Packaging - ***1/2
I'm usually very hard on most bubble packaging, but this time Hasbro has
done about as good a job as possible. The graphics on the package
are fantastic, with great color and detail.
The backs of the cards contain information
on the movie, the specific character, and show the other figures in the
line. Everything you'd want - the only negative here is that it
looks like Hasbro went a bit on the cheap since they are using the
tri-lingual packaging for the U.S. release.
The bubble is rounded and shaped so that
there is very little chance that it will crush. It is also very
sturdy, and for the momc collectors, it will hold up well to peg wear.
To top it off, the cool Planet of the Apes
insert and the gorilla face insert can be removed and used in your
Sculpting - ***
I saw five of the nine figures, and I'm basing my rating on all
five. Since I bought Davidson and Attar, and their sculpting was the
best, it might seem like I'm being a little rough.
really does look like Wahlberg. The hair color is a little light,
but the face sculpt is extremely good. Likewise, the head and body
sculpt on Attar, the gorilla soldier, is excellent.
other sculpts are a little more hit and miss. Daenna, the new girl,
is probably the weakest. Ari is fairly good, but is hurt by some
poor paint wash on her face, and her glue on hair. The hair fits
awkwardly on some of the figures, so be picky. And lastly, there's
Limbo, one of the elder orangutans. His sculpt doesn't stand up to
the level of Davidson or Attar, but it is due heavily to the poor paint
Articulation - ***
I really wanted to give these figures a higher score on articulation,
since it's clear Hasbro is trying. Most have ball jointed shoulders,
and they average around 7 to 9 points each. Davidson has 9, with
neck, ball jointed shoulders, waist, one cut joint elbow and wrists.
Attar has even more at 12, with neck, ball jointed shoulders, wrists, cut
joints on both arms, waist and hips. But others, like Ari, have only
cut joint shoulders, with bodies that are almost solid.
good sign is Attar's shoulder pads. When most companies put shoulder
pads on figures, they just glue them on, limiting the usefulness of the
ball jointed shoulders. Instead, Hasbro used their heads and put the
pads on pegs, so that they lift up when the arm lifts up. It's a
smart move, and a nice touch.
lack of leg articulation is still and issue though, particularly with
Davidson. What the hell is he doing in this pose? It appears
as though he's about to break into some sort of monkey disco dance.
In this assortment, it varies wildly by figure. The Davidson and
Attar figures are perfect examples.
comes with a helmet with moving visor, small gun, and some sort of
'tracker' that I'm sure will make more sense once the movie comes
out. But the gun fits only so-so in his hand, the tracker doesn't
fit well at all, and the helmet just sits on his head - it doesn't snap
into any sort of collar!
The face paint on some figures like Davidson and Attar is neat and well
done. Unfortunately, the wash on Limbo, Ari and Daena isn't as
good. Compare several to find the best.
These figures are seven buck values, maybe eight bucks if you buy them at
KB. Almost $10? No way - I suspect that Wal-mart has made a
mistake, and you'll see them cheaper there as well very soon.
If I was only reviewing this set based on the Davidson and Attar figures,
I'd have given these another half star. On the converse, if I had
only found Daena Limbo, they would have lost a half star.
packing on the cases must be pretty good, since there were multiples of
all five figures on the pegs. I'm betting that Daena is the short
pack if anyone is, and that would be a wise choice on Hasbro's part.
Where to Buy -
Super Wal-mart seems to be the first to get these in, but I'm sure
we'll see them at Toys R Us, Target and K-mart soon enough.
I wouldn't bother buying on-line at this
point, since you should see these buggers in quantity at lots of stores