I love these figures and can't really say enough good things about them. And I don't understand the comments that they "look modern". I will give you that the skeletons are a bit boring, but I think the vintage Remco skellies are duds also. Side by side with Remco guys, ROTU are a dead fit, with the exception they are a bit better plastic. To be honest, you can't understand how truly excellent they are until you hold one. The satin sheen on the red limbs of Acromancer is stunning. I kept up with the production, and liked them, but it wasn't until they arrived that I realized how really special they are. And frankly, even if I hated the actual designs, I would have bought them just to support someone with the balls to do a project like this. My opinion is hooray Zoloworld.
Surprised how much I like these guys. I come across so many figures, but these really strike a chord with me. I get some of the complaints about them being pretty "bland" or basic, but I think that leaves them greatly open to interpretation.
This is a great Remco inspired nostalgia line, with a lot of great touches of classic toys but some really fun modern creative twists as well...
A couple of new Realm of the Underworld figure reviews. Hate to beat a dead horse, just been having a lot of fun with these dudes. Something about it just makes me want to get on the floor and play. Not that I uh, did that or anything.
Post by countzackula on Nov 19, 2013 11:47:18 GMT -6
So...any of you kids get the second wave yet? I did! Well...sorta. See, no real offense to Zoloworld but I got two Overworld Acromancers and no Preytus. Apparently, they do not accept returns, but I was luckily able to sell my double to someone and just order a Preytus. So, while I wait for him...I felt like yammering about the three I have in-hand since I'm off work due to and injury (dun dun dunnnnn)!
At any rate, the second wave. Packaging is basically the same except the background art is new. You might just miss it if you are the type that rips your toys right out of the package with great abandon. Naturally, on the back we now have all eight characters shown now. Yeah, I forgot to snap a pic and I'm too lazy to do it now...sue me.
Onto the toys!!!
This guy is essentially a new good guy, even though he may not look it. He's meant to be an undead warrior who tags along with Hercules. He comes with a big black axe and a red shield. The shield apparently allows this technically dead guy to exist in the mortal plane and all dat jazz. You may recognize the shield from Remco's Conan line.
All in all, I can't say much about the figure construction more than I already did. I'm just gonna criticize the Hell outta these figures (pun intended) for their overall aesthetics.
Back before the pre-orders were up, we saw the figures. This guy is probably the only one I had mixed feelings over. Why? He just has that "missing something" vibe to him. I like the fact he's kind of a dark hero and an undead guy trapped in Hades. I love his ashen skin and red eyes. Totally emo! Hence his name, I suppose.
Personally, I think the figure needed some kind of chest piece...armor or something. He's fine as is, but a tad boring. You can use one of the loincloths from the skeletons to add to him so that he looks more like the card art. I took the liberty of adding some vintage MOTU knock off armor just as an example of how damn snazzy this guy would look all dolled up. When news of an accessory pack dropped, I figured we'd get some spare armor or something. Nope. I'll talk about that later.
In general, I like Kry-sis enough. He just needs a bit more visual oomph. They did add some darker grey sprays around his body, but part of me wishes they went a little heavier on 'em. I kinda felt that way about the skeleton warriors from the first wave too. Another (now pointless) suggestion would maybe to have had some red marbled into the grey skin to make him look like he had cracked skin. Kry-sis: okay, but needs more pizzazz.
Now for ARCHTERRUS
Honestly...right off...I'm gonna tell you he's my favorite Realm of the Underworld figure so far. Why? He's a glowing skeleton with a ragged cloak, chains, and a big skull staff and flaming eyes. FLAMING EYES!!! His character is supposed to be some type of, well, artifact stealer...duh!
He uses the same base Remco skeleton mold. We got two skeleton characters in the first wave which to me seemed redundant since they were very similar. This guy is the only skeleton character in this wave and he steals the show. He comes with aforementioned ragged cloak which is essentially just cut up cheese cloth. All jokes aside, it may seem goofy or corny to some, but if you "get" the Remco vibe, you'll dig it. There is supposedly a variant with a brown second layer as opposed to white. Archterrus also comes with his glowing skull staff. I'm actually not sure what mold or what toy this was lifted from. Any help? He also comes with a tiny key on the end of a coppery chain. Very neat little accent accessory. One can assume it is the key to some treasure or mystical gate...or...maybe someone's chastity belt.
