Guest Review #0028: Isa – V3

ISA v.3

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The following is a guest review by Tim Marron. For more from Tim, check outTimsical Thoughts and Tim’s Blarg.

Alright, I know you guys are probably tired of these by now so I figured why draw this out any longer. Today I’ll be looking at my sixth and final piece of my Infinity Blade Collectibles set, but I promise, this one is going to be interesting so just bear with me. Here we go, ending on a bang of sorts.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

IsaV3eBoring stuff out of the way first. This figure is based on Isa from Infinity Blade 3 dressed up in the Dark Stripe armor, Crystalis helm, Lunith Brace gauntlet, and wielding Norfair. She has no articulation as usual and is in the Horizon pose which actually makes her much shorter than the other figures at only two and a quarter (three including the weapon) inches tall. Now onto the fun part. The first thing I noticed when I opened this figure is that her weapon, Norfair, is too chunky in comparison to the game and not by a small margin. It ends up looking like a pool noodle rather than the sleek, streamlined staff it’s supposed to be. That being said, I can understand why it came out that way because as it is it seems very fragile. Were it any thinner I wouldn’t be surprised if it fell off if someone happened to sneeze a little too hard. But that’s not even the worst of it. In contrast to the other figures in this set, the aforementioned Horizon pose is much more of an action pose. This is where the problems arise, not from the sculpt which is spot on, but from the character model in the game. When you’re playing the game, the characters are moving around doing all sorts of cool moves, but it happens quickly and from very fixed camera angles so you don’t really see everything going on. As she is now, Isa’s spine seems impossibly contorted, her arms look like they’re made out of Play-Doh, and her legs around the hip have these really terrible creases from the 3D mesh folding on itself. I had to go back into the game to look, and sure enough, all these issues were there from the start. The color details are closer to what we’ve seen on the other figures, maybe actually a little brighter than the others but still marred by the lack of varnish. There’s some nice line work on the torso, head and legs, but the arms. She’s supposed to have a few touches of dirt on her arms as one might after a long day of fighting monsters, but they missed the mark and instead made her look like she’s got some nasty bruises.  Isa comes with no accessories.

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

And that’s it, we’re all done with Infinity Blade Collectibles. I like to save the best for last in a series like this, and depending how you look at it, I’ve either done exactly that or not at all. This figure definitely falls under the category of “So bad, it’s good” with the wonky knees and elbows and the Liefeld-esque lack of spine. It does stick out a bit from the others, but thankfully you can’t really see the problems until it’s actually in your hands, so it still makes for a fine display piece.

Guest Review #0025: Siris V3

SIRIS v.3

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The following is a guest review by Tim Marron. For more from Tim, check outTimsical Thoughts and Tim’s Blarg.

The end is in sight. Today we have the penultimate Infinity Blade review. If this was a fight, it would be the Black Knight, however his armor isn’t available to players, so instead it’s just another Siris. So take raise your sword and shield, here comes the final Siris figure and he looks like he means business.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

SirisV3eIf you’ve been keeping up with my reviews of the other IB Collectibles, you can probably figure out that this version of Siris hails from Infinity Blade 3 just like all the previous figures. This setup has him wearing the the Hunter Mail armor, Manganese helm, Obsidian sword, and the Maximus shield although it isn’t present in the Stoic pose. He shares most of the same stats with every other of these guys, right about three and a half inches tall with no articulation. The sculpt on this figure as actually pretty impressive given what I’ve seen on the other Sirises and Isas. All of the appropriate edges and textures are there and as sharp as I can conceivably see them being with this type of 3D printing. Likewise the colored texturing is really well done with some nice crisp detail lines on the helmet and torso. I only have two real complaints about this figure, one of those being the overall faded look which makes it look like the whole thing is just grey at a glance. This is especially evident on the sword which is supposed to be a deep purple and the little cloth bits around Siris’ waist which are bright blue. The other main issue I have, which I touched on in the previous review, is how Sandboxr seems to be holding back on the varnish. As a result, the figure feels very rough in the hands and just looks a little dull. Siris comes with no accessories.

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

This was part two of three from my last Sandboxr purchase. I was pretty excited to get this one because I gave him one of my favorite swords in the game. I was a little disappointed with the brightness of the colors but even with the problems I mentioned earlier, the sculpt and detail quality make this one one of my favorites. I just can’t help but wonder if a coat of clear nail polish could improve the figure a little bit.

