Ahhhh that next fix. That's what gets me going to my local Toys R Us and Target every weekend, even knowing that I live in some giant suck-hole that gets all our toys months later (if at all). But regardless, I hit that toy aisle, looking for Xevoz, and every now and then I go into cardiac arrest, because there is actually something new.
We fell in love with Xevoz at Toy Fair 04, you can check out our coverage of the first wave. We've been playing with, ahem, I mean posing and displaying the first round of Xevoz for a few months now, and we're ready for more. I happened upon the Hemo Goblin / Moon Stalker two pack for $15 and bought it immediately. Hemo has jointed bat wings! And a poseable pony tail thing! Moon Stalker has a cape and some great weapons, a bear trap, and both figures came with heads that have opening jaws! Sweet!
Hemo Goblin I'm not big on vampire lore. Never watched Buffy, or painted my fingernails black. However I do dig this vampire-inspired Xevo. I like how Hasbro incorporated some of the mythology, without being a straight-up Xevoz-style Dracula. He's got wings, fangs and a pail complexion. And he definately lives up to the goblin part of his name as well. I'm really digging the bat wings that he comes with. In the past, the wings have been one piece, and though they looked cool, you had minimal options when posing them. I like these wings, but still wish you could move them more easily for a "folded" position to an open position without disconnecting them. Either way, if Xevo-wings come out like this from now on, we're in it good. He also comes with a little set of wings that are not poseable. The only disappointment about this figure is that I wish he came with more weapons. Moon Stalker has 4. But I do like the staff weapon Hemo does come with. Also I cannot get over the little jaw he has. We love figures that can "talk" here at MPb.
Just as Hemo is inspired by vampire lore, Moon Stalker is inspired by wolfman lore. This humanoid wolf comes with a Xevo-first, a cape. There is a section that attaches to his chest, and then the large cape plugs into that, over his right shoulder. I don't mind the cape at all, but some of the other MPb staffers preferred to leave it off, and he looks good either way. He also has one head with goggles, and the other with an opening jaw. And it's not just a simple hinge joint, oh no, both Hemo and Moon's mandibles are ball jointed in. This means you can make that face that the one gremlin makes in Gremlins II when he's going in the paper shredder. Get off my tieeeeee.
I remember seeing this one at Toy Fair, and then being slightly disappointed to learn he wasn't coming out for months. Well now he's mine, and I'm pretty impressed. Consisting mainly of clear yellow-ish green plastic, Shock is much taller than his Xevo companions. When you "spread" him out a bit, he'd make quite the fly swatter. His large domed feet allow you to balance him without too much trouble. My only compaint was it was a bit hard to get him to hold his sword or staff without a little bit of work. Oh, I do have one tiny other problem Attention Xevoz artists: I found that the included directions, and the actual provided pieces varied pretty differently. I know things change in production between stages, but it took me awhile to figure out the arms.... I dunno, maybe I shouldn't assemble Xevoz at two in the morning.
The day I found Shock, I also lucked upon Dune Stinger here, and man do I love bugs. I'm tempted to say that Bone Cutter from the first wave's two-pack is my favorite Xevo. Well actually it's the robot, no, the bugthat's a tough subject and I'd rather not touch on it again. Anyway I was thrilled to get another bug so that Bone Cutter had someone to make out withI mean, uh, sit around with a cold one, watchin' the game. Yeah, that's the ticket. The coolest thing about this one is his segmented tail. Incredible. He also has scorpion style pinchers too. Jointed ofcourse. Can you top off this deadly desert insect with anything better? Yes, try on this sombraro for size. Well that was figurative. But seriously, having a sombraro to pop on any of your Xevoz, is pretty stinkin' cool. I'm not a giant fan of the feet on this guy, but his four legs, and again, incredible tail, have me pretty happy.
I was hesitant at first in picking up the flying snow boarder Sky Grinder. I abandoned the TMNT line as soon as they broke out the Extreme Sports Turtles, which was their second wave. But then I saw one in person, and he looked pretty sweet. So I picked one up, and I loved all the accessories and how good he looks in the poses you can get. I dig the one goatee-d head way above the jester and punk style heads. I also like that he has some nice looking weapons that don't look they were just thrown in with the snow boarder. I like how the snap out wings look great on his back, or on the board. Overall, I was very pleased with this figure, much more than I thought I would be. Skip down and check out my boat load of his pics.
Hasbro has really taken the reigns of my current favorite figure line and from what we've seen from upcoming waves, they're no where near giving that ultimate control, away.
Check out the official Xevoz web site. And for more discussion about upcoming and current lines, check out the Xevolution message boards. Thanks to Raving Toy Maniac for bringing us great coverage of the upcoming Xevoz on display at the San Diego Comic Con. If you're new to whole Xevoz phenomenon, check out our coverage of Wave 1 for a good introduction.