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Review : McFarlane Ruin (Donnie Walsh), Call of Duty Black Ops

Updated: Mar 22

Ruin, from Call of Duty Black Ops, was released by McFarlane in 2018 as part of their brand new Call of Duty action figure line. Other figures released at launch include Simon "Ghost" Riley, Seraph and John "Soap" MacTavish.

Packaging 2/5

The first few Call of Duty release from McFarlane were packed onto blister cards - the later figures would move to a boxed release. The card is white with grey map decals in the background. Within the backdrop, sat behind the figure, is a larger grey logo which represents the version of CoD that the figure is from. For Ruin its the Black Ops series.

The character name is an insert to the right hand side of the figure and adds some colour to the pack with the deep orange character name and an image of his face. The full name of Donnie Walsh sits just above the larger "Ruin".

The back of the card has no bio or background details, it simply carries images of the first 2018 figures. The odd thing is that McFarlane have put this side on, which feels a strange decision.

Paint & Sculpt 3/5

As you would expect from McFarlane, Ruin is a very detail figure - starting with a nicely sculpted head complete with intricate tattoos on each side. The face is not overly realistic, and remains painted and the basic eye detail is at odds with the other level of detail.

The military gear is multi layered with vests, pouches straps and webbing. There are various ammo clips, grenades and a knife sculpted as part of the uniform - none of these are removable. The paint is neat and crisp, with some nice decals on the shoulder panel that states "Bone Crusher". There is weathering on the legs, with mud splashes on the knee pads. It would have added more depth if this had been applied all over.

I was very surprised by the scale of these Call of Duty figures. I had wrongly assumed they were 7 inch scale like other McFarlane figures, and those from NECA. It's actually aligned more to Marvel Legends - and therefore works well as background characters. Crossbones for example has just found a few new mercenaries!

Accessories 2/5

Ruin comes with a single accessory, a breaching ram. The ram is extremely brittle on the rear handle. Mine broke straight out of the box and I have seen others complain about the exact same issue.

The ram is a circular piece cast in hard black plastic.Over this are applied some decals such as the face on the front face and the "Knock Knock" phrase down the side. The side handle is articulated and can be spun to help with posing.

Ruin himself has very hard plastic hands, vs say the softer hands of a Hasbro figure, and this makes getting the handles into hands quite difficult - if the rear handle hadn't snapped on unpacking it would certainly not survive the force needed to get Ruin to hold it.

The figures also come with a circular figure stand. This is black glossy plastic with the Call of Duty log at the front. The stand has a single peg that corresponds with the right foot of Ruin. The fit is tight and the stand works well - although Ruin has enough strength in the ankle rockers to stand fine on his own.

Articulation 3/5

Ruin weighs in with a total of 16 points of articulation, average for a figure of this scale. He doesn't get double joints at either the elbow or knees which does restrict posing.

Head : ball joint

Body : waist swivel

Arms : ball joint shoulder, bicep swivel, single joint elbow, wrist ball joint

Legs : T-joint hip, single joint rotating knee, ankle rocker

The arms can get into posing to hold the breaching ram in two hands and achieve some action orientated posting. And despite the single joint knees, the figure can kneel if needed.

All joints are tight and move well within their movement range.


Ruin is a great looking figure with lots of depth on the costume. The articulation is acceptable but not on par as yet with similarly scaled Hasbro figures. The accessory is disappointing, mainly due to how fragile this is and how it breaks straight out of the box.

The box itself is also an odd format, holding to a blister card in a world where window boxes have become the standard. The decision to present the card back sideways is also an unusual decision.

All in all for a £20 figure I score Ruin a 3 out of 5.

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