Guest Review #0022: Isa V2

ISA v.2

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The following is a guest review by Tim Marron. For more from Tim, check outTimsical Thoughts and Tim’s Blarg.

Aha! You’d forgotten about these, hadn’t you? I can’t blame you, it’s been a while. But yes, Infinity Blade, this time it’s my second version of Siris’s buddy Isa. She’s number four of my six IB figures to date, so we’re just gonna power right on through.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

IsaV2eAs with all of these figures, Isa is based on one of her many possible looks in Infinity Blade 3. In this version, I’ve dressed her up in the Shard Plate armor, Wraith helm, and Akkash arm guard, wielding Slicer. She is posed in the Poise pose (which sounds like the start of a tongue twister), standing roughly three and a half inches tall and with the usual zero articulation. The sculpt is mostly pretty well done keeping up with the slightly more modern look of her armor, the helmet in particular has an impressive level and sharpness of detail. As with the previous Isa figure, there’s a little stump of a tree on the stand, but I’m not sure why since this one doesn’t have the same structural concerns. The one pretty glaring issue is the sword. I guess the printing method has trouble forming hard straight edges but the sword is meant to be smooth, not the jagged oversized shiv it looks like she’s holding. I’m sure it’s nothing a careful application of a Dremel couldn’t fix, but I’m not sure exactly how fragile these are and don’t want to risk damaging it further. I just wish it hadn’t come that way in the first place. The colors are reasonably accurate if not a little washed out. Unfortunately, this figure continues the downward trend of needing an extra coat or two of varnish to bring out the colors a bit more and smooth out some of the rough sandpapery texture. Isa comes with no additional accessories as usual.

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I got this figure of Isa together with the remaining two Infinity Blade figures in a big sale Sandboxr had, effectively doubling my Infinity Blade figures in a single purchase. Even with the sculptural issues on the sword, I still really enjoy the figure and I think it’s a great addition to my collection.

Guest Review #0016: Siris V2

SIRIS v.2

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Today’s review is written by Tim Marron.  Check out more from Tim over at Tim’s Blarg and Timsical Thoughts.  Take it away Tim!

Here we go, strolling over the crest of a hill to overlook a scenic vista of some old vaguely gothic castle and announcing quietly, “Siris, I will review you.” Yes, I have more of Infinity Blade‘s lead character for you today and this time he’s changed his outfit. Let’s take a look at my second version of him. Start Bloodline 2.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

SirisV2eFor those unfamiliar, one of the main game mechanics of the Infinity Blade series is the abundance of weapon and armor options from which to earn experience points which have to be swapped out for different gear once they are “mastered”. You know, like when you have to change clothes because you get too good at wearing them…? I mean, that’s what I do, at least, but we’re getting side-tracked here. This version of Siris shows him wearing the Dark Plate armor, Dark Plate Helm, and wielding the Poison Scythe sword. The Poison Scythe is a dual weapon in the game so, in this case, he has no shield. Also, Siris is posed in the Glory pose and is sculpted in the small 3.5″ scale. I can’t say much about the sculpt that I haven’t said already, aside from one thing. Viewed in the game, Siris’ right arm is held out to the side more, resulting in the sword being at about hip height. It seems that the people at Sandboxr adjusted the model so that now the tip of the sword touches the ground. I understand why they might have done this, but it makes the pose feel a bit more static than I would have liked. The colors are all well applied and definitely look true-to-game though a little bit more contrast in the sword would be nice. As before, Siris includes no accessories and no articulation.

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I actually received this figure in the mail at the same time as my Isa v.1 figure. I thought the initial Siris was very new and clean looking so I tried going for the opposite with this one when kitting him out. Plus, it gave me a reason to give him the Poison Scythe, which is based off an Egyptian sword called a khopesh, and I’m a big fan of khopeshes. It is a little irritating that they lowered his sword arm so much and I would have maybe liked an extra coat of the varnish, but he’s still a good figure and I may actually like this one just a bit more than Siris v.1. Perhaps his descendants will fare even better.

Guest Review #0014: Isa – v1

ISA v.1

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Today’s review is written by Tim Marron.  Check out more from Tim over at Tim’s Blarg and Timsical Thoughts.  Take it away Tim!

