Packaging - ***
The packaging is fairly attractive, and uses a generic I-Men look to signify the
broader line. The licensed characters are represented graphically as well,
and you get a nice set of pictures on the back of the rest of the series.
They are fairly small cards, and are easy to store for the MOCer.
Sculpting - ***
There are ten figures in this series: Goku, Vegata, Gohan, Trunks, and
Piccolo along with the Super Saiyan versions of Gohan, Goku, Vegeta and two SS
versions of Trunks.
The sculpting on most mini-figures is minimalist,
and that's true here. That doesn't mean they aren't quality work though,
and the figures are instantly recognizable as the respective characters.
Unlike some other mini-figure lines, these have more detail in the hair (due to
the license of course), and much more detail in the added clothing pieces.
Paint - ***1/2
I had no serious problems with any of the paint applications, and the most
important - the faces - were excellent.
There was the occasional glitch along the
borders between colors, but all colors were consistent and even, and the overall
impression is one of colorful but neat work.
Articulation - ***
The I-Men have a number of joints: neck, shoulders, waist, wrists, hips and
ankles. The SS versions actually have steel posts at the hips and waist,
to allow for the electricity to flow and complete the circuit.
The figures move fine, with little restriction,
but a couple extra joints would have been nice in the original design. The
elbows and knees on the minimates give them a slight advantage in this category.
Accessories - ***
Every figure has at least one accessory - his coin base. These are very
cool, each pressed with the unique character head shot and name, along with an
edition number. They are nice and hefty, and remind me of the coins you
could collect from gas stations when I was a kid. I still have most of my
They also work well as bases, and the magnets
attach very tightly (too tightly in some cases, but I'll get to that
later). A couple other characters - Trunks and SS Trunks - come with
swords and scabbards that attach around their torso.
The swords are excellent, but I did have one of
the two scabbards fall apart on me, requiring some delicate glue work. It
may have been a fluke, but be careful when picking yours out to be sure nothing
has popped loose in the package.
Light Up Action - **1/2
The light up action might take a little while to truly work out the bugs.
It's a great idea for this particular license (and will work for some of the
others I'm sure), but there are a few kinks.
All five of the light up figures did work just
fine out of the package. None of them had light or battery issues.
Remember when I mentioned those powerful magnets? Well, those did cause an
The circuit is completed when you attach the
magnets to the metal base. Electricity then flows, and the heads light
up. They are a little dim, but not too bad for something this small.
The magnets were so strong though that on two of them they pulled right out of
the feet! They were a little tricky to get back in, but I did manage to
fix them. Be very careful though, because the parts are damn easy to
Value - **1/2
While the coins are awfully cool, the cost is the biggest problem for this
line. If you can find them for $8 and below, that's not bad, but some
places are charging above even that.
Overall - ***
The I-Men are pretty cool little figures, and they did a nice job utilizing
and adjusting the basic design and appearance of these for the Dragonball Z
line. The light up feature still has a few bugs, but should serve them
well for future licenses as well. If you're a big DBZ fan, you should give
these a serious look, but shop around for the best deal.
Where to Buy -
I 've seen these at Media Play and Sam Goody's, and a variety of comic shops. Here's a
couple on-line suggestions -
- Entertainment Earth has a set
of all five packs for $50, or a case
for $175. The case has 20 sets - everyone needs that many I-Men, don't
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