While Lord Power, Adam Power,
Gripptogg and Ggrapptikk are the regular
release, Grabbtargg is special. Here's the info straight from the
"The Ggrabbtargg figure is a Power Lords Fan Club
exclusive and was only made available to the fans who purchased either
the Power Ship level membership or the Volcan Rock level membership.
That figure will no longer be available for purchase through Store
Horsemen, but the remaining stock after PL Fan Club members allotment
have been distributed may at some point be used as promotional give
aways or for non-profit charity purposes."
As I mentioned, this first
series goes on sale tomorrow, May 23rd, at the Store Horsemen,
where they'll run $10 - $15 each depending on the character.
Like the Outer Space Men, expect
a lot of color and style variations on these figures, which allows them
to get the most bang for their buck, and still provide a truly
interesting toy line at a reasonable price.
I've included plenty of photos,
so make sure you scroll all the way through to see the complete set and
Packaging - ****
The Four Horsemen like to employ truly collector friendly bubble/card
back packaging with their toys. Here you have the perfect example - by
turning down one of the four wrap around plastic edges, you can slip
the card back out, remove the figure and accessories for play, and
easily return it for display or sale later. No need to damage anything,
but there is one annoying twisty tie to discard.
I also like the color and
design, right down to using the Revell style logo for the Four Horsemen
name in the top right corner. It has the perfect psychedelic look
befitting a line like this.
Sculpting - ****
These are done in a 4" scale, making Adam Power about 4 inches tall,
and the brutes about 5 inches tall.
As I mentioned earlier, the
original Adam Power/Lord Power figure had a transforming action
feature. You pressed a button and his torso spun around, revealing the
shirtless, blue skinned, red veined Lord. Thankfully, the Horsemen
ditched the silly action features, and gave us two figures to represent
the two versions of the main character.
The Adam Power version is
wearing his full space suit, and has a normal, dashing, heroic head
sculpt. His alter ego has a slightly different portrait - the features
actually are different, as well as having the red jewel in the center
of his forehead.
The blue torso has the sharply
defined red veins and chiseled musculature. I'm particularly loving his
hair, with its windswept, tousled look. It completes the hero style
The original series had a lot of
that duality of personality theme, and in keeping with that, they've
given the brute aliens some interesting head sculpts. Obviously, their
heads look like the back half of a fish, with the tail working as the
'hair'. Some of the faces have a fish-like style as well. But the cool
feature is that these heads are two sided, with a different face on
either. Because of the high collar on the suit, you don't really notice
the face on the back of the head, but spin it around an viola - a very
different character! For an example, see the photo of the three brutes
together - the red character (Ggripptogg) in the center has his head
spun around to reveal his second look.
I also love the overall design,
particularly the split arms and huge, tree-like feet. There's different
texturing on the skin and armor, and the armor design makes complete
sense considering the massive nature of the beast.
The sculpt works extremely well
with the articulation design as well, always a key feature. The suits
and sculpt do not get in the way of the posability.
The figures also stand great on
their own, with no balance issues even in deeper stances.
Paint - ****
Considering the scale, the paint ops are very clean and sharp. The eyes
look great, and small details like the eyebrows or striping on the
space suit are extremely well done.
There's a little roughness to
the finish in some areas, as though dirt or contaminants found their
way into the paint while it was still wet. It's hard to see in person,
however, and the overall quality of the small detail work overrides
pretty much anything else.
Articulation - ****
These figure employ the Glyos system. That means there are post and
holes at the joints that allow other pieces to swap in and out.
However, this isn't quite like
the Outer Space Men series, where the joints are then simply cut
joints. They've added a pin and disc style joint on the limbs in
critical spots - the elbows, knees and ankles - so that these have a
much greater range of movement. For example, the arms can turn at the
elbow, as well as move forward and back.
The necks aren't just cut joints
either. Instead, there's a ball joint attached to the torso in the
usual Glyos fashion. This ball allows the head all sorts of tilt and
lean action, making every pose more realistic.
