Packaging - ***
The packages are completely collector friendly - all you have to do is
slit the tape on the bottom, and you can slide out the tray, remove the
figure and accessories (not even a single twisty!) with no damage
The boxes are easy to store as
well, and personalized to the character. The hanger top isn't really
necessary, but it's a minor nit. In fact, I've upped the score in this
category from previous reviews, due in large part to the lack of twisty
Sculpting - Farnsworth
***; Hermes **1/2
Farnsworth has been a long time coming, so it's not surprising that
he's going to get a lot of scrutiny. The work is good, but not
outstanding, and I have a few nits that hold him back.
The age wrinkles and lines are
all there, but a better paint job was necessary to bring them out. The
glasses are also a bit too large, and the nose doesn't quite hook
enough. Overall though, it's clearly Farnsworth, and his scale (he
stands about 4 3/4" tall) works well with the rest of the line. He also
stands great on his own, although he does tend to tilt a little forward.
Hermes is one of those two
dimensional character designs that simply does NOT translate well into
three. The mouth looks way off, the nose is too narrow, the glasses set
too wide, and even the face and neck look too fat. He's normally
smiling as well, and here the bland expression doesn't do him any
favors. He stands about 5" tall, and does so on his own quite easily.
Both of these figures are less
detailed than past releases, and even considering the medium (cartoon
figures tend to be less detailed in general) you have to admit that
these come up a bit short in the minutia department.
Paint - **
I hate to say it, but it seems like cost cutting hit this wave pretty
hard. Since paint ops are something that are a unit cost, not a fixed
cost, they tend to be a place where you see such budget constraints
Many of the parts are cast in
the color you see, like the heads. The lack of paint on the faces (and
other areas, like Hermes torso) means that certain critical details are
left wanting. While Farnsworth has sculpted wrinkles and bumps on his
head, you can't see them without any sort of paint detailing. He does
have a couple age spots, but without any of the darker wrinkles, they
look out of place, almost like round stickers on his head.
There's also some quality
problems with the paint ops that are here. There's some very noticable
slop around the Professor's glasses, and the 'eyes' on the front of
Hermes glasses are merely stickers. The inclusion of sculpted and
painted eyes under the glasses is a nice touch, but since the eye wear
is not meant to be removed, it's something most folks will never notice.
Articulation - **
While these two figures have the same articulation as the previous
wave, I'm docking them a bit more. There's just the cut neck and cut
shoulders. I couldn't get the wrists to turn on either one, although I
had the same issue with Amy in wave 6 and found out later that they
SHOULD turn, mine were just glued tight with paint.
I'm docking them more than past
waves because of the awkward arm poses you're left with. Even with
Cloberella you could get a couple arm poses out of her due to the
sculpt, but here you get straight arms. They look terrible in any pose
other than straight down, making the shoulder joint less than useful.
There's also a real need for
ankle cuts on Farnsworth. He tends to tilt forward with the sculpted
ankle/foot pose, and if you could turn them out just a hair, you'd get
a much better stance.
A nice surprise was a cut neck
joint on Nibbler, who I'm counting as an accessory but is really
another member of the Planet Express team.
Accessories - Hermes **;
Both figures come with a BAB (build a bot) part for Roberto. If you're
interested in building Roberto (which requires you to also buy Mom and
Chef Bender in wave 8), then it's important to get the torso piece with
Hermes. If you aren't, then Hermes comes up very short in this
category, since he has nothing else.
The torso piece is pretty cheesy
too. It's fairly small, the door doesn't open, and the hollow nature
makes it feel cheap. Once Roberto is assembled it won't be as
noticable, but when the torso is all you get, it's pretty obvious.
Farnsworth has the pelvis and
legs. The legs are bendy, similar to past robot releases.
Farnsworth also comes with the
aforementioned Nibbler. The paint and sculpt are good, including his
dimunitive scale. He stands about 1 1/2" tall, fitting in pretty well
with the overall line. He also stands great on his own, something that
surprised me given his small feet and large head.
Fun Factor - **1/2
While these aren't superposeable, they still would be fun for
the kid into the show. Kids can deal with limited articulation better
than adult collectors can, and can have tons of fun with even
completely unarticulated soldiers. The real question is, what play
scenario would they have for an old bald professor and a fat Jamaican
with short dreads?
Value - **
While these are going for the usual $12 or so, I have to admit that
they simply don't *feel* like $12 figures. The lack of articulation,
lack of paint, and general
Things to Watch Out For -
Overall - Hermes **;
I really wanted to love these, but the quality just isn't there this
time around. I don't know if the cost pressures are starting to show,
or if the factory was simply trying to improve their own profit, but
there's clearly a drop off with this series.
I bet a repainted Farnsworth,
done by somebody with a lot more talent than I, would look pretty damn
good though. I don't know if anything can be done to improve Hermes,
and I suspect he's just a character that was too difficult to
translate. I'm glad we finally completed the set, but I'm hoping that
we see an improvement with series 8.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Hermes **1/2; Farnsworth ***
Paint - **
Articulation - **
Accessories - Hermes **; Farnsworth ***
Fun Factor - **1/2
Value - **
Overall - Hermes **; Farnsworth **1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
has them in stock at $24 for the pair. Search for 'hermes' to find them
Big Bad Toy Store
has the pair for $24 in stock.
Earth has the pair for $24.
Planet sells them individually for 12 GBP each.
I've covered a fair amount of Futurama goodies:
- last was series 6 with Amy and Clobberella.
- there are reviews of series 5, series 4, as well as the
Santa and Santa Bender SDCC exclusive, and series 3 in a
couple reviews, since I didn't get them all at the same time.
Here you can see Bender
and the Robot Devil BAF, and here's Kif.
I also covered the second
series and first
series as well.
more Futurama stuff:
Toynami got their feet wet with the Futurama
there's the series 1 set
from MAC, along with the Toyfare
exclusive Leela. There was also some Christmas ornaments, a
larger scale (8") Nibbler.
Rocket USA did some cool die
cast figures and the tin
wind up Bender.
there were also quite a few bendies, including Kif and Leela.
- and if you're looking for the
unique, try the Horrible Gelatinus
BloB, or the Brain
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