Hasbro's Xevoz: Wave 4 Runeslayer vs. Firedrake
by Mr. Stinkhead
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Although we're not expecting to bring you any real news or pics of Xevoz from Toy Fair, we cannot wait to show you the two pack from Wave 4, Runeslayer vs. Firedrake. Special thanks to DNSToys.com for providing us with two of these sets, one of which, we're giving away. Following the Xevoz theme of the classic archetypes, here is the age-old conflict of knight vs. dragon, laid out a la Xevoz.
I cannot type anymore without telling you that Firedrake is absolutely one of my favorite Xevoz. I love the simplicity of Skull Jack, but as far as concept to execution, Firedrake is the tops. I love how he has graceful claws, and horns, and folded wings that make a beautiful action figure, much less one with interchangeable parts. For the record, if you grab the firey bat wings off of Tomb Wraith and pop them on Firedrake's back, it looks great. I love the way he's obviously humanoid in stature, but 100% dragon in theme. His leg construction resembles Razor Claw, so he really has that animal essence without feeling like a human in a dragon costume.
His armor is nice. I don't typically think of dragons needing armor, but it's more offensive than defensive in nature. His arm gauntlets can be placed with the serrated blade either pointing forward or back towards the elbow (like Nemesis Enforcer! Cobra -LALALALA), and it looks great either way. The helmet is great looking too, however it doesn't plug into the one head with an opening jaw, and I'm all about making my Xevoz talk.
The claw/opposable thumb thing works well. Much better than on Cryo Katana (ice guy) He comes with a war hammer a sword and a cool looking anvil. He can also hold his anvil for recreating some great Kaiju Big Battel scenes. The anvil also has a "female" socket so you can easily replace the hand or head on any of your Xevoz.
I also really dig the folded up wings that shoot off his forearm just below the elbow. They give the figure some character, and you can just as easily plug on the wings from Tomb Wraith. I thought they help make Firedrake nice and imposing, without being huge.
What I Would Change
Honestly, this figure is absolutely one of my favorites.
The only thing I would have liked would be a bit more of
a range of motion for his jaw and neck. He's got an elongated
neck, that fits with common perceptions of dragons, but
between the placement of the socket and the design of his
head, you can't really get all that many dramatic poses
out of it. It looks great as "coiled, ready to strike",
but I didn't get the positioning I wanted for him breathing
fire on somebody.
Besides Shadow Blade (ninja), I'm not too keen on the strictly human figures. However, the fact that this humanoid is a knight, helps. He looks decent with his armor and without, but I prefer him with his helmet and armor. He comes with so many weapons, I was surprised they were all just for him and not Firedrake. He's got a dagger, a sword, a staff, a shield, a "magical" looking blast, and this is great, two pairs of hands. One in kung-fu grip style, the other with an open palm. In addition the palm has a peg hole for placing things. This is great. If Quickslinger (cowboy) or Shadow Blade came with this, that would be incredible. Speaking of alternates, he also comes with a pair of elfin looking shoes you can swap on, so you can make his Keebler elf cousin E.L. Fudge Slayer
Together they're a perfect match. Firedrake has a blast of fire you can plug
in his mouth, and Runeslayer has a whole arsenal of weapons
and armor. After Shadow Blade/Bone Cutter this is
my favorite two-pack of them all.
This set is fantastic, it embodies what is good and pure about Xevoz, here are two completely different action figures, that are completely related and interchangeable. You can have fun with either one by itself, or together. You can play in the traditional style, or try out their game with the power glyphs. They look great on display, but they also pose great. I couldn't stop shooting these guys.
Unfortunately, the current word is that most American retailers will not be receiving any more of Wave 4 to sell in their stores. A few of these sets are trickling over from Asia, and DNSToys.com was gracious enough to send me a set. So this is not something you'll be able to pick up at Target anytime soon. So we're giving you the chance to win an unopened set for free.
Win a Brand New Unopened Set
I have one more Firedrake vs Ruinslayer set in hand, ready to mail out. I would like to give it to one of our loyal Xevoz fans. We'll make this easy, but you'll have to work a little bit. I want you to send in a picture of yourself holding up a sign that says "SAVE THE XEVOZ" or "BRING BACK THE XEVOZ" or "RELEASE WAVE 4"... something you would hold up in a protest type setting. We will choose an entry at random to win this set, but basically I want to put up a gallery of passionate Xevoz fans wanting their toys. I'll have an army of protesters sharing in pain and misfortune together.
Real easy now, get a pic of you holding up a Xevoz protest sign and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: Xevoz. We need all entries by February 17th. We will randomly draw a winner to win out this set.
Nothing overtly negative such as "DIE YOU SUCKAS!!!" is allowed. Threatening or otherwise inappropriate entries will be disqualified. C'mon, I don't want to get sued.
All photo entries become property of MillionairePlayboy.com. Winner will be chosen at random. Judges decisions are final. No purchase necessary.
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|DNSToys.com has several of these sets currently in stock for $37.99. The cost reflects the shipping fee they had to pay to get these from overseas. You can go to the site, click on Xevoz and scroll all the way down to the "Xevoz Special Deal" to order a set, limit 2 to customer. (You can also click here, however that page won't load with their frames.)
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