Hey, you guys remember yesterday’s review? Well, good, because I’m covering some similar ground today. Yes, for Day 4 of my Post-Christmas reviews, I’m returning once again to 1000Toys. However, unlike my previous two 1000toys reviews, I’m actually mixing things up and looking at a proper licensed toy, not an original creation. Etherow, today’s focus, is the lead character of the manga Aposimz, a sci-fi epic set on an artificial planet. I can’t say as I know much about it, but it sounds kind of fun from what I’ve read so far. But enough of that talk of reading! That’s not what we do around here! How’s the toy? Read on!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Etherow is a 2018 release and is, so far, the only figure in the Aposimz line from 1000Toys. Time will tell if that’s going to change, but not being familiar with the source material, I can’t really say for myself. Though technically he’s a standalone figure, the fact that Aposimz is by the same artist who did all of the design work for 1000Toys’ in-house TOA Heavy Industries figures means that he’ll fit in very nicely with them. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 43 points of articulation. Of the three 1000Toys figures I own, I found Etherow to be by far the most restricted in terms of movement. It’s not so much the actual joints, though, but rather elements of his design that are slightly hampering him here. All that said, there are still plenty of awesome poses to be had, and his articulation is still very smooth and easily used. The sculpt works all of this articulation in pretty well, and, apart from the slightly impeding nature of some of the little add-ons here and there, the two aspects work nicely in tandem. Etherow, as an armored character, has a slightly different appearance to him than the fully robotic likes of CaRB. He’s segmented, asymmetric, and, above all, he looks like he’s been through the wringer. His armor is dinged and dented, and just generally looks battle-hardened. Clearly it was at one point new and sleek, but that time has since passed. From what I’ve been able to find of Aposimz online, the figure seems to be a rather faithful rendition of Etherow in three dimensions. Paintwork on Etherow is actually pretty impressive, considering how basic it looks at first glance. You might think he’s just molded in shiny red plastic, but there’s quite a bit of variation to all of that red, including a good deal of accenting on the various raised edges of the armor, helping to highlight all of the different pieces. The white striping running throughout adds a nice bit of pop, and is cleanly applied, if perhaps a little thin. While CaRB had no extras and the Robox was a little sparse, Etherow is actually pretty decently accessorized. He has three pairs of hands, as well as three interchangeable left forearms, one of which includes Etherow’s Ballistic Acceleration Device, which is apparently his weapon of choice. It’s all rounded up with a rather nice articulated display stand, which makes for lots of very fun posing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Etherow continues the 1000Toys tradition of being from my parents. I caught a blurry image of this guy on Twitter back in February of last year, and had no idea what the heck he was, but I knew I wanted one. Upon figuring out what the heck he was, I wanted one even more. Fortunately for me, my family had me covered there. Etherow’s not quite as free range as the other two 1000Toys figures in my collection, but he’s still a lot of fun, and there’s no denying that he’s very, very cool looking.