We all need our own space. A place to call your own isn't too much to ask, is it? Well, that's all Rocket World's I.nsurgents W.ilderness G.ruppo is asking for, only they won't take no for an answer. What was started with Titus the Grizzly Bear (who sported a .308 bolt action rifle) has turned into a full fledged war with two new recruits. Affonso the Rhino and Hannibal the Mountain Gorilla have joined the fight for habitat.
The idea behind the I.W.G. is that certain animals have been mutated by mysterious Alien Overseers. These mutations gave the animals intelligence... and the ability to use fire arms. They use these new powers to take back what is rightfully their own: their habitat. Or to go after the greatest enemy: poachers. When described, the line seems like a scary movie. But these figures have been stylized in a way that makes them seem friendly. Some could even say cute. In my eyes, this marriage of heavy ideas and fun execution is wonderful.
White Rhinos are very dangerous beasts. What happens when you give one a fully automatic assault rifle? Well, that's what we have here. Affonso lives for confronting and taking out African poachers. He's even had his horns capped with sharpened titanium! That's one serious predator, but you wouldn' know it by looking at him. This figure sports five points of articulation: head, arms, and legs. But we know that articulation isn't the point here. He has enough for simple poses, but he's made for display through and through. The sculpt is the least symmetrical of the line so far, giving him a very distinct look. Otter (the sculptor and creator) made a bold decision to place both of his eyes on one side of his head. This seemed odd to me when I saw images of the toy, but now that I have it in front of me it makes much more sense. Affonso's details are great. His toes and fingers are raised and painted a lighter gray. Also, his titanium horns are shiny. Finally, to finish him off, his tail is a soft rubber. This is a great looking figure, and easily the best rhino toy I've ever seen.
This Mountain Gorilla is no slouch when it comes to pitching grenades. And his favorite targets are poachers and lumberjacks. He not only comes with the mentioned grenade, he's sporting a bandolier giving him that intimidating Rambo look. Articulation is the same as with the rest of the I.W.G.: Five points. I have to stop right here and say that this toy is near perfect. It's art, it's a toy, it's an ape! Who doesn't love monkeys and apes? No one, that's who. Just one look at this guy and even the most hardened toy hater will crumble. Okay... sorry... back to business. The paint is nicely applied on this guy. It's a bit more matte than Titus was, but I think it works better. The sculpt is key. His forehead is just a little off center so it almost looks like he has respectable hair combed over to the side. And wait until you see his rear!
This line has really blown me away with its style, content, and execution. As with all cast art, each animal has a number printed on its foot telling you what pull out of 500 you have. Well, it's not always on the art's foot, but you get the idea. If you're like me and you're trying to find a toy to give to someone that's not into toys (but you know they could be!), this line is a great place to look. And to back it up, a portion of the proceeds go to select Non-Profit Wildlife Conservation Organizations. Never has buying a toy felt good on so many different levels.
Titus the Grizzly is the O.G. when is comes to the I.nsurgents. Here's a review of him from before.