Here's the skeleton crew...bare bones! XXX! ALL NUDE!!! HOT HOT HOT!!! *ahem*...honestly, even without accessories, Archterrus is the best of the boneheads. Aside from his colored "flaming" eye sockets, he glows, plus has these cool greenish highlights. I love this figure! No complaints at all.
I certainly wouldn't mind more skeleton figures as long as Zoloworld makes an attempt to gussy 'em up a bit and give them personality like Archterrus here. Only time will tell.
This is meant to be the same character from the first wave only as he would appear outside the Underworld. Same helmet, only now it is glow-in-the-dark instead of silver. Same axe, only now it's kinda copper/brown. No armor, but now he has those classic Remco vinyl threads, baby. Also, instead of a skull head, he has a hooded skull-like face. This is the head sculpt of the infamous Taskmaster variant of Skullman from Warrior Beasts. Eerily, the facial colors are very reminiscent of Skeletor's toy model face colors!
In theory, you could pretend they are both different characters. If you buy the accessory pack, it contains a set of black limbs that seem to be catered to the overworld version of Acromancer. If you wanna spend the extra bucks, that is...uh...no offense Zoloworld design team!
Some collectors might be too prudish to disrobe their figure. I am not. You untie the cloth belt and the vinyl cloak comes off in two pieces. I was mildly surprised. Nothing too fancy underneath. He'd look like a ninja with those extra black limbs, though! There are also supposedly variants where Acromancer comes with one of the skeleton belts hidden under his plastic cloak. Dang! I would have loved the extra for my Kry-sis to wear!
Overall, some may not be keen on having variations on past characters before new ones in an action figure line, but I'm not gonna be too harsh. Both versions are pretty cool and have their strong points. I actually prefer this second wave one without his helmet since he can pass for a separate character. Nice.
As a said before, I'm missing Preytus...so if no one beats me to it, I'll jabber about him later. Honestly, I like this toy line. I like the retro feel. I may have my reservations along the way, but the line is really coming together for me after this second wave. We've seen pics on the Zoloworld site as of now, with two of the presumable four figures in the next wave. I'll save my thought on those until the products are in-hand. We are also supposed to get giant figures soon, so I can't wait to see the cyclops figure! We are also supposed to see a line of bendy figures as well...interesting.
Now, lastly, I wanna talk about the Battle Pack. In the spirit of vintage action figures, this line features an extra set of accessories for your figures. They have one up so far and I was not impressed enough to purchase it. You get a set of black humanoid limbs (arms and legs) which fit nicely with your second wave Acromancer. Aside from that, I'm not to thrilled. The weapons seem meager and unimpressive. We also get a big fur vest and leg warmers. I"d have rather seem chest armor of some kind. There is a cape as well...classic vinyl. I am curious about what is in the comic that it comes with, but so far I'm passing. I hate to seem cheap, but hopefully it'll go on clearance or sale. Hopefully some representative from their design and marketing is reading this, but if we do get more accessory packs...they need more chutzpah! C'mon! Not trying to by overly harsh...just constructive consumer criticism. Might I suggest fancier weapons or artifacts and props? Mini animal pets or sidekicks?
Yeah, Kry-sis - cool character concept but he does look a little naked/plain. Zoloworld definitely taking a page outta Warrior Beasts with that Acromancer variant. Just like Skullman right down to the smaller hooded head.
Post by countzackula on Nov 20, 2013 14:02:11 GMT -6
Hey, your ol' pal Count Zackula here with a tack-on review of PREYTUS...boy, he came quick. So did I. OH!
He's an ex-thief turned wraith. Go figure. Honestly, he feels like the most extensive figure so far. Visually, he reminds me of Ninjor a bit. He looks pretty darn cool. I dig the combination of cloth and plastic garb. He comes with a length of chain as well as his Staff of Pain, which I recognized as a reused ice spear from the obscure Galidor line by Lego. Nothing bad to say about him so far!
