Once you’ve got them open, the first thing you’re going to notice is the quality of the figure. While the Fantastic Exclusives of the past have always been beautiful figures, circumstances beyond the Four Horsemen’s control have some times caused a fly in the ointment here or there. That’s not the case with Scarabus. The quality is… through the roof. I’ve opened 40% of the ten-pack and played with Vault’s Dark & Light Talisman Scarabi and I’ve yet to find a loose joint. The accessories are sturdy, but flexible to resist breakage. And the paint puts a lot of the figures on my shelves to shame. Make no mistake, these figures are the best the Four Horsemen have produced, and even though I’m trying really hard to avoid any hyperbole this week… probably some of the best ever.
After you’ve opened the figures, cataloged the accessories, and broken in the joints, you’ll finally have some time to really see the intracacies of the sculpt and the cohesive little details that cover him from head-to-toe. I have a lot I want to say about the sculpt, like how it interacts with the articulation or works in tandem with the paint to create a unified look, but I’ll have plenty of time to get to that in the coming days. So far, I’ll just say that each of the four figures I’ve opened has been an individual joy. And while I’ve enjoyed them more together than apart, I still need to spend at least some time talking about Scarabus & Anubos before I move along to part two.
Scarabus is the big man himself of the set, of course. And if you’re brave enough to try having just one, it probably ought to be him. He’s got some surprising differences from the 2D original we first saw years ago when Fantastic Exclusive started, but I think they’re all for the better (a thumbs up to whichever Horsemen dropped the earrings!) and most of the changes are additions that were surely brought on by seeing him in three dimensions.
One thing separating Scarabus from the rest of his flock is that he includes three face plates: regular, demon fire, and dormant form. They switch out easily and stay in place just fine, but I’ve been keeping him with this regular face for the most part, leaving the special faces for his other forms which I imagine you’ll see tomorrow.
Out of the nine Scarabus variants, Anubos seemed to capture most people’s imaginations. I really have no idea which variant will sell out first, but my money is on him. He also just happens to be my favorite of the group of nine (though that could change before the week is out). Perhaps it’s just the familiarity of Anubis, or that I like dogs, or that it’s just a kick ass head sculpt that looks downright mean, I don’t know – but I know I like it. The other interesting thing about Anubos is his clothing – the other ten figures have very unique color schemes, but Anubos is just a few decos away from copying Scarabus. I’m curious to know why that’s the case, but I imagine asking might only elicit an “all will be revealed” answer from the Four Horsemen. Still Anubos is a favorite, and I doubt this will be the last you see of him (or Scarabus) this week.
Overall, Scarabus & Anubos received the Monday spot in Scarabus Week because they were the two I was most excited to open. After first seeing and wanting a Scarabus in the very first Fantastic Exclusive years ago, I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have him. I’ve enjoyed nearly every DCUC, MOTUC, and Outer Space Man I’ve had the good fortune to pick up the intervening years, but this is a long wished for figure. As happy as I am to have them, I can only imagine how excited the Four Horsemen must be to finally have them available for order at StoreHorsemen.Com.
Anubos was my second open just because his head sculpt spoke to me more than the others. While the Four Horsemen intended him to be thematically similar to the big man, I imagine his head might just end up on a different body before the week’s out. That’s actually one of the things I’m most excited about. I’ve heard around the ‘net about these figures all being similar and I know some might consider my doing five separate reviews on them repetitive – but there’s so much possibility to these figures. The options per figure, switching the pieces between figures – just the overall ability to customize them without getting out paints or popping the non-swappable joints apart. Now that part one is done, I’m excited at the prospect of opening more and adding their pieces to the collective.
Earlier I said that Part One of Scarabus Week basically amounted to the gist. Well, here it is: the Four Horsemen outdid themselves on these figures. So much so, that it is going to take me a few days to cover everything. I know that this quick overview probably only touched upon some of the concerns or interest you might have about these guys, but fear not… Scarabus Week has just begun!
A huge thanks out to all the Four Horsemen – Cornboy, Jim, Chris, and Eric – for making Scarabus Week a reality!