the Merchant from Resident Evil 4. I was really excited for this guy but I will say that I'm a bit disappointed here due to how Raven's face was handled. Anyways, let's take a look at the "Brooding Masters of Dark Skies" after the break and see how he turned out...
Height: 6 1/4ths inches
Articulation: Hinged toes, swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double
hinged knees, thigh swivels, swivel/hinge hips, waist swivel,
balljointed mid-torso, "butterfly" pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep
swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged fingers,
and a swivel/hinge head.
Accessories: Iron Beak harvesting tool, cape, Iron Cage back bling, sniper rifle, pistol, Shadow Stone, and three interchangeable face plates.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* I really like Raven's black, blue, and purple color scheme. While he definitely is a mysterious, hooded character clothed in black, the random blue feathers on his collar and waist definitely help him stand out a bit more. He's clearly based on a character design archetype but he doesn't look at all generic. He does share a few base parts with other figures (upper legs, upper arms) but the amount of unique details really helps him stand out. I love his purple bandanna, the torn sleeves of his coat, and the various straps across his torso. He looks like he's ready for battle for sure. Caw! Caw!
* Like most other figures in the line, Raven does come with three alternate face plates. Well, that's what I'm calling them still, even though Raven has no face. It's really just his eyes. You've got winking eyes, regular eyes, and angry eyes. These actually swap out really nicely underneath the edge of his cloak, so you don't see any gap where the face plate attaches.
* Raven's belts are cool (he's too goth for just one belt) and he's also carrying a big pouch on the brown leather belt. Jazwares did a nice job of making him look rather layered and complex, which means this is an excellent translation of the in-game character design.
* Like the rest of the Fornite: Legendary Series, the articulation on Raven is incredible. He feels sturdy, durable, and has articulation
that feels like it could give Toy Biz's Marvel Legends
line a run for its money. The inclusion of things like toe joints, lots
of swivel hinges, double hinged elbows and knees, and butterfly pecs
allow this guy to take some crazy poses and uses two-handed weapons with
* Raven's back pack is called the Iron Cage and it really suits him. It's an actual iron cage attached to a wooden backpack, adorned with blue feathers. Looking at pictures, I think I have mine on upside down. It' looks pretty cool and spine-like this way, though. Nifty!
* The Shadow Stone is a fairly large, hollow cube that is covered with various arcane runes. There's also a small hole where Raven (or any character, for that matter) can place their thumb to be able to better hold the item. In game, the Shadow Stone allows a character to transform into a Shadow Form, but in the toy world this looks like a cool artifact that could chill out in the background of any archive of magical objects!
Enforcer. It's is a cool looking weapon. The Fortnite
weapons have a sort of boxy, almost cartoonish feel to them, but
the paint detail and and the crispness of the sculpt still makes them
shine. For some reason the designs make me think of how the weapons
looked when you viewed them from Bond's watch in GoldenEye007 on Nintendo 64.
* Raven's second firearm is the Hand Cannon, a pistol which seems to be based on the Desert Eagle. The open trigger guard makes holding this one quite easy and the figure looks great with it.
* Raven's harvesting tool is called the Iron Beak. It's a pickaxe styled instrument that definitely fits with the aesthetic of the figure and the back pack. Made of iron spikes and covered in blue feathers, this thing definitely makes a statement.
* As I mentioned above, Raven is supposed to have a face hidden underneath a hood with only eyes visible. Jazware's solution was to paint the eyes onto a flat face plate but, honestly, this just doesn't look that good. I mean, it's not horrible, but it's definitely not a well done effect.
* My biggest complaint with this line is that Jazwares went with hinged
fingers move with one hinge and while they're not as problematic as the
fingers on older Marvel Legends figures, I still don't like them that well. The grip on Raven seems even looser, making it hard to hold most accessories without some real finagling.
This is the first figure of Raven I've reviewed. For more reviews from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series, check out the following:
Molten Battle Hound
Omega: Max Level (Purple)
Skull Trooper (Purple Glow)
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