I’m always excited when the Four Horsemen send a box of review samples along, but there is something a little more special when we get to the main events like the Infinity Editions of the Outer Space Men or today’s review, the fully realized Power Lords characters of Adam Power and his powered-up self, Lord Power!
Now both Vault & I have reviewed most of this figure before in the form of the Power Corps Soldiers. To get the skinny on Adam Power below the neck, check out my review of the first Power Soldiers. And while Lord Power has a new upper half, you can also check out Vault’s Soldier review for anything… well, below the waistline. I’ll cover anything newly tooled here, but those reviews will catch you up to speed on the existing parts.
The first thing about these new Power Lords is the packaging. I’m a big fan of the 4H’s resealable packaging and they’ve brought it back again here. The card itself is based on the classic and has a great retro feel. I love the file card and isn’t it always great to have that big white canvas back there with all the various figures available or upcoming. I’m not sure what the focus groups on toy packaging tell the big two, but nothing beats the classic layouts if you ask me. Oh, and not to mention, that artwork on the front is more great work from site friend and artist extraordinaire, Nate Baertsch!
Once I popped these first two figures open, I was really struck by how well done they are. If that sounds par for the course for the praise I tend to give the 4H, it is. As a collector of multiple scales, I think we tend to allow for more mediocrity as we get smaller. A sixth scale toy is expected to be pretty flawless. Twelfth scale needs to be done well, but we’ll let thing slide here and there. Eighteenth scale? I’m sure there are enthusiasts who expect the very best, but it seems we’re more okay with iffy paint and sculpting on the little guys.
The nice thing about the 4H working in this 4” scale is that they don’t lower the bar to the height of the figures. We already knew the sculpting was great on these from the previous releases and the new upper body for Lord Power and the two new heads are no exception. They’re fantastic. The original Adam Power had this somewhat worried look on his face and the 4H have recaptured that here. Lord Power, meanwhile conveys… almost a godliness; there’s just a stern power oozing from the sculpt.
In addition to the new bits, it’s the paint that finally brings these sculpts to life. Just like the Infinity Edition OSM, I was already enjoyed the releases leading up to now, but I love these painted figures. Both of these guys are painted head-to-toe so that the colors are just right. And the paint is very well done. There are a few tiny things here and there, of course. They are mass produced pieces. I think the only paint that bugged me here was the blue paint on Adam’s chest not quite reaching the red ribbing like it should, but the facial details and other line work throughout the figures leaves that a minor quibble. Continue to Page 2…