#2352: Psycho

PSYCHO

BORDERLANDS 3 (MCFARLANE TOYS)

“Psychos are bandits who have gone insane with a freakish obsession for the Vault. Shirtless, wearing a white mask and dressed in orange pants, these outlaws can be immediately identified by their homicidal cries, psychotic laughter and constant desire to get into close combat.”

McFarlane’s approach to their Borderlands line was much like their approach to just about anything else.  They were very excited at the start of things, but they quickly got kind of bored and everything since then just felt like a rush to get it over with.  We got a small assortment of new figures alongside the release of Borderlands 3, though, and I guess I’ll look at the one I picked up.  Here’s the Psycho.  Woooo?

THE FIGURE ITSELF

The Psycho is one of the two Borderlands 3 figures put out to coincide with the launch of the game (the other being Tina).  He’s technically an  army builder, I guess, since this particular model gets used many times throughout the game.  So, I mean, I guess that means you can buy multiples?  The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation.  The Psycho is sporting the same improved style articulation we saw with Krieg and Zer0, meaning he’s a decently poseable figure, though not quite as good as, say the DC or Fortnite figures.  I found things a little more limiting on this figure than on the other two, largely due to my desire for some slightly more intense poses for the Psycho.  The sculpt’s a pretty solid recreation of the character model from the game.  Honestly, I think it’s an even better recreation than Krieg; the sculpt’s certainly a fair bit sharper on the details than that one.  They get the mask down pretty much spot-on, which is certainly a plus, given how distinctive it is for the franchise.  The paintwork on the Psycho is again something of an improvement on what’s come before, with overall cleaner and sharper work.  He’s also got a fair bit of accent work going on, and even a few smears of blood and mud.  The Psycho is packed with a display stand and a buzz-axe accessory.  The axe is quite impressive in its own right, with a spinning blade and sharp detailing.  It’s slightly tricky to get into his hand, but once it’s there it’s not going anywhere.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I got the Psycho at the same time as Krieg, mostly due to Super Awesome Wife picking up the Lillith and Tina figures, and me wanting to contribute to the line.  I myself am not really into the Psychos on a whole, so this wasn’t a figure I needed, nor one I really planned on buying.  He’s okay, and a better figure than Krieg, I’ll give him that.  That said, much like McFarlane’s stance on the line, I’m mostly just writing these reviews to get them out of the way and move onto other things.  The figures don’t do a ton to excite me.

#2351: Foot Soldier

FOOT SOLDIER

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME (NECA)

I feel like I’ve reviewed a surprising number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles items in the last year.  Though the license has classically just been with Playmates Toys, in the last year there’s actually been a lot of coverage from other toy companies.  In particular, NECA has done quite a bit, with movie, cartoon, and now video game-based figures all in short order.  The cool thing about the video game figures is that they’re actually just available at regular retail and not exclusives.  This marks the first time 7-inch Turtles have been available en masse since the old comic figures back in 2007.  Today, I’m not looking at any of the Turtles proper, but one of Shredder’s faceless minions, the Foot Soldiers!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

The Foot Soldier is part of the first series of NECA’s Turtles in Time line.  The line serves as something of a follow-up to their exclusive Arcade Game-based boxed sets from 2016, and in fact re-issues a lot of the sculpts contained therein.  The Foot Solder in particular is one such case, re-using the majority of that figure’s sculpt, which was itself repurposed from NECA’s then unreleased comics-styled Foot Soldier.  The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 35 points of articulation.  He’s certainly got a lot of spots of movement, and the arms and legs are very mobile, but the torso and neck are a little more restricted than I’d like.  That being said, it’s still a quite useful selection of articulation, and he’s still very agile.  The sculpt is an impressive piece, and marketedly different from the cartoon version we got in the Target two-packs.  As someone who’s never been much into the cartoon style design for the Foot, I’m all for getting this sculpt here.  It’s a nice, fairly balanced sculpt.  Some of the details of the costume don’t quite match the details of the game designs, but it’s not far off, and I don’t find the differences all that distracting.  The paint scheme on this guy is meant to replicate the 16-bit designs from the game, something that NECA’s gotten pretty adept at.  The Foot Soldiers in the game came in a variety of colors, something that the 2016 set replicated, but for the purposes of this one, they’ve opted for the purple coloring.  Honestly, it’s the best choice for a starter Foot, but I wouldn’t say no to getting more of this guy in the alternate colors.  The nature of the 16-bit replication means that the Foot Soldier definitely has a stylization to him, but honestly he walks the line of stylized, but still workable with non-16-bit figures.  He actually makes some changes from the boxed set version to make him a little less obviously styled, and I like the changes they made.  The Foot Soldier is packed with a sword, a gun, two sets of hands (fists and gripping), and a hover board with a flight stand.  The board is by far the coolest extra, with some really awesome detail work going on.  I really love the cartoon foot symbol at the front.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

