Kaiyodo: Amazing Yamaguchi Revoltech Magneto REVIEW!
Magneto aka Max Eisenhardt/Erik Magnus Lehnsherr is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, most commonly in association with the X-Men.
He is primarily portrayed as an antagonist, although he has in many occasions teamed up with the Mutant superhero group and in some instances even led the X-Men (Age of Apocalypse).
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, Magneto first appears in The X-Men #1 (cover-dated Sept. 1963) as an adversary of the X-Men.
Magneto is one of the world's most powerful mutants, who has the ability to generate and control magnetic fields.
He has been depicted as someone who believes in the theory of evolution, and that mutants (home superior) are humankind's next phase in evolution and that they should rightly replace humans as the dominant species.
Writers have since provided context to his beliefs and purpose, revealing him to be a Holocaust survivor whose cold and extreme methods stem from his determination to save other mutants from enduring what he went through during the Nazi occupation in World War II.
Although considered to be a close friend of X-men founder Charles Xavier, Magneto's extreme beliefs have often driven a wedge between the two and in many cases both mutants have fought one another to defend their respective philosophies.
In 2011, IGN ranked Magneto as the Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
My favourite portrayal of Magneto was by writer Cullen Bunn who did Magneto's solo series back in 2014. In it, Bunn successfully establishes Magneto's transition from a would-be-supervillain to a complex anti-hero. Fed up with the current state of affairs, Magneto goes all Frank Castle and hunts down those who persecuted mutants and exacts revenge.
Although the series featured a more "powered-down" Magneto, his actions and decisions leave most readers pondering on whether the end really justifies the means. Not for the faint of heart, but that's what I love about some of Marvel's more obscure mini-series.
Magneto comes in the standard type of packaging one would expect from Revoltech's Amazing Yamaguchi line.
He comes packaged in a window box, and is carefully stored away in a plastic tray, which houses all of the character's accessories.
He doesn't come loaded with too many accessories, but just enough to whet a collector's appetite. I think Revoltech did an exemplary job with the unmasked headsculpt, as well as the "magnetic" fields that can attract actual physical objects!
Here's what the figure comes with:
- One helmet
- One alternate headsculpt
- Four interchangeable hands
- One fully-articulated cape piece
- Two magnetic effects
- One figure stand
I think many collectors are going to be divided over this figure, because while he does look aesthetically pleasing, the ultimate gripe would be with his cape.
I have read and watched reviews and the general complaint is that the cape is just too complicated (hey, its like a figure of its own!) and that the sheer weight of the cape affects the figure.
Let me break it down for you.
The figure is sturdy and solid, with the double-sided ball joints the Amazing Yamaguchi line is famous for, and while the figure is not as articulated as the earlier Wolverine figure from the same line, it does manage to accomplish some nice poses.
Contrary to what some collectors feel, I personally think the articulated cape kicks some serious ass. YES, the cape is heavier than the figure, which makes Magneto's top half heavier than the bottom half.
But if you can live with that, then this figure is going to be loads of fun. I mean, c'mon, just how cool is this?
He's not as articulate as the Amazing Yamaguchi Wolverine, but Magneto is one heck of an imposing figure when posed next to figures from other lines. I'll start by removing the cape so you can have a rough idea of what he can do.
And this is how the two different headsculpts look like:
I might be a wee bit biased, but I'm giving ol' Magnus a 9 simply cause I think he just looks too darn awesome and regal with his billowing cape.
I would recommend this figure to any X-Men or Magneto fans looking to add another cool villain to their collection. Awesome sculpt, spot-on colour tones, the figure is definitely worth its weight (and draped cape!) in gold!
Big Bad Toy Store has him in stock for US$74.99 (RM292.29).
OVERALL SCORE- 7.8/10
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Check out my previous review of Revoltech's the Amazing Yamaguchi Wolverine.
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