Now that we have good pics of the Makuta Phantoka, I feel fit to continue my review.
Vamprah looks to be rather awesome. His mask is nice (but I foresee it being a pain to draw in my new style), and his limbs are nice. The silver Takadox armor will be a MOCist's dream, at least once they make more of it. Limbs are nice. His wing/arm design is marvelously batlike, and I love the legs. Wing pieces leave something to be desired ("something" being practical pistons). I wonder why he has to have four of them, and where the two not on the hands are attached. That may determine whether he's a good or a bad set in my eyes. Oh, and also... Mata Blue...
Antroz's wings aren't nearly as well executed. Their attachment to the arms rather than the torso means that when you adjust the arms to pose him you'll have to adjust the wings to compensate-- an extra step I'd rather not have needed to take. The wing pieces themselves are lacking in the same way as Vamprah's. I also am wondering why LEGO even took the extra step to make so many wing pieces instead of spending their new piece budget on something more awesome, but what the heck. I'll find uses for them. Swords are awesome, especially if those pistons are practical *is hopeful*. The mask seems OK as well... I'm not too enthused about any of the masks as an MOCist, since I can hardly picture them on good guy MOCs, something even the Kraahkan had the potential for. I also may have trouble drawing this one in my style; only time will tell.
Chirox's tools look so unconventional that I can tell neither what they are nor whether they have pistons whatsoever; the small size of available (legitimate) pics fails to help. Are his wings the same as Vamprah's? Hard to tell. The new variation of Piraka feet is nice; I wish people would realize that the more similar a part is to an older version the more useable it will be on MOCs that intend to have stylistic consistency. The use of Nuparu Mahri armor is awkward in my opinion. The double elbows will also make him seem more awkward if one intends to place him in any normal humanoid poses. Metru chest armor is NEVER good when used in that manner, IMHO. Lastly, the mask scares me, and not in a good way. He's the Phantoka I'm least anxious for (though it's decided that our little bro's getting him, anyway).
Overall: The weapon looks promising. The torso and "ribcage" pieces are harder to judge. While stylistic consistency would appear to be present, there's a serious fault by my standards in that there are no practical pistons evident. In this lack of practical pistons throughout, the Makuta Phantoka remind me (not in a pleasant way) of the Rahkshi, but for them this makes more than a bit of sense, and will be convenient in my drawings (on which I remove or replace most pistons anyway). Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to draw these guys until Greg releases info on their personalities, or such information is acquired from a source like Amazon.de. Still, I expect to be able to put together awesome drawings of them, and this optimism means you can expect at least one once info has been released for me to work with.
Good Makuta? As with the Nuva, without a doubt. Good sets? As with the Nuva, that remains to be seen, and I'm not too optimistic. Still, the choice of parts seems superb with both in most cases, and the design of the new parts seems OK as well. Thanks for listening, please leave any comments you may have. Vale.
With all due respect,
Aanchir: Rachira of Time.