UNKL Brand's HazMaPo series B1.2
With the newest series of HazMaPos, UNKL adds three more to their ranks that help defend the world. Like all HazMaPo troops, these three come equipped with gas masks and radiation suits ready to do their part to protect humanity from whatever may come at them. And like their UNKL brethren, the designs are crisp, clean, and a bit funny. Freebento.com just started carrying UNKL products and was so stoked about it they sent these guys our way. They have a right to be stoked, these are some great toys.
You can't deny the quality of the UNKL design. Every inch of the toy (and box for that matter) is taken into consideration. With these three inductees to the HazMaPo ranks, the last three sculpts are revisited and given a bit of a make over. There is text printed all over the form and the toys are cast in different colors. I haven't had a chance to check out the previous B1 members, so I wasn't upset by this decision at all. In fact, I don't think I'd mind even if I had the last three. The sculpts are very nice with many details cut into the form; not just painted on. This really adds to each toy's personality. Also, while UNKL toys are very much fictional and fun, there is a sense of realism to them. I think this link to the real world is what gives them their appeal. These HazMaPos straddle the line between fiction and realism perfectly; balancing what the average person knows of HazMat teams and twists it to a new character. Each figure has three points of articulationarms and head. There are four legs in the true UNKL fashion (not counting the SUG) so they stand steady and are quite hard to knock over. The paint applications are extremely clean and detailed. There are many thin lines in the text on these toys but there aren't any bleeds or smudges. The graphic design background of the UNKL team really shows in these toys. Now that we've noted the general quality of the toys, let's look briefly at each.
#4 Blue Lu
Believe it or not, Blue is actually the choreographer for the Pittsburgh Steelers Cheerleaders. She protects her... uh, assets nicely in this bulky suit. Blue sports three respirators each with the intakes cut into the vinyl The tube going from her mask to chest is really nice, even if it restricts the head movement. But what I really love is the vent on her back.
When Greene isn't tearing into a tuna dog he's taking it to the streets. He sports the most common looking gas mask of the crew with two respirators balancing the sculpt of the head. His new and improved chest plate makes it look as if he is a tagged train. His back as a real cool set of air tanks with a rubber hose running from them to his suit.
#6 Sharky's Machine
Please note that this is actually the B1 version of #6, not B1.2. It's odd that the toy in this series that has the most personality is the one with only one eye. There is something about that lone round eye that allows different interpretations of the mood he's in...albeit he usually looks surprised. The clean lines on this original version of Sharky's Machine give a very different, more military feel to the toy. The crest on his chest is awesome though and the tanks on his back have some hilarious descriptions to their contents. Comparing the two versions of the B1 line, each have their positives, but I lean more toward B1.2. They are more interesting and have a more original feel to them.
Overall, the newest toys from UNKL stand up to the quality standards we expect from the company. If you're looking for a smaller figure with the attention to quality many larger figures have (and some lack), then the HazMaPos are just what you need.
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