It appears we’re actually going to have a complete Terrax to review eventually, but it is slow going getting there. Noisy’s still looking for a blue Ghost Rider, but our biggest obstacles are the characters neither of us really want… Enter Klaw!
Ulysses Klaw is a scientist that created a sonic emitter capable of transforming sound waves into physical mass, but there was a catch – he needed vibranium to power his device. That brought him into conflict with the Chief of Wakanda and a battle that resulted in Chief T’Chaka’s death and the loss of Klaw’s right hand after being attacked by T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa (you might know him better as Black Panther).
Klaw replaced his hand with the sonic emitter and surfaced as a supervillain, often coming into conflict with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and, understandably, Black Panther. Through the years, he underwent other changes including the destruction of his human body and being converted to pure sound. He played an important role in Secret Wars and is still causing havoc around the Marvel Universe whenever a writer calls upon him.
Klaw’s figure is an interesting mix of simplicity and detail. I’m not sure if the body is a new sculpt, but it’s a perfect basic superhero “buck”. His legs and arms have a muscular sculpt to them, while his chest is totally ripped with bulging pecs and a six pack. But these details aren’t so overly stated that they become distracting.
His head and sonic claw are brand new sculpts. The head is in a screaming pose with just enough detail to look dramatic, but not so much that it looks out of place on the body. But his sonic claw is an incredibly intricate piece that really stands out from the organic looking figure with its industrial design. It’s much more impressive in person than the promotional pictures lead me to believe.
The feeling of simplified organics with complex mechanics is also continued in the figure’s paint job. Nearly the entire body is molded red, with a touch of purple and black to break up the monotony. They did a great job of giving Klaw a Kirby feel with all those zigzag lines and that mechanical mouth guard piece. But again the detail is shown off most by his sonic hand, which was given a nice dry brush look. This gives it a nice weathered metal feel and brings a focal point of realism to this vibrantly colored figure. Continue to page 2…