted in value in recent years and it is affordable once again.


Cordelia is one of the common action figures from the Angel figure line from Clayburn Moore Action Collectibles toys. This Cordelia get up was only in Angel and the figure comes carded. She is a 5 7/8 inch tall action figure featuring a sculpt of Cordelia Chase as she appeared in the first season of Angel when she still had long hair.

The sculpt is a good one, capturing a wry look and subtle smile than some of the other Cordelia figures. The figure looks in equal measures like Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase and Eliza Dushku as Faith. Something about the cheekbones and the lack of a real smile make it a tougher sculpt to easily identify. As for the body, the Cordelia is wearing heels, a black tank top and black pants that, while flared at the bottom, resemble leather pants. The Cordelia features detailing like molded fingernails and the button on the front of her pants (which, unlike the variants, is not colored on this version!). Her hair is also textured for greater realism.

As well, the coloring is realistic and well done. While the outfit is colored entirely in monotones, the skin has realistic depth and shading. Instead of being a monotonal peach color, it has some red and tan in it, so Cordelia looks pretty realistic. Clayburn Moore Action Collectibles also got Cordelia’s eyes right, so they are brown with tiny black pupils and they look as realistic as they can for an action figure. Even Cordelia’s fingernails are appropriately colored black!


Cordelia comes with five basic accessories: a bag, an ax, a stake, a flashlight, and a base/stand. The bag is actually more detailed than the figure! In perfect proportion to the figure, the Cordelia comes with a bag that can be slung over her shoulder and the strap is flexible enough to allow the bag to hang in a fashion that looks (mostly) realistic. The bag is detailed with straps and clasps that make it almost look like one could open the outer pouches! The bag is colored to look like distressed leather and its coloring detail is immaculate.

The least impressive accessory is Cordelia’s ax. The ax is a hand ax or very small battle ax with two blades. Measuring 1 15/16” tall with a head that is 3/4” wide, the battle ax is detailed well, like the bag. The handle is brown and black and detailed just enough to make it clear it is supposed to be wood. The head looks like steel and is colored gunmetal and black. The black ornamentation on the head is surprisingly intricate.

Arguably the most impressive accessory is Cordelia’s stake. The stake is a small, 3/4” pointed cylinder that looks like a sharpened wood stick and it looks neither simple nor out of proportion.

Finally, there is the flashlight. The Cordelia’s flashlight is 1 5/16” long and very simple. The cylinder has one wider end, painted silver, that makes it clear that this is a flashlight and it looks good in Cordelia’s hand. In fact, all three of her primary accessories fit perfectly in either of her hands.

The base is a chunk of sidewalk and wall that looks like it is a piece of sidewalk that has broken open to expose hell. It has two pegs that fit the holes in the bottom of either of Cordelia’s feet. The ground chunk is detailed as well as the rest of the figure and is meant to look like a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. It’s a very cool way to hold or display one’s Cordelia figure.


Cordelia is a very problematic figure to balance. While her articulation gives her many options, her heeled boots require her to be contorted in a way that is very difficult to keep her standing. To alleviate the balance issues, Cordelia has holes in the front of her shoes that fit in the pegs on her stand and playsets for the Angel figures.

Cordelia is also strengthened in poseability by her impressive articulation. Cordelia is articulated at sixteen points: knees, thighs, groin joint, shoulders, elbows, biceps, wrists, waist and head. The elbows and knees have hinge joints, while all the rest are swivel joints. That gives Cordelia a great range of motion for a figure without any ball-and-socket joints.


The Cordelia was a Clayburn Moore Action Collectibles exclusive figure and was released as common figure in the Angel toy line. As a result, it did not retain any collectible value. While this may be found very affordably, it is not likely to ever appreciate in value.


Fans of Cordelia Chase or Charisma Carpenter will want this overaccessorized Cordelia figure as an inexpensive collectible, toy or decoration!

This figure represents Cordelia as she appeared in the second season of Angel, reviewed here!

For other Angel Cordelia action figures, please visit my reviews of:
Slave Cordelia
“You’re Welcome” Cordelia
Short Hair Cordelia
Pylean Princess Cordelia Chase


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© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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