Four Horsemen Power Lords Adam Power Action Figure Four Horsemen, 2014
Day #1,056: November 20, 2014
Adam Power The Leader of the Lords
Power Lords Carded Figure
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Four Horsemen Includes:Helmet head, blaster rifle, staff Action Feature:Swap heads if you dare Retail:$15.00 Availability: May 2014 (on sale), July 2014 (delivered) Other: Limited edition of 1,000
I think I mentioned before when Power Lords was first told to me as under consideration for a revival, I wasn't quite sure I remembered what it was. Adam Power and his friends were not in my childhood toybox, and I checked with some old friends who had some - but had no idea who or what they were. I was a huge fan of the Outer Space Men as a concept - and the revival - plus Glyos and the Four Horsemen usually bring great things. And this is a pretty great thing - but the level of momentum and the value of the club memebership left me wanting. These are all very good figures, and I think that fans collecting them in the future (that is, picking them up on eBay or in trades) are in for a big treat. But for those of us in the present? The level of non-communication, the lack of any idea when the third new sculpted body for this line will happen, and the relatively weak roll-out over the last year makes me think that I need to rescind my all-in attitude and cut back to just the full-painted updates of vintage guys.
It is important to say that this is, at its heart, a well-engineered figure. It's similar to the many (many) Power Soldiers that have taxed my spare income and basically only adds paint and a new head to the mix. As you can see, my sample got odd eyes - shifty, perhaps trying to avoid eye contact due to having a problem with flatulence. Other than that, it's pretty nice - the bright orange paint is gorgeous, the red piping is nice, and the blue breaks up the torso nicely. The alternate helmet is OK - the exposed fleshy neck is a little strange, but it still works.
The head sculpt is, as most Four Horsemen figures, quite good. The detailing and expression - even with the weird eyes - is filled with personality. He looks like an action figure, but more lively and the popular 3 3/4-inch scale size that seems to be slowly going out of vogue on the high-end but is incredibly popular on the retro and low-end. The helmet is just a redeco, but it's orange, and I like orange.
His weapons fit in his hands nicely. The rifle is unpainted and black, while the staff is a bluish silver color and painted. It's delightfully goofy and retro, feeling like it could have actually appeared in any decent sci-fi movie of that era. It feels like an unused Star Wars costume design, so it fits nicely with sci-fi toys of that era. The weapons are decent, the sculpting is good, and given the price and edition size this is actually quite a good figure for the money.
Given this figure went on sale in May and no "next release" has appeared yet, well, my attention span is increasingly short these days. New indie lines are announced all the time, Onell Design seems to have something new every month or two, and six months is a very long time between new entries in any line - but it's precedented, as the Four Horsemen typically released Outer Space Men around the end of the year, and sometimes wouldn't have anything new until Comic-Con in July. And when you look at Gothitropolis or Seventh Kingdom, we're talking years between releases. It's difficult to know how we'll react - if all will be forgiven when Sydot shows up or not - but right now I'm wallowing in greener, more active pastures. With 15 joints using Glyos system parts, this is a figure that really is exceptionally designed and quite a treat - but we had to choke down several Power Soldiers and Ggrapptikks before getting him, making one of the sweetest figures ever just a tiny bit more bitter than I would like. That's the business of things, though, and if you don't have any of the Power Soldier family of figures you really ought to get this one. It's just so, so orange.
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