Review by JoshB
Let's just get this right out in the open. After a bit of soul searching and introspection I have come to a conclusion. I liked Avatar. Sure, it was dumb, offensive and predictable, but I had a good time and really, that's all I was looking for. The 3-D was totally rad as well.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the figures, which are pretty terrible. I got a bunch of them from Mattel before the movie came out, and I wasn't planning on reviewing them, but some of them are just SO BAD, even worse now that I have comparison to the characters in the movie.
Jake Sully is the main character of Avatar, and this figure is lame in both the literal and figurative sense. Jake is handicapped - for some reason he has lost the use of his legs. But Jake is a rough and tumble military guy, and he's not gonna let that keep him down. Jake's brother was slated to be part of the Avatar project where his body was matched to an artificial na'vi body in order to convince the natives to leave. Well, Jake's bro gets shot and killed, and being a genetic match, Jake fills steps into his shoes. Well, that is, if he could step.
If you can say one positive thing about the Avatar toys is that the packaging is really nice. The round bubble and oddly cut backing card are unique. Packed in this toy is Jake, his wheelchair, and an i-tag stand.
Uh... a stand?
The figure is in 3 3/4 scale and fully articulated, in fact more articulated than the actual movie character. This toy can actually move his hips, knees and ankles! Oh bitter irony.
The only accessory he comes with is his wheelchair. It's actually pretty nice, even if it doesn't look anything like it does in the movie. In fact, this figure doesn't look much like his appearance in the movie at all.
There's no grit to this figure, no stubble, no dog tags. Hell, they could have thrown in a breathing mask or something. But his bluejeans are clean, his shirt tight and neat. Almost as if he didn't spend 6 years in suspended animation while traveling through space to an alien world.
And next lets look at quality control, or the lack of any. Seam lines are atrocious, these were clearly rushed out to be in stores in time for the movie.
While I appreciate the fact that there aren't many toys of characters in wheelchairs, this is simply a lame toy. No effort was put into it. With a movie like Avatar, Mattel should realize that most of the sales of toys from this movie are not going to kids (who, unless are in a wheelchair, would never want this) but to adult collectors, who demand better quality out of a ten dollar action figure.
At least we get the iTag.
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|Posted 27 January, 2010 - 22:59 by JoshB|