It seems FansProject manages to up their game with each release they do. Following in the footsteps of the very impressive G3 Trailer packaging, Warbot Defender comes in-box displayed in robot mode. The like the G3 Trailer, the box gives way to a plastic window to view the figure through with very delicious artwork just below the figure itself.
Normally, BBTS and other high end collector sites offer you a “collectors” package, usually an additional sleeve or protective shipping packaging for your purchase. In this case, FansProject has decided to give you one for free! That’s right, a slim plastic sleeve that encases your entire Figure box and all!
Once you open the box there are no dreaded twist-ties or zip-lines to be had, instead four pieces of scotch tape securing a friction plastic shell.
The Bottom line- Sleek, simple, and extremely pretty this is one box you’ll be proud to display. And with the protective plastic sleeve, you don’t have to worry about it too much either!
When reviewing this figure you really have to take two things into consideration. First of all, you need to compare it to FansProjects previous works within the field. Secondly, you need to compare it with the pros down in Hasbro. In both cases, I’m proud to say that this figure succeeds far beyond one’s expectations.
Sure the figure is $80, and if Hasbro had done the figure it’d probably be a helluva lot cheaper and would come complete with other neat things such as tampographs. However, the fact of the matter is, Hasbro didn’t make this figure…and what you’re paying for is just that…what Hasbro DOESN’T do.
For one thing, Hasbro didn’t make this figure…that’s been established. But what else right? Well, frankly, Hasbro has been slacking in the paint app department as of late, something Defender does not suffer from. there is barely an inch of this toy that isn’t painted in some way. Headlights, trim, and other finer details have been touched up all along the surface, areas that Hasbro would likely have skipped.
Secondly, Hasbro wouldn’t have done Die Cast. Now, whether you consider this a “Pro” or a “Con” is entirely up to you, but the fact is that for those who DO enjoy Die Cast, this toy provides where Hasbro wouldn’t have likely done so.
Finally, Hasbro has been pretty stingy on the accessories as of late. Sure, if they had produced a springer toy, we’d no doubt get a sword/helicopter blade accessory, but would we get the two guns as well? Probably not. When you compile all of these together with the packaging, $80 doesn’t seem so bad.
The figure itself is sculpted extremely well. Each mode has it’s own unique details and transformation to it that all somehow manage to pull together into one solid figure. What’s even more impressive…Defender seems to be free from the “Triple Changer Curse,” the curse in which one mode inevitably suffers to sacrifice for the figure as a whole.
Transformation is nowhere near as nerve-racking as one might expect. The only time you might want to take your time is when inserting and removing the peg-in-hole setup in the figure’s waist section. Otherwise, transformation can be reached with relative ease.
Poseibility is excellent, the ability for the figure to draw and holster his guns on his own is nothing short of amazing. His legs offer a wide range of motion in both the thighs, knees, and ankles. The only lack of poseibility would be the now common side-to-side ankle motion for splayed out poses. Although he DOES have some articulation set aside for this, it is in mid shin and is extremely limited.
The Bottom Line- Although the size of an average Deluxe, it’s the little things that make this figure worth the money. Whether you want a Springer for you classics shelf, or just a triple changer that does all three modes well. In any case, this figure continues to prove that a FansProjects product is always worth your investment.