IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN, KIDS!
Found this at the local Toys R Us (as usual, due to ALL the Sonic toys being exclusive to there) for $12.99. I know the Metal Sonic has an individual release, but I'm fairly certain that Eggman is only available in this set.
The box is very pretty. It'd actually make a nice display piece if you're one of those "mint-in-sealed-box" kind of collectors. (It's hard to tell, but the top of the clear section has the Sonic logo embossed on it.)
The usual Sonic Channel artwork for Metal Sonic...
...but oddly enough, not for Eggman. I'm trying to remember which game this art was from--the Rush series, maybe?
Bios! I think this is the first instance in Jazwares' run of the series that has anything like this on it--everything else is either "upcoming figures" or artwork...or blank. Note Metal's bio, which almost exclusively refers to Sonic Heroes.
In case you couldn't tell, yes they DID take the effort to put Metal inside his own capsule. Reminds me of his cameo in Sonic Adventure...
For additional display purposes, the external parts of the box come off, leaving everything inside intact.
Okay, now for the figures themselves. Let's start with everyone's favorite mad roboticist...
Ovi Kintobor Ivo Robotnik Dr. Robotnik
Like Jazwares' other Sonic figures, Eggman is very faithfully sculpted, and has a relatively decent range of articulation for his stature: hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. I think
there might be some head articulation, but either I'm wrong or Eggman suffers the same problem my giant Metal Sonic figure has, and there's a blob of dried paint blocking the articulation.
He's got some good posability, though he's a bit top-heavy (obviously)--which is why I'm glad he doesn't have the same problems as nearly every other Sonic figure JW has made--more on that later.
He is also, predictably, in-scale with the other small-sized Sonic figures.
And now for Mr. Robot Doppelganger. Metal's another nice sculpt--he's got almost the same level of detail as his much larger counterpart, and a better hand scuplt, to boot!
He has the same metallic blue flake color as the bigger M. Sonic toy, too.
You may have noticed that I'm using a stand (included with the toy) to prop Metal upright. This isn't due to him having loose joints (like almost every other figure in the line)--in fact, the toy also shares the same "assembling painted joints before the paint has dried" issues of stiffness, though everything loosens up in due time. No, I think the figure has a slight molding or asembly error, in which the feet are molded so that without his stand, Metal Sonic will lean a great deal to the left or right. Combined with the top-heaviness that goes with making toys of Sonic characters, this makes him VERY prone to spontaneously falling over.
He can still get a few good poses in, though.
(I suppose one could paint the bigger one red and pretend he's the model from Knuckles' Chaotix)
Closing off, I'll say that Jazwares' run on the Sonic figures actually reminds me a lot of the post-Adventure games themselves. Yes, the packaging and sculpts are nice, full of detail, and accurate to the games, but the figures themselves tend to be consistently marred with quality control issues, ESPECIALLY when it comes to joints. Both my Metal Sonic figures apparently fell victim to the assemblers painting the joints/pieces, and then building the figure before giving the paint a chance to dry. My larger Metal Sonic has REALLY loose hip joints, my smaller Metal Sonic has a foot problem, Tails can only stand up because he's got his tails as a natural support (his hip joints are also way too loose), and Sonic's knees can't seem to support his head. Ironically, the only figure I own WITHOUT any of these problems seems to be Eggman.