Saturday, February 1, 2020

Wrapping Up 2019: Rust Lord from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

   Today I'm wrapping up my 2019 Fortnite: Legendary Series reviews with a look at Rust Lord. I looked far and wide for this guy during November and December but I didn't end up finding him until early January. Rust Lord is one of the series 3 figures in the Fortnite: Legendary Series and thus far has only seemed to pop up at Walmart and Amazon. It's really weird how these guys are distributed as they seemingly come in fairly random cases or with different stores getting different figures. Anyways, Rust Lord is a scrapper of sorts and seems to be an homage to Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I dig it! He's definitely one of the "plainer" figures in the line, but considering the line has blue haired Norse warriors, living nutcrackers, and a giant banana, that's to be expected. Let's take a look at Rust Lord after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 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, swivel/hinge head.

Accessories: Sawtooth harvesting tool, backpack, shotgun, revolver, shield potion, mushroom, and a grenade.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* While he might share some basic parts with the other figures, such as arms and legs, Rust Lord has a lot of unique parts including the large pouch on his belt and, of course, his red leather jacket. It's a cool look that is completed with a blue bandanna and a small badge with the "U" logo of the Unreal engine underneath the spiked strap running across his chest. His pants also have a bit of a light camouflage pattern on them, making them stand out. Err, I mean blend it. I don't know? What's the correct way to speak about camouflage?

* Rust Lord has a really cool armored helmet that kind of looks like a motorcycle helmet. It does have a metal visor, though, so presumably he's peeking out the little holes in the front. There's some sort of symbol painted on the front of the helmet, too, though I can't identify it.

* Like every other figure in this series,  the articulation on Rust Lord 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 ease.

 * Rust Lord's back bling is called the Rust Bucket. It's a fantastic backpack loaded with details such as extra ammunition, tubes, and what might be an old license plate slapped across the back.

* His harvesting tool/ melee weapon is the Sawtooth. It's also part of the Storm Scavenger set of items, just like the Rust Lord costume and the Rust Bucket backpack. It looks like a mixture of a climbing ax and a pickax with a very detailed sculpt. There's also a really cool painted design on the head of the tool, which shows off a bit more of Rust Lord's funky personality.

 * Rust Lord comes with the insanely nasty looking Scoped Revolver, a massive revolver equipped with a scope. It's a fantastic sculpt with clean paint applications and it's easily one of my favorite pistols in this line thus far.

* Rust Lord also comes with the Pump Shotgun, which Peely also came equipped with as well. It's modeled after the Common, Uncommon, and Rare versions of the weapon. It's a pretty standard shotgun design although it certainly has the boxy look to it that most of the Fortnite weapons seem to have. This is another of my favorites as the weapon is nicely designed with gunmetal and wood finishes.

*Rust Lord also comes with a Shield Potion, which also came with Tomatohead and the Skull Trooper.

* Rust Lord comes with another accessory that came with Peely: The mushroom. There's actually a hole in the side of the mushroom that Rusty's thumb can fit into, allowing him to hold it better.

 * Rust Lord's last accessory is called the Shadow Bomb. It looks like a flashbang grenade, but in game it apparently allows you to cover yourself in smoke, making you invisible. It's vaulted now, though, which means you can;t use it anymore. Rust Lord can, though. Isn't it nice that no one can come and vault your toys?
 The Negatives:

* Rust Lord doesn't have extra expressions like most other figures in the line, although his helmet still has a weird seam line around the "face" as if at one point he was meant too. Weird, huh?
 *  My biggest complaint with this line is that Jazwares went with hinged fingers. The 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. They have a fairly tight grip, but sometimes they're still tough to us, especially for thinner accessories like the melee weapon or a gun grip.I will say that the more recent figures seem to have even tighter grips though, so maybe these eventually won't be much of a problem.
   Rust Lord might not have swappable faceplates but he definitely comes with plenty of cool weapons. Honestly, he's probably one of my favorites of the year. That's probably because I like his simple, scavenger influenced costume and his arsenal. The shotgun, revolver, and grenade are great accessories, and the backpack and harvesting tool look fantastic, too. I'll be creating my list of my top 10 favorite toylines of 2019 in the coming weeks and you can be assured that Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series will be on there! This is another Epic figure in a line that delivered all year long.

This is the first figure of Rust Lord I've reviewed. For more Fortnite: Legendary Series figures, check out the following:
DJ Yonder
Molten Battle Hound
Omega: Max Level (Purple)
Rabbit Raider 
Skull Trooper 
Skull Trooper (Purple Glow)
The Visitor 
Wild Card 

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