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Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Unpainted Test Shot Monarch Action Figure Bif Bang Pow!, 2013
Day #867: February 28, 2014
Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Unpainted Test Shot Monarch Action FigureUnpainted Test Shot Monarch
Deco-Free

Venture Bros. 3 3/4-inch Scale Action Figure
Item No.:
No. 09109ALT
Manufacturer: Bif Bang Pow!
Includes: Nothing
Action Feature: Rotating wings collapse behind figure
Retail: $11.99
Availability: January 2014
Other: Surprisingly Pretty Up Close

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Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Unpainted Test Shot Monarch Action FigureWhile not named as such on the package, Unpainted Test Shot Monarch's name can be read near the UPC of the tray insert. I consulted on this line, and let me tell you all sorts of ideas come up with how, in this era of increasing labor and materials costs, to give the fans a little something interesting - a preview unpainted limited edition was the idea here, and at an edition size of 500 it's the most limited 3 3/4-inch figure Bif Bang Pow! has released. Heck, it's probably one of the lowest-run non-Glyos figures any licensed toy line has had.

Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Unpainted Test Shot Monarch Action FigureOver the years I've had the pleasure of seeing all sorts of variants, test shots, hardcopies, and prototypes up close and sometimes you can see how a sculpt can be helped, or hurt, by paint. Little details or the right lighting can make a big difference, but most unpainted figures tend to look really, really good - sure, they're the wrong colors, but the orangey yellow figure here is just dynamite. (And yes I'm biased.) The individual teeth, wrinkles on the forehead, and sneer all look exactly as one might hope - you even get the beard, the crown, and the eyebrows.

The only real color on this 3 3/4-inch figure are his orange wings, unpainted but cast from the same color as the painted figure. They wrap around a single peg in the back (shades of Buzz-Off) so you can change his appearance. The skinny build makes posing the figure to keep standing tricky, but it's not impossible. You can also use most action figure display stands as this line was designed to be compatible with modern-era Star Wars accessories. One size fits most.

Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Unpainted Test Shot Monarch Action FigureI honestly wasn't sure how much I was going to like the final figure, but it turned out to be a fairly colorful take on one of my favorite cartoon villains. (Seriously, he's right up there with Beast Wars Megatron, Tig Fromm, and the original Skeletor.) The joints all move freely and easily, and so far none of it seems to stick in place. The joints aren't super-stiff, so it's possible gravity could be cruel to this figure over time - be careful in your displays, as always.

I don't have high hopes that more "test shot" figures are going to come to pass, but it's a fun, weird little diversion. With a run this low I doubt customizers will give the world their take on the figure's paint job, but I'd be curious to see it if it happens. (Seriously, send me a link.) I'd suggest snagging the painted one if you're on a budget, but I think this was a completely worthwhile figure and with the Monarch, the must-have, must-make figures of The Venture Bros. in 3 3/4-inch scale are wrapped up nicely. (Collect them all!)

--Adam Pawlus

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