At the end of last year Revoltech introduced a spinoff line from their Sci-Fi series based only on Pixar characters. Naturally I had to pick up the main character from my favorite Pixar movie, WALL-E. Unfortunately the results were a bit disappointing.
My first thought when hearing about this new line was that Revoltech plus Pixar should equal a fantastic set of figures. But this line seems to be plagued with odd design choices, and even worse, poor quality control. A very unsatisfactory turnout from a company whose products I generally enjoy.
The first figure in this line was Nemo, which I thought was an interesting choice. I was even considering buying him when I found out he came with Dorry. But then I learned that Dorry was only a miniature version and grossly dwarfed by the Nemo figure. This same disappointment was mirrored with their fourth figure, Mr. Incredible, who comes with a miniature Omnidroid. Interestingly Wall-E didn’t come with any mini figures, even though M-O would have fit into this category perfectly. Maybe he’ll come with a (hopeful) future release of EVE.
The packaging of these Pixar figures is a bit different from your standard Revoltech. Instead of a detailed box, they come packaged on cardback. The card itself is the same size as a Revoltech box, but the bubble only takes up about half of that space. I actually prefer the cheaper packaging since I’m not going to keep my figure on card. I also have no problem throwing it away, unlike the snazzy boxes that I can’t quite part with because of all the detail and information on them.
The Pixar line is also less expensive than the Sci-Fi line, costing about 700 Yen cheaper on average. I thought this was a great deal at first, but now I’m not so sure. If the cheapness is leading to poor quality control (which I’ll talk about later), then I’d rather pay the higher price of the normal figures. But I haven’t heard about any issues from the other figures of the line yet, so this may just be a problem that’s specific to Wall-E.
The best thing about this Wall-E figure is the attention to detail in his sculpting and paint apps. It’s the same kind of detail that I’m used to seeing in the Sci-Fi line. His simple square design is offset by the gears and treads on his wheels, or even the panel layouts of his cube body. The pupils of Wall-E’s eyes are actually set behind clear plastic lenses and he even has little wires running from the back of his head to the top of his neck. But for me, the most impressive part of his sculpt are the dents in his body. It’s a really great movie-accurate touch that even the impressive Thinkway toys figures didn’t include.
Wall-E’s paint job acts to bring out the sculpt and add a finer touch of realism to the figure. Most of his body is molded in yellow plastic and painted with metallic silvers. A darker brownish yellow wash is used to replicate ages of dirt and highlight the subtle dented areas. There’s also this great rust colored wash the put over his wheels and on the edges of his head.
One of the reasons I was looking forward to this figure so much was because of his articulation. Wall-E’s eyes are connected by a hinge joint, which allows for some nice emotional expressions. The middle of his neck is also on a hinge joint, while his head and base of the neck are connected with revolver joints. His shoulders are also Revolver joints, while his forearms swivel and extend. His fingers are all hinged and individually jointed. Last but not least, his treads attach to his body with double Revolver joints. Continue to page 2…