Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Blob (of hollow plastic)!

Wolverine: Origins movie Wave 2 Sabertooth and Blob with throwing action may look like you're getting a 2 pack of Marvel Universe goodness but sadly, you're not.

Not that the set is bad or anything, but for the price of S$31 I thought I would have been getting 2 fully articulated figures. So while Sabertooth is a simply awesome repaint of Back Road Brawl Sabby Cat, Blob is, literally, a tool. Yup, he's an accessory you can use to launch Sabertooth or any of the other Evil Mutants who are willing to be launched at the good guys.

Well, Mel got me this toy when she went up to Bangkok for a work trip--the 2nd wave of the movie toys didn't make it to Singapore so I was delighted to get this. Thanks, Dear!

Blob's got swivel/hinge shoulders and a swivel hinge neck and that's it. He's also got a spring loaded dual arm throwing action but the rest of him is immovable. The irony. Maybe Hasbro meant for it to be a cruel, cruel joke. Ha, I see the funny side but somehow can't bring myself to laugh.

The paint and detail on the "figure" is great, though, and if it was a full action figure, it'd be the biggest girth-wise, bigger than even the Hulk.

Sabretooth, on the other hand maybe a repaint, but this version has longer hair and red eye shadow that's more in line with the comic books. His costume also has a duller, matte finish, and his mane and hair are not as well washed as the BRB version. So go for this guy is you prefer comic book Sabertooth. :)



Blob: 9/10 - He's actually very nicely done. His hair and eyes and that really gruesome smile. Something that both figures in the pack share.

Sabretooth: 9/10 - Gotta love the changeup in the hair. I may prefer BRB Sabertooth, but I can appreciate the lighter tone of the costume to go with the lighter tone of the hair/fur and even the red eyeshadow. His colour tine may be lighter, be this Sabby is no less sinister.


Blob: 3/10 -
3 points for Blob's only 3 joints; two shoulders and a head.

Sabretooth: 9.5/10 - How can I give him less than BRB Sabretooth? I can't, I can't! But I did. ;P


Blob: 8/10 - Most of the points lost here come from not being poseable at all. His gimmick of throwing Sabretooth I'm not too taken with either as he needs both hand to do this (they're connected in his torso). If you want one arm up you have to straighten the other shoulder parallel to the ground to prevent the raised arm from moving. (The muscle sculpting jams the thrwoing motion somehow).
Sabretooth: 9/10 - Bears most of the fun points for this pack. Lots of fun posing him with brown and yellow Wolvie. :)

Value: 8/10 - combined for this pack. A regular singles figure retails for S$ 18. So 2 figures for $30 or thereabouts would be awesome. But Blob's not a figure, not really. So $18 for Sabertooth is fine, but $12 for an accessory (cos that's what Blob is) is not.

Overall: Blob - 7/10, Sabertooth - 9/10 - I suppose I may be judging The Blob by actioan figure standards when clearly, he's not one. But I'm sure Hasbro could have taken the trouble to do away with the gimmick and give the guy some better articulation. As is is the comic 2-packs cost the same price. Why deny us a potentially great figure?

This "2-pack" still hasn't been seen in retail here, but the others in the wave have--Deadpool with BFG, Wolverine with blue bike (repaint of Back Road Brawl Wolvie), and Weapon X in Adamantium Fusing Chamber. So if you're a Blob fan, maybe you'll enjoy this. Definitely if you're a Sabertooth fan, but if so then I'd say get the Back Road Brawl (esp if you're in Singapore--only S$12 bucks at TRU!!!). But I think I'd now recommend the Wolvie with Bike as the one to get from this wave. nice Wolvie with hat and metal claws, nice blue bike which your Captain America/Hawkeye/Cyclops/Punisher/Deadpool can also ride.

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