SpartanNerd Review…TruForce Collectibles Designer Series Megaman X

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My review of the TruForce Collectibles Designer Series Megaman X can’t be a true unboxing.  This item was on display at the Tangled Web Comics and Games store in Spartanburg SC.  But I have the packaging, and here it is…very brilliant!  We picked it up for the price of $79.

Neither I nor the SpartanKid had ever heard of this brand name.  When we saw it, I of course thought it was a new line of D-Arts figure.  But this figure is superior to the D-Arts figures in several ways.  Keep on reading for more details!

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You can see why we thought it was D-Arts when you see the figure.  Here is a front and back view…the size and scale is very similar, and there is a similar design to the figure.  The D-Arts set a very high bar…those figures look exactly like their media counterparts.  AND those toys came with lots of accessories. AND they were generally durable.  (Generally.  Sometimes parts come off, but they snap back on with a little work.  We only have one figure that is broken, and that was after over a year of really rough play.)

A big difference is the way the figure highlights the “panel lines.”  They are bold black or in some other way pronounced.

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Notice the words…”Beware of blast.”  The SpartanKid LOVES this detail.  It’s not for me, but it does the trick for him.  Megaman X has these words tattooed all over his body in places.  I think they are trying to make a “living diagram” or something.

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Megaman X came with two different blast effects.  One regular, and one charged.  In the picture below, you can see where we changed his face.  The figure came with two faces, one regular and one yelling.

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Megaman X doesn’t have to have his blaster out all the time…he came with alternate fist hands as well.

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Here is TruForce Megaman X facing a potential blast from D-Arts Zero Type 2.  You can see a little comparison here…The SpartanKid tells me that in the fiction and video games that Zero actually should be taller than X.  (I reviewed the Black Zero version of this figure here.  They are the same except for the color scheme.)

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Designer Series X came with something else…something very welcome!  An articulated flight stand!  I haven’t mentioned it yet, but this figure is fairly substantial.  It really feels like you are holding something weighty.  This is because there are lots of DIE CAST parts.  Not just regular plastic.  Which is why this flight stand is all the more useful.

That it has TWO arms, it can hold him up.  But also….

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You can pose two figures in battle.

All of this is great, and already I believe this figure to be a 5/5.  But for $79, we have EVEN MORE cool value.  Check it out!

When you bend Megaman’s knees, you get this awesome detail.  You can see the machine parts inside.  And this requires nothing more than bending the knee.

D-arts Vile Type 2 had an issue where he had a “knee blast” that required disassembling the leg.  Thankfully, this figure forgoes any of that nonsense.

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Remember “Beware of Blast” tattooed on the back of his calves?  Those are actually panel doors that open to reveal rocket boosters!

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And if all of this wasn’t enough, the true icing on the cake is the working LED light in the blaster!

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I had to finagle around with the mechanism to make it work correctly…but after I got it going, it worked like a charm!

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Tell me this isn’t a 5/5!

SO the SpartanNerd rates the TruForce Collectibles Designer Series MegaMan X a solid 5/5.  What an incredible figure.  And true to the spirit of the character.  There are also lots of features to keep an adult or a kid busy.  This figure would look great in an office or a man-cave.  I couldn’t recommend it more!

 

Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!

SpartanNerd Blog…Blog Photos the way they Should Be!

I have a few really nice figures, and am always reviewing them on this blog….

But up until now, I have only used my kitchen table….Or maybe the “Protector of the Keep” playmate for Magic cards or comics.

But not anymore!

The SpartanWife got me an early Valentines present…And I was completely surprised and blown away by it.

A LIGHTBOX!

Now I can take really good pictures, and edit them like a pro!

Here is a sample!

D Arts MegaMan!

i switched out the armor on Snout Spout last week.
I like my elephant warriors to be more savage!

Teela has proven to be the hardest to photograph.
I think her face is a bit too shiny for the spotlight.  Here I gave here a cooler treatment,
with mystical blue lighting.

Here is Marvel Select Thor, with a black background and a filter.  I wanted an antique look.
I am especially fond of how the hammer turned out.

Skeletor is an interesting one to photograph.  So much detail!  This black and white filter really makes the trio of Panthor, Havoc Staff, and Skeletor feel like they came from a horror story.

A good pic of the details on Panthor’s face.  The Sepia filter makes it feel bronze, or clay even.

One thing, Skeletor’s eyes can hypnotize you if you stare too long at them.
There was masterful design and execution on the face sculpt and painting of Skeletor.

I think this is my favorite picture I have taken with the new equipment.  Nothing too fancy.  But it feels like the cover of a Conan the Barbarian comic book.  I tried to have Vikor hold Teela over his shoulder, but their facial expressions are too calm for that pose to work.  Still, Red is the perfect color to go behind Vikor.

I tried to get a “Catalogue” feel on He-Man and Battlecat here.  

And here he/they are.  Two Bad looks like he leapt off of the comic pages as well.

I have a lot to learn about taking pictures for reviews, and editing them as well with iPhoto or other software.  But I am off to a good start.  The lightbox is a 3X3X3 cube with two spotlights and four background colors.  I have found that sometimes the light reflects on faces a little too much, as in the case of Teela, Mega-Man, and Two-Bad above, but I was able to recover most of the time with editing.  I need to spend more time previewing before shooting, I think.  And also maybe moving the lights back or something.  I also took a few pics right before my iPhone battery died, and I believe that caused them to be a little blurrier. (I took some Pokemon pics that were unusable.)

There are also size limitations.  He-Man and Skeletor barely fit on their cats in the pics.  I cropped down what you see.  But the Griffin is way too big for the lightbox treatment.  And so is Megator, really.

Still, it is a great start and I am having a blast.  Comment on the photos!

(Also check out my recent blurb about Born of the Gods, where I also used the white reflecting material as the background for the cards.)

Oh yeah.  My rating.  The Polaroid Lightbox gets a 5/5!

It folds up for easy transport and storage into a little baggy with pouches for the lights.  It also came with a camera stand that I will have to try out when I use a real camera sometime instead of an iPhone.  I won’t fault it on it’s size.  Really it is perfect for most action figures, and I am a beginner.