SpartanNerd and SpartanKid Unboxing and Review…D-Arts Vile

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D-Arts Vile is the first villain for Mega-Man X that we have at the SpartanNerd household.  How do I know he is a villain?  Who’s name is “Vile?”

Vile comes in this nice window box.  I am going to apologize up front about some of the pictures in this review.  It seems my lights have gone out for the light box.  Here is the item photographed on the kitchen table.

The box shows the figure nicely, and the side is similar to the other D-Arts figures we have opened.

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The parts all come in this nice blister.

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Here are some of the accessories.

You get alternate hands.  Cannons for the back.  Different barrel ends for the guns.  Chain gun ammunition.  Knee guns (not pictured), and What??  Some kind of beverage!

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Not really sure how this works, since he doesn’t have a mouth…at least he doesn’t have an alternate face or removable helmet.

The SpartanKid thinks this during must be Coke.  I think sweet tea, though.  It is a detailed piece, with ice cubes.  You can remove the contents to have an empty cup as well.

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The figure has excellent articulation.  He has movable wrists, elbows on a hinge, biceps swivels, ball jointed shoulders, a ball jointed head.articulated torso, moving waist, ball jointed hips, double jointed knees, and ball jointed feet.

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Vile looks menacing with the double guns attached to his backpack.  SpartanKid says that only rarely is Vile seen with both guns armed in the video games.  (Maybe even never.)

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The knee gun is an interesting feature.  The SpartanNerd would like to say that it was very difficult to achieve.  Mostly because the gold ring around the upper part of the figures boot doesn’t want to let go, and is necessary to put the knee gun on properly.  In fact, it was highly frustrating, and will be rarely done.

Following are a few action poses versus other figures in the D-Arts line, so you can compare.

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SpartanKid has a few statements to make about this figure…

“The guns are pretty detailed and an essential accessory for this figure, for he’s never seen without one of his precious cannons.”

“He looks pretty cool without the shoulder pads, because it appears as if he’s been fighting for awhile, and they got knocked off.”

“His feet are different, made for flying.  I like that they made them different.”

“The blue backpack on his back were originally used for flight until he was upgraded with feet thrusters  (Mega-Man X-3)”

SpartaNerd Rating of D-Arts “Vile” is 4/5.  The figure is well articulated and beautifully painted and detailed.  It comes with lots of accessories.  However, there is a little problem with changing the knee guns.

SpartanNerd and SpartanKid Unboxing and Review…D-Arts Megaman X (Ultimate Armor X)

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SpartanKid purchased D-Arts Ultimate Armor X with some money that he saved up.  It was $47.29 on Ebay.  The other figures in this line have been excellent.  Does Ultimate Armor X measure up?  Keep reading to find out!

(Link to SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review of Megaman X Black Zero)

(Link to pictures of Megaman X…no review was done for that figure…)

Megaman X came in this window box.  There is Japanese writing all over it, except for the branding and the name of the character.  I suspect the words in the black under the window explain that this is the Ultimate Armor version.

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The back of the box shows some suggested poses for Megaman X.  Everything is in Japanese…so…

The sides of the box deliver just as good of an experience as the other toys in this line.

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Opening the box you see this double blister tray.

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You can see all of Megaman’s parts and accessories in this tray.

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You also get this nifty sheet of instructions.  Good thing there are good pictures!  I need to scan that QR code and see where it takes me.  (I did.  The site is in Japanese, with no translation button evident.  It appears to have a shopping cart, however.)

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Megaman X looks like this standing up.  His big feet insure that he doesn’t fall over.  Noteworthy, those feet have two rocket boosters on the soles, as opposed to one on the other figures.  I suppose this means he flies faster…

(SpartanKid tells me that the others can’t fly at all!  Zero can double jump depending on your upgrade.)

He has some gems that are very evident…this alongside the blue and gold color scheme as well as the purple armor color makes this character very colorful when compared to Black Zero and regular Megaman X.

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These were the accessories that came with Megaman X (that weren’t currently on the figure…with exception to the face for comparison purposes.)  One face is shifty eyed.  One is screaming from battle.  The other is normal.

The green blast is from a halfway charged shot.  (According to the SpartanKid.)

Megaman X comes with an arm to change out the buster cannon, and two extra hands.  The other round thing is the end of the buster cannon to use the charged shot.

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At first I thought the shifty eyed face would be kind of dumb, until I saw this pose.  It looks spectacular!

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The screaming face lets you do a Mortal Kombat inspired uppercut.

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Megaman X firing the halfway charged X-Buster cannon….

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The SpartanKid said that Ultimate Armor Megaman X doesn’t always have the wings out on the backpack.  The wings are removable for those special times.  I really like the circuitry details on the backpack.  (This detail is all over the figure…his plastic is semi-transluscent, giving a very cool effect.

