Why Ultron hatezz Wazzpinator?
A retro review, if you will. This is the Toybiz Marvel Legends Ultron, 11th Wave (Legendary Riders). This was the wave where instead of a Build-A-Figure, the toys came with a vehicle of some sort. Ranging from bikes to anti-gravity platforms. I got this pegwarming fellow on the cheap. OAFE.net has a review on this guy as well, which tells you some of the history regarding the character and why it looks as it does. Me, I’ll tell you my feelings as a casual collector.
Now bear in mind that I’m going into this as a casual collector. I do know Ultron, but I’m not a big enough comics fan to be especially hung up on the design choices on this figure. But definitely, if you are a fan of Ultron, this might not be the figure for you.
The biggest contention about this figure is regarding the head. The OAFE review above details it’s history, but I’ll just say that I’m fine with this compromised look. In retrospect, I’m glad Toybiz didn’t go ahead with the dog-like head. I remember thinking that that design was cool, but for my purposes, I’m glad Toybiz didn’t go ahead and made the head totally Ultron style. What we have here is a more subdued Ultron, and that works just fine for me.
Why? Because of how utterly generic this fellow is. Basically, there’s lots of nice detail and the figure’s got an interesting look. He’s got just enough going for him to keep from being boring. However, he’s also got a very Mass Production Terminator Skeleton feel to him, or a faceless Cylon perhaps. He looks nice, no doubt about it, but he’d totally function as a mook.
This works well with me because my primary collection aside from Transformers, are 3.75″ figures, and this guy would make a perfect generic enemy robot for them to fight. For my Kamen Riders, he makes a good generic robot monster, while for my G.I. Joes, he makes a good Super B.A.T.
It’s win-win either way, and considering how cheap I got him for, I’m tempted to go back and grab a few more for purposes of army-building.
3.0 out of 4.0
As the OAFE review above pointed out, Ultron has all your delicious Marvel Legends joints, but they’re mostly restricted. This leaves you with a decently articulated figure, but hardly anything to write home about. For instance, Ultron’s got a ball-jointed neck, but due to his neck design, he can only turn it left and right, and even then, his antenna/ears limit their range. His impressive Cylon-chest has cursed his arms to forever be spread apart, and his elbows require quite a bit of finaggling to bend the way you’d want. And it’s more of the same for all his other joints, quite frankly. Still, the joints still are there, so limited as they may be, they still grant him sufficient posability, especially if you have no intention of significantly showcasing him.
2.5 out of 4.0
Rather than a piece of a larger figure, Ultron comes with what appears to be his take on the Goblin Glider. It sucks quite a lot though. Sure, it looks good, except for the front with its Ultron-head thingy with the Legion/Kiss Player style phallic tongue sticking out.
But it’s got these two thick plastic pegs sticking out the bottom, and they stick pass the turbines. They’re too long! The problem is, it’s not as if you have anywhere to peg them to. If they were omitted and the glider rests itself on the turbines, it’d be fine. As is, you’ve got these two pole thingies sticking out that pretty much renders the piece useless. I’m tempted to to snip them off with a pair of cutters.
2.0 out of 4.0.
Ultron is a decent figure. He’s great if you can get him on clearance. As a comic book fan or someone who demands high quality in his toys, he might not be your cup of tea. But if you can get him as a cheap price, he makes a decent army builder. He’s like a high quality knock off that way.
I’d recommend him if you’re just a casual collector though. After all, he looks nice and is adequately articulated. And if you get him for cheap, he’s worth it. He’s not worth paying more than his original retail though. A middle of the road figure who has his uses.
2.5 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