Red Magic Star Wash (Ci Boys) and Kubrick Star Wars series 4
So you say Star Wars is totally played out. That there can't be any more toys made that can spark your already Lucas laden collection fancy. Well, there are two decidedly different takes on the Star Wars Universe available now at Freebento.com that might perk your interest. One is the more artsy/funny take found in the Ci Boys Star Wash line and the other is the more detailed/accurate take by Kubrick (Yes, I know that they still aren't perfectly true since they fit the Kubrick block mold, but still these guys have some serious detail!). What you have before you is a comparison of the two takes of our old friends to help you decide which you'd rather have in your Star Wars collection and maybe help breathe a little life back in your love with the franchise.
The Kubrick form has always been a favorite here at MillionairePlayboy. The way that the artists are able to depict the characters likeness while still retaining their blocky-ness is amazing. Freebento sent along two samples from the newest series of the Star Wars line: a Storm Trooper and Darth Vader. Both have an amazing amount of detail for block figures. Vader has a cape, a super long lightsaber, and raised buttons on his chest plate. Also, all the details aren't just painted on, but are sculpted into the plastic of the form. But what really turns me on is the removable helmet. This puppy isn't just a pop off deal either. It is sectioned to remove like the real deal seen in the movies. The top comes off leaving the face plate behind to be removed leaving the neck piece. This reveals Anakin's charred face from the lava battle in Episode III... now white from never having seen the sun. This is a very nice toy and the number one Kubrick in my collection (plus, it's great to have a lightsaber for my other Kubricks to use as a prop!). The Storm Trooper has as much detail as the simple original design allows. The details are molded and the helmet is removable as well. Unfortunately, there is no face beneath. I thought it would have been sweet if Luke or Han's face from A New Hope was revealed; but sadly nothing at all was there. (Those are the super rare chases!) He also comes with a standard Empire-issued blaster. The entire line has Han Solo (in Hoth gear), Nien Numb, Emperor Paplatine, Luke Skywalker (in Bespin gear), Stormtrooper, and Darth Vader.
If you're looking for a fresh take while still being accurate to the characters original designs Kubricks are the way to go. I love how they are in scale to one another (Vader is a little taller than the Storm Trooper), and the quality in the design and execution is always there in Kubricks.
For a totally different look at the Star Wars franchise we cast our skeptical geek gaze towards the Star Wash line from Red Magic. This seven figure set is basically the Designer Toy Ci Boys in Star Wars outfits. However, the silly factor just wouldn't be high enough if that was the only catch. No, instead of being sci-fi freedom fighters, these guys are using the Force to clean up the universe. Literally. Freebento sent two of the blind boxes and we found Soapie (Chewbacca) and W-C30 (C-3PO). The detail on these toys is about the same for each. The details are neatly painted on, and we have the basic Ci Boy shape (big head, squat body, little arms, funny minimal anime face, and the ever present Ci Boy butt hole). First up is Soapie. Instead of an bandolier being slung over his shoulder, this guy has a belt with cakes of soap attached to it. He has a very angry face painted on and his cap is removable hair to show a drop of sweat coming from his forehead. W-C30 has a metallic gold colorway and has the details painted on to reference the protocol droid he modeled after. His cap is 3PO's head with big eyes and a mouth. The entire line of this set contains Wash Troopers (Storm Troopers), Dark Vapor (Darth Vader), Washer Master (Yoda), Sh-it (Darth Maul), Skywasher (Luke), and the already mentioned W-C30 and Soapie.
If you are looking for the most far out take on the Star Wars franchise to come down the pipe in a good while, you are going to dig Star Wash. The designs are hilarious, and while being simpler in design than the Kubricks, they still are quality toys. These Ci Boys are great to add to your collection if you are a completist of either Star Wars toys or Ci Boys.
Final Final Verdict
For my money, I'd go for the Kubricks. Sure, they aren't as original as Star Wash, and probably won't get as much attention (or laughs) from your friends, but these are just really great toys. The detail is strong, and the Kubrick form is hard to beat. Both could be considered Designer Toys, while still being made in pretty large runsthanks to the craftsmanship involved in their production, but the Kubricks just get my nostalgia burning instead of just chuckling at the fact that C-3PO has a butt hole. So while both are great Star Wars referenced toys, the accurate depictions on the Kubricks are hard to beat.
Both of these lines (and more) can be found at Freebento.com. There's a little bit of everything there from Eastern and Western Designer Toys to straight up Japanese imports.
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