Last week Chris informed me that Jazwares had released figures of Vector and Espio from Sonic the Hedgehog. You remember those guys, right? Anyways, as you can guess these guys were an instant purchase for me. Seriously, I went to Toys R Us the next day and grabbed them. Neither Vector or Espio had gotten figures before, and I love these guys. Well, more Vector than Espio, but I honestly can’t have one without the other.
So how good are these guys? Well, they suffer from the same problems all the Jazwares figures tend to have, namely weird hinge arms and legs. These type of joints may look good on most figures, but on the Sonic cast it makes them look… well… kind of robotic. Not to mention if your going to put such obvious joints on them, wouldn’t you better off with at least using ball joints? They allow for five times more mobility in the figure and many more posing options. These hinge joints don’t just look weird, they don’t really allow much posing. This was kind of upsetting because I totally wanted to take of picture of Vector holding up Espio in his arms as if they had just got married, but alas I could not.
Hinge joints aside the actually sculpts on the characters are REALLY good. They look like their respective characters and follow the character designs amazingly well. The paint job on these two are rather nice too, though there seemed to be a few really small areas on Vector’s head that looked a little sloppy, but it’s barely noticeable. I also wish they would have outlined their mouthes in black. Instead their mouths are the same color as their face. This isn’t so bad on Vector since his giant maw makes his mouth kind of obvious (though a little white paint on his teeth would be nice), but on Espio you can’t even see his mouth. Seriously, you have have to look very closely to even see that he has one, which is an accurately sculpted Sonic-style smirk. But since they didn’t color it in it blends in with his face adn you can’t see it. A really pity since the smirk is nicely sculpted in.
The only other complaint I can possibly make is I wish they had made this a three pack and included Charmy. Vector and Espio with no Charmy just feels weird. So while I like having them, I just kind of feel like something is missing every time I look at them. Nonetheless I like these guys a lot despite my complaints, and feel they are definitely figures worth picking up. I hope Jazwares continues to make a lot more of the sideline Sonic cast into figures, because they will definitely get my money if they keep this up. I’d especially like to see a Blaze or Marine, please. Thank you.