VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER (PLAYMATES)
“An orphan, Keith is driven by an insatiable curiosity of where he came from – which sometimes conflicts with the goals of the team. The most talented pilot of his generation, Keith refuses to live by other people’s rules and instead carves out his own path.”
Remember waaaaaaay back, like four months ago, when I took a look at two of the Paladin’s from the new Voltron line? And remember how there was a third that I just never got around to? No? That’s fair. I remembered, though. I always remember. It was eating at me. So, today, I’m finally finishing out the set. Admittedly, it’s an incomplete set to begin with, but I’m completing that incomplete set nonetheless. What I’m really trying to say here is let’s check out the Keith figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Keith is part of the second series of basic Voltron: Legendary Defender figures from Playmates. This figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and has 19 points of articulation. I’ve actually looked at most of this figure before; from the neck down, Keith is the exact same figure as Lance. Given how close the two of them are in build, and the fact that the uniforms are meant to be the same, it’s pretty reasonable. Mattel did the same thing for their Paladins, so there’s precedent. I liked the sculpt when it was used for Lance, and I still like it here. I still think the articulation could be implemented a little bit better, but it’s far from terrible. Keith does get a new head sculpt, which is reasonable enough. I think it falls in-between the other two in terms of quality. It’s stronger than Shiro’s, but not quite as on the mark as Lance’s. I will admit, the paint on this one makes it rather difficult to rate the quality of the sculpt. Speaking of paint, it does feel like a slight downgrade on this figure. The overall application is fine, but there are a lot of fuzzy edges and his face in particular suffers from quite a bit of bleed over, masking what is a passable sculpt. I think if the eyes were better placed at the very least, it would look a fair bit better. Most frustratingly, the red from his wrist guards has ended up staining the white plastic of the forearms. It looks rather sloppy, and hurts the overall appearance of the figure. Like the other two figures, Keith is packed with a removable helmet and a shield, as well as his bayard in sword form. The helmet’s still really bulky, but it works for what it is. The shield is exactly the same as the other two. Nothing new there. The bayard is nice; he has a little trouble holding it, but once you get it secure it stays put alright.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When I stumbled across this series at my local Walmart four months back, they only had one of each Paladin, and the Keith figure’s face looked like someone had stepped on it repeatedly, so he got left behind until I could find another one. The problem was, I didn’t see anymore of this assortment for four months. Somehow, this one Walmart was the only store to get these guys in stock, and just the one set at that. Every so often, I stop by that Walmart, and I’d spot a Keith, and get all excited, only to discover it was that same messed up figure, every time. It was discouraging to say the least, and I eventually just sort of gave up. Just a week and a half ago, I was at Target looking for something completely unrelated, when I spotted this Keith…and no one else from the assortment. It was weird, but I certainly wasn’t passing him up. This figure certainly has its flaws, but I do enjoy him overall. I eagerly await the release of the other two Paladins.
Incidentally, the messed up Keith figure was still there as of the day before this review was published. I’m starting to feel a little sorry for the poor guy…