Expectations are worth a lot. I haven't played Fallout as I am an old, cranky gamer but I know it's popular and the Nuka T-51 Power Armor stood out as interesting on so many levels. It's a mass-produced, at-retail, Glyos-compatible figure sold in a box for $10. In and of itself, that's amazing - costs have been rising so a 3 3/4-inch scale Glyos figure with a weapon at this price is an absolute bargain. On top of that, it's licensed and has a lot of painted details - for Glyos fans, that's amazing! However, if you look at the picture on GameStop's page you will note the final product lacks several details. Compared to a run-of-the-mill Glyos figure, it's impressive. Compared to the promised image, it's not. As a fan of interesting toys, for the price, it's a gem.
Standing 4 1/4-inches tall, the figure is in an untaped box packaged partially dismantled to show the Glyos pegs. I assume this means nothing to the average customer, but it shows the customization potential and is a wink to people like me that love this kind of thing.
Cast in a swirly red metallic plastic, fans of Onell Design will no doubt recognize this color from previous releases. It's not quite the same as the game, and lacks the rust and damage elements in the game. It does feature the painted logo for Nuka Cola, as well as grey and black deco to bring it a little more life. The straps, boots, and weapon lack the paint shown on the marketing images, so I would best describe the deco as average to above average for a typical lower-cost Glyos toy, but not exceptional like some of the better Onell Design releases or some of the fancier The Outer Space Men items. It's good - but it's good for a $10, licensed, indie-type thing.
Articulation is excellent for the price - Hasbro's 3 3/4-inch Star Wars line just shot up to $10 for repackaged rereleases, and those figures have 5-9 joints per. Not counting the detachable shoulder armor, this figure has 10 meaningful points of articulation. You can pop him apart at each joint, as well as those shoulder armor pieces. It's a tough fit thanks to the thicker plastic in spots, but it's still swappable with other Glyos-compatible figures from Fallout to everything else they've done over the past decade. There are no bending joints - just swivels - but it allows for some decent movement and the figure can hold the weapon easily. It works, it's better than the toys I had as a kid, but it's not the hyper-articulated Hasbro figures we're seeing fewer and fewer of these days.
If you want the perfect figure, this isn't it. If you want a bargain-basement, easily-accessed entry to Glyos? This is it. It's a figure that opens itself to so many possibilities, allowing you to customize figures and it's surprisingly cheap for what it is. (Given the Glyos parts and license, I would've guessed $15-$20 since The Outer Space Men are running a much more expensive $25-$35 these days.)
If you're like me - a Glyos fan that doesn't know anything about these games - I'd say grab one of these guys for ten bucks and see if you like it. If you need a certain level of deco perfection, you may need to customize it - I like it for what it is, a weird armored dude that looks like an ad for a fake product. I would also like one that glows in the dark, please and thank you.
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