So I'm meandering around Toys 'R Us yesterday, and I happen upon the ever-increasing Sonic the Hedgehog toys area. Now, since TRU got that exclusive Werehog figure late last year, Jazwares has been pumping out a fair few number of figures from the franchise. I'll snap a picture of the specific aisle another time, but the list includes a "Black Knight" Sonic figure (with one hand replaced with that glove which can hold the sword), several of those standard figures (inculdes a re-packed Werehog, Sonic, Shadow, and Super forms for both), some pretty decent-looking mini-figures (Sonic and Tails), this special Archie Comics pack (with the 200th issue and mini-figures of Knuckles and a clear blue Sonic), and...mini-plushies (of Sonic, shadow, and Werehog). Oh, yeah, and those wierd "JUVI" things. However, I also spotted one more thing there:
^ this monster of a figure, the only one on the shelf. Metal Sonic has always been a favorite character of mine (for additional reasons that I won't get into right now because they're borderline retarded in hindsight), so as soon as I saw this, I grabbed it.
^ as the silver sticker states, this is obviously another TRU exclusive (like all the other Sonic toys). They aren't kidding about the articulation, either...
The box is pretty nice, too--Metal's official Sonic Channel artwork adorns the sides and back--the back also makes a nice display card.
This might actually be Jazware's finest work yet--the level of detail on this figure is nuts. Take a look at
...the jet engine...
...and the feet. Hell, it's like someone at JW went to SEGA and got a whole bunch of rare concept images and shit just to make this toy.
All of those red dots dentoe the articulation the figure has. The box says "over 12 points", but the toy itself actually has, like, over 17 points. Hell, it even has freaking ball joints on the wrists--the first/only Sonic figure in my knowledge to have that. (I think the hip rotates too, but it's really tight and I don't want to break anything)
You can, summarily, pull of a lot of poses with him. My favorite is
However, the hip joints are kind of loose, to the points that the legs flop everywhere when I pick it up. Plus, they're those wierd ones that previous figures have--they allow perfectly fine side-to-side movement, but no back-and-forth movement--wierd when you consider the current focus of the games is running as fast as you can
. Also, several of the joints were really tight (especially on the left arm), and a lot of the figure is actually made of a fairly soft plastic (for safety purposes, no doubt), so I had to be extra careful not to break anything as I tried to loosen up the joints. Oh, and there's no foot posing outside of rotating ankle joints. On the bright side though...
I can totally pull off a "Metal Sonic approves" posture.
When I say this thing is a "monster", I mean that it's easily the largest figure Jazwares has made. As comparison:
- it's huge
- lots of posability
- it's freaking Metal Sonic
- tight/loose joints (may just be my figure, though)
- those wierd hip joints
- no foot articulation
Overall (especially now that I have all the joints working), I'd very much reccommend this. $16.99 at any USA Toys 'R Us.