ROBOX — BASIC
“Born from a collaboration between the world famous Korean artist Kim Jung Gi and 1000toys that will produce products based on designs by Kim drawn specifically for this project. This basic Robox is highly articulated and built stiff enough to hold poses. The first release is the standard version of Robox featuring a military paint finish with weathering and small markings.”
For Day 3 of this year’s Post-Christmas reviews, I’m actually calling back on Day 3 of last year’s round, where I took a break from all the licensed stuff to take a look at something that was designed as a toy first. That was, of course, C.a.R.B., perhaps my very favorite item from last year’s round-up, and my first experience with 1000Toys. Today, I’m following that up with another of 1000Toys’ offerings, a line of collapsible robots called “Robox.”
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This guy is the debut figure in the Robox line, as the most basic model up for grabs. As of right now, the only real difference between releases seems to be coloring, but time will tell if they plan to expand on things. Basic was released early last year. He’s about 6 1/4 inches tall (a little taller than C.a.R.B.) and he has 34 points of articulation…more or less. There are more joints than that, but they’re tied into the collapsing feature and are thus not usable in his more standard configuration. As with CaRB, posability is one of the figure’s strongest suits. He’s got a ton of motion, the joints move smoothly, and he’ll be able to hold poses long-term. He’s also quite sturdy on his feet, which is always a plus in my book. Given the robotic nature of his design, the articulation is also quite easily worked into the sculpt, by virtue of it being purposefully on display. Basic is decidedly a different sort of robot than CaRB was, of course, being a more deliberately robotic and utilitarian design than CaRB’s uber sleek load out. Where CaRB (and, by extension, the Synthetic Human he’s built from) is a top-of-line, artfully-crafted masterpiece, Basic is decidedly mass-produced and economized, an emphasis on practicality over finesse. It’s a design that quite appeals to me, and the sculpt translates the very machined appearance into plastic very well. The design is, of course, all built around his ability to fold up into a much more compact package, and it is in fact this folded up configuration that he is packaged in. There are a handy set of instructions included showing how to unfold him, and once you’ve done the process back and forth a few times, it’s pretty intuitive and easily done. I didn’t feel like I was risking breaking any of the joints or anything, and he stays in either configuration pretty well once full transformed. The paintwork on this guy really reinforces the utilitarian aspect. He’s clearly some sort of military grade item, with his olive green base coat and all of his safety markings. I really enjoy all of the little warnings and messages printed throughout the figure, as though he were a real piece of machinery. The work is so tiny and easily missed and yet so pivotal to giving the figure that high-end feel. Basic is armed with two pistol-like armaments which come plugged into each leg, as well as a large shield plate, which can either be stowed on his back or placed defensively on his arm.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Basic here was, like CaRB, a gift from my parents. After how impressive CaRB was, I was itching to get more 1000Toys offerings. As a smaller company, their releases are kind of slower and lesser in number, so options are somewhat limited, somewhat pricey, and somewhat likely to move more on the quick side. Upon seeing a review of these guys, I definitely ear-marked one for hopes to add him to my collection later. My parents were kind enough to do that part for me. He’s rather a different figure from CaRB, but no less impressive. I’m a sucker for cool toys and cool robots, so this guy’s right up my alley.