Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 at 5:24pm
This is a review of the ď8761 and 8755 Combiner, The Shadowed One," which is currently available everywhere you can get the Titans (instructions are both online and in the Roodaka instruction booklet).
Though I will be using big Dís review style, I will only use those parts applicable for this model, so letís get going.
What can you expect while putting this model together?
Well, it seems that this is going to be the week of LEGO surprises, as I was once again pleasantly surprised with the construction of ďThe Shadowed One.Ē The arms are fairly elementary, but the hands are quite interesting, and they even include opposable thumbs (Iím pretty sure thatís a first). The legs and tail are likewise rather simple, but they do their job, and have the occasional neat little innovation.
However, the best part of this entire set is undoubtedly in the body and head, both of which are just plain -cool-. The body itself looks incredibly armored and even juts forward slightly, giving it quite the interesting appearance. The head on the other hand is quite elegant in design, and reminds me of some sort of ancient headdress. One personal note here is that the set itself looks far better if you retract the neck and allow the double hip joint to Ďhoverí horizontally directly over the gap in his body (lower it down until his chin basically touches the jutting Metru foot). Iím almost sure this is how the designers originally intended it, as there would be no reason to make the Toa Metru foot jut forward so much without it.
Overall, I adore the appearance of this guy; he looks armored, imposing, and ancient, a fitting look for the leader of the Dark Hunters. One thing thatís definitely cool is the orange and black somehow manage to avoid looking gaudy, certainly a plus.
So you've got the model together, but is it more like playing with a block of wood or an interactive toy?
In the area of gimmicks, The Shadowed One is undoubtedly a let-down, as he really only has his Rhotuka staff (although it is quite funky). However, in posability, thereís a slight redemption for the fearsome leader. With neck, shoulder, arm, thumb, hip, knee, and somewhat ankle articulation, heís not half bad for a combiner. The only drawback is that his arm and hip articulation is somewhat limited.
Doesnít stop him from getting some pretty cool poses, though.
Here's where it all boils down to whether the model is worth your money and time or not.
Overall, Iíd have to say that I prefer Keetongu and Roodaka separately. Though The Shadowed One is without a doubt quite cool (and the pictures really donít do him any justice), he is still a combiner, and the original sets far surpass him.
Make him if youíre bored of Keetongu and Roodaka, or if you just want to see what heíd look like completed, but donít expect too terribly much.
Still, for a combiner heís pretty awesome.
Opposable thumbs up for The Shadowed One!
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