QUEST FOR CAMELOT (HASBRO)
“A fallen knight who had been kicked out of Camelot, Ruber believes his destiny is to become the King of England at any cost. Vicious and mean to the core, Ruber sends his Griffin to steal Excalibur, King Arthur’s enchanted sword. Ruber then uses Black Magic to create an unstoppable army of mutant weapons to invade Camelot and destroy the king. Before Ruber can carry out his wicked plans, his Griffin loses Excalibur somewhere in the Forbidden Forest. It’s a race for Excalibur and the power to rule the kingdom of Camelot!”
Warner Brothers’ failed attempt at getting in on the Disney animated feature market, 1998’s Quest For Camelot, may not have been a smash success, but it sure did put in the effort. One of Disney’s biggest selling points for their fantasy genre films was how impressively charismatic and over the top their villains were, and Gary Oldman’s Ruber is certainly well-suited to that group. He’s just so hammy and fun, and, thanks to Oldman being one of the few cast members to perform both the voice acting and the singing, he’s perhaps the one character in the movie who doesn’t feel like he’s in two different films depending on whether he’s singing or not. As the film’s main antagonist (as well as its most memorable part), he found himself amongst the modest tie-in toy offerings, with an action figure I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ruber was released in the six-figure assortment that made up the basic figure portion of Hasbro’s Quest For Camelot tie-in line. Ruber is based on his fully armored appearance from after the film’s time skip, which is his primary look, so that makes a lot of sense. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. He lacks the neck joint that Garrett and Arthur both had, and also gets no extra joints at the waist or wrist like they did, making him a rather stiff figure. It’s more a design thing, though, so it’s not awful. The sculpt is more faithful to the source material than the other two, keeping his more cartoony proportions and exaggerated features. That said, he still gets a lot more added texturing, keeping him consistent with the rest of the line’s stylings. I continue to be impressed by how much detailing Hasbro put into the sculpts, given how streamlined the movie’s animation models were. Ruber’s paint work is rather basic, as is expected. All the standard colors are there, but there’s not really much accenting. They did at least do the shadowing on his eyes, which keeps him truer to his movie look, and the rest of the application is pretty cleanly handled. Ruber got perhaps the most film accurate selection of extras for his figure, with his helmet, shield, and “Armor Crushing Battle Mace.” In a perfect world, I’d love to get his cloak, or maybe an alternate right arm with Excalibur affixed to it, but that wasn’t really how things went at the time. What we got is pretty awesome.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got Arthur and Garrett both before the movie, but Ruber I got after seeing it in theaters. I wasn’t a big villains kid growing up, but I really dug Ruber. His look was just very imposing, and this figure wound up being my go-to villain for a *lot* of my other heroes. He’s another rather solidly done figure from a surprisingly good, and unfortunately overlooked toyline. He’s the last of the three I got as a kid, and I kinda want to actually finish out the set at some point.