The hits keep on coming, and the third wave of Xevoz have hit retail. I'm really
digging how this wave has shown natural and positive progress from the
first two waves. Some of my favorite toy lines peter out as each wave warms the pegs
when they move away from what I fell in love with and attempt to appease the monsters
who possess the marketing reports. Not with the Xevoz, or if they are looking
at marketing reports (I know they are) they're actually talking to real people.
This wave of Xevoz has two new prominent changes. A mechanized action feature and
the new drain attack (used in game play).
Storm Wing is part of the general assortment. He's quite a bit bigger than Skull
Jack, if we use him as a benchmark, but a lot of his girth comes from
his wings. We've gotten wings before, mainly in Inferno Fury and Bone
Cutter, but these wings are impressive. I find that the way that the two-piece
wings are joined together allows for some great poses, (soaring, flapping and
folded) without greatly affecting the overall aesthetic. I'm also really digging
the hands and feet, they have a definite talon aspect, but they're great at holding
things, or supporting the figure. Speaking of hands, one of the natural progressions
of this wave is that most of the figures now have opening hands (a hand
piece separate from the thumb piece). This has been used on a few figures earlier,
but now, most of the figures feature this, uh, feature. Another feature prominent
in this wave (but not on this figure) is an opening and closing jaw. Storm
Wing's beak does not open and close (I wish it did) but instead you get three
heads. One beak open and another beak closed. And, my new favorite Xevoz accessory
evar... the chicken head! I love chickens, and now that I have a chicken
head I can pop on any of my Xevoz creations is just another great perk to this
figure. I'll also mention that the weapons Storm Wing comes with are nice, and
fit his hands and his overall design nicely.
Let me tell you about this guy. Even if you're not a Xevoz fan, I recommend picking
up this figure because it's a great looking, fully poseable cowboy.
I think one of the beautiful things of the entire Xevoz concept is that the
figure looks like a real action figure first and foremost, and you could just
buy one figure if you're really intoskeletons, ninjas, robots, etc. I
personally truly enjoy each and every Xevoz figure, but have not purchased
any of the Neo Sapian soldier figures. In a world of giant bugs, robots with
brain-in-a-jar for heads, and guys made out of fire, I don't have the shelf
space or budget for a cool looking soldier. Of course if you read this site,
you know I'm Skeletor over He-Man, Ninja Turtles over Shredder... so I wasn't
really going to pick up a "human" Xevo. Well this figure makes it worth it.
His twin gigantic revolvers are incredible. It's a simple concept, pulled off
brilliantly. His soft rubber duster is a great touch, and he looks good with
or without it. I want to mention the fine spraying of dust on that and his
chaps that look really good. I mentioned the drain attack feature. The "comedy" piece
that comes with every set (in this case, a kick-me sign) that you can use to
attack your opponent. I don't play the dice game that is built for this series,
but the piece is cool. One complaint: his big electronic lasso was very
difficult to keep in his hands while posing him upright for the pic. Maybe
instead of a handle, it have a plug piece where I could remove the hand and
snap this piece onto the fore-arm. Besides that tiny suggestion, I really like
this figure. He's got three heads, and a sweet "handcuffs" type accessory as well.
Another highly debated addition to the Xevoz line was an action feature. As with Transcorcher I say that the action feature is incorporated greatly with Crypt Curse. He's still fully Xevoz in nature, however you can twist his upper torso until it clicks, then press the button and he spins around for a tornado attack type action. The mechanism is well contained, and you wouldn't know by looking at him on the shelf that he had a secret inside. My favorite part about this figure however is that it's almost two figures in one and if I was loaded, or cursed with poor impulse control, I could buy a ton of these figures. The simple mummy looks great. There is exposed "skin" showing through the wraps, but it's used sparingly. He's got that great Xevoz articulation. Then you can snap on all kinds of armor and weapons, and are you ready?, the sweetest Anubis head I've ever seen. It looks sweet on the figure too. You could set up one of these figures with this Jackal head, and then build an army of loyal mummies. His weapons are well designed. They don't look like re-hashes of earlier weapons, and the action feature is quite well hidden. He's also fairly larger than your typical Xevoz figure.
Cryo Katan vs Preda Crawler
I think the best thing from the entire Xevoz line are their two-packs. For $15 you get two great action figures and a playing board. This is perfect for the game players, so they can start playing after buying only one set, and great for the collectors, because it's two sweet characters in one swoop. It took me awhile to track this set down, I resorted to Amazon, but I believe they're hitting retail now. This was the set I saw at Toy Fair that I couldn't wait for.
