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Finally got a Grail Knight, and, dude, I am the saddest panda. He's actually kind of disappointing.
Don't get me wrong. He's meticulously sculpted, and there aren't any quality-control problems, but he disappoints in a few key areas. First of all, see that giant-ass scabbard hanging from his belt? Yeah, he can't use that. It's entirely solid. What the fuck! In a year when you can pull any random knife or pistol from a G.I. Joe, you'd think they'd manage a sword that can stow.
His articulation is pretty great, even for a guy with a giant skirt. He seems to have actual jointed legs, hips and knees, under there, though they're hindered by the soft-plastic robe. The problem is his right ankle, which is molded at a bent angle. So by necessity, you need to stand him in a certain pose, and that pose is always going to be "staggering drunkenly." This impression is reinforced by the
I also wish his right hand were sculpted open, fingers spread, if only because I like his last scene in the movie where he quietly bids them farewell as everything comes crashing down around him. Oh, and I wish the entire figure were tinted blue. During his entire scene he was under a bright blue light that follows him around, while everyone else is bathed in red. It's one of my favorite things about him. Maybe I'll buy a blue light of my own just to keep pointed at him.
Or maybe I could get some blue paint, water it down, and brush him with it? I dunno.
So to sum up, except for that damn scabbard, he's an extremely well-made figure that just happens to fail me on a few personal criteria.
Transformers Wiki link of the day: Hasbro Transformers team Q&A for December 2008