GRANITE GOHLEMS: RHOKK & RHOLL
WEAPONEERS OF MONKAA
If you’re a fan of action figures that are fun (and if you aren’t, what’s wrong with you?) then Weaponeers of Monkaa is a line that is definitely worth checking out. I can’t stress enough how refreshing it is to collect a line that isn’t retail and license driven. It’s a toyline created for the love of the game, and that’s something to admire in this day and age. The line’s creators, Spy Monkey Creations, just released a new assortment of figures, and like the good completist that I am, I purchased the whole set. So, let’s look at the Granite Gohlems Rhokk and Rholl! Aren’t those names clever?
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Rhokk and Rholl were both released as part of the sixth assortment of Weaponeers of Monkaa figures. They’re separate figures, and usually I’d give them a separate review. However, they’re both Granite Gohlems, and they’re pretty much the same figure, with some very minor paint differences. The figures are both about 4 inches tall and feature 19 points of articulation in their default states. As I noted in my Palidar review, the nature of the line means that you can effectively build them anyway you like, so your mileage may vary on height and movement. Both figures use the same assortment of parts we’ve seen on every other WoM figure so far. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. As Gohlems, they both use the “fist” head for their standard set up. I really like this head, because it gives off a really cool retro robot vibe. The rest of the pieces are just as good here as they have been every other release of the parts, so that’s pretty great. Paint work on these two is relatively minor, but it’s also the only thing that distinguishes them from each other. Both figures are molded in the same grey plastic as Palidar. On Rhokk, the eyes and logos are done in black, while on Rholl they are done in white. Personally, I think that Rholl’s scheme makes him look a little more lively, but both are well executed, with no real slop or anything. The two figures are both armed with a short blade and a sickle, cast in the same grey plastic as the figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got these two on the first day of release on the Spy Monkey online store, at the same time as Palidar. There’s no denying that Palidar was the star of this assortment, but these two are certainly solid additions to the line. Plus, they offer another variety of Gohlem, which is certainly nice.