And let the gift reviews commence. Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The post-Christmas season, when I have a ton of new toys to review here. As per usual, I’ll be kicking off the post-Christmas reviews with sort of a Day 0 kind of a review, with my one non-Christmas gift of the season.
Remember a few weeks ago when I reviewed one of them there Fortfighters? Crap, I mean Fortnite. Yeah, that’s the one. Despite my very obvious lack of prior knowledge of the source material, I was enamored by the toys. I kind of foresee a good number of reviews from this line forthcoming. Today, I’m keeping things pretty basic, and looking at Raptor, Royal Air Force Test Pilot!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Raptor is part of the first series of the basic “Solo Mode” figures from Jazwares’ Fortnite line. He doesn’t come in the impressive packaging that Rust Lord did, nor does he feature quite as many fancy parts, but he’s also less than half the retail price. The figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. His construction is very similar to the previously reviewed Rust Lord figure, though his actual sculpt is completely unique. While I think the general assembly of Rust Lord is a little more solid and better fit together, I certainly can’t fault this guy’s sculpt. It helps that, like Rust Lord, his design lends itself pretty nicely to a toy translation. I mean, the guy is perhaps the most blatant G.I. Joe rip-off of the bunch. That’s pretty basic toy stuff right there. Raptor is a bit more simple than Rust Lord when it comes to actual detailing, with the main exception being his ski mask, which does actually get some solid work. I was sort of hoping for a bit more to his bomber jacket, but this is, admittedly, fairly true to the game design. Raptor’s paint is a little bit of a mixed bag. There’s a lot I like, especially the things like the insignias on his shoulders. However, the thing that bugs me the most about the figure is completely to do with the paint, and that’s the eyes. They’re not *terrible*, but they’re definitely too big, especially relative to what’s sculpted. Eyes are, admittedly, hard to do, especially at this scale, but as his only visible facial feature, it’s unfortunate they aren’t more on the mark. Raptor is a lighter release, in contrast to the more heavily armed Rust Lord. He gets a pick axe and a building plate with a foot peg on it. I like the variety among the plates, and I can definitely appreciate the inclusion of a melee weapon this time around, especially after getting so many guns with Rust Lord. They’re really encouraging the play pattern here, and I can get behind that.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Raptor here was an anniversary gift from Super Awesome Fiancee, exchanged on Christmas Eve, as is our tradition. After I raved so much about how cool Rust Lord was, she kept an eye out for the rest of the line, and thought I’d like this one. Slight flaws aside, I really do like this figure, and he continues the “augmenting G.I. Joe” thing I started with Rust Lord.