Paint - ***
Being bare metal you would think there is no paint that was applied to the
figure and I really can't tell if there is or not. One thing for sure is that there is no sign of the rippling that my other two Bender's suffer from
as the shiny Bender is crisp and clean from head to toe. A note about the painting on this - according to the liner notes penned by Hubert
J. Farnsworth himself this is really a type of mood metal called moodium that
changes colors based off of your robots emotions at a particular time. There
is a handy chart included so that you can decipher exactly what your robot is feeling as he changes color with his moods. Reading it reveals how little
Bender's mood changes and again is a nice little detail that Rocket USA has added in an effort to go that extra mile.
Walking Feature - **1/2
I would like to see him be able to walk longer distances on wind-up or be
able to cover more ground with each step but considering the mechanism that is used to propel Bender it is a minor complaint. Since the mechanism is
wind-up you can only turn it so far and then let him go. Maybe another feature that could have been added would be to have his head rotate around
much like in the episode the Cryonic Woman. That being said I was a little on the fence about
whether this should be a ** 1/2 score or a ***. I went with the ** 1/2 because it was more important that he be able to walk
longer distances on a single wind-up. That and the fact that I don't know too much
about other wind-up toys and so don't have a good reference as to what is acceptable and what is not with these toys.
Accessories - **1/2
Accessories is a little hard to judge as Bender does come with some sculpted
pieces that are both useful and show specific. These include a can of Mom's Old Fashioned Robot Oil and Bender's ever present cigar. The packaging
itself contains some cutout accessories on the back of the box that could also be used but certainly are not as fun as the sculpted ones. The reason
for the lower score is that I only consider the robot oil and cigar accessories and both of those are pretty small.
Value - **1/2
The suggested retail price on these tin toys are between 19.99 and 24.99 which are both a little high. It would have been nicer to see these more in
the range of 15.99 which I think would have made them more accessible to both fans and collectors. If you shop around you could probably get one of
these for around that price. Another odd thing is that the box states that this is for ages 13 and up. Besides the size of the accessories I am not
sure why this is only available for the older crowd and not younger kids. I suppose the fact that there are moving parts associated with Bender that it
could be a reason for this requirement.
Overall - **1/2
Overall another good toy from Rocket USA. Is it worth it to have another
Bender that is not show specific? Unless you are a die-hard collector like myself probably not. Much like the MAC figures the variant Bender I would
love to have seen which is not really a variant at all would have been Flexo. However, as a variant on the original Bender this is not too bad. For
some reason whenever I look at it I am reminded of Anthology of Interest I where Bender wishes he were 50 feet tall and all of those little bender
robots are putting him together. The shiny metal Bender reminds me of all those worker benders.
Still, depending on the price you paid for him and the lack of accessories
that come with him it knocks the score down a half star. If you are really into Futurama or got him for a really good price bump it back up to a full
three stars and enjoy the shiny metal Bender on the shelf with all the other
great stuff from Rocket USA!