And now we have SOTA giving it the old college try. The first series
will include Ryu, Sagat, Sodom, Chun Li, Bison and Evil Ryu. It's nice to
see no one was bogarting this license.
As an intro to the line, SOTA produced a special San Diego Comic Convention
exclusive two pack. It contains a slightly different version of Evil Ryu
(his fist is crackling with tendrils of energy in this version), and the Psycho version of M. Bison. It sold for $35 at
the con, but you're best bet is now the secondary market. Or you could
enter the August giveaway when I'll be giving this pair away for free!
Packaging - ***
The packaging is attractive, but a tad oversized. It is a clamshell
though, so it should hold up pretty well to shelf abuse.
And I didn't include a photo because I ripped this guy open back in San
Diego. I did take a 'hotel room' photo, but since I had enough loose
pictures to make up the review, I figured I could skip it. Just this time.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpting on both of this figures is top notch, and matches the
characters extremely well - at least as I remember them. Keep in mind I
haven't played the game since the days when my ten year old son regularly
pounded the crap out of me. He's 21 now.
The detail work stands out best on Ryu, since Bison's clear blue appearance
makes the detail a little less obvious. Ryu has his 'evil' expression, and
the sculpt works extremely well with the high level of articulation. His
right hand is sculpted with the blue tendrils attached, and you might have some
trouble getting them in just the right spot without breaking them. A
little hot water or a blow dryer might help, followed by some cold water.
As I said, Bison' sculpt detail is less obvious, since there are so few paint
ops to bring it out, but you can still tell that the normal version is going to
look great. He's got some serious bulk, and looks great next to Ryu.
Scale on this is good as well, and they should fit in nicely with other
6" - 7" lines like Marvel Legends or Mattel Batman.
Paint - ***
The paint ops aren't as nice as the sculpt, but they're certainly acceptable.
That's not really fair for Bison though, since the only paint ops are the
silver armor and the silver buckle and insignia. Otherwise, he's a clear
blue, and that looks terrific. Since the larger armor pieces were probably
painted before assembly, there's no slop between the silver and blue.
There were a couple spots where the silver could have been a little more
consistent, but it's a tough color to work with.
Ryu has a wash on his body to bring out the muscle definition, a dark
uniform, and very red eyes. The quality of the work is similar to Marvel
Legends, but not quite at the level of Mcfarlane stuff, for example.
There's a little slop here and there, and some poor definition between
colors. It's on par with most mass market lines.
Articulation - ****
Articulation junkies should be happy! Both of these figures have a ton of
joints, and can hold lots of fighting positions. The center of gravity on
the figures works well with the positioning of the joints and legs - nice work
on SOTA's part.
Both have a ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders and hips, knees, wrists
(pin joints, not cut joints, so the hands can also move backward and forward),
double jointed knees, waist, chest, ankle and two foot joints.
Bison's chest joint deserves special mention, as it allows him to lean way
back, or curl forward. This allows you to have much more control over his
center of gravity, making difficult poses much easier.
The joints are nice and tight, and hold poses well. The level of articulation is very impressive, and almost all of it is
extremely useful for posing. Ryu's shirt interferes a bit with the chest
and waist, and Bison's armor is *slightly* restrictive, but in general you'll
find these to be great for posing and play.
This is the way these fighting figures should be - and how figures like Kill
Bill or the Matrix should have been.
Accessories - Bison **; Ryu Bupkis
This two pack is light on accessories. Ryu has nothing, although he has
that spiffy looking right hand.
Mister Bison comes with his ball of blue flame, that he floats in when going
psycho. It's supported on a clear plastic base to allow him to 'float',
but he doesn't fit in it particularly well. He's too top heavy when inside
the flames, and with his feet very close together, he wants to dive out.
You can wrap his hands back around the flames to keep him in, but that really
shouldn't be necessary. It was a cool idea that didn't quite pan out that
Fun Factor - ***1/2
If you have kids into this game, they'll love this line. The figures look
terrific, and they'll be able to recreate their favorite battles. The only
thing that would improve this score is additional accessories or perhaps
dioramas based on the game locations.
Value - **1/2
The usual con exclusive runs $15 to $20. This two pack costs $35,
which is a tad steep, but not too extreme. At $30, I think folks would
feel a lot more comfortable.
Then again, consider the two packs from DC Direct that run $30 to $40 at
retail, and you'll see that these aren't a whole lot different.
Overall - ***1/2
I've heard some folks complaining about this line, but I have no idea what
the problem could be. This particular set is a tad expensive, but the
regular line will be more in line with what you'd expect.
I mentioned this before, but wanted to reiterate it - none of the poses in
any of the photos is using any sort of support to hold up the figures. The
figures aren't leaning or even touching each other, and there's nothing else
holding them up. It's pretty rare than you can do that with figures, even
with this much articulation.
The sculpts are solid, the articulation excellent - these make great toys AND
great collectible figures. You'll be able to pose them in all kinds of
fighting stances, and in the photos on this page, they are all holding their own
poses. They aren't leaning against each other or anything else, and they
held these poses for long periods of time. Overall, this is a fun line,
with lots of potential.
Where to Buy -
The Con was the place to pick them up, but SOTA is coming through for the fans,
at least for the moment. Hit their
site and you can pick up any of the con exclusives for the original
prices. That's just $35 for this two pack, but hurry, I don't expect them
If you're looking for the regular release figures, there are some places with
- Krypton Collectibles has
series 1 listed for just $10 each.
- Southern Island has a great price
- series 1 and 2 for $45 (five figures) or individually for $9 each.
- CornerStoreComics has series 1
up for $55 or most of the figures for $12 individually. But they also have
the variant Ryu and variant Chun Li listed at $15!
- Alter Ego Comics has cases of
series 2 up for $120 - that's 12 figures!
- Killer Toys has series 1 listed at
$55 for the set, or $12 each individually.
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