While I’m kinda starting to hit my limit on how many different versions of the Turtles I need, I pretty much can’t have too many Foot guys, and I’ve wanted some form of this particular sculpt since NECA first showed it off back when they were still trying to continue the comic line.  Getting the nifty new game-inspired pieces is really just icing on the cake.  I definitely dig this guy a lot, and I’m resisting the urge to at lest pick up Donatello to go with him.

The Foot Soldier was purchased from my friends All Time Toys, where he is currently in stock here.  If you’re looking for cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.

#2319: Spider-Man – Velocity Suit

SPIDER-MAN — VELOCITY SUIT

MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)

“Peter Parker enhances his spider suit with speed-boosting technology to become velocity suit Spider-Man.”

Oh yeah, how about some more Marvel Legends?  I know that’s what everybody is really craving.  Well, I kicked off a whole week of reviews with a Spidey variant.  What better way to follow that up than with another Spidey variant?  You can’t have too many Spideys, right?

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Velocity Suit Spider-Man is the second of the two Spidey variants present in the Demogoblin Series of Marvel Legends, which is the first Spidey-themed Legends assortment of 2020.  Like yesterday’s Mark III Spider-Armor, this figure has been branded as part of the “Gamerverse” sub-line.  Unlike yesterday’s figure, he’s a more natural fit for that branding, since the Velocity Suit was one of the suits created specifically for Spider-Man for the PS4, and aside from game-specific tie-ins, it’s remained exclusive to that source.  The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation.  As with the Spider-Armor, the Velocity Suit is another all-new sculpt.  It’s definitely not something Hasbro *had* to do with this guy; I could see them getting away with a base body and some add-ons, but it wouldn’t be quite right, I suppose.  It’s a fairly decent sculpt, but I don’t find it to be quite as technically impressive as the Spider-Armor was.  A lot of the details are a bit more rudimentary here, and he feels more blocky and less sleek than he should for a suit called “velocity.” Also, despite the general nature of the design being less restricting, I found the range of motion on this figure to be a little bit of a let-down when compared to the Armor.  It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t quite feel like it lives up to the current Legends standards.  Despite the reduced range, the joints are actually fairly obvious on the sculpt, with the torso joint in particular sticking out like a sore thumb.  It’s not ideal.  In terms of paintwork, he’s generally okay, aside from one notable thing: the blue.  In the game, his suit’s more of a red/grey combo, but it’s a more standard blue on the figure.  It’s not terribly different, but it’s enough that the design does look a little…off.  It also removes some of the impact of the bright blue on the symbol, which would have stood out a bit better against a more subdued color.  The actual application’s alright, though, and I do like the sort of glossy finish.  The Velocity Suit is packed with another web effect piece, this time one that wraps around the shoulders, as well as the left leg for Demogoblin.  As with the other Spidey, I would have at least liked to see a spare set of hands included here to help the package feel a little less empty.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Of all the game original suits from Spider-Man, this one was probably my least favorite, so the fact that it got a figure wasn’t exactly thrilling to me.  It doesn’t help matters that the other Spidey variant turned out really well, and this one didn’t seem to quite translate to the toy form as nicely.  This isn’t a bad figure, and I certainly can’t fault Hasbro for wanting one of the two “Gamerverse” figures to be something actually original to the game, but he just doesn’t work so much for me.  The web effect is nice, though, and at least I can just stick him at the back of my Spider-Verse shelf.

