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!

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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 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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