To give Blasty some internal red guts, the 4H chose the Horde Trooper interior. And then he got the standard bit of soft plastic armor to get the final look right. All fine. Now, to be cool, Blast-Attak’s armor could have split open up the middle. You could simulate the action feature with a little clever posing and a chest bursting setup by opening up the armor. That would be something. When the figure arrived and I saw that they did do a vertical seam, I was excited – even though it was on the back! I could at least get a good “premature explosion” pic out of his back being split open.
But his armor is glued shut. Glued shut. I can’t effectively convey my disappointment. Maybe they just wanted to steer completely clear of the “blows himself up thing”. Maybe the factory just glued it shut because it’s a completely different and new setup. Who knows? But it is dumb and the one big mar on an otherwise beautiful figure.
The paintwork is sharp throughout on my figure. The colors look great and everything comes together well with the paint & sculpt combo. The articulation is standard for the line. The armor bulks up a bit on the neck and block some articulation there while also interfering with the ab crunch (though there is some room and it exposes the innards near the waist). The great sculpt on the boots does unfortunately block the forward ankle movement and interfere with some poses.
The accessories are night & day. He includes two. The first mimics the original. It’s an… ax with some techno-bits? It’s strange, it wouldn’t look out of place in MO2K for one thing. I kinda feel like it could be a combo rifle or maybe it works as a food processor? I don’t know. It does look sharp and calls back to the original. All good.
The other accessory is awesomer. I mentioned the original had a little air hose and a plunger? Well, it’s that, but turned into a pretty snazzy whip. Even better? It’s not one giant soft plastic piece that’s too flimsy too hold while simultaneously being not flimsy enough to drape like a whip. It’s actually three pieces, the plunger turned handles, the insert turned bladed tip, and the soft rubbery hose in between. It’s one of the best accessories in the entire line and makes every other whip in the line look like garbage.
Overall, Blast-Attak almost finally got his due. He’s been upgraded and included in the franchise the best way with a great Classics figure. Even his naysayers should be a little impressed. I want to blow up about his lack of action feature, but I get it. Gluing the armor shut is still immensely annoying and it does drown out a lot of the awesome, but he looks so good and the whip accessory is super awesome. And I get to switch out the arm attachments which I completely love. I still don’t know if I’ll place him with the Snakemen (I really need a MOTU historian to explain that one to me), but I will enjoy finally having him in my collection.
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