For the third promotion in a row, Burger King
has the attention of toy collectors. First it was Spooky Light Ups,
then Lord of the Rings. Now they follow with a set of figures for the
cartoon, X-men Evolution.
These PVC figures are about 3.5" tall,
although they vary by character. Each comes with a small stand, which
also has a 'peephole'. Look inside, and you see the civilian look of
the character, along with a brief bio. Each figure also comes with a
small CD-ROM that contains some games and cute software. The CD-ROM
sits in the base for a complete look.
Most BK's will sell these separately from
the kids meal for about a buck each. I have had far less trouble
picking these up than the previous LOTR promotion. There are eight
characters - Rogue, Toad, Wolverine, Quicksilver, Magneto, Cyclops, Mystique
Sculpting - **1/2
If I hadn't found Toad, this score would have been higher. Most of
the figures are actually pretty good, with Wolverine the standout.
Unfortunately, as good as
Wolvie is, Toad is that bad. Even though they are just PVC's, the
sculpting can still be decent.
The pose selection is a bit
odd as well. Again, Wolverine is in a great pose, but Quicksilver is
fairly static when he is the perfect character for an action pose. I
have no idea why Rogue looks like she's trying to vogue. I assume Magneto
is in a take off position, although it appears he likes to stand on his
toes, and I'm guessing that Cyclops is about to remove his visor, or he's
had some sort of accident causing hearing loss.
Paint - **
Some of the figures were decent, but overall the ops on these aren't as
good as some of the other recent kids meal toys. There was a fair
amount of slop on the lines of the costumes, and the faces, particularly
Toad and Magneto, were pretty poor.
Articulation - Bupkis
Since they are solid PVC's, there isn't much here to give them an
articulation score. It's not a huge detraction for a kids meal toy,
but it is possible to give them at least one or two points, particularly
the neck and shoulders.
Accessories - ***1/2
Ah, while they might not have articulation, they at least have a
couple cool accessories. I'm counting both the stand and the CD-ROM
The stands work great and
look as good. The figure's feet have a small bar attaching them
which fits into the stand. All the characters fit in their stands
perfectly, without any problems. The peephole feature works great as
The CD-ROM looks great
perched on the stand, with some great graphics. The features on the
disk aren't anything to write home about, but it's not a bad idea.
Value - ****
A buck for a PVC is good enough, but with the stand and CD, it's a great
Overall - **1/2
While these aren't as nice as the last two BK promotions, they are decent
enough to pick up, particularly for the big X-men Evolution fans.
I'd suggest skipping the food
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.