I picked up the Velocity Suit from my sponsors at All Time Toys, and he’s still available here.  If you’re looking for Marvel Legends, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.

#2303: Krieg

KRIEG

BORDERLANDS 2 (MCFARLANE)

“Though it is uncertain what caused Krieg’s transformation into a psychotic killer, the game provides evidence hinting at an antithetical personality in the past. This is established by a fractured remnant of his psyche, manifesting itself as an ‘inner voice’ in his mind. The voice also seeks to control Krieg’s lust for murder by limiting his victims to those deserving punishment.”

It’s been forever since I talked about Borderlands, mostly due to McFarlane’s toy coverage slowing to a crawl.  They got the first four figures out in relatively short order, then solicited the next two, and then…silence for a year and a half.  I’d honestly figured the third assortment had been cancelled, or Todd had forgotten he’d shown them off and moved onto new things, but the release of Borderlands 3 and its associated figures proved enough to at least get these two figures out to the market.  The third assortment finally gives us two more Vault Hunters.  We got Lilith, one of the first game’s four, and…Krieg?  Yeah, instead of another of the core Hunters from 2, we get Krieg.  Yay? Let’s just get the review over with…

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Krieg is technically part of the third assortment of Borderlands figures from McFarlane.  The whole assortments thing seems to have fallen by the wayside, because while Krieg was solicited alongside Lillith as part of the ongoing line, he ended up dropping by himself a couple of months before the figures from 3, while Lillith showed up in the same case pack-outs as the 3 figures.  Krieg, for whatever reason, is in entirely different style of packaging than the rest of the line, being sealed up in a clamshell-style blister similar to those used for McFarlane’s Call of Duty stuff.  It makes him feel like a very odd one-off.  Everything about this figure’s release is just…weird.  But enough about the weird release, what of the actual figure?  He stands 7 1/2 inches (the tallest of the Borderlands figures so far) and he has 26 points of articulation.  On the plus side, Krieg keeps the improved hip articulation we saw on Zero, meaning he has an okay range on the hips.  On the down side, the rest of his articulation is rather impeded by the sculpt.The arms in particular are quite restricted, but the neck doesn’t have much range either.  For a player character, that’s a real bummer.  At the very least, the sculpt is a respectable recreation of the game design, on par with the other figures so far from the line.  He’s suitably chunky, and he’s certainly got an imposing build to him.  He’s also got enough of a pre-existing stance to look pretty natural on the shelf even with his limited posing capabilities.  His paintwork matches up with the other figures so far.  It’s pretty decent overall, and does its best to capture the distinctive art style.  It’s not super clean or polished, but it gets the job done.  No complaints.   Krieg is packed with a saw-thingy, which is his melee attack item in the game.  He doesn’t include any sort of gun or anything, though, which is a little annoying, what with such things being an essential piece of the game.  I guess him being larger meant there was less space for accessories?

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I picked up Krieg when the Borderlands 3 stuff hit, mostly because Jess was picking up the others, and I felt a bit like I should support the line.  Of the Hunters from 2, Krieg is at the bottom of my list, so his inclusion didn’t exactly thrill me from the start.  I was hoping that the decision to go with a more minor Vault Hunter might mean that McFarlane was committed to getting the whole set out, but at this point, it seems unlikely that we’re getting any more of them, making him feel like a bit of a wasted slot (especially with the visually similar Psycho being released in the 3 assortment).  For the figure proper, I think the most damning thing I can say, though, is that I don’t really have much to say about him.  He’s very meh.

