Marvel Review – Sentinel (Marvel Universe Masterworks)

Intro:
            Hello there my fellow Cybertronians and True Believers, we’re back with another Marvel review, and today we review the 2nd of the Marvel Universe Masterworks series – Sentinel.
            Marvel fans, especially fans of the X-Men will recognize the Sentinels as formidable adversaries for the mutant heroes and mutant communities in general. Created by one Bolivar Trask, the Sentinels are technologically-advanced mutant hunting robots that have a wide-variety of abilities, and are led by a huge “mother sentinel” called Master Mold.
            The Sentinels are almost exclusively featured in all X-Men related media, with the most recent of these being the X-Men: Days of Future Past.  
            There are two variants of the Sentinel, i.e. classic colors (as per commonly depicted in the 1990s X-Men animated series), and of course, the variant that we are reviewing right now – the blue-grey variant.
            I have to admit, I kind of wished that they could’ve released a figure of the Master Mold instead, but I guess it’s okay. To make any diorama more realistic, it makes a lot of sense to at least have two or three of these Sentinels, as they are commonly depicted as such in most media.
            Anyways, let’s not waste any time and let’s get on with the review.

Package:
            The Sentinel is similarly packaged as Galactus.
The artworks are fantastic as well. On the inside of the front flap, it depicts one of their battles against the X-Men, i.e. Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine and Cyclops (he is off-screen, but you can still see his Optic Blast).
The back of the box depicts yet another battle scene with the X-Men, also involving the same X-Men characters.
           Just like Galactus, Sentinel is HUGE, and as a bonus, he is packed along with Wolverine in his Jim Lee outfit.

Wolverine:
            Well, apparently we are presented with yet another version of Wolverine, and this time, in his Jim Lee-created outfit.
            I have to admit, various variants of the character have been released so far, way too many times, and if you’ve been reading other reviews as well, there have been a lot of complaints about Wolverine being a package companion to the Sentinel.

            However, I, for one don’t have much complaints because, 1) I like this outfit the best; and 2) I don’t have this Wolverine variant.
            Articulation-wise: the head is on ball-joint; the shoulders are on universal joints; the elbows bend; the wrists rotate; there is an abs-crunch; universally-jointed hips; the knees bend and the ankle rotate.
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            Ol’ Canuckle Head do not have any waist articulation, and apart from that, I see no problem with this figure.

Sentinel:
            Just like Galactus, this Sentinel is a HUGE figure! If you already have the Galactus figure, you’d probably noticed that a lot of the Sentinel’s parts have been reused from Galactus, such as the basic torso, the arms, hands and upper legs.

            As such, the articulations of these two figures are almost a duplicate of one another. In fact, at some point, I kind of feel that most of the articulations works better on Sentinel than on Galactus! For example, the hip joints tend to work better here, mainly because of the lack of the “skirt”.
Sentinel & Galactus
            As big as Sentinel is, he’s still a little bit shorter than Galactus, mostly due to the over-sized horns on top of Galactus’s head.
            Sentinel’s head sculpt is good – kind of like some scary robotic look and is very synonymous with the robot. No wonder most mutants are terrified of the Sentinels.
            The shoulder pads are made from soft rubber. Great details there, and apart from the “001 14” numbering on the pads, which probably the numbering of this particular Sentinel, there are a whole lot of claw marks all over it. And I guess you could probably thank ol’ Canuckle Head for it.
Great details...
            The legs of Sentinel kind of remind me of Rockman a.k.a. Mega Man. Go Google it if you don’t believe me.
Sentinel & Wolverine
            The whole figure is hefty and feels very, very solid.

Sentinel vs X-Men (Marvel Girl, Professor X, Longshot, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Beast, Wolverine, Angel, Colossus & Cyclops)
            You can have a lot of fun with the Sentinel, especially if you have the rest of the X-Men with you and you might be able to recreate some scenes from the comics, or at least the exact same scene from the back of the box.            

Gimmicks:
            Just like Galactus before him, Sentinel comes with light and sound gimmicks as well. This is operated by a well-concealed button on his chest, covered by his vest, powered by three AAA batteries.
           There are basically 18 different recordings available, each are activated by the button on his chest, and with it, the light piping on his eyes and helmet would glow red. The recordings are as follows:
1)      Halt, Mutant!
2)      Sentinel power core breached.
3)      Purge power core.
4)      Beta Level mutant detected. (back-dropped by some engine sound effect, followed by blast off.)
5)      System meltdown
6)      Power core failure in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…
7)      Ejecting power core (followed by sound effects).
8)      X-Men must be detained.
9)      Mutant life form detected.
10)  Halt!
11)  (Scanning sound effects) Fugitive mutant detected.
12)  Destroy. (followed by blasting sound effects)
13)  Stop!
14)  Sentinel under attack!
15)  (Laser shooting sound effects)
16)  Halt, fugitive mutant! (followed by shooting sound effects)
17)  System breached.
18)  Alpha Level mutant detected.

Summary:
            The Sentinel would be a very good addition to your Marvel Universe collection, even more so if you’re fans of the X-Men. Of course, at the end of the day, it’s really depending on which variant of the character that you like better. But either way, he’s still that damn good.
            Highly Recommended.

            Final verdict, 9.5/10.
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