FORTNITE: LEGENDARY SERIES (JAZWARES)
Hey, remember Fortnite, that video game that I have no attachment to, and yet from which I still managed to pick up five action figures? Yeah…now it’s six. In my defense, Fortnite merch is kind of unavoidable at this point. We already had the 3 3/4-inch Jazwares offerings (which were my main focus), plus some Pops, and even Hasbro getting in on things under their Nerf banner. More directly competing with Jazwares in the action figure department was McFarlane, who have a line of 7-inch figures that have been running since right around the same time. Jazwares have decided to up the ante, and get in with some 6-inch figures, undercutting McFarlane a bit, if you will. I still don’t care about Fortnite, but I do care about good toys, so let’s see how Jazwares fares, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Havoc is part of the first series of Jazwares’ Fortnite: Legendary Series. Rather amusingly, he and the rest of the assortment started hitting right as Havoc joined the smaller scale line from Jazwares as well. Not knowing much about the game, I can’t speak to Havoc’s relevance in the line, or how he relates to his assortment-mates, but I do know that in the game’s lore, he’s the brother of Raptor, which I guess explains their similar designs. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and sports 40 points of articulation, a fact that the package proudly states, much like the Toy Biz Marvel Legends of old. Speaking of the Toy Biz Legends, remember how I mentioned the smaller scale line feeling like a successor to the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joes? Well, this line does the same thing for Toy Biz’s Legends. Hasbro’s figures have become their own breed, but this guy genuinely feels like he could have been a late-run Toy Biz product, albeit with some slight adjustments to fix some of the issues those figures have suffered from hindsight. This figure brings back things that aren’t as common place these days, notably hinged fingers and toes. The fingers worried me a bit, as a good number of the old Toy Biz figures had some major troubles holding accessories due to the joints, and these guys kind of need to be able to hold their accessories. Fortunately, it seems like Jazwares was aware of the potential issues, and sculpted the hands to hold the accessories first, and added the joints after. This means Havoc still maintains a decent grip on his weapons, while having a little more freedom of posability when not holding anything. Additionally, no wrenching open of the fingers is needed to get the accessories in place, which I’d call a plus. Havoc also makes use of butterfly shoulder joints, well hidden by his gear, plus pretty much every joint you would consider standard for a Legend. His sculpt stays true to the animation models (meaning he’s got easy re-use potential for Jazwares to do Raptor), while still maintaining a decent level of detailing. There’s a slight stylization to him, but not enough that he can’t fit in with more realistic lines. In order to keep things fresh, one of the gimmicks of this line is swappable faceplates for differing expressions and the like. Havoc includes three, one fairly standard, one surprised, and one with the mask pulled up to reveal the face beneath. The three faces swap out relatively easy, but stay in place securely once clicked in, and the seam where they join is pretty well hidden. Havoc’s paintwork is pretty solid stuff. It’s mostly pretty basic work, but there’s a decent amount of accenting as well. Additionally, unlike the small-scale Raptor, his eyes have been placed and sized correctly, so he doesn’t look wonky either. In addition to the previously mentioned faceplates, Havoc is packed with a scoped assault rifle, a harvesting tool, his back bling, a chug jug, and a grenade. It’s a nice assortment of extras, especially when compared to the basic smaller figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in! Seriously, I thought I’d kicked the Fortnite habit, and then Jazwares went and announced this line, and boy did they look cool. I singled this guy out as the one I wanted to grab to try out the line because his name is “Havoc” and I’m a creature of habit. As luck would have it, there was a single Havoc left at a Walmart I swung by on my way home from work, giving me the opportunity to give the line a try. I was very impressed with the small scale line, and I’m even more impressed with Havoc here. I will definitely be grabbing a few other figures from this line. Darn it.