Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Minifigure Review: Pack B from M.U.S.C.L.E.: Robotech by Super7

    Since I reviewed Pack A from Super7's Robotech M.U.S.C.L.E. line I have actually started watching some episodes of Robotech on Netflix. I'm two episodes in so far and I'm definitely digging it. It's nice to get some more context for these little guys besides vague memories of the Matchbox toyline of the 80s and Toonami reruns. Overall I'm quite happy with this series of figures as the color is definitely fairly M.U.S.C.L.E.ish, the plastic is decent (still a bit too rubbery compared to vintage M.U.S.C.L.E.), and the sculpts are quite crisp. Plus, even if you don't know who these characters are you can still always have fun with robots and mechs. Let's take a look at Pack B (which contains Roy Fokker, a VF-1J, and the SDF-1) after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 3 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars

The Valkyrie VF-1J is, I believe, supposed to be Rick Hunter's ship in Battloid mode. The sculpt is crisp with lots of lines and a cool headsculpt but I do have one problem: The gun pod that the VF-1J is carrying is positioned in such a way that it actually extends lower than the soles of the Battloid's feet, meaning the figure cannot stand up very well at all. This is a really odd thing for Super7 to have missed, particularly on a minifigure. Just standing up straight is pretty much all they typically have to do.
 Roy Fokker

   Only two episodes in and Roy Fokker (no relation to Gaylord Focker) is clearly going to be one of the big names. He seems like a cocky guy with a bit of an ego and this little minifigure captures that. He seems like he might be saying "Who's an accomplished fighter pilot wit great hair that just blew up a whole armada of enemy ships? This guy!"

Holy smokes! This is the Battloid version of the giant spaceship that crashed in 1999 on Macross Island! I didn't realize that until I was trying to identify this piece for the review. Well, I guess I have something pretty sweet to look forward to in the show. This minifigure is based off of a massive warship called the Super Dimensional Fortress-1. In the show it crash lands, unmanned, on an island in the South Pacfic. The arrival of the ship causes all of humanity to stop warring against each other and to focus their efforts on repairing it in anticipation of an alien invasion. This is a very, very cool minifigure.

* Both the front and the back of the minifigure feature lots of detail. If you're not concerned about mixing your minis than this would look cool locked in battle against the Power Loader from the Aliens M.U.S.C.L.E.S. released last year. The body definitely looks like it is tilted to the side a bit but I'm not sure if that's a molding issue or a design decision to make the SDF-1 look like it is walking.
   I like this set for the most part but I'm definitely a little frustrated with the overly large gun pod on the VF-1J. It's pretty odd to have a minifigure sculpting error like this preventing it from standing up. Roy Fokker is pretty cool as is the SDF-1, although it might have a bit of warping going on. This is a Good and a 1/2 set of minifigures; not the best Super7 has released but not the worst either. For $6 a pack, it's still a pretty good deal to be able to pick up some more M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.

I also reviewed the Robotech VF-1A in Pack A.

For M.U.S.C.L.E. reviews check out the following:

M.U.S.C.L.E. by Mattel (1986)
#009 Wakusei Barukan
#080 Paper Miira
#145 Black Tomahawk
#153 Sunigator Shotai
#179 Black Buffalo
#212 Parthenon 

M.U.S.C.L.E. Alien by Super7 (2016)
Pack A: (Alien, Ash, and Ripley) 
Pack B: (Alien Egg, Kane in Spacesuit, and Parker) 
Pack C: (Attack Alien, Brett, and Kane with Facehugger)
Pack D: (Dallas, Kane with Chestburster, and Lambert)

M.U.S.C.L.E. Aliens by Super7 (2017)
Packs A-E

M.U.S.C.L.E. Iron Maiden by Super7 (2018)
Iron Maiden 3-Pack (Red) 

M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7 (2015)
#1 Masters of the Universe Set (Green)
He-Man, Teela, & Man-At-Arms
Purple Skeletor & Skeletoken
Ram Man, Buzz-Off, & Man-E-Faces
Series 3: Packs A-F
Skeletor, Beast Man, & Trap Jaw
Whiplash, Tri-Klops, & Mer-Man

M.U.S.C.L.E.: Mega Man by Super7 (2017)
Pack A: (Mega Man, Ice Man, and Sniper Joe)
Pack B: (Mega Man Firing, Metall, and Fire Man) 
Pack C: (Dr. Wily, Cut Man, and Guts Man) 
Pack D: (Dr. Light, Bomb Man, and Elec Man) 

M.U.S.C.L.E.: Robotech by Super7 (2018)
Pack A: (Rick Hunter, VF-1A, and Battlepod)

M.U.S.C.L.E.: Street Fighter II by Super7 (2017)
Pack A: (M. Bison, Ryu, and Vega)
Pack B: (Balrog, Dhalsim, and Ken)
Pack C: (Blanka, Guile, and Sagat)
Pack D: (Chun-Li, E. Honda, and Zangief) 

M.U.S.C.L.E.: The Worst by Super7 (2017)
Pack A: (Black Falcon, Snake Tut, and X-2(the Unknown)) -Purple
Pack B: (Batula, Gas Phantom, and Robot Reaper)- Purple 
Pack A: (Batula, Gas Phantom, and Robot Reaper)- Red

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