Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Real Steel 5" Zeus action figure review

The new movie Real Steel with Hugh Jackman comes out Oct 7th and yes, if you haven't guessed is based on the Rock'em Sock'em Robots theme even if it isn't directly licensed. We're getting a Battleship movie based on the board game. Zeus here is one of the robots in the 5" line by Jakks Pacific tho you wouldn't know it because nowhere on their site do they mention this line.

Zeus is a black and gunmetal-silver boxing robot who stands 5 inches tall and has multiple points of articulation. Unfortunately not all of these points are useful. The lack of bicep swivels or hinged ankles (only cut joints) means he can't take many boxing poses at all. The head is fixed because when you push it back the chest lights up, I guess to simulate a 'hit'. The ball hips are pretty decent however.

Aside from the green chest light Zeus has another action feature, he comes apart and can be combined with other figures from the line. This is a neat feature because you can 'customize' your own robot. The hands, arms, legs, and feet are all swappable. Unfortunately the heads (or at least Zeus') isn't and that would have made this system even nicer. There's a multipack of Atom the main bot that has 18 different parts including repainted sections of Zeus here.

So what's the verdict? If you like nifty looking robots then at $8 a pop this isn't terrible. They're taller than Marvel Universe for the same price point and light-up, possible villains/drones for your figures to fight. The parts swapping could be very useful for custom figure but the articulation needs to be modified if you want decent poses from them. You can snag the line at all the major retail stores.

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