Last week, I received an e-mail from fellow Four Horsemen fan, superdoug! If you’ll recall, the Four Horsemen had seven sets of Power Lords remaining after sending out their press kits. They wisely decided to send those out to folks that had pre-ordered; a chance for their fans to get some cool toys early! Well, superdoug was one of the lucky seven and wanted to share in the awesome he received. So today, superdoug’s got a guest review for us featuring Ggripptogg & Grabbtargg, & Ggrapptikk (Yep, all three! I just ran out of room in the title!). Have at it, superdoug!
Hey so this is my first ever review so bear with me. First off I am a child of the 80s and 90s. I grew up on G.I. Joe, He-Man, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Disney Afternoons, X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman and Superman: The Animated Series, but never once did I ever hear of Power Lords. I do not remember ever seeing them at a friend’s house, in the store, or in an ad. Now, based on the little I know about the original line, part of it might be because I was actually too young and the line came and went before it would have hit the radar. With that being said, secondly I have kids of my own, limited space and a limited hobby budget so when the 4 Horsemen announced this line I wished them well and thought I would be able to hold on to my wallet. Not only that, but I had already stopped buying this scale. These were any easy pass until I got my hands on one. I am now completely hooked and if you have any of the earlier figures these full painted ones blow them out of the water!
Below I am reviewing the baddies of this first wave. Ggrapptikk (the blue one), Ggrabbtargg (the orange club exclusive) and Ggripptogg (the red). Now the blue guy was included in the top tier club level, but anyone can buy him. The orange guy, he comes with tier 2 and tier 3 of the club and if you are in either of those tiers you could buy extra. That rubbed some people the wrong way but in my opinion it’s a great idea.
Packaging: The packaging on these guys is lots of fun. The 4 Horsemen did a great job in designing packaging that can be reused. Now the corners can get a little bent up if you are not careful, but overall it’s pretty easy to put the figures back in. The look of the package is really reminiscent to my childhood toys. You get a great picture of the figure on the front and on the back you get info on the character and pictures of over figures in the line to collect. It would be lots of fun to run into these guys in the stores. The bright colors would draw curious people in to pick them up and look at them.
Sculpting: If you have any of the earlier releases the sculpt is pretty much the same with a few added goodies like two-sided faces and different forearms. Something I did not realize until seeing some comparison pictures is how close Ggripptogg looks to the original. The 4 Horsemen really stayed true to the original sculpt. They sharpened the lines here and there and added some details, but it is fantastically similar. Continue to Page 2…