Sunday, March 4, 2018

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

  I'm slowly making my way through all of the new M.U.S.C.L.E. sets Super7 has dropped over the past month or two. I'm thrilled to get so many new M.U.S.C.L.E. figures at once, particularly with how much the quality has really jumped up with the new releases. Today I'm checking out Pack C from Robotech with features the VF-1S, a Veritech Fighter in Guardian mode, and Lynn Minmei. Each of the four packs for this series includes three vehicles/ mechs/ ships and one standard figure, so you get a nice mixture of little minifigures. Let's take a quick peek at this trifecta of mechanized minifigures after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 3 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars

First up is a Veritech Fighter in Guardian mode. The VERITech fighters (Variable Engineering and Robotics Engineering Technology, FYI) can transform from a standard looking fighter jet, called Fighter Mode, into a bipedal mech called Battloid Mode. The in-between step is called Guardian mode and is often used to move quickly while still engaged in combat. This is a very cool looking mini as it has the jet wings while still having legs, arms, and a gun pod.
  Lynn Minmei

I'm only about four episodes into Robotech so I haven't seen Minmei dressed up like this yet (apparently she becomes a famous entertainer later on) but I've certainly been introduced to the character. I love the overall sculpt of this figure, particularly the work on the folds in the dress and the cool hair, but I'm definitely a little weirded out by the face. Super7 seems to be trying to incorporate an element of the "eyeless" M.U.S.C.L.E. style into these and while it worked with Rick Hunter and Roy Fokker, it definitely does not work for Minmei. I about 80% love this figure; she just needed a better (maybe just simpler?) headsculpt.

   The VF-1S is another Valkyrie Fighter and is probably supposed to represent Roy Fokker's Skull One. It's a cool little mini that pretty nicely replicates a M.U.S.C.L.E.ized version of the Battloid seen on the show. He stands up really well and has some decent detail as well as a very clean, neat look.
   This is another Great set that meets all of my minifigure needs: The plastic quality is good (not too rubbery), it fairly accurately captures the "M.U.S.C.L.E. pink" color of the original toyline, the sculpts have crisp, clean detail, and it only costs $6 for the 3-pack. Anytime I can get minifigures in this style for $2 bucks I'm happy. I do wish Minmei's face looked a bit more...normal but otherwise I'm a happy camper.

If you're looking for more Veritech Valkyries, I've also reviewed the VF-1A from Robotech M.U.S.C.L.E. Pack A and the VF-1J from Pack B.

For more 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)
Pack B: (VF-1J, Roy Fokker, and SDF-1) 

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 
Pack B: (Black Falcon, Snake Tut, and X-2 [The Unknown])- Red

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