#2257: The Visitor

THE VISITOR

FORTNITE LEGENDARY SERIES (JAZWARES)

Remember how I keep picking up Fortnite toys despite not having ever played the game?  Well…uhh, I did it again.  At this point, I guess no one can say they’re surprised, though.  I’m back with Jazwares’ 6-inch line of figures The Legendary Series, this time around taking a look at The Visitor, a robotic entity from space who was first introduced into the game during Season 4, and who may or may not have a passing resemblance to a certain bounty hunter from the galaxy far, far away.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

The Visitor was listed alongside the Series 1 line-up of Jazwares’ Fortnite: The Legendary Series, but he seemed to arrive at stores about a month behind the rest of the figures.  Like the previously reviewed Havoc, The Visitor hit shelves right around the same time as the character being added to Jazwares’ smaller line.  The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and he has 40 points of articulation.  He uses the same articulation style as Havoc did, so he’s still pushing those Toy Biz Legends vibes pretty hard, what with the hinged fingers and toes and everything.  He feels a little more polished than a TB Legends, which I certainly count as a plus.  Some areas of the articulation, notably the elbows, are slightly more restricted on this figure than they were on Havoc, but this is more due to the character’s design than anything about the figure itself.  His sculpt is a unique offering, it’s polished, clean, and sharp, and just generally captures the design of the character from the game pretty well.  His armor is a lot of fun, and he’s got a bit of Boba Fett mixed with some Tron vibe going for him.  The stylization of the rest of the line is still present with this figure, but with the fully armored appearance, he’s going to have a pretty easy time mixing with similarly scaled lines.  I myself think he makes for a nifty Star Wars addition.  The Visitor’s paintwork is very nice.  The metallics of the armor really pop, and he’s got a ton of smaller work that adds a lot to the figure.  I quite like the slight wear on the edges of the armor.  These figures are all pretty decently packed in terms of accessories, and the Visitor isn’t an exception.  Like Havoc, he’s got swappable face plates.  They’re all the same sculpt this time, but there are four of the, each with a different printout on them.  Of note: these plates do not use the same method of connecting as the others in the line, which is a slight bummer, but not the end of the world.  He also includes his signature back bling, the Legendary Assault Rifle, the Cliffhanger harvesting too, a grenade, and a med pack.  Not a bad assortment at all.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

The Visitor and Havoc were the two figures from this line that piqued my interest, so after enjoying Havoc as much as I did, I set out trying to find this guy.  He was definitely the most tricky to track down, but I was eventually able to get one at an out of town Target while on a weekend trip with my dad.  I don’t have a ton to say about the figure, because I honestly am hitting my cap of things I can know about Fortnite without playing the game, but that doesn’t change the fact that this line is really, really good, and I look forward to seeing Jazwares continue this upward trend.

#2146: Reinhardt

REINHARDT

OVERWATCH ULTIMATES (HASBRO)

Because I’m something of a glutton for punishment, I like to do things to myself such as grouping up reviews of things with which I’m not overly familiar.  Case in point: Overwatch.  My knowledge of the game really just comes from the toy I’ve seen that accompany it, which certainly makes for a slightly askew idea of what the whole thing is about, I suppose.  A pretty regular fixture of the tie-in stuff is today’s offering, Reinhardt, the big tanky guy!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Reinhardt is a solo release as part of the Overwatch Ultimates line from Hasbro.  His release coincided with the first series, but he himself was far too large to fit into a standard assortment package.  Measuring 7 1/2 inches tall and almost as wide, he’s certainly the biggest figure offered up in this line, and size wise he’s comparable to a Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure.  He has 30 points of articulation, making him rather mobile for someone quite so bulky.  Obviously, there’s a bit of restriction on some of the joints, he is a big tank and all, but it’s not quite as limited as you might think at first glance, especially with his articulated shoulder pads and skirt piece.  Another nice thing about all the articulation is that it helps him really plant his feet soundly and keep standing, a definite plus when it comes to a figure as heavy and potentially destructive as this one.  Reinhardt is a solid construction, so he’s certainly a heavy boy.  Reinhardt’s sculpt is a pretty clean translation of his design from the game, and certainly gets that appropriate giant mecha feel that he has there.  The soft plastic for his head means that his horns cane out of the package a little misshapen, but he’s other wise free from any major QC issues.  Even the paint work on him is pretty solidly handled.  Application is clean and crisp, and the colors are bold and eye catching.  There’s a touch of slop on the edges of some of the yellows, but nothing too terrible.  Reinhardt is packed with his hammer, which is a little difficult to get into his hands at first, but one it’s there, it’s not going anywhere.  He’s also got his shield, which is quite sizable and honestly looks more like a serving tray than something from a toy.  It mounts to his arm, and includes two stands for extra stability.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I may not know much about the game, but when Hasbro showed off Reinhardt, I was definitely interested.  His design is definitely a solid one, and looked like it would make for a cool toy.  When Game Stop was running a sale, it was hard to say no.  I’m pretty happy with this figure.  He’s just a solid toy, and doesn’t feel super overpriced given what you get with him.  He also sets a nice precedent of Hasbro selling larger figures in ways other than as BaFs, which I’m on board for.

