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If you haven't yet watched the animated show Invincible on Amazon, do it. Right now. Stop reading. Go do it.
Fantastic stuff, right? Robert Kirkman created the series based on the comic of the same name, also from Kirkman (you might know him best from Walking Dead), and if you thought the show was great, you aren't alone. It was tremendously popular when series 1 came out back in 2021, and was immediately renewed for seasons 2 and 3 by Amazon. Season 2 is scheduled for a late 2023 release.
Diamond Select Toys picked up the license, and somehow I completely missed out on the action figures. They've released six so far, with Invincible and his dad Omni-Man in the first wave. I have to go back and pick those up now! I did get wave 2 and wave 3, which I'm reviewing finally - Atom Eve, Allen the Alien, Dupli-Kate, and Robot. A fourth wave with both versions of Monster Girl is already up for pre-order.
These will run you around $25 each, depending on the retailer, and are a 7" scale. With two more seasons coming, I have no doubt we'll see DST fill out the roster furter.
Packaging - ***1/2
The boxes are very collector friendly, always a big plus. There's no twisties or ties inside, and the plastic tray keeps everything safe and sound. It's easy to see the figure and accessories as well. My only negative is the box itself is rather thin cardboard, and is easy to damage.
Sculpting - Atom Eve, Dupli-Kate ***; Allen, Robot ***1/2
This is an animated show, with a rather unique art style. They had to capture that, and do it with a minimalist touch. They pulled it off quite well, although some of the minimalism goes a smidge too far.
Let's start with my favorite of these four, Allen the Alien. He's a big dude, coming in at about 7 1/2" tall. There's two portraits, one with a half smile, and one with a raised eyebrow. I like the latter the best, but both of them do a great job of emoting his usual attitude. He also has the most sculpted details, thanks to the belt and it's various doo-dads. There's a ton of sculpted hands, designed to work with the various accessories, but there's some key poses too.
Robot is quite nice as well, but he only comes with one head. There's still a ton of sculpted hands though in a variety of useful poses. The sharper cuts to the body create a more metallic man appearance, and the design matches his on screen look extremely well. Something not mentioned in the marketing info is his removable chest piece, which has some nicely detailed electronics underneath. He's just a smidge smaller than Allen, coming in at about 7 1/4".
The two ladies are nice, but both suffer from some of that minimalism I was talking about. Atom Eve is about 6 1/2" tall, while Kate is just over 6". Both have very pretty faces, and costumes and body styles that match the show. There's going to naturally be less detail thanks to their design, but it's the hair where this gets a bit extreme. Both have almost no detail, no strands or texture whatsoever. That gives the hair more of a hat-like appearance, chunky and thick. While I don't expect a detailed texture - that wouldn't match the show - they both needed a bit more than what we have here. If you compare Atom Eve to the prototype used in the marketing photos, you'll see what I mean.
Kate gets two portraits too - one mild, one angry. Getting more than one Kate to show off the heads, numbers, and limbs is a good idea.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint work is quite clean across the set of four, with only the occasional blip here and there. That's critical since one of the trademarks of this show is the bright, broad, fun colors.
Robot is the least colorful, with just the basic two tone look to the overall body, with the lighter colored eyes. It's all quite clean however, with only a couple edges having any issue. They actually went with more color here than on the show, where he's more monotone, but I think this shading worked well in three dimensions. He also has some nice detail work under that chest plate, where you can seem the inner workings.
Atom Eve sports some of those cool colors, and more edges that could have issues. Thankfully, there's very few, with sharp definition and clean cuts. The eyes are quite nice as well, straight and even. The hairline is a bit clunky, but that's largely due to the chunky hair sculpt.
Allen has plenty of color as well, and his costume mirrors the level of quality of the others. There's a few smudges on the belt, where the smaller pieces are, but they are quite minor. You can also tell that the heads and hands were cast in the color rather than painted, but it doesn't detract from the overall look.
That leaves Kate, who has fewer colors, like Robot. The main blues of her uniform look good though, and there's plenty of consistency across the larger swaths of color. She has a unique feature - the number on her chest is not painted, but a decal that you can remove and replace with another number they provide. More on that in the Accessories section.
Articulation - ***1/2
All four figures have similar articulation, and all the joints were tight when I started workiing with them.
