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Tomopop Review: Titanfall Stryder by Threezero

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The craziest thing I've ever reviewed?

Titanfall was one of the most hyped games for the new console generation, and may have been one of the most disappointing depending on who you ask. The premise reminds me of something like the old school mech shooter Heavy Gear, though the execution was pretty different.

In the game you play as a soldier who can call down Titans: large bipedal vehicles that are heavily armed and more maneuverable than tanks. The mecha idea is hardly unique to Titanfall but that hasn't stopped Threezero from producing a figure line for it.

Threezero sent us a pre-production sample of their Stryder figure. I wasn't sure what to expect as I had never worked with a Threezero figure. Then I saw the box, and knew I was in for a ride.

Figure Name: Stryder
Figure Maker: Threezero
Retail Price: US$430
Available at: Threezero store | Sideshow Collectibles | Big Bad Toy Store 

This is my first review of a Threezero collectible. So if you've collected Threezero stuff before, some of this post might be old hat to you. Also, since this is a pre-production sample, a lot of the packaging and finish may not be final.

My first impression was: "This is probably the craziest thing I've ever reviewed." Even getting through all the layers of bubble wrap was a saga, as I didn't want something to come loose or break off as I was pulling away the packing materials. The figure's gigantic by the way: 20" tall! That's just shy of two feet!

In fact, I couldn't do this shoot on my usual tabletop space. I had to pack it into another box (wouldn't fit in my backpack) and take it outside. Fortunately, I had plenty of daylight to work with and a suitable location in mind.

The first thing that struck me was the paint job - specifically the weathering. No detail was left un-weathered and it does a great job making the Titan look grungy and worn-in. I think the attention to detail goes past "devout" and enters "fanatical" territory.

Despite the figure's size, there is a delicacy that makes me hesitant to play around with it too much. Part of that is from the figure's design, but the use of lightweight plastics in its construction also concerns me a bit regarding durability. Still, it survived the shipping process without any problems so maybe my fears are unfounded.

Threezero shipped this with a plasma railgun, but if you order from their store you'll get a bonus XO-16 chaingun. The railgun is absolutely enormous but lightweight, and you can fit it (with some effort) into the Stryder's hands. Its ammo cylinder can revolve and be detached.

Speaking of hands, this is a good time to start walking you through the articulation of the figure. The wrist and base of the thumb are on ball joints. Each individual thumb/finger segment is articulated as well! The forearm can rotate just above the elbow, and the elbow itself is on a ratcheting joint that helps it hold its pose for heavier accessories. Above all that, the shoulder joint rotates on three axes.

Each leg has two joints at the hip. The first knee joint has minimal articulation to give some leeway for standing poses, but the legs overall aren't very flexible. I don't think running or crouching postures will be possible. Both ankles can swivel on two axes, and the pistons behind can be disconnected for further flexibility.

You'll find a surprising amount of articulation at the torso. I'm not even sure I've fiddled with everything that can be fiddled with... The entire upper body can be rotated and swiveled about the waist with an interesting joint system consisting of pistons. The tubing you see is made of a flexible material. Around back the thrusters and exhausts are articulated, as well as its "head" and missile launcher. But that's not all!

Its cockpit opens up wide enough for you to seat the included pilot. I could basically write an entire review of the pilot figure, but it's a throw-in for the Stryder.

Here you can see the core with the cover removed. The aerial is detachable (a bit too easily) so make sure you don't lose it. And once again, I'd like to point out the magnificent weathering work on the figure.

But that's still not all! Under the hip joint you can find a battery cover. Pop in two AAA batteries and you'll be able to turn on its LED lights. They're controlled by a button on the back; press it once for red, again for blue, and a third time to turn them off.

Rounding out the package is the pilot figure, which is about the size of a bulky figma. Even this figure is amazingly detailed, with cloth and elastic materials for its uniform! Of course he's also fully articulated for a variety of poses. He comes with a C.A.R. SMG (unfortunately the stock broke off during shooting) and some alternate hand parts to hold it. As I said, I could write a whole review on just the pilot figure, but he's an extra in this package!

Figure makers will sometimes produce PVC figures at a very large scale. But the ones I've seen are usually very basic, without any real increase in detail or variety in materials used. Threezero, however, has leveraged the large scale to cram in as much detail and articulation as possible. You just won't see this on even the best made action figures.

With all that in mind, Threezero's pricing starts to make sense. Yes they're asking for $430, but this is a lot of figure. Like Sideshow, they use the large format to its fullest, and that's going to cost money. But how many awe-inspiring centerpieces do you really need in your collection?

[ Thanks to Threezero for the review sample! ]


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