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Electro (Translucent Arms / Mask Variant)


I just want to start this review off by stating that sometimes I really hate doing this, and it is legitimately all for the readers of MUReview and the curiousity of the web.  I’m good at obtaining these figures fast, and I am reasonably well written.  I take at the least, decent photographs, and I know enough about Marvel Universe figures by virtue of the toy line being one of my most favorite passions.  However, in a case like this…the SECOND variant of Electro, third Elector iteration overall, where limited changes have been made to each figure, and I don’t even particularly like the character…releases like this kinda grind my gears.  That said…read on!

Packaging

We have packaging from back in the day of MU here.  The front of the package is the same as the original release 5 Electro packaging, as is the back, same figure advertisements and all.  We have Nick Fury talking about a web site that leads to a completely different website when you enter it in a browser, and otherwise dated card material.

 

 

 

 

Paint

In this third iteration of Electro, they really did a great job with the paint.  The green is rich and glossy, the golds also deep with a nice shine to them.  The lines are well drawn on the bolts, belt, and legs.  The translucent arms and mask are what set this Electro more apart than previous versions.  At around the elbow Electro’s arms become translucent yellow in a good attempt at showing that electricity makes you see through (where are the bones!).   If you compare the three Electro figures, you’ve got the first matte, the second glossy (getting mad), and the final rich, dark colored, glossy, and see through with bright yellow charged up eyes (really mad!).  It should also be noted that the mask is translucent.  I know there has been some debate over more than one variant and alls I can say is that I got this one.  The rumored other one has translucent arms with a solid mask.  Feel free to sound off if you’ve got proof of existence or non-existence.

 

 

 

 

Articulation

Well within the range of motion of an MU wave 5 figure, Electro does the bare minimum of ballroom dancing.  Ball and socket hip joints, bending knees and limited motion on the ankles.  The torso spins at the chest, the head has a reasonable range of motion, and the arms spin at the writs, bend at the elbows, spin at the biceps and have spiny / lifty shoulders.  I have a real complaint here with articulation however.  The card art shows Electro with a split spinning waist.  Not only does he not have one, but it doesn’t even look like they attempted to paint one on the actual figure.  There is no black line definition at the top of the gold shorts or anything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Character Likeness

It’s Electro…again…  I’ll give this Electro a best of though.  He puts together a nice package of paint and imagery that the other two lack.

Accessories

Electro comes with two translucent lightning effect wrist cuffs.

Overall

I mentioned at the start of this review that I’m annoyed that I had to do it.  Not because it’s a bad figure.  It’s the best Electro I own.  However, Electro isn’t a compelling character for me.  I don’t hate him, but I certainly don’t care enough about him to warrant 3 figures from the same line that look just a little different with no difference in figure mold.  That said, he’s a good figure.  He’s not worth eBay prices to go get him, but he’s a good figure.

Score

Displayed somewhere I might see itDisplayed, it’s good, I like it, not as much as others.

 

 

Rating SystemEach figure will be reviewed under the following categories:
Packaging
Paint
Articulation
Accessories
Character Likeness
OverallEach figure will then be given an overall grade out of 5 levels:
Displayed front and center – Perfect score
Displayed but more to the side – Second best, nothing wrong with that
Displayed somewhere I might see it – Displayed, it’s good, I like it, not as much as others.
Displayed but buried in the back – Not all that great, but no other options for this figure
Stored* – It’s really not worth displaying.
*This will be caveat-ed, if the figure is excellent but is being moved out in favor of a better version of the same character, this will be explained.

 

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