#2145: Ana & Soldier: 76

ANA — SHRIKE & SOLDIER: 76

OVERWATCH ULTIMATES(HASBRO)

“Years after the collapse of Overwatch, Soldier 76 recruits Ana Amari to rejoin the fight.”

You guys remember when I was reviewing Fortnite figures despite knowing absolutely nothing about Fortnite?  Are you ready to go down that road again, but slightly different?  Before Fortnite, the gaming sensation that had everybody all a titter was Overwatch.  Apart from a line of Pop!s from Funko, there was really not much merch when the game was really big, but now that things have died down, there’s been a push to merchandise it some more.  After missing out on the main Fortnite figure license, Hasbro decided to jump on the Overwatch bandwagon.  And, where Hasbro goes, it appears I follow, so let’s just look at the figures, shall we?

THE FIGURES THEMSELVES

Ana and Soldier: 76 are one of the pair of two-packs (the other being Mercy and Pharah) accompanying the first series of Hasbro’s Overwatch Ultimates line.  They started hitting shelves around the beginning of the summer.

ANA — SHRIKE

So, Ana.  She’s…a member of Overwatch?  And a sniper, I guess?  Apparently she’s one of the older members of the team, and linked pretty closely with Soldier: 76 and Reaper.  This figure is based not on her standard appearance, but rather on her time as the vigilante Shrike, sometime in the game’s past.  I think.  I’m not sure, because, you know, not really familiar with the source material.  The main difference with this particular design is that she’s got a full faceplate thing, which is actually a pretty solid design element, which I can certainly get behind.  The figure stands a little under 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation.  Ana’s an all-new sculpt, and she goes for the base figure with a bunch of overlays set-up.  The hood and jacket in particular are separate pieces, and are free-floating.  For the hood, it’s not a big deal, but for the jacket, it means it pops up and down a lot and just generally looks a little goofy.  It contributes to the overall rather flimsy feel to this figure.  There are also a few issues with how the articulation is worked into the sculpt.  The legs are generally pretty well-handled, but the arms really seem to suffer from some design choices.  The elbows don’t have a ton of range, and don’t even quite make a 90 degree bend, which definitely limits the posing options on the figure.  On the plus side, Ana’s paintwork isn’t bad.  It’s mostly pretty basic stuff, but the application is clean, and the colors are nice and contrasting.  Ana is packed with two sets of hands (relaxed and gripping), a rifle, a pistol, and an blast effect piece.

