Deluxe Real Heroes
I've heard from tons of folks since reviewing
the first of these Real Hero figures last week, and they seem to really love
these. On their own, they are great toys, but the customizing and kit
bashing potential is excellent.
There are two deluxe sets to go along with
the regular figures - a Police Diver, and a Bomb Technician, reviewed
here. These are $20 each, but include more equipment than the basic
Packaging - ***
The packaging here is quite a bit better than the carded figures.
Sure, the graphics aren't quite as nice as I'd like, but they show all the
figures in the line across the back, with some decent text. The box
is nice and sturdy as well, and should hold up well on the shelf.
Another nice factor is that
the box is easy to open, and the figures and parts are easy to
remove. There's a handful of twisty ties, but it's not too bad, and
you can even take the package apart and put it back together if you want,
although since kids will be the major buyers, I don't see that happening
Sculpting - ***1/2
This is the best sculpt so far in the line, and has a lot of
potential. There's just the right amount of serious without looking
Uniform - **1/2
The uniform on the Bomb Tech looks great in the package, but isn't quite
as nice as some of the carded figures. The big difference
here is fit - the other uniforms were all well fitting, but the Bomb Tech
uniform is a bit baggy and loose.
Also, the helmet simply sits on the neck, flopping around,
and really needed some sort of elastic neck like the Astronaut to hold it
in place. The helmet is really nice looking though, and is the best
head gear so far in the line. The visor does not open however.
Articulation - ***1/2
This is the same body as the carded figures of course. While it
isn't as articulated as the current batch of 12" figures out there,
it's still very nice, particularly in this scale.
Paint - *1/2
The worst feature on this figure is the paint ops. On all the ones I
saw (6) the paint around the mouth was awful. It's tough to see in
the photos, but rather than just paint the lips, the pinkish paint covered
everything inside the van dyke. It screws up an otherwise excellent
Accessories - ***
The tech comes with a variety of accessories, and even a bomb although it
isn't mentioned on the package.
There's the large remote
controlled arm, that can roll along the floor. The arm turns up and
down, and the jaws open to hold a bomb, but the jaws won't stay tight
enough to actually carry anything.
There's also a box for
equipment, although none of the equipment fits inside, a two piece hand
held retriever that also has moving jaws and CAN hold things, and a floor
stand for the top half of the hand held retriever. The plastic is
somewhat flimsy on these though, and I suspect that holding the bomb with
the gripper for some time will cause the arm to wilt.
There's also a cardboard
'steel' wall he can stand behind. It works fine, but isn't too
Talking Feature - ****
As I mentioned in the previous review, the talking feature on these is
great. Press the left button, and you get his voice, with quite a
few lines. Press the right, and you get the commands from the
Control Center. Press them together, and you get sound effects
(although there was no bomb blast).
The box fits easily into the
back of the figure, and the fact that you don't need a screwdriver to work
on it, and that the cover stays very well, really add to the
feature. It's a great example of intelligent design and engineering.
Value - **
The ten dollar carded figures are a good value, but doubling the price for
these is a bit too much. Yes, you get a couple larger accessories
(and the Police Diver with his raft is a better value than the Bomb Tech),
but $15-$17 would have been much more appropriate.
Overall - **1/2
The Bomb Tech doesn't do quite as well as the carded figures. He
gets worse value, outfit and paint op scores, but better sculpting, and
accessories scores. The Pilot Diver is probably the better of the
two deluxe figures, but I really like the look of the Bomb Tech uniform on
I'm very happy with this
whole series so far, and plan on picking up all the future releases.
Where to Buy -
These are a TRU exclusive. You
should be able to find them in the same aisle as the 21st Century and G.I.
Joe sixth scale figures.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford