Packaging - ***
The packaging is pretty basic, and not particularly sturdy. The
graphics are good, and the cardback does have some personalized info on
the back. But it reminds me of packaging from a decade ago, rather than
something from the last few years.
Sculpting - Missing
Link, Dr. Cockroach, Sue ***; Gallaxhar **1/2
While I have a number of issues with these figures, I actually like the
look like their movie counterparts, but of course Ginormica is not in
scale with the others. She stands almost 10" here, taller than the rest
of course, but certainly not at the same level as in the film.
can put her with the smaller PVC figures, although she's still
technically too short for that too. The PVC General is about 2 1/2"
tall, so for her to be in approximate scale (assumine she's really
supposed to be 50 feet tall), she would have to be at least twice this
big. Still, she'll look better with the PVC's than her PVC version does.
the sculpts are pretty basic, but Missing Link has the most texture
detail. He has scaley skin, and includes his toenails and fingernails.
I like the expression as well, making him my favorite in this category.
Sue is a bit plain too, but
she's fairly average for your standard mass market toy.
Cockroach suffers the most from the cheap materials they've used. All
four of these feel extremely cheap once you have them out of the
package, with largely hollow bodies and very hard plastic heads and
torsos combined with soft rubbery limbs. This isn't quite as big of a
problem for Sue and Link, but Cockroach and Gallaxhar suffer from it in
a big way. Trust me, in your hands, 'cheap' will be the first word that
comes to your mind.
stands 6 1/2 inches tall, Cockroach comes in at 4 1/2 (not including
his antennae), and Gallaxhar stands about 6 inches tall.
Paint - Missing Link, Cockroach ***; Sue,
The paint work here is pretty standard mass market stuff. Plenty of
slop around small details, and much of the color is largely due to the
plastic being cast in the color.
Missing Link and Dr. Cockroach has the best work, and have the most
paint ops. My only complaint with Link is the lighter color used on the
inside of the forearms, that doesn't match the upper arms. With the
hands in the air, it's a striking difference.
Gallaxhar has the
worst, with slop around the eyebrows, eyes, gloves, belt, etc. Sue
looks pretty good at first glance...but for some unknown reason she has
a number printed on the side of her left leg. Maybe there's some reason
for it in the film, but it seems unlikely - it's on her uniform, and
looks an awful lot like some sort of production number. Why would they
put it in such an obvious place?
Articulation - Sue **1/2; Missing Link,
Cockroach **; Gallaxhar *1/2
Out of the four, Ginormica is the best articulated. In fact, she can
actually hold some interesting poses.
has a ball and socket neck, pin/post ball shoulders, pin elbows, cut
bicep (right at the sleeve), cut waist, V hips, pin knees, and cut
She really needs ball jointed
hips, to allow her to do
much with the little cars on her feet. She could also use cut wrists,
but it's not a huge problem. She stands fine on her own, and the joints
are fairly strong and sturdy.
The Missing Link has a cut neck,
and cut joints at the hips, shoulders and tail. There are pin elbows as
well, but that's it. He stands fine on his own, but he really only
looks good with his arms up, or out in front of his body.
Cockroach has nothing but cut joints - a cut neck, cut shoulders, cut
waist, cut antennae and cut ankles. That's enough to keep him standing
with or without the gun attached, but not much else. Cut wrists would
have been nice, and a ball joint at the neck would have really been
appreciated. You can pop the antennae out of his head if you'd like,
although I'm not sure why.
Finally, there's poor Gallaxhar.
not sure how these aliens can be a threat. He has a ball jointed neck,
thankfully, but then there's just cut shoulders and a cut waist. The
lack of wrist joints means he can do much with his raygun, and the
joints he does have doesn't even allow him to stand on his own, unless
you use some a hot water/cold water treatment to reshape them.
Accessories - Dr.
Cockroach ***; Ginormica **1/2; Gallaxhar **; Missing Link Bupkis
The poor Missing Link got the short end of the stick in this wave,
coming with nothing extra.
Cockroach has his weapon, pieced together from a variety of items
including a golf bag and club. The bag fits on his back, and the gun
fits on his right arm. His hand holds it well, and it looks good. He
also stands fine with it on, because the external golf club works as a
Sue has two little cars that can
be used as skates for her
feet. Their wheels turn, and her feet can attach to the inside. She
also has a meteor rock, which I'm betting has something to do with our
Alien friends. The center is a translucent blue plastic, which allows
the light to shine through.
Finally, there's Gallaxhar. He
with a glider and a nifty ray gun. So why does he end up with the lower
score? Because they are prett worthless.
The glider is actually
two pieces, one that fits inside the other. These pieces look good,
although I suspect it's a little small scale-wise. To get him to stand
on this glider, they included an arm that can be placed around his
waist and attaches to the top of the interior glider.
it doesn't work. The peg that attaches the arm to the base is too
short, so that the arm falls off much too easily. On top of that,
there's almost no way to get Gallaxhar to stay on top of the glider
using this arm. You're better off tossing the arm and using some hot
water to resent the placement of his spindly legs.
I do like the
interior control panels on the glider. These are clear plastic bubbles
with printed stickers on the other side, and look terrific.
can hold the blaster in either hand, but because the articulation is so
poor, he can't actually point it in any reasonable direction. The
weight of the gun bends his soft rubbery arms as well, so if you put it
in his hand for any period of time, he'll end up wilting.
Action Feature - Dr. Cockroach
***; Ginormica, Missing Link **1/2; Gallaxhar *1/2;
these are intended as kid's toys, they have the required action
features. I don't particularly like action features, but if they can be
incorporated without hurting the figure, and they aren't too lame, I
can tolerate them.
Gallahxar's doesn't hurt the
figure. His is a
firing missile that pops out of the inner section of his glider. I
think it's supposed to shoot out through the outer part of the glider
when the inner part is tilted back, but it hangs up every time. The
only time it works is when the inner section is removed from the outer
section, and you manually press the button on the bottom. So while it
doesn't hurt the figure, it's pretty damn lame.
Dr. Cockroach has
a similar firing mechanism. His doesn't hurt the figure either, as it's
a firing cannon sort of thing that attachs to his back and he holds in
his right hand. It also fires well, with a pretty strong spring, so he
gets a higher score.
Sue has those two small cars,
and she can
use them as skates. As I mentioned, there's peg holes in her feet that
fit the pegs in the cars, but getting her to actually wheel along on
them is practically impossible.
The Missing Link has another
pretty basic feature - push the button on his back, and the arms drop
forward. Yea, not particularly interesting, but it works well enough to
actually add to the play value a tiny bit.
Fun Factor - Cockroach,
Missing Link, Ginormica **1/2, Gallaxhar **
Some of these are just frustrating to work with, like Gallaxhar. But
the other three are at least reasonably fun, if cheaply made. None of
them are going to do anything particularly exciting, but kids could get
some enjoyment out of Cockroach, Sue and the Missing Link.
Value - *1/2
Ten bucks? You gotta be kidding me. Yes, I know that seems to be the
going rate right now for action figures, especially those based on
movies. But these feel extremely cheap, and are pretty weak toys to
begin with. Eight bucks would be a lot for them, and at ten, nobody is
going to think they got a deal here.
Things To Watch Out For
Not much. While the paint work is generally cheap, I don't tink you'll
get any that are all that better than the rest.
Overall - Missing Link **1/2; Sue,
Cockroach **; Gallaxhar *1/2
these are intended as kid's toys. But that doesn't mean they can be
crap - kid's know the difference, often times better than adults. A few
years ago, McDonald's did Happy Meal toys for Monsters Inc. that were
just as high quality, but slightly smaller. Likewise, they did Kung Fu
Panda toys that came with a burger and fries that were just as nice of
these, just slightly smaller.
ten bucks a piece, you should expect more than that. Six dollar figures
I could live with, particularly with some of the extras like
Cockroach's gun, but ten bucks a pop? Uh, no.
If you're looking
for a better Sue to go with the PVC's, this one has potential. There's
also a large alien robot in this scale that might go well with the
PVC's, and if there's an Insectasaurus, it might fit too. But this is a
line that I'd bet will end up on clearance, no matter how good the
movie might turn out to be.
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - Missing Link ***; Dr. Cockroach, Ginormica **1/2; Gallaxhar
Paint - Missing Link, Cockroach ***; Sue, Gallaxhar **1/2
Articulation - Sue **1/2; Missing Link, Cockroach **; Gallaxhar *1/2
Accessories - Dr. Cockroach ***; Ginormica, Missing Link
**1/2; Gallaxhar *1/2;
Fun Factor - Cockroach, Missing Link, Ginormica **1/2,
Value - *1/2
Overall - Missing Link **1/2; Sue, Cockroach **; Gallaxhar *1/2
Where to Buy -
You're best bet is your local Toys R Us, where you'll pay about $10
each for these.
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