SOLDIER: 76

Soldier: 76!  He’s a patriotic super-soldier from the past.  Now there’s a concept I can grasp!  Unlike Ana, Soldier: 76 is based on his main game appearance.  As the most played character in the game (according to the wiki, anyway), I guess it makes sense to go with the basic look?  It helps that it’s honestly his best look, I suppose.  The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation.  Solder: 76’s sculpt is a much better balance of the various elements than Ana’s.  His articulation is far better worked into the sculpt, and far less restricted.  It’s implemented in a very similar fashion to the Lightning Collection figures, which I certainly don’t have a problem with.  Also, most of the costume is sculpted right on the core figure, with the add-ons only being for his shoulder straps and belt.  In Ana’s defense, Soldier: 76 does get something of a leg up here, with his design just generally being far more fit for translation to a figure.  Whatever the case, the sculpt is a faithful recreation of his in-game model; so faithful, in fact, that it leads to my only real complaint about the sculpt.  Soldier: 76’s game model has a holstered sidearm, which is never taken out.  This figure has that same element, and it’s ever so slightly frustrating that it’s not actually a proper gun.  Soldier: 76’s paint work is generally pretty decent, but I did notice a fair bit more slop on this guy than I’ve seen on most Hasbro figures as of late.  There’s also some noticeable spots on the “76” on the back of his jacket.  It’s nothing figure-breaking, but Hasbro has certainly done better.  76 is packed with two sets of hands (gripping and fists), his rifle, and a missile effect piece.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I know nothing about the game, so when these figures were first shown off, I wasn’t in on them.  When they started showing up in-person, I spotted this set at a Walmart, and as cool as it looked, I still opted to pass on in, because, as I noted, I know nothing about the game, and the figures are a little bit on the expensive side for that sort of thing.  While on vacation, my Xbox controller died, so we took a trip to the local Gamestop to trade it in for a new one.  While there, I again spotted this set, but now with a pretty decent sale attached to it, meaning that I effectively paid the price of one figure for the pair.  I was mostly buying it for Soldier: 76, and he’s honestly a really fun figure, definitely worth what I put into the set.  That’s a good thing, because Ana’s really not all that impressive.  There are some cool ideas there, but she just ends up “meh.”  It’s a good thing she’s got 76 to carry her.

#2112: Havoc

HAVOC

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.

#1929: Omega

OMEGA

FORTNITE (JAZWARES)

Oh boy.  More Fortnite.  Remember Fortnite?  That thing I said I had no attachment to, but for which I have now written four reviews? Yeah.  That’s the one.  For what it’s worth, this us my last Fortnite review, at least for the foreseeable future.  Somewhat appropriately for my last review of this set, I’m going to be taking a look at Omega!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Omega was released in the “Early Game Survival Kit”, a slightly more deluxe offering from Jazwares’ Fortnite line, which falls right between the “Solo Mode” and “Drama Llama” offerings.  The figure stands 4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation.  In the game, Omega is a progressive skin, meaning he starts out rather basic, and gains new armor as the player progresses.  The Omega seen here is a fully kitted-out version, which I suppose is a sensible choice.  His construction is the same styling as the other Fortnite figures, so he’s a pretty solid little toy with a decent spread of articulation.  The only slight downstep from others is this figure’s more restricted elbow movement, but he’s still getting more than 45 degrees, so we’re not quite at Mattel levels.  The sculpt does a solid job of recreating the in-game design, though like the others, the detailing can be a little soft in some spots.  He’s certainly helped by the design’s more simplistic nature, which just makes for a clean overall figure.  The paintwork is decent, if perhaps not anything amazing.  I like the metallic finish, and the application is overall pretty good.  There’s a little bit of slop, especially on the red lines, but given the scale and the price point, he’s certainly passable.  The more deluxe nature of this release means that he’s a little better accessorized than Raptor was, but not *quite* as accessory heavy as Rust Lord.  He gets a Legendary Assault Rifle, the Onslaught harvesting tool, Precision back pack, Wet Paint Glider, and a foot-peg-bearing building plate.  It’s a nice little taste of all the differing accessory types.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Despite being my last of the reviews, Omega was actually the second Fortnite item I acquired.  Super Awesome Fiancee’s store had gotten him in, and after I was so happy with Rust-Lord, she asked me if I might also like this guy.  I’m hardly one to turn down someone buying me a cool action figure, so I of course took her up on it.  Omega is another solid toy from this line, and I definitely dig it.

