VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER (PLAYMATES)
A giant fighting robot is only as good as the giant foes he giant fights. Giantly. As much as Voltron is defined by its title character and the five Paladins who pilot him, it’s also very much defined by the Robeasts with which the Defender of the Universe did battle in just about every episode. The Robeasts are just as much a part of the new series as they were the old. Playmates line of figures based on the new show includes the Robeasts, starting things off with the show’s premiere RoBeast
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Myzax is part of the first series of Voltron: Legendary Defender figures. He’s the only non-Voltron in the lot, and from the looks of things, he’s not as heavily packed as the others. The figure is just under 5 inches tall and he has 17 points of articulation. He’s a lot more posable than the Lion Attack Voltron, which is definitely a point in his favor. He’s still missing the elbow articulation on one arm, but he’s got bicep and thigh swivels, which makes for a lot more posing options than we saw with yesterday’s figure. Myzax was one of my favorite designs from the new show, and the figure does a pretty respectable job of translating that design into three dimensions. The arms and legs should probably be a little longer, and his right arm’s a little too thick, but aside from that, most of the details are pretty accurate. The level of detail could probably be sharper, but he’s about on par with the work seen on Voltron, which is certainly reasonable. Even the action feature is better worked in than it was on Voltron. He’s still got the missile launching gimmick, but the actual missile isn’t an integral part of the figure’s design (meaning it’s totally fine to display him without it), and the feature actually half-way replicates his special attack from the show. Plus, it’s button activated, so it’s less likely to break over time. The paintwork on the figure is passable, but it could definitely be a bit better. All there really is to it is the most basic colors. The application is clean, but he’s missing a lot of the smaller details from the show. As it stands, he looks alright, but I can’t help but feel he’d look even cooler with a top-notch paint job. As far as accessories, his only real extra is the missile for the launcher gimmick. It replicates the energy ball weapon that’s built into his arm in the show.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I found Myzax at the same time as Voltron. He’s really the figure that sold me on the whole line. I’d picked up the Voltron and wasn’t sure I wanted him, but I spotted this guy on the back of the card, and he happened to be hidden back behind several Voltrons. Myzax is my favorite of the Robeasts from the new show so far, so I’m pretty psyched about his inclusion so early in the line. On top of that, he’s actually a pretty fun figure, and a good indicator of how good this line can be if Playmates puts in the effort.