Monday, December 10, 2018

Action Figure Review: Alolan Sandshrew vs Jangmo-o from Pokemon by Tomy

 A couple of years ago I discovered that Tomy was making Pokemon action figures and I picked up an Ash Ketchum and Pikachu set to go along with my World of Nintendo figures. I haven't purchased any since then but I have been tempted a time or two. On Friday I stopped by a GameStop to pick up a controller for my Switch to better play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and I found all of GameStop's Pokemon figures on clearance for half price with an additional 50% off the clearance price, meaning I paid a little under $2 for this set. Anyways, I'm not the biggest fan of the games but I really do like Pokemon and I love minifigures, so these are cool little minifigures. The Alolan Sandshrew vs Jangmo-o set features two more recent Pokemon that I wasn't entirely familiar with but I always love the designs, so who cares, right? Let's check out this set after the break...

 The Facts: Alolan Sandshrew

Height: 1 1/4ths inches

Articulation: None
 The Facts: Jangmo-o

Height: 1 1/2 inches

Articulation: None

Non-Scalper Price: $6-$7 dollars
 The Positives:

* The first figure in the set is the Alolan Sandshrew, a Generation VII variant of the original Generation I Sandshrew, a mouse Pokemon. Alolan Sandshrew is a regional variant of the Sandshrew found in an icy part of the Alola region, the Alolan Sandshrew is a ice/steel Pokemon versus being a sand type like the original. The figure looks a bit more armored than the original Sandshrew and stands with more of a stoop.

 * He's quite cute! The Alolan Sandshrew has an adorable face and I love the white and yellow color scheme. He really is a solid little minifigure and is quite nicely done, if not perhaps a bit plain.

 * The second part of the set is Jangmo-o, a scaly Dragon type Pokemon who also was first introduced in Generation VII. It's another adorable little fellow although the personality of the Jangmo-o is supposed to be quite valiant and dedicated to it's training. The little ovals hanging off of it's body are intended to be scaled of armor that help protect it during battle.

* Jangmo-o's beak and eyes are really well done as is the heart-shaped armored crest on it's forehead. The Jangmo-o uses this like a shield in battle, so it tends to only face forward when fighting.
 The Negatives:

* Alolan Sandshrew has all of the legal information stamped right onto it's stomach where it is highly visible. That's a bit of a drag, right?
   If you pay retail price for these, between $6-$7 bucks, you're getting two nice minifigures for around $3 and some change each. That's not bad, although it's a bit pricier than I would expect for mass market minifigures. Still, these are quality little guys and the fact that they're not blindbagged it impressive and very much welcome. This is a Good and a 1/2 set and makes for a nice pairing of two newer Pokemon minis. I believe that there are currently 809 Pokemon but I have no idea if Tomy has made that many. I do like that Tomy has continued with this line in a similar scale and style, only updating packaging, while also trying to be mindful of scale. If you dig these little guys, check your local GameStop and see if you can score a pack, too.

These are the first figures of Alolan Sandshrew and Jangmo-o I have reviewed on the site.

For more Pokemon reviews, check out the following:

Ash + Pikachu


  1. Hey! hope you're doing great, I know this may be a huge stretch, but would you still happen to have these figures? if so- will you be interested on sell them? greetings from México! (also, cool blog c:)

    1. Hey, thanks for the kind words! I spent some time living in a Mexican orphanage back in the early 2000s (true story) and I miss it!

      Shortly after this review my daughter got into Pokemon. Hard. She's nuts about it and still is. These are now in her massive Pokemon collection and I'd doubt she'd part with them. I'll check with her, though.

    2. No waaay! that's very interesting! hope you can visit again sometime in the future! (:

      Oh, I see! No worries, if she doesn't want to let go of the figures, that's completely ok! (on that note- also I'm a designer and I make these mini Pokémon pins, in case she's interested! )


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