Stikfas Chinese Warrior Monk

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the Stikfas line (purchased and now distributed by Hasbro) has continued to grow this past year. For those who donít know, Stikfas are 3 inch highly poseable and extremely customizable ďAction Figure KitsĒ. Out of the box they look more like a model than a toy (to say some assembly is required would be an understatement), but they are the toy customizerís dream product, and perfect for a toy enthusiast parent to assemble and customize for his/her children (perfect, that is, if the price were lower). Today, I am reviewing the Stikfas Generation 2 Alpha Male Chinese Warrior Monk.

With 10 AFKs already on shelves, Mr. Ban Y.J. (creator of Stikfas) has decided that Stikfas simply arenít poseable enough. Hence the new Generation 2 Alpha Male body, which now includes new ball joints for the elbows and knees for more articulation, allowing a Stikfas figure to pose in almost any position an extremely flexible person can (yes, including THOSE positions, you dirty minded readers). Only one kit so far has used this body (the Chinese Warrior Monk), but Iím sure weíll see more using it in the next year.

Packaging - ***
I like the Stikfas box. Itís something that really jumps at you when walking through a comic shop. The front displays the Stikfas logo and a 3D rendering of your yet to be assembled figure, with the back showing the entire contents of the box and some more pictures, just in case you are as uncreative as I am and canít decide how to accessorize your Stikfas. Inside the box, the figures come in a plastic ziplock-esque bag, so if you donít want to save the box but need somewhere to put your extra accessories, it comes in handy.

Sculpting - *
Once assembled, Stikfas are slightly bland in appearance, looking a lot like Scud, the Disposable Assassin (a reference only slightly more obscure than Stikfas themselves). No facial sculpt, no muscle sculpt, but it looks like a human form, so thatís good enough for a star.

Paint - N/A
Stikfas are not painted, they are made of solid colored plastic. So you only have yourself to blame if you paint it and thereís bleeding or the wrong colors are used.

Articulation - ****
If you couldnít make your Stikfas pose in a certain way before, Iím sure you can now. The G2 Body now offers an extra 4 points of articulation. This brings Stikfas up to 18 points of articulation, all ball joints (Neck, Shoulders, Wrists, waist, legs, ankles, and the new elbow and knee ball joints that add extra flexibility).

Accessories - ***1/2
Another area where Stikfas almost always shine, the Chinese Warrior Monk kit comes with approximately 14-21 accessories, depending on how you define them. There are two different swords, three short swords (or large knives, Iím not sure which), four bow sticks, five bladed ends with pieces for attaching the bladed ends to the bow sticks, and a weapon that can only be described as something Voldo from Soul Calibur 2 would use. 

Thereís also a fan (even Warrior Monks need to cool off), a hair attachment to make your monk more feminine, a Chinese hat, a set of different hands (gloves?) and a robe. As with all Stikfas, the Monk also comes with instructions, a STIKer sheet (decals) and 2 collectable post cards. Fully loaded, but thereís been Stikfas with more, hence my score of three and a half stars and not four.

Assembly - * - ***
Not a category figures are normally graded on here, Stikfas come unassembled on plastic frames, like a model. The pieces snap together quite easily, but breaking them off the frames can leave little nubs on the figure. I use pliers to try and avoid this, but usually something like sandpaper or a small file may be needed to get rid of them all (as you can see by my pictures, I just leave them). If this is your first time assembling a Stikfas kit, they can be a bit frustrating (which would warrant only one star), but once youíve assembled a few, itís easy. I thought the new elbow and knee joints would be a pain because of how small they are, but they were no problem.

Value - ***
Stikfas are expensive, and if youíre a customizer, after factoring in paint and any molding products (some of these customizers get pretty intricate, and has some tips for what to use when it comes to painting or making extra parts or accessories), 1 Stikfas figure can end up being the price of 4 GI Joes. I paid $13 Canadian for the Monk, and websites Iíve seen it at sell it for $9.99 US. At this price point, it makes it tough to fill an entire temple full of your ass kickiní monks. On the plus side, Most places Iíve seen Stikfas at (both online and at the brick and mortars) keep old ones in stock, so you can slowly build up your collection, you donít have to go out and buy 100 figures right away for a huge battle scene. This particular figure comes with a LOT of accessories, which gives it an extra star.

Overall - ***
The Generation 2 Alpha Male body is another great step forward for the Stikfas line, as was the Knight with Stallion (Stikfas animals!) and the Biker (Stikfas Vehicles!). The extra articulation really does make a difference in posing, and the Warrior Monk character is a perfect fit for the new body type. Also, it comes with some of the coolest accessories of any Stikfas kits released so far (only the Samurai or the Knight give it a run for itís money). Stikfans can only hope that the G2 body type becomes the norm for future releases.

Where To Buy:
Not all comic shops carry these, however I wouldnít be surprised if some model shops have started carrying these. Also Toys R Us in the states has them (from what Iíve heard), and most likely at a comparably decent price. Online Iíve seen them at the following places:

Entertainment Earth has this kit for $9.99 US.

Figures from the collection of Adam B.

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