When it comes to fighting Deathless and their hordes of daeril, brute strength will only get you so far. Sometimes you need a little finesse to get the job done. Cue Siris’ sprightly feminine counterpart, Isa, to twist some necks. She also happens to be the second figure I’ll be reviewing in my growing collection of Infinity Blade figures.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

IsaV1aAlthough her debut appearance was in Infinity Blade 2, Isa was not playable as a character until the third game. Her figures are based on the many possible wardrobe options in IB3. This version, in the small size, has her equipped with the Perconis helm, Forbidden Armor, Illorium (sometimes Ellorium) sword, and Honor Guard brace striking the “Zenith” pose. Like Siris, Isa’s sculpt is basically dead on, being taken from the game’s models. Certain areas like the ribbon on her helmet and the wing/fin things on her back are quite impressive for 3D printing. In a classic sculpture move, there is a little tree stump right next to her leg and sword to add a bit of structural support without leaving the figure looking unfinished. It’s not a bad feature, in fact, as far as obligatory tree stumps go it was handled pretty well. The only thing is that, in order to have Isa’s sword touching the stump, looking carefully, it seems like they may have bend the blade ever so slightly to achieve contact. That being said, it’s a minor gripe about an overall fantastic sculpt. The color on this model is right on par with my previous Siris figure: looks great overall with one or two minor splotchy areas. In Isa’s case they are on her brace and sword, both of which are fairly small in terms of surface area so I can forgive them looking a little fuzzy. Isa comes with no accessories and has no articulation, but we knew that already, didn’t we?

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

After my purchase of my Siris v.1 figure, Sandboxr, the company that does the actual printing, was nice enough to send me an offer for $5 off my next order. Needless to say I was very quick to send in my Isa’s design for printing. Then, because this is how the world works, the day after I placed my order, I got an email notifying me that Infinity Blade prints by Sandboxr were 20% off. To make a pretty short story even shorter, expect another Siris review very soon. And then probably more of both after that. I gotta wonder though, do you think Siris works for Sandboxr? Because they did a pretty good job of having her… immortalized.

Guest Review #0011: Siris – V1

SIRIS -V1

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Today’s review is written by Tim Marron.  Check out more from Tim over at Tim’s Blarg and Timsical Thoughts.  Take it away Tim!

One of my favorite game series of all time has got to be the Infinity Blade franchise, developed by Chair for iOS. It’s got everything I love: swords, fighting, swords, monsters, weapons, and swords [also swords. –Ethan]. The 3rd volume of the game was released in 2013 and somewhere along the line, there was an update that added the feature to order a custom 3D printed figure of your character straight from the game. The figures can be printed in small (~3 ½ inches), medium (~4 ½ inches), and large (5 ½ – 6 inches) sizes. Today, for my inaugural IB figure review, I’ll be looking at version 1 of my Siris build in small.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Sirus4Siris is based on his appearance in Infinity Blade 3. Mine specifically is 3 ½ inches tall and shows him sporting the Nightbringer helm, Still Plate armor, Starsh sword, and Nodus shield in the “crossed” pose. Being 3D printed, all of Siris’ sculpt is new, and because it was printed using the game’s model data, it’s pretty spot on. Certain areas like the shield can seem a little chunkier than in the game, but at such a small scale, beefing up parts like that to improve durability is perfectly acceptable. In addition, the coloring is quite impressive. There isn’t a drop of paint used on the figure, instead, all the color comes from the print medium itself. The shield again seems to have a little trouble with some of the details being slightly fuzzy but it’s not terrible and the rest of the figure is nice and clean. Sandboxr, the company that handles printing these figures describes the medium as a “sandstone-like powder” material that is then treated to make the print a solid piece. The choice of medium allows for much more detailed prints than with plastic filament printers and also gives the figure a nice amount of heft. Aside from the aforementioned sword and shield permanently affixed to his back, Siris features no accessories and has no articulation.

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 THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Until just a couple months ago, I had no idea the feature of having your character as a 3D print was even a thing, so when I stumbled across the Infinity Blade Collectibles website and found it, I immediately jumped into the game and decked out my character. The wait between placing the order and receiving it seemed a little long, but honestly, for something custom made, the turnaround was not bad at all. It is a bit of a shame that they only make static figures, although the level of customization involved would make fully articulated figures a bit of a pain to produce. In the end, it’s a super cool little statue to have and I’m already looking into getting more.