There's also cut wrists joints,
and a cut waist. It's worth mentioning that while the human figures
have the cool ankles, there's only the articulated knees on the larger
brutes. That makes sense since they don't really have 'ankles'.
The one joint that could use a
little work is the hips, where they've gone with a simple T style
design. That restricts the stances from getting very deep side to side.
It's a minor nit, but one I'm sure these guys can figure out moving
forward. I never expected ball jointed necks with the Glyos system, and
here we have them!
Accessories - Trooper ****; the
The Four Horsemen went back to the original series when designing a
number of the accessories included with these figures.
Ggripptikk is also called the
"Ultimate Edition Barlowe Tribute Ggripptogg", and ultimate he is. He
comes with a ton of extras, all designed to work with any of the four
He has his deadly mace, which
comes with a short handle. A second long handle is included, and it's
pretty easy to swap - or you can just use the long handle as a matching
There is an additional longer
loincloth as well, and it's pretty easy to swap this on by popping off
the torso. As I mentioned in the Articulation section, the figures are
all Glyos compatible, and you can swap just about any part at the
There are two styles of arms
that these figures sport - one with the forearms side by side in
relation to the elbow, and one with them above/below. The Trooper comes
wearing a blue side by side set, and has an extra set of blue
above/below in the pack. He also has a red set of above/below which he
can wear, or (more appropriately) can be swapped in with the red
If that's not enough, there's
also three additional heads, blue, red and black. One of these is done
to match Barlowe's original design (without a reversible face), and one
(the black) is an armored sculpt.
The other four figures don't
have quite the same sort of mad accessories, but they are all solid.
Each big alien has the mace with
both the long and short handles, differentiated through slight color
Each of the Lords has an
identical blaster, plus a scepter weapon, again differentiated through
a minor paint difference. They also both have a helmet head - not a
helmet that fits over their head, but a helmet that swaps out for their
head. This removes the problem of the helmeted version being too large.
These helmets have both a paint and sculpt variation, slight
as it might be. They swap easily and look terrific.
And since these are Glyos
compatible, you can swap in pieces and parts from other lines like the
Outer Space Men. How cool is that!
Fun Factor - ****
One thing the Four Horsemen always do - they make great toys. These
things are a ton of fun, with all kinds of play potential. They're
perfect for the youngster on your shopping list, and because they
aren't tied to any sort of tv or movie, they can use their imagination
to create the worlds they inhabit. What could be more fun?
Value - ***1/2
While there's plenty of re-use here, it's done in the usual creative
Four Horsemen style, which means you'll hardly notice because you're
having too damn much fun. The production runs on their toys are also
very low, making it quite surprising (at least to me) that these
collector themed, online only figures are just $10 - $15 each.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!
Overall - ****
This is clearly a line developed with a lot of love and reverence for
the original series. When you think back on some of the greatest lines,
like the Palisades Muppets or the Playmates World of Springfield, you
see the product of a group of people that truly loved the license they
were working on. That's very evident here, and that speaks volumes
about the quality and potential of this series.
I like everything the Four
Horsemen does, but this is a line that really jumps out at me. The
original alien designs were some of the coolest ever produced
in an action figure series, and I know that the Horsemen are going to
do them up right this time around.
I'll continue to cover this
series as new characters come out, and I can guarantee you that a
similar pattern with collectors will play out. With the third or fourth
wave they release, I'll get emails and posts saying "God, those are
really cool - I wish I'd started from the beginning though, because the
first wave is so hard to get!" Don't be one of those people. Get in now
while the getting is good.
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Trooper ****; the rest ***1/2
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ****
Your best bet is their online store, called the Store Horsemen, or
you can search
ebay for a deal.
For more info on the Power Lords, check out the site Power Lords
Other Four Horsemen lines
include the latest Outer
Space Men, like Gemini
and Orbitron, the Cyclops,
and this early series.
If you like the Four Horsemen's
work, you should check out their FANtastic Exclusives, like Scarabus
and his variants,
More recent, we had Allux and
Izzy and the rest of the cat ladies,
as well as the mutants
from the same series.
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