To The Stars
My collection of Stars is now complete. Of course, now that means I must review them.
I do hope to indepthly review each with spiffy pictures and all that, but for now [considering I'm not at home and on vacation for the next couple days], you'll have to do with just quick notes on each. For the most part, I am quite pleased. But enough of that. I believe I've already talked about Tahu and Takanuva [both of their masks are the main problem -- too small for Tahu, and should be white on Taka], as those two I bought a while ago.
Gresh ~ He is quite lovely, actually. In fact, I think he looks better in real life than he does on his canister [though I have seen better pictures of him]. The main problems are the fact that his swords and mask are a little too big [I'd much prefer the large mask to a smaller one, like Tahu had]. The swords I don't really mind, either, since I've wanted silver [and black] Gresh swords since they came out. Unfortunately, all the silver this year seems to be inferior, and a lighter -- more dull -- silver. Ah well. But his recolored mask is awesome, and the spike motif he has going on fits him quite well. The colors are pretty evenly distrubuted, so that's another plus for sure.
Skrall ~ As this is the first Skrall [Fero, Atakus, Skrall, Stronius, etc.] set I have, it's new to me. The most obvious thing is the neck, and how incredibly awkward it is. It's one of his leg pieces attached to to his Photok-styled torso, which is quite obvious [especially since the socket on the end of it is at the bottom, and is quite obvious that it's there]. Then of course there's a light gray connector piece connecting the two, helping to the obviousness. As for the shoulder spikes, I'm not quite sure what to think. They seem incredibly huge, but at the same time don't look all that bad. Then there's the helmet itself. I think I wish it would be a little wider, but it's an interesting design. Unfortunately, if you try to turn his head too much, then it'll hit his shoulder spike-things. The last [obvious] flaw is that they don't have a lime green joint at his feet [the Y-connector piece], which would distribute the colors mnore evenly. But despite all that [and I'll go into more depth in the review], he looks quite good, and that black Kopaka sword was too much to resist.
Rahkshi ~ As Shan said in his review, it's definitely a Rahkshi. There may be a few glaring differences [the feet, the height, etc.], but he still looks like a Rahkshi -- which is good. Again, it has that awkward neck connection that Skrall had. The head is also awkward, because it's a bendable plastic, and also doesn't quite fit, and restricts movement. If it were extended a stud, it would be much more pleasing. Though, of course, I'd prefer if the head and spine came separately, as that would not only give a yellow Rahkshi head, but it would look better and allow more movement. I am pleased that they kept the eyes the same as the original Rahkshi -- trans-orange Y-connector [AKA, 'hand' piece]. The feet I don't think are a flaw, as I think they look quite good, but that's just my opinion, I guess. The staff is alright, but only allows so much movement, which is disappointing.
Piraka ~ I'll start with the head. The face isn't as appealing as the other Piraka [except maybe Avak, whose face I didn't like], but doens't necessarily look bad. The spine isn't as awesome as the original Piraka, either. I don't really like how it comes out of the side of his head, and on top of that, the spikes point just straight up, whereas on the original they would curve around to the arm and just look more awesome -- it looks more like a spikey crown, now. Then there's the gray. I'm just not really a fan of it, especially since both the Rahkshi and Taka were already gray. And his feet look odd on him, for some reason unknown -- they just don't seem to fit. I'll probably have a proper explaination when I write up the full review, as I'm trying to get this done ASAP [since I'm about to leave], but for now I'll just leave you with the fact that they look odd. Then there's his weapon -- again, nothing like the original Piraka. I would have liked to have seen some awesome launcher-esque thing like the other Piraka had [harpoon, ice launcher, lava launcher, etc.], or just any awesome weapon [like Zaktann's three-pronged blade], but alas we are stuck with Antroz's blade and a Mahritoran blade. Don't get me wrong, those are awesome weapons, but just would be as cool as something else. Is he recognizable as a Piraka? Not at first glance, no. If you were to line him up with other Piraka, then you can see the resemblance [especially Vezok], but still. Not nearly as much as the Rahkshi.
That was longer than expected. So, yeah, those are just quick thoughts, really. I do hope to review each [even Tahu and Takanuva] in-depth. If you'd like to see a specific one first, just let me know.
I'll leave you with a question: From best to worst, list Kiina, Mata Nui, and Stronius.