Articulation is the best here of my three Foxbots, and that’s saying something. What we have here is a peg and hinge neck enabling up/down and side to side motion, peg and hinge balls at the shoulders, lower bicep swivels, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball torso, ball in socket hips, thigh swivel, double hinge knees, hinge and rocker ankles, and lastly, just for good measure, mid-foot hinges. So you probably read that and were wondering why I think that’s the best articulation since Cleatus 1.0 topped it in sheer number of articulation points. Good question. The answer is, this is the best overall articulation quality wise. The ball torso is tight and offers range in all directions.
The ball in socket hips look great and are tight and well designed with a fantastic range of motion, better by a large margin than either of the competing Cleati. The thigh swivels lie inside those huge armored thighs, and are tight and completely hidden. The double hinge knees are tight and sturdy, as well as ratcheted to aid in posing. The ankles hinges are ratcheted and tight, and so are the rockers, which again have a great range of motion. It’s the most solid mid-foot hinge I’ve ever bought. The elbows are tight and ratcheted, the wrist swivels are tight, the neck is tight in both up/down and side to side, and the shoulders are ratcheted in the in/out range of motion, and are… you guessed it… tight and sturdy. Flat out boys and girls, this is the best execution of articulation I’ve bought in YEARS. Like, I’m kind of stunned by how well this articulation works, it’s that good. I was happy with the MLB bot’s articulation, but this… WOW! The complaints, IF and only IF I were forced to offer them, would be the lack of hinge motion in the wrist, and the lack of swivel at the shoulder joints where they plug into the bicep. These complaints though are really just observations, since the bicep swivel still exists, just not where you might expect it to be, and the wrists are more stable without that hinge motion. Check this three-point stance, he’s the only one who can do that…
Paint aps are this big boy are few, but again, well done. The Fox Sports logo is tampoed on and the edges are clean and sharp. The areas on his ribs and around the team colors logos are tightly applied and clean, with NO instances of slop, though there is a little bleed through on a couple spots where the dark blue of the cast plastic is just more than the yellow stripes can conceal entirely, but that’s something you really have to make an effort to notice. There are a lot of sculptural details that would really pop with an extra wash, especially in the yellow cast areas as the bright yellow makes it hard to really see all the detail that’s there. None of this is in any way a deal breaker, and were I scoring this on a star system, I’d knock him MAYBE a quarter star for the lack o’ wash and bleed through… really just a great paint application here.
So this being IAT, I found myself compelled to do some funny stuff, but I had an epiphany… Noisy has his fun with wit and wisdom, Vault likes his outdoor shots, but me? My action figure fun (as in “have fun with your toys”) usually involves someone getting a chin check from someone else, and Wolverine Cleatus simply demands several such foes to adequately vent his talents on. Seriously gang, one of the most playable figs I’ve bought in a very long time. It’s been beyond fun reviewing this guy, and there has been much play between writing and photo sessions. So I hope you enjoyed this bru-ha-ha, this ballyhoo, this dustup, this beatdown… Cleatus 2.0 is on the clock, and unlike that diminutive Canadian guy, Wolverine Cleatus really is the best at what he does!