I love that quadro-pen type of robot or cyborg. Preda Crawler is clearly done in the Xevoz style, but it's something completely new. This is another figure with an opening and closing jaw. I like the cool poses you can get with his four legs too. Speaking of his legs, the Hasbro designers put all kinds of sockets and pegs on this guy for ultimate customization. You can put together several robot pieces and make something really sweet looking. I also have to mention his "comedy" piece. It's a teddy bear head. That was funny, but I love the resulting piece that plugs into the game die... snuggly goodness. That's funny.
Cryo Katana is another great looking figure. He appears to be made out of ice. Inferno Fury was made out of fire and Shock Bezerker is made out of electricity. I'm glad that they're going all out with brand new sculpts, and not just changing the color of the translucent plastic they're poured from. This figure also has an opening and closing jaw, and I liked his hands. He comes with simple hands that can hold his accessories, or you can pop out the hand, insert an icicle looking thing to create opening and closing hands from the Shredder-type spikes on his forearm. I wasn't completely blown away by either of his heads. The one with the jaw is good, and you could attach it to the neck without the jaw for a completely different look. The comedy piece, the snowman head, is cute, but not something I'm going to leave on the figure. Out of all of the two-packs to come out of this entire series, I still have to give big ups (who's been watching Ali G?) to first set, Bone Cutter vs Shadow Blade for fullfilling the age old battle of giant bug versus under-water ninja. But this set clearly has more play value and is more evolved. This is one fine set that not only makes some sweet action figures, but gives you plenty to customize with.
Transcorcher and Street Punk
Here it is, the largest Xevoz set thus far. This two pack is unique in that you get a load of pieces so that you can make either a street punk and a dune buggy type thing, or a street-punk and a robot, or a future-cop and glider, or... man, there are a ton of pieces in this set. Check out all of these heads you get. Retailing for $20, it's still money well spent. The street punk is nice, but didn't really blow me away. I like his mohawk. But I absolutely stinkin' love the car version of Transcorcher. This thing is mighty cool. It's got four hulkin' tires and great detail for a car. You can stick the punk on the back of the car, or, you can bust apart the pieces and build a robot. A robot! Sweet! Using a mix of the car pieces, and robot-specific pieces, you can make the humanoid Transcorcher. I love the neck joint on this guy. Think of a light-switch with a ball joint on the tip for attaching the head. This allows for all kinds of expression. If robots expressed themselves that is. And are you ready for this? The greatest Xevoz accessory evar!!!
That's right, a brain in a jar... our very most favorite action figure feature at MillionairePlayboy. When this little gem popped out of the bag of miscellaneous pieces and accessories, I nearly pooped my pants. THIS type of thinking is why Xevoz are one of the greatest original action figure lines ever... originality, and going the extra mile. Ok, it's obvious I've been plagued by that faux-inspirational drivel that introduces each Olympic event on NBC.
The Action Feature
Here's another Xevo-first... a built in action feature. By pressing a button on the back of the figure, his arms will swing up and down. Impressive. We had heard on the internet that the upcoming figures would start to include action features, but we were all a bit anxious as to if this inclusion would take away from the cool customability of the figures. In Transcorcher's case, not at all. The feature works (better if you remove the back rockets) and it didn't really impact the design of the Xevo on the whole. His chest is a little bit more bulky, but you wouldn't know by looking at it that it was radically different.
The figures I didn't get
There were three figures I didn't pick up from this line. The first was Shield Breaker, which I didn't pick up right away because he's a soldier, I already discussed that. Secondly was the one I really wanted, Tomb Wraith, who looks really sweet, but I'd be buying him just for those crazy new wings and pumpkin head. I already have a black skeleton. (If I hadn't bought that "value pack" I'd definately buy this guy). I also didn't pick up Iron Spectre, which is a decent enough looking figure, but not amazing enough to buy a $30 tackle box to hold my Xevoz in. I'm really glad that Hasbro put a non-essential figure in with this set, so I could pass on it, guilt free.
Overall I really like this wave, you get some great figures, and they're definately learning as they go to make the figures better. Aside from Trans Scorcher, none of the figures have projectile-firing weapons. I do like that the hands and jaws are poseable on more figures, and I think the action feature, used sparingly is a good idea. Wave 4 is supposed to be out before Christmas, and I'm desparately looking for new shelf space. If you can't tell by the massive load of pics below, these are absolutely the best toys for photographing in cool poses. Once you pop, you can't stop.