However, the more I worked with Dupli-Kate, particularly pulling the legs and arms apart from the body, the more issues I had with loose joints. It's worth noting, although if you do use the extra limbs, you'll probably be using them on a second - or third or fourth - figure.
The ball jointed neck gives you plenty of turn and tilt, but you won't get the backward lean necessary for realistic flying poses. That might be a bigger issue for characters like Atom Eve.
The rotating hinge shoulders, cut biceps, single pin elbows, and rotating hinge wrists work well, and you can manage most natural arm poses. Of course, double pin elbows would give you more, but I think these work well enough and don't damage the appearance too much.
The have an ab or waist joint that rolls, tilts and turns on a ball. Some, like Kate, work better than others - I'm looking at you, Robot.
They all have ball jointed hips, with cut thighs, single pin knees, and pin/rocker ankles. You can easily get natural shallow to deep stances, and I had no trouble keeping them standing even on the smaller feet that the ladies have.
Accessories - Robot ***; Atom Eve ***1/2; Dupli-Kate, Allen ****
One area where they really went all in is the Accessories, which is always a big plus for me.
The one who got the most extras is Allen. He gets that second head I mentioned earlier, ten additional hands to go with the ones he comes wearing, a bowl of alien snacks, the planetary scanner, and three Sequids.
The hands swap fairly easily, and with a little care you should have no worries. The scanner is particularly cute, with the 'URATH' label. See, he was supposed to go to a planet called Urath, but screwed up and came to Earth instead...it's a nice specific extra for him. He also has the three Sequids, with one sculpted to fit over the head of another character of your choice. These were the creatures from the episode "Neil Armstrong, Eat Your Heart Out". Think the Brain Slugs from Futurama. The two with straight limbs aren't bendy, which is a bit of a bummer.
Dupli-Kate does great in this category too, getting that second mad, fighting portrait. She also gets a bunch of hands - ten in total - which swap easily and look great. There's also the extra stickers I mentioned earlier, and there's two sheets with two of each number. That means you can swap a lot, if you feel the need.
There's a battle on the show in which one of her versions gets pulled apart quite gruesomely. They've given you all the extras to recreate that situation - an extra damaged arm and leg, with four blood blobs. In the very last photo, you'll see them in use.
Atom Eve isn't quite as well equipped, but she has some cool extras. There's a bunch of hands of course, with six extras that are in different poses, and two more that have energy blasts coming off them. There's two additional energy effects that can attach to her feet, perfect for use with the stand.
She also has an itty bitty version of Shrinking Rae, so technically you're getting another member of the Guardians to display. You'll need to use some quake putty though, because she can't stand on her own.
Finally, there's Robot. He has the fewest extras, with just additional hands. There's eight extras, with one including the tiny extension from the wrist. It's not much, but since he does have the removable chest piece, it's not too bad.
Everybody gets a clear display base and post as well, with most of them using the long, articulated support that can be used for flying and jumping poses. You won't need them for normal standing poses, but they can work great with those stances that require the feet off the ground.
Fun Factor - ****
These are all a lot of fun, thanks to the decent articulation, wide range of accessories, and solid design. You'll have no trouble posing them in multiple ways, and the addition of the stickers, limbs, and two heads with Dupli-Kate make getting extras of her a must.
Value - ***
Most figures in the 7" scale are in the $25 to $30 range right now, with NECA pushing the envelope. These come in on the cheaper side, yet they have plenty of extras that make the price more than justified.
Things to Watch Out For -
Swapping hands wasn't too hard, but you want to make sure the posts are straight and you don't force it. You'll also want to take extra care with the one additional hand on Robot, where the small extension can easily get bent when pushing the hand in. A little heat on the wrist can't hurt.
Overall - ***1/2
I had some minor quibbles here and there, but these remind me of the work that DC Direct did for the BTAS figures, and that's a good comparison. This is a show that's fallen off the radar thanks to the long delay between seasons 1 and 2, but I suspect that when it hits again, the demand will jump. Right now you can get some deals on these figures, and we already know another wave - with both versions of Monster Girl - is coming.
These were sent to me by DST, and had completely slipped under my radar. I like them so much, I went back and picked up Invincible and Omni-Man from the first wave, and pre-ordered Monster Girl! That says a lot about how they turned out.
Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Atom Eve, Dupli-Kate ***; Robot, Allen ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Robot ***; Atom Eve ***1/2; Allen, Dupli-Kate ****
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2
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