While its full name appears nowhere on the box or marketing materials that I've seen, I was delighted when I saw that the monniker Life Force Metaluna Mutant was on the trading card inside. (Life Force is my all-time favorite arcade game.) I was astonished how well this figure looked in the original solicitation emails last year and knew I had to have one - and now I've got one! At 8 1/2-inches tall, it's a decent sized collectible and looks best when well-lit. As an action figure it's not a great value, but as a collectible like a statue or a bust it's friggin' great.
I was introduced to the character by the TMNT figure of Raph cosplaying as the Mutant and later Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, because otherwise this character was never really on my radar as pop culture went. The design is a wonderful one with a big brain, creepy claws, and veins everywhere. To make it interesting, Funko gave the veins a metallic red paint job and the claws are this nasty clear yellow over a clear, colorless glitter plastic base. The rest of the figure is slathered in blue paint so the glitter shines through nicely and the end result is something bizarrely wonderful.
You get 3 points of articulation - the neck and the shoulders - and that's it. This is a figure that seems like it was made for fancy glass display cases, so get thee to Ikea and snag a Detolf or two. One big departure from the movie design can be found in the legs. Eschewing the pants of the costume, this figure has some green on there to separate the region visually, but depending on the lighting situation you might not notice this. The figure's back also has some ornamentation that looks like someone's bare butt and upper thighs to me, but perhaps I'm just seeing what I want to see here.
This figure, and indeed this line, is a losing value proposition. I've seen a few cubes in offices packed with Hikari Vinyl toys in the box, but I can't do that. I have to open them and futz with them, because they're just so charming. I would suggest snagging this to anyone who sees an image of the toy and thinks it's cool. Sure it's a pricey figure designed to separate you from your money, but aren't they all? If you have a lot of light in your office, you should probably snag one of these to keep out for people to admire. I don't think they'd wow people at home, particularly if you have an insane toy collection, but as a decoration or part of a small toy stash this is one of the coolest things I've bought in quite some time. Get one! (If you are OK paying $50, that is.)
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