Most of the time on Tomopop, we get to review figures that cost quite a bit of money and are produced by companies that have a long history of working directly in the toy industry. Well, Capcom's Servbot Bobble Budd is a little different. Starting as an SDCC 2010 exclusive, Capcom has made the Bobble Budd available to everyone for a relatively inexpensive price.
My question, though, as I went to order mine, was just how good this little piece with its low price could really be. Hit the jump and check out the little fellow with the wobbly head!
Though the Bobble Budd came in a large box ... this is as fancy as the packaging gets. Just a plastic bag that holds the Bobble Budd together. It's also a bit smaller than I expected, fitting comfortably in the palm of my hand.
Opening up the head is a pretty simple twist and pull, and inside, we see they've stored Servbot's body. With only three pieces, Servbot is easy to put together: just close the head back up and slide the head onto the neck peg on the body. It literally took me about 30 seconds to do this, and when you finish ...
Voila! Servbot is complete. It only stands about 3" high and the head seems a bit smaller than I'd expect for a bobblehead figure. As you can tell, Servbot's arms do have some limited poseability, but the feet either are not poseable or were really stuck on my Bobble Budd. In either case, I opted not to mess with them, lest I break one clean off.
The Bobble Budd itself looks rather similar to its source material, except with a much more spherical head. The whole piece is also a bit heavier than I expected, which is good, because it won't tip over easily and provides a bit of a strong base for when the head bobbles. Speaking of which ...
My, you've grown a bit, Servbot! What's nice about this figure is that you can either have it in bobble mode like above, or have the bobbling neck locked in place to display the Bobble Budd as just a standard figure. Locking it in place is as simple as pressing down and twisting the head around until you hear a little click.
Unfortunately, the bobbling action isn't great. It does bobble, and always stays centered and upright, but the movement isn't much and doesn't last for an extended period of time.
Here's a better look at the body, where you can see my one other issue with it: not that it has seamlines, but that they're so clearly visible. It's a small complaint, though, because this is such an inexpensive figure, so I didn't really expect it to be on the same quality as, say, something from Kotobukiya or Alter.
Now, owning a Servbot comes with a few things you should know, per the owner's guide:
Keep Servbot away from heavy machinery when unsupervised. These little guys can easily get stuck while trying to repair something on their own.
Servbots do not handle stairs well due to their small size. As such, you should always lend a helping hand when necessary and keep them away from all staircases, lest they fall and -
HOW DID YOU GET UP THERE?!?! No, seriously. Those stairs are as big as you, Servbot!
Do not allow Servbot to play in traffic. They're just robots, after all, and not built to be hit by automobiles.
However, letting them play with spare junk should be encouraged. Servbots need to get out and explore to grow and learn how things work, so that they can better do their jobs.
Do not allow Servbot to eat wild berries. They may give your Servbot gas or otherwise make them ill.
Again, I repeat: do not allow Servbot to play in traffic, especially if you live next to a major interstate highway.
Do not eat Servbot. Robots are not very tasty in the first place.
The best thing you can do for your Servbot is to let it mingle with other similar creatures. Not only does this allow Servbot to make friends, but it allows someone else to babysit Servbot so you don't have to waste your afternoon doing it. Like I did.
If you're interested in adding a Servbot Bobble Budd to your home, they're still available for US$9.95 plus shipping at Capcom's online shop. Only 1000 of these have been made and half are already gone, so act sooner rather than later.
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