“Heroic commander of the famed ‘Skull Squadron’ assigned the monumental task of defending SDF-1. He is the classic definition of a hero. He is also able to transcend his heroic mold to be human and compassionate. He likes to tease his friends especially Rick Hunter, and create a feeling of general camaraderie. His raw courage and skill as a fighter pilot is matched only by Maximillian Sterling.”
Once upon a time, Matchbox was more than just a brand of die cast cars. They were actually their own toy company outright. Around the mid-80s, they tried their hand at making action figures, offering up a rather eclectic selection of properties. They never hit any major success, and were ultimately absorbed into Mattel. Anyway, amongst their selection of properties was Robotech, a recent discovery of mine. Last time I wrote a Robotech review, I looked at one of the cool fighter robot Veritech Fighters. Today, I’ll be looking at that very fighter’s pilot, Commander Roy Fokker!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Roy Fokker was released in the basic series of Matchbox’s Robotech line in 1986 (a slightly tweaked version was later offered in 1992, as part of Harmony Gold’s re-release line). The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. Roy’s construction makes use of a rubber band assembly, similar to the style popularized by GI Joe’s A Real American Hero incarnation. As Matchbox was not quite as established a player in the industry as Hasbro, the figure isn’t quite as strong an offering. The articulation is more obvious and slightly more limited, and the proportions are a bit more off (slightly large head, small torso, long arms, etc.) He’s definitely a dated looking figure. Not a bad looking figure, of course, provided this sort of style appeals to you. Fortunately, it’s the sort of style that’s right up my alley. Stylization aside, he’s got a pretty respectable likeness of Roy from the show, which is really the most important element. The paint work on this figure is fairly basic overall, but decent nonetheless. Aside from his skin being a little on the pale side, the colors match pretty well with the source material, and the application is generally pretty clean. There’s a bit of wear on my figure, most noticeably on the straps on his torso, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary fro a figure of this vintage. Roy was originally packed with both his pilot’s helmet and a gun, but my figure lacks both of these pieces.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After finding the Last Stand VF-1S, I was on the lookout for some more Robotech. Unfortunately, like I noted in that figure’s review, they aren’t the most common items to find. I’ve been checking out my usual toy store stops, in the the hopes of finding a few more of the Toynami Veritechs, but so far I’ve had no luck. I did, however, find this guy at Yesterday’s Fun while I was on vacation, which was pretty sweet. He’s a goofy figure, but I like goofy figures, so he works for me. Now I’ve got a pilot to go with the fighter!