I picked up four figures on the night I went to the launch party for Cosmic Legions, two of which were legions builders for the first series. I picked up both the T.U.5.C.C. Science Officer and the T.U.5.C.C. Sentry, so we'll start things off with a look at the Science Officer. Trained in science and medicine, the Science Officers both help to guard the laboratories of Hvalkatar and perform routine tasks to keep the production of Thryxium going. As army builders, these guys are a little less expensive and a little more basic than your average Cosmic Legions figure, but they're still nicely geared up and equipped with some cool pieces for versatility. Let's take a look at the T.U.5.C.C. Science Officer after the break...
Height: 6 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Double swivel hinge ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel forearms, swivel/hinge wrists, swivel neck, and a balljointed head..
Accessories: 2 pistols, rifle, holographic skull transmission, 2 short pegs, 2 long pegs, 2 swappable portraits, collar, and dome for helmeted head.
Non-Scalper Price: $45 dollars
* The T.U.5.C.C. Science Officer was the first of the army builders to catch my eye and the first figure I grabbed the night of the launch party at Needless Toys & Collectibles. The Science Officer is just a very striking figure. Besides a crazy detailed sculpt with lots of bits of armor, pouches, and pieces of gear, I really just gravitated to the whitish/ greyish/ bluish color of the suit. It's really unique and just stands out. It does have the sterile feel of something you'd see in a lab in a sci-fi film or videogame, and there's a very subtle shininess to the figure; almost the hint of glitter, which really benefit the figure and makes the varied texture of the suit stand out more.
* There's also a separate collar that fits around the neck and attaches to the top of the figure. It's not as tight as I would hope, but it's perfectly fine for display and posing. The Sentry comes with a clear dome for over this collar but the Science Officer doesn't (though you could add one). I'm guessing the idea is that the collar still has lots of useful gear in it, but these guys rarely go outside of the walls Hvalkatar and thus the dome would be unnecessary.
* The alternate portrait is a pink headed alien of an as yet unnamed species. He's got metallic green eyes, a deep, sunken in nose, and a mouth that protrudes from his faces. He reminds me a bit of the Abednedo from Star Wars.
* Here's a look at the back of the Science Officer so you can see the ports or jet-like protrusions on the spine of the suit (maybe for getting around easier in low-G labs?). His belt is covered with gear and he's sporting armored pads to protect his hips.
* The boots are also very unique with some heavily armored bits and some repulsors on the back, presumably allowing the Science Officer to travel in zero gravity areas.
* There's lots of little details on the bottom of the boots, too. Maybe both repulsors for moving through zero gravity and magnetic locks if the gravity generators go down?
* The Science Officer doesn't just do science; these guys are guardians of the Hvalkatar labs, first and foremost, so they come packing some cosmic heat. The two included blaster pistols have a nice feel to them. They're sci-fi, but still have a real world aesthetic that makes them clearly recognizable as guns. They do look like they could conceivably have multiple barrels for different functions, or perhaps just extra uses for the gun such as a sight, scanner, or flashlight.
* For more firepower, the Science Officer also comes with a heavy blaster rifle. Again, the design philosophy matches the blaster pistols: Still futuristic but also with enough of a real world aesthetic to look like something from a few years down the line.
* Sometimes just a cool, simple little detail catches your eye on an action figure and it was the holographic skull projection on this figure that caught mine. There is a hole in the Science Officer's wrist (most figures have these) and the little skull-like projection can plug in, like the figure is receiving some sort of ominous holographic message. A warning, perhaps? This is so darn cool and really helped to suck me into this line.
* The little holes on the figures and the weapons are universal and fit the holographic transmissions and can hold these clear pegs. The Science Officer comes with four: Two short pegs and two long pegs.
* The pegs can be used to store the pistols or the rife on the figure's hips or on the belt on the figure's back.
* You can also use them to attach the guns together. Or pop the holographic transmission as if it's coming out of one of the guns. The modularity is fun and kind of reminds me of G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 or Centurions.
* My only complaint is that I do wish details on the figure like the pouches and the gear on the belt could have used a bit of paint detail.
This is the first T.U.5.C.C. Science Officer I've reviewed. For more Cosmic Legion check out the following: