It's time for the first new review of a 2022 product and I'm kicking things off with a look at the Bone Collector from Valaverse's Action Force line. I do think some folks got their Kickstarter orders in late December but since Valaverse didn't officially put these figures up for sale until early January 2022 and most e-tailers haven't gotten their orders yet, I'm counting them for this year. Action Force is a 6 -7 inch scaled military line that is obviously going to draw comparisons with Hasbro's G.I.Joe: Classified Series. That's not a bad comparison and I honestly started picking these up to supplement my Classified collection. This is an ambitious line, especially for a new company, and it seems that so far they've been quite a hit with collectors. Action Force is centered around the aftermath of a possibly engineered second American Civil War where individual state are now their own Republics who must contest with a growing threat called New Colonia, a growing collective violently protected by an army called the Garrison, led by Kerak. The Bone Collector works for Kerak but seems to be an independent operator who has his own small faction, the Brothers of Bones. He's a chilling figure that works within the fiction of Action Force but could also serve great as a supplement to the forces of Cobra or as a Dreadnok operator. He's part of the first series of figures in Action Force and is one of the standard releases in the line. Let's check him out after the break...
Height: 6 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed drop down hips, ball jointed waist, balljointed mid-torso, butterfly pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Vest, skull mask, holster, thigh pouch, 8 swappable hands, rifle, 3 magazines, pistol, kukri, belt, and stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $32 dollars
* The Action Force figures overall offer up some fairly realistic military styled figures. They do have some more sci-fi elements with figures like the SWARM Troopers but overall they look like fairly modern troops and special forces operators as you would see in a move or video game series like Call of Duty. Bone Collector is wearing camo pants, a tactical sweater, and a pretty sizeable piece of heavy body armor. The sculpt is excellent with plenty of wrinkles, textures on the materials, pockets, and lots of dings and dents on the body armor. There's even some rounds across the chest for the underslung grenade launcher on the Bone Collector's rifle. The paint is solid, too and everything is neat and clean. This is an incredible looking figure and definitely looks and feels like a very quality release.
* Bone Collector's headsculpt is excellent. The paintwork is excellent and there's so much character here. He kind of looks like a bit more haggard and aged Jason Statham, doesn't he?
* Bone Collector definitely shows off his villainous side by wearing a weird skull helmet with fangs. What kind of skull is this exactly. Does anyone know? It's a really cool design that fits him perfectly. There are straps in the back that help hold it on and a but of a wash on the skull to bring out some of the details. Team him up with the Master of Disguise Zartan and let them rock their skull masks as a terrifying team-up.
* Bone Collector comes with eight gloved hands that you can swap out. The pegs are really thick and sturdy though I needed to use a little heat the first time to get them loosened up. There's a pair of standard grips, a pair of pistol grips, a pair of cradling hands for holding the barrel of a rifle, and a pair of fists.
* We've seen Bone Collector's weapons before in the Prototype Armaments set but now they all have some paint apps that really improve their appearance. First up is what appears to be a take on an HK416 with an under the barrel 40mm grenade launcher. The weapon looks really good with Bone Collector and gives him something to use with the 40mm rounds on his chest. The magazine is silver and the grip on the barrel has a green paint hit.
* The rifle not only has a removable magazine but it comes with two additional magazines as well. That's pretty cool! the magazine stays in the weapon snugly and secure, too, so no fear of losing it.
* On his left hip the Bone Collector carries a removable pouch that can store both of the extra magazines for his rifle. They actually fit very securely and it makes for a really cool way to hold these extra items.
* Another weapon which we've also seen in the Prototype Armaments set is this Desert Eagle, a pretty powerful 50 caliber pistol. This time it's cast in a wonderful silver plastic with a bit of black on the grip. The detail is excellent here and the barrel is hollow to take a muzzle flare effect from one of the accessory kits.
* To keep his pistol close at hand the Bone Collector has it stored in a molded holster on his right hip. It's a removable piece as well but in stays in place quite well. The pistol also fits in firmly.
* For even closer encounters Bone Collector can whip out his kukri. It's a very modern looking kukri with lots of details, some cut outs in the blade, and a silver paint app on the edge of the blade.
* There's a sheathe attached to the back of Bone Collector's armor and his kukri slips right inside. I love how he can carry all of his gear while having his hands free for the rifle. It's a fantastically well thought out setup.
* My only complaint with Bone Collector is that I'm not a fan of the "drop down hips." I haven't had any issues with mine so far but sometimes when posing mine I hear a weird noise I just don't like. I've tried heating things and everything seems OK, but it's just a design I'm not loving. It's the only part of the figure that doesn't seem incredibly sturdy.
This is the first figure of the Bone Collector I've reviewed.
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Curious. Any connection to the 'Action Force' that started in the 80s in the UK as a small range of figures based on Action Man, before being bought by Hasbro who gradually changed it into british release of GI Joe before being replaced by GI Joe entirely? Is this a relaunch of that same brand? I'm gonna have to google. Figure looks decent :OReplyDelete
Yep. Bobby Vala who created the line was able to use the expired trademarks, not just from the UK but Sgt Slaughter and Steel Brigade (from US GI Joe) as well.Delete
Ah neat. I didn't get around to googling last night so thank you. :)Delete
He did pick up the Action Force name but other than the presence of at least one SAS trooper, I'm not sure there's anything about this incarnation of Action Force that really has anything to do with the vintage Action Force. The story is very focused on the United States. There is a group called the SWARM that seems to be controlled by a mysterious outsider, so maybe that could bring in the Red Shadows?Delete
What a great figure and cool back story.ReplyDelete
The figure is really cool. I'm liking most of what I've picked up so far.Delete
These figures look cool but the company makes Hasbro pulse look consumer friendly. Basically the only way to get these was to buy into the kickstarter or pay scalper prices. They really seem like great toys but not worth the hassle when I can just collect GI Joe Classified instead.ReplyDelete
I purchased most mine directly from Valaverse when they released them in early january and I have some more series 1 that I wanted preordered from BBTS. I think the initial demand probably exceeded what Valaverse expected. They've restocked a few times. I can't say I had a more difficult time getting these than I did getting some of the Classified figures which I rarely, if ever, saw in stores or at retail price.Delete
The restocks sold out in minutes. The company seems to have the idea that anyone who wanted these had to commit to buying everything before a single toy was ever made. I just don't see this line as being worth the hassle when Classified exists and can be gotten pretty easily on EE, BBTS, or even in stores.Delete
Yeah, it definitely sounds like it isn't for you. Once BBTS gets their shipment of figures in I'm curious to see if these are more readily available. BBTS still has three series 1 figures available for preorder and most of the accessory packs, though.Delete
I think availability is the challenge with any toyline that isn't going to retail these days; small companies don't have often have the luxury of having retailers place orders prior so they really only can risk making what they know they can sell. Super7 has just started reissuing the earlier waves of the TMNT Ultimates, which is pretty nice, and hopefully will be a practice going forward as they're really growing lately. Maybe Valaverse will someday be able to do the same? I didn't pledge for these for the Kickstarter but I did place about half of my preorders once the reviews started coming out in late December 2021 and I had some more confidence in the brand.