#1915: Turbo Builder Set

TURBO BUILDER SET (W/ JONESY & RAVEN)

FORTNITE (JAZWARES)

Well, with another week of Post-Christmas reviews under my belt, and a theme thoroughly exhausted, let’s go back to the beginning.  Yep, I started this year’s round of gift reviews off with a Fortnite item, and here I am with another.  I know, I’m as surprised as all of you.  With my last Fortnite review being on the smaller side, I’m jumping over the other end of the spectrum, and taking a look at one of the largest offerings in the line, the Turbo Builder Set, featuring Jonesy and Raven!

THE SET ITSELF

The Turbo Builder Set is the largest offering so far from Jazwares’ Fortnite line.  It’s made up of the two figures, the AC/DC and standard pickaxe harvesting tools, the hunting rifle, revolver, submachine gun, tactical shotgun, and, of course, the main focus, a whopping 81 building plates, evenly divided between wooden planks, sheet metal, and brick and mortar.  There are a lot of building options with the plates, and they are of course completely inter-compatible with the ones included with Rust Lord and Raptor.  They can be a little tricky to assemble and take back apart multiple times, which led to a few broken connectors on mine, but with the sheer quantity offered here, I don’t foresee it being too much of an issue.

JONESY

Jonesy is another character that seems to be leaning heavily on the G.I. Joe end of the spectrum, and also being about as standard issue as you can get.  There are a lot of potential variants of Jonesy, but this one seems to be based on his “Survival” variant, which again looks to be using some pretty standard issue looks.  The figure stands 4 inches tall and has 28 points of articulation.  He’s built in the same fashion as the last two figures I looked at, meaning there are a number of similarities to the 25th Anniversary Joes.  Jonesy has the first parts re-use I’ve seen in the line, with a small handful of parts being shared with the Rust Lord figures.  It’s just the lower arms, lower legs, and pelvis, which appear to be pretty similar elements in game as well.  I was surprised by how few of those parts were actually re-used, given that some of the uniquely sculpted parts are just small tweaks away from being the same.  Hey, I’m not going to knock the attention to detail, though.  Jonesy’s head is further on the cartoony side of things than some of the line’s other offerings, which I’m not huge on, because it’ll make slotting him in with Joes a little harder.  That said, it’s still a decent enough sculpt, and it’s pretty accurate to the game design.  His paintwork is pretty decently handled.  Application is clean, and there don’t appear to be any missing applications.  I was also quite impressed by the tattoo on his right arm; that’s a nice attention to detail.

RAVEN

Definitely the most unique of the figures I’ve looked at from this line, Raven moves away from the knock-off G.I. Joe bit that the others possess.  Raven’s design is one of the ones that’s a bit more dependent on the game’s animation style to sell it, which makes its translation to toy form a little more difficult.  The end result is okay, but not quite as impressive as I’d hoped.  The biggest letdown is the implementation of his head; in the game, he’s got a hood that obscures is face, so that all you can see are his eyes peering out.  I was expecting something along the lines of a Moon Knight figure, with a featureless black head underneath of a sculpted hood.  Instead, the figure has an empty head with some eyes sculpted on it.  It’s pretty shallow, so it never seems to look quite right, especially when directly lit.  The design of the body also ends up limiting the articulation a bit more than usual, especially in the arms.  Beyond that, there are still some nice details worked throughout, and he’s still a generally enjoyable figure.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

As I touched on in my Black Series reviews, there was some slight worry about those figures not arriving in time for Christmas.  Since they were going to be my main gift, Super Awesome Fiancee wanted to make sure I had *something* and since I’d mentioned this set in passing when I got Rust Lord, she tracked one down for me.  Of course the Black Series figures ended up arriving on time, so I guess it just worked out well for me.  Jonesy’s another for my “augmenting my Joes” venture, Raven’s a flawed but entertaining figure, and the building plates are certainly going to make for some fun diorama building.  All in all, another winning piece from this line.  I hope that Jazwares can keep it up!