PopCult Note: Remember, this week the PopCult Toybox and The PopCult Bookshelf have traded days.
The first of these, “Multi-Attack Max Steel” has quietly turned up at Walmart for a very reasonable price of thirteen dollars. This figure is the new Max Steel, complete with a new face, and he sports a modest twelve points of articulation, with a handful of accessories and an “action feature.”
South American versions of this figure also have light and sound functions, but those have been left out, probably due to a combination of cost-cutting and customer indifference.
It’s not a bad figure for the price. The joints are tight. The gripping hands are a little rigid, but hold their weapons well. The headsculpt is a decent enough young adult male, but the hair is Mattel’s trademark spiky coif.
This set also includes a blue translucent sword, which has a peg that snaps onto Max’s back: A sheild with a button that releases jagged blue electrical “bolts” from three sides; and a gun that fires a blue translucent missle.
All in all, it’s not a bad action figure for fans of the new show. It’s worlds beyond the lousy figures Mattel released last year.
Kitbash potential is a bit limited. This figure has a molded-on skintight superhero-type outfit. His feet are molded white science fictiony boots. While the boots could be painted, they’re still molded to look like some sort of high-tech Nike product. It’s also questionable that you could get pants over them. This figure balances very well, mostly due to having huge feet.
There’s also the matter of his “action feature.” “Multi-Attack Max Steel” has a spring-loaded right arm so that he can fling things and slash with his sword. You pull back the arm, it snaps back into place. The normal position of the arm is with a bent elbow, with his hand, chest-level, right in front of his face. It’s like he’s perpetually ready to take a drink.
Reportedly, there are more 12″ Max Steel figures on the way. If they are priced this reasonably, and maybe don’t have the spring-loaded arm, they could be a good way to fill out a 12″ sci-fi diorama, or with heavy alterations, build up your 1/6 scale army.