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Megaman NT Warrior
Virus Attack

King Randor stops by tonight with a review of the New Megaman NT Warrior figures, Torchman and Windblastman.  Tell us all about it, KR!

Several months ago, I presented you all with a review of the new MegaMan NT Warrior figures, being done by Mattel. Well, apparently they're doing pretty well, cause a second series has just been released. Being the one who presented you with Series 1, I figured I'd return the favor and show Series 2 off to you. I also figured, considering that Mattel's Boys Toys lines are dropping faster then the current popularity of Hockey in America, we could take a look at this second wave, and see if this'll be a continuing success, or if it's likely this line will crash and burn as well. I'm reviewing the villains here- Torch Man, and WindBlast Man, cause the heroes are basically just repainted variations of Series 1, and there's some female in the line I never even heard of, and I can't find her anywhere, and never saw her before, so anyway without further ado, MegaMan NT Warrior Virus Attack villains asst!

*BTW, after checking a Rockman.exe website, to get some source pictures of WindBlast Man, I've discovered he's actually one of the GOOD guys.so why he's part of the Virus Attack figures, I've no clue, but he's still going in this review, regardless.







Packaging - *1/2
Well, no place better to start than the packaging. And truthfully, MUCH better places to END the review than this ( not like I could, seeing as how the review just STARTED, but yes, I'm THAT unimpressed with the packaging). Granted, I wasn't even that impressed with the packaging the FIRST time around, seeing as how GENERIC it was, but that was Mattel's chance to IMPROVE on it. Instead, they cut the packaging DOWN a few sizes, made it even SLIMMER than before! They basically just crammed everything together in there now- granted you can still see the figure, but NOWHERE NEAR as nicely as before. Sorry, unacceptable in my view...and there's another reason I dislike it even more.but I'll get into that in ANOTHER category.

Sculpting - WindBlast Man *** , Torch Man ****
Once again, just like the first time around, Mattel saved themselves, here! The sculpts PERFECTLY fit the source material. And in truth, based on the picture I'm looking at of WindBlast Man, the figure's sculpt actually looks a tad better than he does in the cartoon, and hey, that's NEVER a bad thing! One thing though- unlike Series 1, WindBlast Man is entirely HARD plastic. He doesn't seem to have any of the "soft, flexy" feel that parts of the first series of figures, did - like parts of Guts Man, Magnet Man, and Mega Man had. Due to that, unfortunately, he DOESN'T fit in as well with the other figures. And due to THAT reason alone, I had to take off half a star off of him. Real shame, but that's the only reason I did.

Paint - WindBlast Man **, Torch Man ***
WHAT HAPPENED HERE? Last time around, they got almost PERFECT scores on paint ops- well, Torch Man almost still did. But sadly, poor WindBlast Man got left behind. ALL the WindBlast Man figures have HIDEOUS paint jobs- the paint application was VERY sloppy, and VERY noticeable. I got the better of the two, but that's STILL disgusting to know! Such a shame, really. Even with a decent paint wash, due to such poor paint application, WindBlast Man was REALLY thrown into the gutter. Surprisingly, again, Torch Man comes out virtually a winner!

Articulation - ****
WOW! Mattel really outdid themselves in this category- WindBlast Man has 12 points- neck, upper arms, elbows, lower arm, waist, legs, and knees. Torch Man has 11 points- shoulders, wrists, waist, legs, and knees. That's good enough for me! :D

Accessories - ***
WindBlast Man comes with his shoulder propellers- that apparently fire out or something, some weird little Jellyfish-like companion, and a BattleChip, for the PET electronic toy. Torch Man comes with flame projectiles, his companion "Torchy", and a BattleChip for the PET. I don't really remember Torchy too well, but chances are, that's just my personal bad memory. WindBlast Man's companion I can't really say much for yet, cause his episode hasn't aired in the USA yet. Regardless, all good here.

Value - **1/2
Now remember when I said something else bothered me about the packaging? Here it is- These figures went UP in price- I paid $8.99 for each. Yes, they upped the price and skimped out on the card. That's Mattel for ya, folks. Seriously- the figures should be about $2-$3 less.

Overall - WindBlast Man **, Torch Man ***
While I'm glad I've added these figures to my collection, it feels to me almost like Mattel is starting to really drop the ball on their stuff. Torch Man stayed up to the level of the other figures, for the most part. WindBlast Man fell behind BADLY. If Mattel isn't willing to put forth the effort, I say they should just throw the towel in already, personally. Decent figures, but for the price I paid for them, I'm not the most excited. And the case ratio for these.well, it's Mattel, so care to take a guess? ':B-)

Score Recap -
Packaging - *1/2
Sculpting - WindBlast Man *** , Torch Man ****
Paint - WindBlast Man **, Torch Man ***
Articulation - ****
Accessories - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - WindBlast Man **, Torch Man ***

Where to Buy -
I grabbed mine at KB Toys for $8.99 each. Toys R Us I believe has them.for either about the same price, or like a buck cheaper. I think I saw the deluxe versions of Mega Man and Proto Man at Target, but not the regular assortment yet.


Figure from the collection of King Randor.

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