#3143: Ice Sword

ICE SWORD — 1ST STEEL LEGION

BATTLE FOR THE STARS (JOYTOY)

Remember when I was talking about Joytoy, that new corner of the toy world for me?  Well, why not talk about them just a little bit more.  Three reviews just doesn’t quite seem like enough of them.  And, in the spirit of the pattern I’ve thus far had going, which is mecha, then figure, then mecha, I’m gonna go ahead and look at another of the figures.  In addition to loosely aping popular franchises to come up with cool mecha designs, they also do a little bit of loose aping of other various sci-fi concepts.  Amongst them, space-y soldiers in high-tech armor, that are in no way meant to be Halo Spartans or anything like that.  Why would you think that?  Anyway, without further ado, here’s Ice Sword.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Ice Sword is part of Joytoy’s Battle for the Stars branding, specifically as part of their “1st Steel Legion” sub-set, which is a set of four different armored-up figures, all of whom are effectively the next step up from the single-release figures like Grice Anna.  The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation.  Obviously, given the full armor set-up, his range of motion is somewhat restricted in a few spots, most notably the shoulders, but for the most part he’s still very mobile.  Ice Sword’s sculpt has a fair bit of overlap with fellow 1st Steel Legion member Black Sickle.  Given the whole shared Legion set-up, it’s not a terribly surprising or unreasonable bit of re-use, since you would expect some degree of standard-issue-ness to the whole thing.  The structure of the sculpt has a full under-lying body, with all of the armored parts being separate pieces.  The armor is polished and geometric, with plenty of technical details, seams, joints, and all sorts of doo-dads.  I like it.  It’s a good modern sci-fi armor set-up.  Clearly influenced by other things, but still rather unique.  It’s all removable in theory, I suppose, though in practice it seems like a bit much to undertake.  Joytoy themselves don’t advertise the armor as removable beyond the helmets.  Said helmet is Ice Sword’s main “unique” piece for this release.  I dig the Spartan (and I mean that in a historical sense, not a Halo one) influence of the design.  It’s very clean and classically heroic, and it just meshes very well with the rest of the armor.  Under the helmet is a full unmasked sculpt.  It’s rather grizzled, and there’s plenty of detailing.  I’m not big on the top-knot, but it’s an alright sculpt on the technical side.  What really makes each of the 1st Steel Legion figures shine is their unique color scheme.  Ice Sword is predominantly white, as you might expect from someone with “Ice” in their name, though he gets some red detailing, as well as just a splash of blue.  It gives him a vaguely Captain America-esque feel, at least to me.  The paint work on this guy is pretty solid overall.  There’s a little bit of bleed over on some of the edges, but nothing major, and the work on the insignias and markings is all nice and sharp.  There’s a little bit of a wash on the armor, so that it looks a little broken-in, but it’s not too overpowering.  Ice Sword is packed with a sword (rather unsurprisingly), a shotgun, a small machine gun, a pistol, a small shield, and three sets of hands (in fists, loose grip, and tight grip).  It’s an impressive selection, especially when compared to the last 1/18 figure I looked at from the line.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Since getting the Grice Anna figure back in December, I’ve looked at a few other of the 1/18 figures to possibly grab, especially as they’ve come into All Time.  All of the 1st Steel Legion are pretty interesting looking figures, but Ice Sword was the first one that really jumped out at me.  I’m not entirely sure why, especially given that he’s not even the all-green one with a hammer (who both Max and Tim are still trying to sell me on), but I just liked the look a lot.  He’s a ton of fun.  He’s different from the Mechas, and honestly a bit different from Anna, but I really like him.

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#3004: Grice Anna – 19th Legion United

GRICE ANNA — 19th LEGION UNITED

BATTLE FOR THE STARS (JOYTOY)

Hey, remember when I was talking about Joytoy?  It was, like, three days ago?  Man, wasn’t that cool, and new, and different?  I sure thought so.  How about we give that another go, perhaps?  While the main focus of their output is the cool Mechas, Joytoy actually puts quite a lot of effort into the scale figures that go with said Mechas.  Enough effort that they don’t just want to leave them only available within the larger sets, so they also sell them in a few other ways, including just flat out selling them on their own.  So, today, I’m looking at one of those figures on its own.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Grice Anna is from Joytoy’s Battle For The Stars line, which, in contrast to the last item I looked at, is actually one of their 1/18 scale lines, meaning the humans are roughly at that 3 3/4 inch mark.  The figure follows suit, standing just shy of 4 inches tall and sporting 32 points of articulation, at least on the base body.  The design also features an exoskeleton sort of brace kind of set-up, which also features some articulation, though mostly its really just in a fashion that allows the underlying figure to still be posed without any trouble.  The articulation on the core figure is a lot like a 30th Anniversary/POC Joe, but even further improved, to the point where there’s even toe articulation, which, at this scale?  Well, that’s pretty impressive.  The joints are also quite well-toleranced, so she’ll be able to hold poses without much trouble, which is always a concern at this scale.  Anna’s design is sort of a merging of modern tactical gear with a little bit of military sci-fi, in keeping with the other stuff Joytoy’s been doing.  The core figure is much more on the realistic modern tactical side, and you could honestly fit her in pretty well with Joes and the like in this state.  She’s got a long sleeve shirt and some combat pants, as well as armoring on the torso, knees, and shins (the shin armor is a separate piece, so you could remove those too if you wanted).  The full armor is comprised of a pair of shoulder pads, an alternate helmeted head, and an exoskeleton that hooks over the wrists and legs, and runs pretty much the whole body.  She’s also got a cool neckerchief, you know, for a little bit of tasteful accessorizing.  Everything slides into place pretty well, although you will need to do a little bit of disassembly of the main body to get everything on there.  My only complaint is that the helmet isn’t actually attached to the alternate head in any way, so it falls off a lot.  Feels to me like it would have made the most sense to just glue it in place, especially since the alternate head foregoes even giving her painted eyes or anything, which winds up looking pretty creepy.  Her paint work is generally pretty nice.  The base work is clean, and she also gets a darker wash on the armored parts, as well as the pants, which helps to not only emphasize the sculpted details, but also to give her a slightly more worn-in appearance, which fits the setting they’re going for.  Anna is packed with two sets of hands with differing grips, as well as an assault rifle and a pistol.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I’ve been keeping Tim in the loop on my delve into Joytoy, since he is also big on the cool robots front.  This turned out to be a point in my favor, as his sister-in-law Becca was looking to get me something cool for Christmas this year, and he was able to point me in the direction of this particular figure.  I wasn’t intending to jump down the rabbit hole of the individual figures quite this quickly, but this one’s admittedly really cool.  Sure, she’s not the same scale as the one Mecha I have, but I guess I’ll just have to get a Mecha that scales with her.  Oh darn.