Marvel Review – Apocalypse (Marvel Legends BAF)

Intro:
            Welcome back to another edition of Marvel Review. By the time this review is published, it would’ve been a week since the highly-anticipated X-Men Apocalypse was shown on the big screen – well, at least it was in the Malaysian cinemas. I have to say, it was yet another great addition to a wonderful franchise. It has to be said that since X-Men: First Class, Fox has done considerably well with the X-Men franchise. First Class; Days of Future Past; and now, Apocalypse have all been such pleasant watch – at least for me it was.
            Anyways, since this is X-Men Apocalypse season, there’s no better time than this for me to review one of the most highly sought after Marvel figure out there – the Built-A-Figure (BAF) Apocalypse.
            The BAF Apocalypse was released in 2005, under the Marvel Legends Apocalypse Series. In order to get Apocalypse, you’d have to collect his body parts, packed together with the following characters: Regular Bishop or his bald-headed variant; Iron Fist (regular/ red costume); Sasquatch (regular/ white); Wolverine (regular/ unmasked); X-23 (black costume/ purple costume); and Maestro.
            Collect all of these and you will end up with En Sabah Nur himself – the world’s first mutant.
            I’m a rather late-starter when it comes to Marvel action figure collecting, and I do limit myself to only 3 ¾” scale action figures, and I most definitely do not collect the Marvel Legends line, past or present. Having said all that: if certain figures are made to be in scale with the rest of the Marvel Universe line that I am collecting, then I’d definitely be on the lookout. BAF Apocalypse definitely qualifies into that category, due to his ability to increase his physical size, he definitely fits into that scale.
            So, how good is this BAF Apocalypse? Is he worth the effort for me looking highs and lows, trying to hunt down for this antique action figure? Read on to find out…

Figure:
            Unlike all other recent BAF figures, Apocalypse comes from a time when BAF figures were huge and bulky.
            Apocalypse himself stands at about 14-inches tall, and he feels very solid and hefty in your hands.

            He looks absolutely fantastic – looking exactly how remember it from his first appearance in the comics, as well as his on-screen debut in the original X-Men cartoon series.
That intimidating face
            The huge initial “A” on his suit – belt buckle and collar is almost like his trademark. No one displays the letter “A” better than Apocalypse. Just like in the comics, there are tubes running from the small of his back, all the way to his elbows.
Front Row from Left: Marvel Universe Apocalypse & ToyBiz Apocalypse
            Despite his humongous size, Apocalypse actually has a very good combination of articulations: the head seems to be on some sort of a universal joint that allows all range of motions; the shoulders also have a great range of motion (although on mine, the left shoulder is a bit too tight); the arms rotate slightly below the shoulders; the elbows have a 1-point ratcheting joint; the wrists bend inward; each fingers, except for the thumbs have individual digit joint; the upper torso comes with a lovely, heavily-ratcheted joint; the waist rotate 360°; the hips are on soft ratcheting universal joints; the legs rotate slightly below the hips; double-jointed soft-ratcheting knees joints; the ankles are on soft-ratcheting joints that allow front and back feet-tilting; the feet also tilt inwards; and finally, toe-joints.
Standing side-by-side BAF Onslaught
            The amount of articulations on this figure is tremendous. On mine, however, the left ankle and knee joints are a bit loose, compared to the right; as such, you have to carefully pose him, or else he will just collapse on his own weight and crushes all the other action figures around him. I don’t consider this as a fault in the mold, because it might be just an isolated case, but what do irk me are his hands/ fist.
            The hands clench into to fists, and despite having individually-articulated digits; his hands only looks good by clenching into a fist. The problem is that each finger is designed to look like clenched fists. I really think that it’s a missed opportunity for the designers to make what is already-considered as a great action figure, into a perfect one. Why Marvel? Why?!
Flawed Design, in my opinion
            Anyways, you can really have a field day posing him along with the rest of you Marvel Universe figures, pretending as if Apocalypse turned himself big, and trying to destroy all X-Men who opposed him; and if you have all of his Four Horsemen around – perfect!   
With his Four Horseman, based on the X-Men Apocalypse

Summary:
            BAF Apocalypse is truly a wonderful action figure, and a rare one at that. It’s really not that easy for you to actually come across one, and even when you do, you’re looking at paying at a premium price for it. I was lucky that a fellow collector was looking to unload his Apocalypse at a very reasonable price.
            I really can’t recommend this figure enough, and if you’re really lucky to find this figure, grab it while you can.
It’s definitely a must-have for X-Men fans.
            Highly recommended.

            Final verdict, 9.5/10.


Coming Soon - ACT 2016

Hello there my fellow Cybertronians,

Heads up! June 26, 2016, make sure that you clear your schedule on those days. Come on down to ACT 2016!

The event will no longer be held at Cheras Sentral Mall. Instead it will be held at Evolve Concept Mall at Pacific Place Ara Damansara,

ACT - Aware and Care Together - is the newest ACG event in town. ACT is trying to raise funds for various charities, not only in terms of monetary, but other miscellaneous items as well, such as foods, clothes, toys, pet's stuff and many more. Why not do some charity, while we're having fun, right?


