|Character Design||Katsuhiro Otomo|
Review by JoshB
I'll be honest here.
I was never a fan of Mcfarlane Toys. I thought they were really nicely detailed
statues, but I thought they were poor toys. you can't play with them. They're
fragile, and unarticulated. They are good for what they are, but that's not
what I look for in toys.
When McFarlane announced they acquired anime licenses and were planning on
making toys of Akira characters, I was cautious. They toys came out and received
lukewarm reviews. The bike was nice, but the figures sat on shelves and got
marked down quickly. I decided at that low price I would check them out and
see if they were any good.
The Tetsuo figure looks great. I think they captured the emotion and intensity
of the Akira manga well. Unfortunately, the line is called McFarlane's 3D Animation From
Japan, and this looks nothing like the anime. It's too gritty, too detailed.
Tetsuo features a whopping FIVE points of articulation. For extra excitement,
you can turn the head, maybe even raise an arm. Tetsuo came with an interchangeable
arm, so you could have your choice of mutated arm or REALLY mutated arm. You can see some shots of it
Do I sound bitter? Sorry. I just think that McFarlane has a lot of potential
to make really great action figures, and all they can pump out is statues.
|Posted 12 February, 2005 - 15:38 by JoshB|