Saturday, July 6, 2019

Action Figure Review: Lucio from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Today I'm checking out he last of the standard figures for Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates line and this time it's the good-natured Brazilian DJ and freedom fighter Lucio! When I first started checking this line out and delving into Overwatch's lore a bit, Lucio was the character I was the familiar with. He's a support character in the game and utilizes his musical abilities to buff his teammates during battle. It was Lucio's eye-catching bright green and blue color scheme that caught my attention, though. Well, that and the fact that he's wearing rollerblades. Actually, they're called hard-light skates. Something about Lucio's design totally makes me think of an early 90s design, particularly the Jeremy Baker figure from Zen: Intergalactic Ninja. Check out the colors and the rollerblades! Anyways, Lucio is a much better figure, though it's been nearly 30 years so that's expected. Seriously, though, Hasbro is doing some incredibly cool stuff with this line and it looks like even more is coming. Let's check out Lucio after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, hinged abdomen, balljointed mid-torso, lateral pectoral hinges, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, swivel/hinge neck, and swivel dreadlocks.

Accessories: Hard-light skate effects, backpack, three interchangeable right hands, and a sonic amplifier.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* I love how bright and colorful Lucio is. That's kind of a draw for most of the Overwatch figures overall but Lucio's outfit is just extremely eye-catching. I dig his tattoos, the wires and cords wrapped around his waist, and his lime-green tank top with the Napster-like symbol on it. Hasbro's using completely new sculpts on each of these figures and the uniqueness of each figure is just incredibly fun.

* Lucio's headsculpt looks great and the character features lots of cool little extras such as his cool visor, an earpiece, and his dreadlocks. The dreadlocks even have a swivel at the base, so you can pose them a bit. Cool, huh?

 * I love Lucio's armored legs. I'm not sure if they're cybernetic or just heavily armored boots that his hard-light skates require but they look incredible. I'm really digging the detail and the color of these things. They definitely help make Lucio one of the most interesting looking characters in a line filled with interesting characters.

 * The hard-light skates look incredibly cool. Not only do that have a great sculpt but they have translucent green blades. How cool!

* Lucio has a cool backpack which I assume is supposed to be an amplifier of some sort. It is removable (it comes already on the figure in the package) and it looks very, very cool. I love the sleek, futuristic of it.

 * Lucio is incredibly well articulated. Not only does he have incredible torso articulation but his arms are insanely well articulated. He even has the pectoral hinges/ butterfly joints that alow for better two-handed poses. I hope more figures, especially those with rifles, have them in the future. They really help improve the functionality.

 * Lucio has three alternate left hands that can be swapped around. One is a standard pistol grip, one is a fist, and one is a more expressive pose with the thumb, index, and middle fingers extended. They swap easily and give you a few more options for displaying Lucio on your shelf.

* One of my favorite things about the figure are the hard-light trails that can attach to Lucio's hard-light skates. The trails are translucent green and they look very cool, helping to mimic his in-game ability. The blades fit right into the base of the figure and serve as sort of a base for the figure, too. I love the energy effects that all of the figures thus far have included. I really hope Hasbro continues with these!

* Last, and certainly not least, Lucio comes with his Sonic Amplifier, which can be used as his offensive weapon. The Sonic Amplifier has a very cool sculpt and apparently can be used to direct sonic based projectiles as his enemies. It fits nicely in his hand and the cord attaches to a cuff on his right bicep.
 The Negatives:

* My only negative about this figure is that the cord is a bit too short. If you pose Lucio holding the Sonic Amplifier out from his body further, the cord may very well detach. A bit more length would have been nice to have for more posing options.
   Lucio was the last standard figure I purchased in this line but it turns out that he's probably the best. Speaking of individual figures, Lucio and Mercy are probably the two-best figures in the line. Even if you're not a fan of the game (I've never even played it or watched any real game play footage of it), Lucio is well worth snagging if you just dig cool toys with fun, colorful designs. Lucio has great articulation, fun accessories, and an excellent sculpt and character design. If the game weren't an online multiplayer game, I'd play it in a heartbeat. As it stands, I'm more then content to just enjoy the toys. And Lucio is, without a doubt, an Epic figure.

This is the first figure of Lucio I've reviewed. For more Overwatch Ultimates figures check out the following:
Ana (Shrike) and Soldier: 76
Mercy and Pharah
Reaper (Blackwatch Reyes)

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