Anyone familiar with Tomopop is familiar with Revoltech Woody. Sure, Buzz is great too, but Woody -- he has the face. We're all scarred for life by some of the pictures that have surfaced, but I'll be damned if we didn't have a great time corrupting our minds. I'll be honest; I never intended to pick up either Buzz or Woody, despite my love for the Toy Story films, but after seeing all the great possibilities for photoshoots, and general popularity around these parts, we decided to give reviewing them a go.
By now, you all know what Woody looks like, but what of all the accessories -- and shouldn't Buzz get some love too? In this review, I'm going to try to remain objective about the toys, while letting you know what all is included if you're at all interested in taking the plunge. But we all know what direction things are headed as soon as we liberate Woody from his packaging. Or as soon as he liberates himself.
To the jump, dear reader!
First things first, the boxes look spectacular, as with the rest of Kaiyodo's Sci-Fi/Tokusatsu Revoltech line. In fact, when opening them up, everything is on display so nicely that it's hard to justify removing them from the box, but that's our job!
Open up the front flap on Woody's box, and you'll see the standard back-story to the left, and the abundance of extras on the right.
Open Buzz's box, and it's more of the same, albeit with noticeably fewer accessories. I'll get into that in a bit.
The backs are par for the course, displaying the poses each figure could take, and suggesting the use of some of the accessories. One thing that struck me as funny is that on flap advertising new Revoltech products, we see both Fist of the North Star and that one suggestive Queen's Gate character -- you know, the one with the "urine" accessory. Pretty funny, considering this is a Disney product!
If you don't keep your eye on the boxes, though, things start to get a little strange. Woody has apparently had enough of his cardboard prison.
And he's out! Of course, this is to be expected from Woody, especially when he's wearing the face. There's no telling what he's getting up to. First of all, though, he feels the need to free the accessories from the box he shared with them.
Aha, what's this? His trusty hat beckons!
With his wardrobe complete, Woody is ready to take on the world. Or my house, at least.
It doesn't take long for Woody to discover the binoculars. These should be perfect, considering Woody's voyeuristic tendencies!
Side note: These binoculars, along with pretty much everything else included in this package, are rendered perfectly. I wanted to twist the knob on the side to see if they'd actually wind up and start walking, but I knew better. The level of detail that went into every single piece of this release is amazing. And I should mention that Woody has a special hand with a nub on it that allows him to pick up the binoculars, making poses of him palming them SO much easier to create.
Uh oh ... he's spotted us! Quick, take cover!
Finally, Woody's found one of his favorite accessories -- the toy microphone! Karaoke, anyone? No? Moving on!
Oh wait, Woody appears to have discovered one last thing ... what could it be?
Oh, wonderful! Nightmare material! His second face might not be quite as creepy, but in this context, it's certainly disturbing.
While we're viewing the additional face, let me point out how the eyes work. You can adjust their positions using a special utility hidden in the back of the package, although most times, fingernails will do the trick (especially if you have long fingernails, which I don't).
And look! Woody's changed faces and has spotted someone! Whosoever could it be?
Well, it looks like Buzz has escaped as well, although his laser probably made his jailbreak a little easier.
Note: Buzz's eyes adjust the same way as Woody's, but when pushing the face back into place, tend to shift. If he seems to be suffering from a lazy eye in any of these pictures, I apologize, but now you know why.
Apparently Buzz isn't happy about the mischief Woody has caused so far.
Oh, of course Buzz has to show off his wings. Compensating much? Honestly, these were the hardest part for me to assemble out of all the parts in each figure. One wing fits perfectly, but the other, for some reason, is an incredibly tight fit that involved me jamming the wing at just the right angle into Buzz's jetpack. It literally took me ten minutes to get it right.
Buzz has also brought along these army men, his only extra outside of the wings and his alternate (yet nearly identical) face. Sadly, the one on the right continually fell over unless bent in the right position.
While we're looking at extras, be sure to note all the accessories Woody brings with him. We've seen the hat, the binoculars, the face, and the microphone, but he's also got plenty of hands, including an extra for Buzz. The reasoning behind Buzz's extra hand being included with Woody is that it's used to hold the binoculars. Incentive for ordering both, yes, but also an unneeded yet appreciated extra.
And here are Buzz's extras. Forgive me for excluding his extra face, but you can see that in some of the other photos I've posted. It's disappointingly close to his other face. Again, nothing more than a few army men and his wings.
Up close, Woody looks great. The details, everything from his bandana to his Sheriff's badge to his belt buckle, are perfectly captured. It might be hard to tell from this photo, but his pants have an awesome matte finish, and his boots have some detailed inscriptions on them. The serious amount of work that went into designing him is undeniable.
Woody's back is no exception. The pull-string tab is separate and gives the impression it can actually be pulled (I don't recommend this), the spurs on his boots look great, and the holster only leaves me saddened there isn't a gun to stash in it. The paint job on his hair is a bit spotty, but I can't dwell on that much as the rest is so solid.
One look at Buzz and you'll realize why his extras are so sparse. His suit is incredibly articulated for as bulky as it seems, and detailed to boot. Of course, he has the visor which can be slid back as needed, but in addition he has articulated hands (his four fingers bend back and forth and his thumbs are on a ball joint), and his arms ... well, I'll get to those eventually. Suffice it to say, he can make pretty much any pose you'd like.
The details are also impressive, including everything down to the fake screws holding him together. The buttons all look like they can be pressed, which sadly isn't the case. I'd love if his laser actually worked, but at least it gives off the appearance that it can!
Here he is from behind, as impressive as from in front.
Oh, remember those arms I was referring to? These are the weird joints that allow him to achieve some not-so-natural poses, but are essential for others (e.g. pressing the laser button on his arm).
Viewing the bottom of both figures, you can really appreciate the detail put into them, as "ANDY" is inscribed on both of their feet, clearly at the age of which he acquired each, respectively.
But back to Woody's shenanigans -- it appears he's escaped from Buzz and is intent on wreaking havoc on the Kremer household.
I'd recommend keeping him away from any of your Queen's Blade Revoltechs, as there's no telling what debauchery might occur. Poor, poor Nanael.
You might remember Yamato's Rei Ver. 2 from my latest review, and Woody sure noticed her as well.
Fortunately, she seems unfazed by his come-ons, and chooses to look the other way.
Having had his fill of women, Woody hits the booze and Re-Ment pretty hard.
In fact, he probably hit it a little too hard. Without a friend to watch over him, though, what else should we expect to happen?
Speaking of friends, it looks like Buzz has finally found his long-lost pal! And what are friends for but cleaning up after your drunken ass?
To infinity -- and, well, to the toilet to purge Woody's system. And then, perhaps, beyond!
In the end, what could have been a terrible night turned out not so bad, as our buddies reunited and made up. Or so this story goes. If only I could show you the images that weren't fit to print. For now, you'll have to use your imagination, but it's hard not to find this Woody in your possession and imagine (and photograph) all the terrible things he could be doing.
All in all, I was thrilled with the quality of these toys, and they rank high on the list of Revoltechs I've owned. If I were forced to list any drawbacks, they would be that (1) Woody is tough to pose in any sort of standing position, due to his top-heaviness, (2) the eyes don't always stay in place after adjusting them, and (3) there were some minor paint mistakes on Woody's hair and Buzz's chest plate. If you're a Disney fan, by all means, pick these up. However, I think both of them have an appeal that reaches beyond the average Disney fan. Their presentation definitely sold me!
Hit the gallery for a few pics that didn't make it into the review, especially one that Colette snapped while Woody was spending a brief stint at her house.
[Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
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