As a long time Godzilla fan I have to say that Pacific Rim was the first major Kaiju movie in a long time. It felt like a Kaiju oasis in a vast desert. The renewed interest in all things Kaiju was a good thing and the influx of new and exciting action figures for my collection was eagerly looked forward to.
I don’t often play with my figures but I do set them up in dioramas and dust them. I enjoy them a great deal, position them and posing them on their shelves but I don’t move them around very often, maybe two or three times a year. I say all of this to demonstrate how infrequently and gently these figures are handled.
I’ve had two of the NECA Striker Eureka 7″ figures and both were so poorly balanced that they fell over and shattered a leg joint. I’m very disappointed by this. The fragility of this figure and it’s poor balance has convinced me not to take my Crimson Typhoon, Battle Damaged Gipsy Danger and Antiverse Gipsy Danger out of their boxes. And we all know it makes toys sad to stay in their boxes. But I have two Gipsy Danger figures that don’t stand up well either. Don’t be fooled by the picture. They fall over pretty regularly and then I’m hunting for the swords and trying to stand them back up. They haven’t shattered themselves yet but I don’t want to risk the others.
There are several other Striker Eureka figures and I haven’t tried those out yet. In fact I’m rather glad to see them because I hope they’ve corrected the balance issue. Lets face it, Striker Eureka is a cool Jaeger. I would love to have one that could stand up and be a part of my battle scenes.
I also got the 18″ Knifehead for Christmas last year and he is too heavy for his stand. He sheared the end off the stand and fell over. So if you get him you’ll want to provide extra support for him. This just further convinced me to keep my other Pacific Rim toys in the box, which is a real shame because with all of the Godzilla toys I have I could make some really cool crossover scenes on my shelves. Also if we learned anything from Disney’s Toy Story, it’s that toys are sad when they aren’t taken out of their boxes and played with.
Now to be fair I have quite a few other figures I’ve had no trouble with and I will write those up for another post.