REAL STEEL (JAKKS PACIFIC)
“The Magma Mangler – Strength: 5%, Speed: 45%, Intelligence: 45%, Special Moves: 5%”
I think I’ve mentioned before on this site that I’m quite a fan of robots. So, in that respect, it’s probably not a huge surprise that one of my favorite movies in the last decade was Real Steel, a movie about fighting robots. Based on Richard Matheson’s short-story “Steel,” the movie is essentially two hours of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Which is seriously awesome. The movie’s also full of super awesome robot designs, which make for some cool toys. Jakks Pacific picked up the license and actually put out just about every ‘bot seen in the movie. Today, I’ll be looking at a personal favorite of mine, Noisy Boy, the Magma Mangler!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Noisy Boy was released on the first series of Jakks’ basic Real Steel line (there was also a larger deluxe version released, but the basic line had a larger selection, so that’s the one I went with that one). The figure stands about 5 inches tall and has 16 points of articulation. The movement could be a little better. As it stands, he lacks bicep swivels, a neck joint, and any sort of torso movement. The figure has a light-up feature, which is why the neck and torso movement isn’t there, but I don’t think there’s any excuse for the missing bicep movement. He manages alright without it, but it’d definitely add a lot to the figure. Slight mobility issues aside, his sculpt is actually quite good for the price point. Some of the details have been softened a bit (especially the spikes on the shoulders, which are now little more than tiny nubs), but all of the important bits are there, and there’s a surprising amount of detail in the legs in particular. Overall, not a bad sculpt at all, especially from a company like Jakks, who fall more towards the middle of the pack. The paint work on Noisy Boy is okay; what’s there is generally pretty clean (there’s a little bit of slop on the head, but it’s minor). The only real issue is that there are a number of missing details, specifically the Japanese characters on his chest and shoulders. It’s a little frustrating that they’re missing, but they were likely cut due to cost consideration (this is supported by the deluxe figure’s inclusion of the extra details). Noisy Boy included no accessories, but he had the same mix and match feature employed by all of the smaller-scale figures, allowing for his arms and legs to be switched out with any other compatible figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I loved Real Steel when I saw it in theaters, so it’s not a huge surprise that I went out and bought the figures afterwards. Noisy Boy was the first figure I got, grabbed from my local Target the day after I saw the movie. He was the last figure left in the store, which was pretty fortunate, since he was the one I wanted the most. He’s got some minor issues, but all-in-all, he’s still a pretty solid offering.