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Comparison Time…(Oh, Pixel Dan!)

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Black Zero is still in good shape.  Regular Megaman X has taken some…abuse…his arm had to be super-glued into place after over a year of rambunctious SpartanKid play.  Really a testament to the surprising durability of these figures.  As an adult, I would expect as much from figures that cost so much.

We didn’t take any pictures, but the accessories are all interchangeable, as are the faces.

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Here is a battle pose between Megaman X, Black Zero, and Axl.  Note that Axl isn’t a D-Arts figure…

SpartanKid has some things to say….

“Ultimate Armor X has a lot of details not evident in the games.”

“In Megaman X 5, Ultimate Armor X is a cheat code, and an unlockable thing…(the same for Black zero as well.)”

“One of my only complaints is that he DID NOT come with a Z-Saber…Like he had in Megaman X 6.”

SpartanNerd Rating of D-Arts Megaman X Ultimate Armor version is 5/5.  While Black Zero had an issue with the pegs for the hands right out of the box, no such issue has been apparent on this figure.  This figure is over the top as far as details, accessories, articulation, and posibility.

SpartanNerd Rating of D-Arts Megaman X Ultimate Armor version is 5/5. Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…D-Arts Mega-Man X “Black Zero”

It is GREAT to be a SpartanNerd.  And I am so proud to have offspring following in my footsteps.  As great of a Masters of the Universe fan as I am, the SpartanKid is every bit as much of a Mega-Man fan!  (I’d say he is a “mega-fan!”)

Last year for Christmas, he got “D-Arts Mega-Man X.”  I predicted that he would lose the pieces, etc.  Nope.  He kept up with EVERY ONE.  Great!  So he asked for another toy like it, “Black Zero.”  His aunt got it for him.  I didn’t review Mega-Man X, (th blog was just getting on its feet), but Black Zero is every bit the quality of Mega-Man X.  While I don’t know as much about Mega-Man as he does, I am not entirely ignorant.  (I have made it to the end of Mega-Man 2, but never beaten it.)  On the other hand, I know very little about Mega-Man X and related stuff.  It is apparently its own thing.

Packaging

The SpartanKid couldn’t wait to open it, so I quickly snapped pictures of the packaging.  Sorry for the blurriness.

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The front and the back of the box is entirely in Japanese, pretty much, except for the titles.  (That warning is probably required to be in English.  Ages 15 and up…The SpartanKid is only 9!)

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The sides of the box also feature great art.

Call me old fashioned, but with that pony tail, I tend to think this figure represents a female.  (It also has circles on it’s chest, you know where…)  But the SpartanKid insists that Black Zero is a male.  Cool.  Whatever.  It’s the modern age…

Figure Review

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Like I said, he played with it for awhile before I got to take review pictures.  But all the pieces are still here.  Here is Black Zero in his regular pose, showing off his buster cannon.  Black Zero’s main weapon is evidently swords, however.  (CORRECTION: Z-Saber)

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Here are all of the accessories…(that weren’t currently on the figure.)  It is notable that there are three faces, another forearm with attachable buster cannon end, four extra hands of various grip, and two swords, one pointy and the other more blunt.  (more of a lightsaber, I suppose.)

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Then there is this thing. Which I thought of as a scimitar.  But it isn’t.  It is a beam saber in motion!  (Don’t I know anything?)

The SpartanKid also got the MegaMan X collection of video games for the PS2.  When I saw him playing this, I realized that he was right.  Whenever a character in that game uses a sword, you get this look.

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Here is a different hand, holding the pointy sword.

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You can also take the parts from Mega-Man X, and apply them to Black Zero.  Here he is using the Buster shots from D-Arts Mega-Man X.

Black zero looks cool with different faces.  And it isn’t too hard to switch them out.

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I only have one complaint about this figure.  It seems like Mega-Man X also had the same problem at first.  But it is important for me to mention for this review.

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Notice the little peg where the hand attaches to the figure.  This is a peg with two ball-joint ends.  This peg should stay in the forearm…but it doesn’t.  Do you know how hard it is to get into the hand?  How about back into the forearm?  And once it fired out like a bullet across the room.  We were lucky to find it.  If we HAD lost it, how difficult would it be to replace?

SpartanNerd’s rating of D-Arts Black Zero

The sculpt is all you would expect from a $60+ adult collectible figure.  The interchangeable parts are very nice.  He is a great representation of what is in the game.  The SpartanKid has had a ton of fun with him so far.  He goes nice with the other D-Arts Mega-Man figure.

There is an issue with the peg on his left arm.  A potentially nasty issue if that peg gets lost.  So I have to take a point off for that.

So the SpartanNerd gives D-Arts Mega-Man X “Black Zero” a 4/5.

Do you agree?  Let me know in the comments!

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