Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Rumbler from Final Faction by Greenbrier International


   Remember how the good guys of Final Faction got a vehicle last year? Now it's time for the bad guys to get a ride! Today I'm checking out the Rumbler, a new vehicle for the Kharn in the Dollar Tree exclusive Final Faction toyline. I'm still just amazed by how crazy the Final Faction concept is: A unique, well thought out and creatively designed toyline exclusive to a dollar store which includes vehicles and accessory packs? Yes, now the toys are $1.25 (though you can still find the first series figures for $1 at Family Dollar stores) but, still, that's crazy. With the prices of action figures, especially those targeted towards collectors, continuing to increase it would be amazing to see a renaissance of fun and budget friendly toylines. These aren't Mezco One:12 Collective items, folks, but they're pretty darn cool. Today I humbly submit for your approval the Rumbler, an alien vehicle sold in a box for $1.25. Let's check it out after the break...

The Facts:

Dimensions: 6 inches long by 5 3/8ths inches wide

Accessories: None (comes shipped unassembled)

Articulation: 3 rolling wheels

Non-Scalper price: $1.25 dollar

The Packaging:

* Like the Arrow ATV, the Rumbler comes packaged in a box. While the standard figures and accessory packs come packed on simple blister cards the vehicles and their accompanying weapons and armor kits come in small boxes. They're not sealed or anything so you can check to make sure you're getting what you're buying at the store quite easily. 

The Positives:

* The Rumbler is a three wheeled vehicle with two massive wheels (made of vertebrae) and one smaller wheel in the rear and a chariot like cockpit. Most pieces are simply molded in colored plastic though their are a few paint applications on the front of the vehicle. the Rumbler looks like the body is made from some sort of alien shell or exo-skeleton, so it fits in with the Kharn aesthetic. 

* The front of the vehicle is pretty well armed (though there are two ports for the weapons from the accessory pack for the Rumbler). The little red orbs on the front are "anti-infantry lasers" while the giant turbine looking thing is an "Earth core melter." It kind of looks like the front of the Decimator, doesn't it? 

* Here's a shot of both a large wheel and the smaller wheel. The "vertebrae" effect is pretty cool even though there are no paint applications here. It's pretty wicked to think about the Kharn using the bones of some giant creatures to craft their vehicles.

* The cockpit easily holds the figures, particularly a larger figure like General Diabol.

The Negatives:

* The cockpit is really bare. Like, there's really nothing here. I definitely get that this is a budget line but anything would have been cooler than nothing. 
   I'm not loving the Rumbler as much as I liked the Arrow but it's still a decent, sturdy little vehicle for tis line that fits in aesthetically with the other toys. The feel reminds me of the plastic toys that drug stores and such used to sell in the 1980s though there is some unique sculpting here and cool stuff like the earth core melter and the vertebrae wheels. In a few days I'll be checking out the accessory pack to gear the Rumbler up but, by itself, it's still worth a Good and a 1/2 rating. I bet a paintbrush and a little kit-bashing would make this into something pretty special, though. 

This is the first toy of the Rumbler I've reviewed. For more Final Faction reviews check out the following:


  1. Reading these reviews has me jonesing to traipse into the Dollar Store near my house. I’ve avoided that place like the plague- literally- for the past 2 years but now that I’m vac’d and boosted and boosted again I’m going in baby! Glad you’re covering this budget toy line. I’m priced out of everything right now. Even if I had $25 I wouldnt’ put it into mainline action figures. The sci-fi aspect of these is very cool and my collection revolves around vehicles and play sets more then figures and its incredible the vehicles are only a buck too. My boys played Blizzard’s StarCraft on PC which I always enjoyed watching and for which we got the StarCraft Field Manual and the 2 dope NECA figures but these look a bit like a tribute to that type of fandom. Rich

    1. Final Faction reminds me of multiple different properties and that is really fun to me for some reason. I don't remember ever playing Starcraft, though I do know what it is, and I can see some resemblance. Starcraft, Gears of War, Halo, there are so many different properties that seem to have influenced this line. For $25 bucks you could definitely go to town on this line and end up with a bunch of cool stuff.


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