Medicom Toys' Evirob and Enemy by Devil Robots
Within us all lays our greatest enemy. The one who tells us it's okay to eat the last cupcake even though we just ate one, the voice in our head that talks us into staying up playing video games rather than finishing our work, or maybe it's more sinister. Yes, that voice knows us well and is able to say just the right things to get us to cave. What if we could take that voice, that enemy, and split it from us? Then we'd be able to duke it out and see just who is in charge! To me, that's what the newest toys from Devil Robots are all about. These toys aren't just designed well, they have something more going on. Freebento felt this way too and sent a set for us to check out. Let's dig a little deeper into "the enemy within..."
Medicom Toys are known for their quality products. They always use quality vinyl, their paint applications are always very clean, and their designs are usually from the best Japan has to offer. Simply put, they've been cranking out finely crafted toys since you thought Kubrick was only a director's name. Their newest line is called Vinyl Collectible Dolls and it comes out swinging with this set from the minds of the designer team Devil Robots. These designs were previously released as Kubricks, but now that that they are their own toys standing six inches high with their big heads and spindly arms and legs they are so much more impressive. Each design has a few things worth noting but first let's speak in generalities. Both toys have five points of articulation (head, arms, and legs). The heads' design doesn't allow for the arms to rise very much and the legs only twist. I think that if the legs moved in a way to allow the toys to sit, they wouldn't be stable enough with their big heads. Both toys have clean paint applications and both are cast in the proper colored vinyl, rather than painted yellow for example, which gives them a nice rich feel. Also, both have a lot of information printed on the backs of their heads. This really is a turn off to me. I don't understand why all the information that is printed there needs to be there. It is especially disappointing because their backs have some nice spines that almost go unnoticed because you can't stop reading their heads. But other than that, they are really great toys and the designs echo one another very well. They really seem to be the same being split in two, or at least the same race but live in different areas. Let's take a look at them comparatively.
Both Evirob and Enemy have large heads that are pointy at the top and have a jagged edge on the bottom. The bottoms are just the same, but the tops aren't. Evirob has one crest while Enemy has two. Also, they both have horns but Evirob's is like a Viking and Enemy's come straight out from the sides. Both have an X on their foreheads but in different directions and their eyes are different shapes. The bodies are also very similar. The arms and legs are almost exact except Evirob's toes point straight and Enemy's curl up. Finally, their hands are just a bit different also. Of course they are different colors. I really dig Enemy's black color scheme with the eyes being black on black but glossy. All these design decisions make for a cohesive toy set and lets the toys almost speak to one another.
The packaging is simple, but nice. Two windows display the toys with the thought "The enemy withinů" printed between. Also, there is a great reflection design going on throughout with the text being upside down in places and both toys being represented on the sides in opposite directions. The final thing worth noting is how important these toys must be to Medicom. Not only are the toys seated in plastic, they are also held in place by another from fitting case. This is a really nice addition to keep your toys safe in transit across the ocean!
Evirob/Enemy is a great set. The two play off of each other extremely well and the design is super clean and tight. I hope that there will be more of these to come along (there were 5 designs in the first Kubrick series). If you are looking for a couple of great looking, thought provoking toys this holiday, you should check out this set from Devil Robots' minds.
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