Here he is, disrobed! Honestly, it took some effort. You really can't get the armor off without removing the head. I had never cared to try out the part swap thing on these guys yet. I must say, for a first-timer...it was rough! It took quite an effort to pop that sucker off. Clearly not "meant" to be taken off. Anyway, the hood is a separate piece. Pop Preytus' noggin off, lift the shoulder armor, then undo the belt. Honestly, to get the cloth tunic off takes some finesse as well. I was a tad afraid I'd rip it. You can pluck the arms off, though. Underneath is this glow-in-the-dark humanoid. In pics, it looked like a long haired guy...I guess that was just an alternate version of the cloth hood, partially draped over his head, maybe? Anyway, I assume this is an old, presumably Remco head mold. Anybody recognize it off the top of their head? Speaking of "top of the head"...what is that on Preytus' head? A hair bun? Tiny hat? Ash tray? Looks odd, but no big deal. As a bare-bones figure, he ain't half bad, considering he glows. The head is only okay or acceptable. Eh.
Honestly, this figure set alone has lots of customization potential! You can leave certain parts on or off and possibly buy multiple Preytus figures and make three or more separate characters! I think that's neat. Aside from the awkward bit about getting the accessories off, not a bad piece...in my opinion.
These are cool but I haven't been able to swing the money yet for them. I've bought other random old toys for $20 a pop instead. Not saying they're not worth it totally, but when I get the cash and it comes down to one of these or some other weird vintage figure I always go old. They're on my list though. Especially considering what the original versions of the Remco's go for oy.
Post by waywardmonk on Jan 24, 2014 15:55:33 GMT -6
I love these guys, but I'm a big fan of the old Remco lines. The ROTU line balances cost vs quality as good as they can IMO. They take some great old lines, include some of the best features, and add a few more (but not too many to drive the cost out of reach). I do worry about overdoing repaints, but they will give new collectors the opportunity to get popular figures later down the road after the originals are sold out. Archterrus is awesome. The paint app & accessories are really cool. Hercules is a great character too. I love his sword and the skeleton minions sword. Kry-sis is a bit dull, but the white haired variant is cool. Like if Conan were an oompah-loompah. I'm not keen on the bendies or the giants coming out and hope they make a new sculpt of the Wolf Warrior, but overall it's a great line.
The story is that their original intention was to have all the figures in this almond-smelling aged brown outer garment, but the material ran out quickly and the chinese manufacturer substituted white fabric for most of the run.
I was just occasionally searching the net and found a white haird kry-sis for sale. They are produced in equal numbers to the standard kry-sis which is readily available (despite having half the run of the other wave 2 figures), so I *think* these should turn up periodically as retailers restock.
Post by raindownonme23 on Feb 17, 2014 13:48:06 GMT -6
Thank you! I might try to order it from there. Do you have any idea how many of these that they actually make? I was just curious. I'm really excited about the upcoming releases, especially those wolf figures.
Post by waywardmonk on Feb 17, 2014 15:42:16 GMT -6
They are understandably tight-lipped about actual production numbers. They claimed low production numbers on the first wave and lower numbers on wave 2 and much lower for the upcoming flexzors. They probably had to have a significant initial order for wave 1 and can now try to match demand with subsequent waves. Considering the minion sold out awhile ago and that is likely to be the most produced wave, I think overall production of these figures is relatively small. Hopefully small enough for them to keep the line going.
I can't wait to see the wolf reveal. I hope they make a new head sculpt for it. And they need give us some more skeletons! They should have a different skeleton in each wave!
Thanks! I've always felt that hole reminded me of a portal to somewhere (probably because it's only been a few months since I finally got my first hand 'puppet' demon).
Nice, enjoy that 'puppet demon', so simple yet so cool. Any theories on the 'portal' hole in the Snake Mountain playset? Speakin' o' which... playsets! Z-world made any mention o' playsets at all?! I mean, cos if they're gonna' bother making giants... then its the next logical step...
Post by moonchild666 on Mar 8, 2014 0:10:27 GMT -6
Yeah, if the line keeps being supported by fans, the next step is giants/creatures, and after that possibly playsets or other things. Michael has a shitload of ideas - next up is RotU candy! Haha. And the flexors!!