Talk about headbanging!
I bought Diamondhead for my nephews, but while they were playing a Ben 10 flash game, I borrowed the toy for awhile. No original pics, so you’ll have to make due with the product shot above.
I haven’t seen Ben 10, I think I caught an episode or two with my nephews, but basically, I just don’t have the time or sleeping habits to wake up and watch the show. From what I saw though, it’s kinda neat. Ben himself is a little annoying, and Gwen’s your typical American-style tsundere. But it’s cool.
I’m not sure if the toy is totally show accurate, but it’s not a bad looking toy. I gotta admit, I think a lot of the Ben 10 designs are cool. Some more than others of course. And it’ll be fun to see them do dark and edgy McFarlane style versions of these guys when the kiddies grow up in the next 10 to 15 years.
Otherwise I think Diamondhead is one of the cooler looking of the Ben 10 designs. The kiddies seem to like Heatblast, but after years of Johnny Storm, I’m not especially blown away with the idea of a burning man. But yeah, back to Diamondhead, he’s cool.
Something to note with Diamondhead is that he has spikey protrusions coming off his back. These are pretty cool. They’re made of a soft rubbery plastic, but not too soft as to be warped at the slightest provocation. I wish certain other toys with easily warped parts would do the same.
I’m not gonna be too harsh with Diamondhead here. After all, it’s a children’s toy. And I say “children’s toy” the same way you’d say “children’s card game”. While Diamondhead could have been better here, what’s available isn’t too bad. He’s got swivel arms and neck, and his hips can bend forward and his knees can bend back.
Contrary to the product pic at the top of this page, Diamondhead does not have cut thighs. This is a bit of a shame but no biggie, as it helps preserve the aesthetics. In Diamondhead’s case, I think that’s an important point.
The only thing I wish he does have though, are elbows. I think elbows would have added a whole new dimension of play to the toy without affecting the aesthetics too much.
Diamondhead’s packaging is nice. And it comes with a holographic disk showing the stages of Ben turning into Diamondhead. If they’ve found a way to do this hologram cheaply, as they apparently have, that’s good news. I wonder if there’s any chance of a Visionaries revisit now? Ah, we can but dream non?
Diamondhead also comes with a reel thingy that you slot into a viewer so you can see various art and screenshots. This was literally lost 0.2 seconds upon my nephews opening the toy up. And they couldn’t care less about it.
Same with the hologram mentioned above. It’s actually a really nice disk with info on Diamondhead’s species on the back, but they couldn’t care less for it.
Based on such customer survey, I’ll have to say that the accessories department is a dud.
A neat little toy that I can see being much sought after in about 10 to 20 years. I think it’s good for what it is, but as an older lover of toys, I’ll stick with more complex toys like Transformers.
3.0 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent