Friday, August 25, 2023

Action Figure Review: Eclipse (Warpath) from Action Force by Valaverse


   The regular release of Eclipse is one of my favorite Action Force figures of the year thus far and I have to admit that I was pretty excited by the release of this Warpath variant of Eclipse. Sure, there's a lot shared between that figure and this new release, but Valaverse really did a lot to differentiate this one. She's a very deluxe feeling figure (though sold for the same price as the basic) that feels like she could fit right in with the upcoming G.I. Joe: Classified Series Night Force subset, or perhaps this is what Eclipse wears when she's on an "unofficial" mission and doesn't want to get Action Force involved? I believe Eclipse was sold as an exclusive at JoeFest 2023 but she was also available on Valaverse's website afterwards. She's sold out currently, but it sounds like more are supposed to show up in the near future. Ready to check out Warpath Eclipse? Then join me after the break...


The Facts:

Height: 6 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed drop down hips, ball jointed waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Vest, 3 portraits, 8 swappable hands, shemagh, rifle, 6 magazines, pistol, kama, knife, holster, and display stand.

Non-Scalper Price: $32 dollars

The Positives:

* This version of Eclipse kind of has a Lara Croft thing going on with that blue tank top. It's the same top as Pandora rather than the sweater the first version of Eclipse came with. She's wearing darker pants and grey wraps around her wrists, hopefully keeping her nice and stealthy. You can also see the tattoos on her right arm, which were hidden on the original figure.

* With her cool tattoos, I wouldn't be surprised if more folks didn't want to display Eclipse without her vest, but she does come with one. It's the same mold as her previous vest but the color is a bit different, though it still has lots of scuffs and scrapes on it. The pouches are also now black instead of tan. It's really quite easy to take this vest on and off, so changing her look up isn't difficult at all.

* Eclipse has the same headsculpt as the first release but this time wearing a distinctive war paint. I'm not sure where the design comes from but from the bio we're told that Dyani Tamayo's father is of Mahican descent, so perhaps there is some real life inspiration from that culture.

* Here's a shot from the back to show off two things: Eclipse's hair and the cool, exoskeleton like back of her armored vest. I love that braid she has on the side of her hair. It's just a fantastic detail. 

* Eclipse's tattoo sleeve is really nicely done, too. It's very detailed with a complex pattern. 

* The new portrait for this version of Eclipse features her yelling in the heat of battle. Expressive faces often look weird in pictures, but I think she looks really cool in person. Valaverse did a nice job on the mouth as there is plenty of detail. She's a pretty dramatic looking figure and just seems lie a natural fit in battle scenes. Just imagine she's yelling, "Get to the chopper! Get to the chopper now!" 


* Eclipse third portrait is reused from the first figure, but the new paint applications make it wildly different. It depicts her with most of her head covered by a shemagh. Since a large portion of her face is painted black, you can only see the whites of her eyes through the slit in the fabric. It's pretty neat look, especially when she's wearing her full armor. 

*  If you want Eclipse to have her shemagh down, you can do that. There's a separate piece that can fit around her neck so she can wear the wrap like a bandanna. It works just fine worn over her plain torso or over her armor. 

* The Action Force line has an excellent articulation model that wonderfully blends functional articulation with the sculpt. It reminds me a lot of the G.I. Joe: Classified Series. Eclipse's articulation isn't much different than that of her male counterparts except that she doesn't have the butterfly hinges. Since her arms and armor are thinner, though, it's not as necessary as she can still take two handed firing poses just fine

*  Eight swappable hands are included to help Eclipse stay versatile. The pegs are really thick and sturdy though I needed to use a  heat when I swapped them. There's a pair of pistol grips, a pair of standard grips, a pair of cradling hands for holding the barrel of a rifle, and a pair of fists.

* I believe this is an HK416, which is what the first version of Eclipse carried, but this time she doesn't have a scope. The paint is darker, too, with a greenish-grey instead of tan, and the stock is different. Still a heck of a sculpt, though. 

* The magazines are removable and rather than three, you get six this time around. I guess Eclipse is expecting to encounter some heavy resistance, huh? There are two different types of magazines here, so you can swap things up. 

* Eclipse's armor still has two pouches for holding some spare magazines securely. The pouches are wide enough that if you want to swap out weapons and give her one of the weapons with the larger magazine, you can. 

* This version of Eclipse feels more brutal, and her knife just seems like a more wicked little tool than on the standard figure. I love the silver paint app on the blade and how sharp the tip actually is.  

* It slides right in the sheath on the back of her belt for easy storage and quick access. 

* I'm not sure I've seen this pistol before in the line, so it must be a new sculpt. It's very cool with a compensator on the end. It kind of looks like a Walther, doesn't it?

* The holster on Eclipse's right hip is a separate piece and can be removed with a little effort. The pistol fits in very well and the holster itself stays in place nicely. There are also some extra magazines sculpted onto the padding that the holster is attached too, which is a really neat detail. 

* When she needs to get up close and nasty, Eclipse has a sickle or kama to utilize. It's a very modern weapon with a sweet silver highlight on the blade. We've seen in this in the line before a few times, but it fits Eclipse well. 

* I'm a huge fan of all action figures coming with display bases and Action Force's bases are definitely some of the best out there. The metal look of the display stand is fantastic and there are four pegs on the base, making it extra versatile. See that little slit at the back? If you want to cut out the file card from Warpath Eclipse's package, you can even display it behind her. 

The Negatives:

* Like with most other Action Force figures, the wrist pegs are durable but I did have to use a hairdryer to swap out the hands the first few times. They'll eventually get to where you want them, but patience is necessary. 

   I like the first version of Eclipse quite a bit and while I'm not sure I like this one as much, she definitely comes with even more cool stuff. Different weapons, an additional portrait, and more magazines for her rifle really make this an impressive release. Warpath Eclipse is an Epic figure, too, nd whether you just grab this one, pick up the first version of Eclipse, or opt for both, you can't go wrong. This figure is loaded with goodies and ready to join whatever covert operations team you want to out her on. 

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