VALERIAN: CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (NECA)
“The combat androids serve as the police force on Alpha, the city of a thousand planets. The anti-riot force is durable, unstoppable and extremely precise. K-Trons have a reputation for ruthless efficiency, A light on the robot’s head offers two responses to any given issue: blue means “move”; red means “target elimination.” With concentrated cobalt armor, they are practically indestructible.”
Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets falls into that category of movies that I totally meant to see but just haven’t gotten around to watching yet. I’ll get to it eventually. Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from being interested in the toys. NECA picked up the license for the film, and put out three figures, including today’s offering, K-Tron.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
K-Tron is part of the first (and it would appear, only) series of NECA’s Valerian line. The figure stands 8 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. K-Tron’s articulation is mostly pretty good, with the only real restrictions being on his shoulders, which are a little tight. This is partly due to the design of the character, and just partly due to some slightly stuck joints. It’s hardly enough to keep him from being put into lots of fun poses, though. K-Tron’s sculpt is wholly unique to this figure, and he lives up to the usual NECA standards. Everything is clearly defined, and the details are all very sharp. He shares more than a few similarities with some of their Pacific Rim figures. Those were some of their best, so this guy does pretty well by association. Having not seen the movie, I can only go by the images I’ve found online, but NECA seems to have done a pretty good job of accurately recreating the design in all of its sleekness. K-Tron’s paintwork continues the trend of sleekness with the design. The glossy black looks really sharp, as do the white insignias on the shoulders. The gold bands are a little fuzzy around the edges, but are okay overall. K-Tron is packed with a rifle. It’s got some pieces that are practically begging to be snapped off, but that’s accurate to the film design.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
If I haven’t seem the movie, why do I have this figure? Well, for one thing, I’m a sucker for cool looking action figures. Couple that with Toys R Us’ currently running liquidation sales, and this guy was definitely coming home with me. Honestly, I’d probably have bought him at full price, because he’s really just a quality figure. Now, one of these days I really need to get around to actually seeing the movie…