OFFICIAL MALL
As with any other ACG events out there, there are loads of fun and activities that awaits you. There will be Cosplay and Singing Competitions, Gaming Contest, The Saber Making Workshop, Auctions, and of course, hobby exhibition and sales.

As such, we at NEW PLANET CYBERTRON BLOG are honored to announce our participation in this marvelous event.

Other confirmed participants in this event (at the time of this writing) includes Digi-Destined Malaysia, Mecha Skirmish Game, Gundam Fans Malaysia, Brickgasm, Force Arts Stunt Team, Rebel and Legion Malaysian Outpost.




So ladies and gentlemen, and children or all ages, mark the dates in your calendar, come and join us at ACT 2016. Let us all have fun and do some good in this world. Entrance to the event is free, but you are welcome to contribute willingly to the donation funds.

ACT is made possible by the efforts and diligence of the following notable ACG organizers:


Not to forget, the support of the following parties:
Official Sponsor
Official Photographer
 Official Partners


This event is also made possible by the following Charity Organisations:



For information, kindly log on to the followings:

Official Website: http://www.actcharity.asia/

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Official Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/226635977692418/

Event Venue: EVOLVE CONCEPT MALL, Pacific Place@Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/4, Ara Damansara, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Event Date: 26 June 2016

Event Times: Sunday (10:00am to 9:00pm)



Transformers Review: Skids (Alternators)

Intro:
            The Alternators have been one of my most favorite Transformers line ever. They are known to have very detailed vehicle modes, and very good robot modes, although they aren’t exactly very screen accurate. To some, that is exactly the reason that put off some Transformers fans.
Concurrently, that is also the reason why some car model fans are attracted to this line.
           Well, you can’t really please everyone, can you?
            Anyways, the fact of the matter is, the Alternators have very good vehicle modes, most of its releases have been based on fast cars and really, really powerful cars, i.e. Ford Mustang, Ford GT, Honda S2000, Subaru Impreza WRC etc.
            In other words, these are the cars that are least likely that you’ll ever find on the roads, especially Malaysian roads.
            Skids, however, breaks that trend – Skids is a Scion xB, a brand that is an extension of the Toyota in the United States, which unfortunately will cease operation by August 2016. Although Scion xB isn’t exactly available in Malaysia, but it’s a type of sub-compact car that are quite common here, so even if it’s available in Malaysia, it won’t be a huge head-turner – well, you know what I mean.
            Comparing to most earlier-released Alternators, he is a slow car – a very, very normal car, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad thing. That is one of the reasons why Skids is highly sought-after.
            Skids isn’t really a high-profile character. The character only appeared for a very brief moment in the G1 cartoon series, but did play a significant role in the original Marvel Comics.
            Anyways, let’s not waste any time, and let’s get on with the review.

Alternate Mode:
            As mentioned above, Skids transforms into a Scion xB. I really like it how they applied the flaming paintjob onto the car.
            As per normal standards, Skids is very detailed. The windshields are somewhat blur-tinted, and there is also a decal with the word “SCION” in the front windshield. Everything else is also there: rubber tyres, engine block, steerable wheels, detailed interiors and functioning doors.

            Unless you turn the car upside down, there is no way for you to know that this is a Transformer – that is how realistic it is.


            The car is far from perfect though, although it might just be an isolated case with mine. The hinges for the front doors seems to be too tight, and it’s really difficult to open them up – you literally have to force them to open, sometimes so hard that you feel that something might break.
            So, just in case if your Skids have the same problem with mine, be careful.
            That problem aside, this is a really good car mode.

Robot Mode:
            The transformation is quite complex, which is quite involving.
            The end result is a robot with a massive chest/ upper body, and quite massive legs as well.
            My first impression of this figure is that it’s way too stout, with a lot of panels hanging around that might hinder its movement.


            I couldn’t be more wrong.
            The little guy is actually quite nimble! The articulation on this guy is simply amazing.
            The head is on a ball joint; the shoulders are on universal joints; the arms rotate slightly above the double-jointed elbow; and the wrists rotate.
            The waist rotates; the hips are on universal joints; knees bend and the feet are on ball joints.
            The combinational of these joints provide Skids with a whole lot of articulation options.
            My only complaint is probably the shape of the calf. I really wished that there were some way to fold the windshields inwards; or at least to the back of the calf. For me, it really disturbs the overall look of the robot.
            As usual, the engine block transforms into a gun for Skids to use.
            Comparing to most of the Alternators, Skids is comparatively short. Well, I guess it’s suitable for him because he is first and foremost a scientist, and was not a natural fighter to begin with.
From left: Mirage, Skids and Ricochet
            Anyways, it’s a really good robot mode.

Overall:
I like Skids overall. It has a really awesome vehicle mode, and the articulation of its robot mode is really good.
I definitely highly recommend this figure to any Alternators/ Binaltech collectors.

Highly recommended.


            Final verdict: 9 /10.