IRON WRECKER 08 — HEAVY AIRBORNE MECHA (RAIN FOREST OPERATIONS TYPE)
DARK SOURCE (JOYTOY)
At the beginning of this year, I took my first stab at a new corner of the toy market, for me at least. That corner was Joytoy, a company that specializes in all sorts of cool sci-fi mecha stuff. I’m a fan of cool sci-fi mecha stuff, so it’s an area that certainly appeals to me. I’d only looked at the one mecha so far, and that felt a little bit lacking, so I’ve decided to loop back around and give them a little bit more coverage. This time around, I’m looking into their ever growing Iron Wrecker set of mechas, specifically taking a look at Iron Wrecker 08.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Wrecker 08 is part of Joytoy’s Dark Source toyline, the same line that produced the previously reviewed Steel Bone figure. Each of the Iron Wreckers gets a descriptive title for their intended function. In 08’s case, that’s “Heavy Airborne Mecha,” with a sub-class of being intented for Rain Forest operations, specifically. Thus far, 08 is the only Heavy Airborne Mecha in the line-up, but as he’s also the newest addition to the Iron Wrecker line-up, I suppose it’s always possible there are more Heavy Airborne derivations that could show down the line. The mech stands about 8 1/2 inches tall (roughly the same height as the Steel Bone) and, as with Steel Bone, the exact articulation count is a little tricky to nail down, due to how many of the joints are somewhat reliant on each other for proper motion on each joint. The mobility on this particular build is honestly just a little better than Steel Bone’s, especially on the limbs. I think it’s partially due to the exact design nature of the mech, which is a little more rounded and allows more fluid motion. I did find that, on my copy at least, the waist joint was just a touch loose. If it’s seated right, it’s not an issue, but right out of the box he was a little floppy. As with the Steel Bone, there’s some assembly required on this one right out of the box, though not nearly as much this time around. Mostly, it’s just putting a few pieces on the back, and then assembling the smaller arm. The design of this mech is a much more bubbly looking design than the boxier and more rigid design of the Steel Bone, but still has quite a bit of a utilitarian sense about it. It shares a good number of its design elements with the Iron Wrecker 07, which was released alongside this one. Clearly, they’re supposed to be operating from the same starting point, but with deviations for the exact needs for the deployment. Since this one is undoubtedly meant to be trekking around jungles and such, it’s got a lot of tactical gear mounted onto it. There’s a couple of armaments mounted on the shoulders, as well as missiles, or artillery of some sort stored on the arms. He’s also got an extra smaller arm at the front, presumably in case something needs to be grabbed while the two main arms are pre-occupied with the weapon. A notable departure on this design, compared to others, is a pretty distinct “head.” It’s a very basic thing, with what I assume to be a camera and an antenna, but it changes the eye line of the design just a little bit, and makes him a little more unique. Since he’s meant for rain forest deployment, this mech’s color scheme is appropriately dialed in on the greens, with just a bit of yellow thrown in there for good measure. Personally, I think it really works, but I’m also rather partial to green, so there’s that. There are lots of really great little small details, like written warnings and small insignias, which really add to the overall design, and make it really feel like a properly manufactured piece. Compared to the Steel Bone, 08 lacks some of the extra swappable pieces, so it’s not as inherently modular. It’s not that it lacks the amount of pieces, of course; they’re all just used in the intended build directly, rather than swapping out. The 08 still has a few extras, though, most notably, a hefty minigun, complete with removable drum. There’s also got a removable pack for the back, as well as a shoulder mounted gun, which includes an ammo belt. While Steel Bone’s main weapon was assembled from base modular parts, the guns here are specifically designed that way, though they still work with the modular set-up.
Like the other Mechs in the line-up, 08 includes its own pilot for its built-in cockpit. He stands 2 3/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. Compared to Steel Bone’s pilot, this guy is definitely a little more futuristic and sci-fi-y. By extension, he’s not quite as generic, but it really works well with the 08’s own design. Unlike the prior pilot, this one doesn’t get the same style of removable helmet; since the helmet sits tighter, this one’s an alternate head. In addition to the alternate head, he also three sets of hands, two different sidearms, and a removable neckerchief.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I quite liked Steel Bone, so I’ve been scoping out other Joytoy items as they’ve arrived at All Time, just trying to find that right follow up piece for me. There have been a few that were cool, but didn’t quite grab me. When we got in this guy and 07, I was mighty tempted by both of them, but this guy’s color scheme and armament set-up really spoke to me, as did his overall design aesthetic. It was enough to finally get me on board with another one of these. I’m glad I took the plunge on this one. As much as I liked Steel Bone, I think I like this guy more. It takes a solid starting point, and just builds an even more advanced design on it, and it’s a ton of fun.
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