"I don't hate you." I'm pretty convinced this Sentry Turret is sold as a "flashlight" because it would step on some other Portal license, perhaps NECA's. Because as a flashlight, this thing sucks. As a collectible figure, it's fantastic-- but if you switch the red LED on in a dark room, it's not going to help you see things or avoid tripping over a giant box of unbuilt Zoids kits, which I assume that you also have in your basement. It stands a little over 3-inches tall (nearly 4 if you count the antenna) so it's a pretty sizable little figure. If you know and love the game, this is pretty much an essential purchase.
As a toy, it's OK-- as a desk toy, it's fantastic. Seriously, this thing was practically born to live on your desk at work, until someone steals it. As you can see the red light is bright, but not too bright. In a pitch-dark room, the entire figure glows red because it has a white, unpainted plastic body. With a little bit of light, it would seem the room lights would keep it from looking like it's being x-rayed. Since I assume you don't work in the dark, this doesn't matter, and it's going to look great.
The figure says 5 phrases from the game series:
"Are you still there?"
"Preparing to dispense product."
"I don't hate you."
Since a life-sized turret is about 40-inches tall, this figure is probably best scaled to 6-7-inch figure lines like DC Universe, Masters of the Universe Classics, and most of NECA's offerings.
When it comes to video game figures, it seems that the rule is they will cost you more than similarly sized figures from TV and the movies. As an item developed for Think Geek, it's a nifty de facto internet exclusive with no articulation. It just has a decent sound chip, a fantastic sculpt, spindly little legs, and will break if you leave it with a toddler. Do not leave it with a toddler. I usually don't comment on the suggested ages on toys, but it says 14+ on the box and I suggest you follow this warning. Unless someone makes a better (read: life-sized) version of the toy (or a room alarm) this may be one of the better ways to get a Sentry Turret for your collection. There are also plush and inflatable versions, but I like plastic. As a flashlight, it's terrible. This will not help you in an emergency. But it'll brighten up your desk, and as many of the toys I own pass through my desk at some point or another I'd say that's a pretty useful feature these days.
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