Kuai Liang is the younger brother of Bi-Han, the original Sub-Zero. After Bi-Han was murdered by Scorpion, Kuai Liang swore revenge. He mastered the art of Ice and Cold, and took his brother’s former kode name: SUB-ZERO.
I thought I mastered the art of ice and cold until I tried to shovel snow in my pajamas and almost got frostbite. My wife still makes fun of me to this day. ANYWAY if that gobbledygook up there makes any sense to you whatsoever then you’ve probably played through the legnthy story modes of the past two Mortal Kombat games, 2011’s Mortal Kombat and this year’s Mortal Kombat X. If so you might just love this shit evough to be in the market for some action figures of these long lived fighting game stalwarts and if that’s the case then Mezco has you covered. We’ve previously taken a look at their excellent Scorpion and he’s been awfully lonely on my desk without his blue clad murder pal Sub-Zero. We rectify that situation today.
Sub arrives on the same stark, black and white card as Scorpion, the back similarly personalized. Freeing him from the packaging you’ll first notice he’s slightly bulkier than Scorp, but loses none of the articulation, with an ingeniously designed ball jointed waist hidden under his heavily strapped belt. The up and down motion on the ankles are a tad restricted due to the design of Sub’s greaves but it’s hardly noticeable. The paint is excellent here again, especially the metallic effect on those aforementioned greaves and the dark washes on his various buckles and straps. My copy had some slop here and there this time around, particularly around the eyes and the lighter blue sheathes around the daggers on his arms, but it’s nowhere near a deal breaker.
Sub lacks some of Scorp’s bells and whistles, with nowhere to stow his included Ice Hammer and Sword (makes sense since they’re, y’know, ice and he usually shatters them over his opponents and creates new ones every time) and lacking a removable mask, but the sheer massiveness of his upper body does make up for it, replicating the game’s character model perfectly.
I’ve been loving the figures I’ve picked up so far, Scorpion and Sub Zero look great just standing next to each other or locked in um… uh… mortal combat, and there’s still a Rayden out there somewhere with my name on it. Series 2 is scheduled to ship in October (just in time for Halloween) and brings classic favorite Kitana, MK4 villain Quan Chi and badass newcomer Kotal Khan to the fight. Hopeful this license has been doing well for Mezco, I’d love to see some of the more out there character designs like Ferra/Torr or the Corrupted Shinnok on shelves, and maybe even some of the alternate costumes. You keep making them this awesome and we’ll keep buying them.