Android 001, Time Wave Zero's second figure, based off of Roy Batty from the Sci-Fi cult classic Blade Runner. Their first figure, the Android Hunter; based off of the main character Rick Deckard has been available for quite some time now. Totally unlicensed of course and limited to only 500 pcs., where else could a gem like this come from but the land of the rising sun?
Well,... I've been waiting for this for about 6 months now, and I finally received him in the mail this morning. I thought I would write up a little review to show off my latest acquisition, and maybe help justify the $130 bucks I paid for him.
$130 BUCKS!!?? you say, well all I can say is that I'm a big Blade Runner fan, as well as a fan of Rutger Hauer, the actor who played the character this figure was patterned after.
I wasn't sure exactly how to go about this so I decided to follow the
guide set up by Michael's Review of the Week.
|I pre-ordered mine through The
Toy Syndicate back last summer for $130. The price has gone up
since then, but they still have them avialable for $150. I've also
heard they were available somewhere else but can't remember where.
If you know drop me a line and I'll update this part.
|Packaging - ***
The packaging is quite nice considering that this is basically an unlicensed figure and considering the crappy box the first figure, android hunter, came in. The design, looking much like a box from DML, is well made. Everything from its front flap held down with velcro, to the removable plastic tray, make this completely collector friendly. But while the box itself is great, the graphics decorating the box are a bit of a let down. Looking at them you can easily tell that the design for this was set up on someone's PC. Everything on here has a pixelated quality about it and the edges have been lightly anti-aliased giving it a somewhat cheap look. Another problem besides the quality of the graphics is the images themselves. the picture on the front of the box is a photo of the prototype head that's been blown up to life size. at this size it's very easy to see the imperfections in the sculpt, but more over the fact that it's not the same head that's been included with the figure.
Sculpting - **1/2
Paint - **
Body - **1/2
Most of the joints in the body are quite loose, and the material that it's made of is pretty shoddy as well. By the time I had taken off the clothing to get a better look at the articulation he had already suffered quite a few stress marks, and I'm very careful with my toys,...
I like the fact that the body isn't barrel chested but has that added articulation in the shoulders, the overall quality of the body's construction leaves something to be desired, and it might be better if he was closer in height to the rest of my figures. The head peg is exactly the same as a DML body so switching the heads would be a very simple task if desired.
Clothing - ***1/2
The best part of all is obviously the leather coat. This piece is what really makes the figure stand out. The material is exceptional for 1/6th scale clothing and a lot of attention was paid to detail. The overall quality is very good, but the collar is too tall. Instead of stopping right below the ear it extends up past the it, which makes the collar look a little odd.
Accessories - 1/2
A big fat albino pigeon, or a dove, whatever,...
While the inclusion of the bird does say that they were thinking, it also reiterates what they weren't trying. This extra looks as if it was never meant to be taken out of the box. On the side facing outward it is very well detailed, while the opposite side not only lacks in the detailing of the front but also the definition.
Crappy bird, what more can I say,... I know. "Where's my extra hand with the nail running through it???".
Value - *
Overall - **1/2
"Mmmm,.... Tastes like chicken!!!"