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    Default Re: Medicom MAFEX General

    Quote Originally Posted by Plastic Bateman View Post

    My spacesuits arrived.


    There is some extremely small tampo printing on the front of the harness. Bowman's didn't fair too well in the Mafex QC lottery, with settings ranging from "LPHA" to "ET". The ill-fated Frank Poole does somewhat better but it's worth bearing in mind that this printing is so fine it's hard to make out with the naked eye - so I applaud them for the effort.


    Both figures feature some very fine Discovery mission patch tampographs on the helmet, left shoulder and both the backpack and harness. The only problem is the text reads "Clavius Base". I'm guessing that means we'll get the suits from the first chapter of the film seen in the TMA-1 sequences at some point.


    The only major piece of paint slop is on one of the thrusters on Bowman's backpack. Not too bad.


    There's some very attractive detailing on these figures, especially the transparent tubes connecting the helmets to the backpacks. Slightly disappointing is the fact that the heads are completely unarticulated. I appreciate it's probably more accurate that way but a ball joint at the base of the neck wouldn't have been out of the question. Also the figures are almost completely painted, despite looking completely plastic in the promo shots. Only bare plastic parts are the joints, which are colour-matched perfectly, and maybe the boots, straps and hosing.



    Articulation is decent if unspectacular. The knees are little too much like PAK peanuts for my liking. There's good movement at the waist and torso that's slightly limited by the backpack and harness. Ankles are ball joints, which are ever so slightly too loose on Bowman. Hips drop down like an SHF but don't have much outward spread.


    The shoulder joints are ugly, my only major complaint about these figures. Functionally they have plenty of range but aesthetically they're begging for the same kind of floating cup cover you see on SHF figures.



    Stands are included, but almost useless, the clamp isn't wide enough to wrap around the bulk of the figure thanks to the backpack and harness. If they'd included a small hole in the base of the backpack or made one of the thrusters removable for the stand to peg into, that would have been better.



    I don't normally mention packaging, but in this case the boxes contain a nice surprise printed on the inside - the iconic octagonal corridor from the Discovery. The packaging design itself would probably have met with Kubrick's approval, it's extremely clean, minimalistic and features great film-inspired typography. For more on Kubrick's obsession with the subject check out the fantastic blog "Typeset in the Future" - https://typesetinthefuture.com/2014/...space-odyssey/

    Overall I think I'd recommend these. If you only get one, I think I'd go for Poole - yellow is a hard colour to pull off and it's done nearly flawlessly here, especially the contrast between the matte spacesuit and glossy helmet. I hope Medicom go further with Kubrick-inspired figures, I'd love to see a Dr Strangelove in this line.
    Excellent review!

    Quote Originally Posted by GasparZizou View Post
    I had never looked dorkier than handling a toy and taking pics of it at work.
    Nice one. Thanks for the pics!

    I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH, DISTURBING.

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    Oh yeah, Bateman's review was excellent, I didn't give it recognition

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    Probably will pick up Astro Boy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningRage View Post
    Probably will pick up Astro Boy
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    Very first descent version of ATOM (a.k.a Astro Boy) with good proportion and motion range!
    Pre-ordered!!!

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    That Astro looks so good! Ordered as well

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    I woul've got Astro Boy but he's 6"? why Mafex?

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    Mafex homecoming Spider-Man is a fantastic figure! I highly recommend it to any spider fans...much better than the figuarts (which is still cool)

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    The mafex spidey certainly has the best sculpt and proportions, but, what do you think of the headsculpt, I've seen pics where the HS in the Marvel Legends one looks much better, since now Hasbro's using the dot matrix too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GasparZizou View Post
    The mafex spidey certainly has the best sculpt and proportions, but, what do you think of the headsculpt, I've seen pics where the HS in the Marvel Legends one looks much better, since now Hasbro's using the dot matrix too.
    The unmasked sculpt? Eh it's whatever, but I only used it for one picture and won't use it again. The body and the detailing and articulation on it are fantastic! Masked heads are perfect and he has tons of accessories. I really love this figure, way better than the last mafex spidey which I really hated

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