Stikfas: Astronaut, Spectre, and Pirate & Skeleton
by Mr. Stinkhead
YouBuyNow.com was gracious enough to send me a large box of Stikfas! If you've been following along, you know that Stikfas are starting to fill the large, unfillable void left by the death of Xevoz. I am splitting this review into two pieces. Today I'm looking at the Stikfas Astronaut, Spectre, and the Pirate/Skeleton two-pack. In a few short days, I will review one of my favorite Stikfas ever, the Gladiator, and the Motorcycle rider.
Astronaut I know I just said the Gladiator is one of my favorite Stifkas ever, but this Astronaut is nipping at those esteemed heels. First off, you have to understand that we folks at MillionairePlayboy.com love, love toys with a clear pastic head bubble. So there's a big plus. Secondly, he's got that great 50's, cosmonaut orange color scheme going for him, instead of traditional white. So that too, is awesome. Coupled with some sweet accessories, you've got a great Stikfas figure. One of the reasons why the Mechana (robot) was named MPb's Toy of the Year two years ago was that not only was it a superb toy, but it was a great Stikfas for collectors, and non-collectors. This Astronaut is a great Stikfas set for introducing people to the world of Stikfas. He looks great "exploring" your desk, or zapping an alien. Speaking of aliens, this Stikfas kit includes a small clear plastic version of their Spacething (urban vinyl).
I love the retro guns, the big back pack, the rocket boots, and, this is a first, I really liked the stickers. Don't get me wrong, I typically love the sheet of stickers included with each Stikfas kit, however, I rarely ever use them because I'm a purist/minimalist/whatever that prefers the blank look of each Stikfas. However, this set had three stickers I had to apply. First off the nuclear reactor symbol on the backpack. That's a given. Secondly, the "Air" meter that's on Empty went on his forearm. And then I found this little goldfish sticker you could attach to his helmet. Genius! I put it on, but loved how I could rotate the helmet so the sticker was on the back of his head and it didn't affect the way he typically looks.
I do wish they have a few more exploration tools. I love the big claws, that really open and close, but wanted maybe a scooper, or metal detector, or camera. Typically Stikfas will overload you with accessories, and I'm not disappointed here. But if I had to change something, I'd include a few more exploration accessories.
Phantom (Asylum Edition)
An anonymous fan wrote in and gave me the run down on why this puppy is so special. The original "Clear" phantom was part of the Stikfas line when Hasbro handled the distribution. Though very cool, the clear plastic was very brittle. When Hasbro and Stikfas went their separate ways in 2004, Stikfas began to re-color and re-release all of the old Hasbro figures and "start from scratch." When they were re-coloring, they were weary to make the spectre clear again, and started experimenting with Glow in the Dark. Now, Stikfas HQ is very in touch with it's fans, and Ban (as in Mr. Ban Y J) was in the chatroom with a lot of the fans, and said HEY! We're doing a new Phantom kit... what color should the Cloak be for the GitD figure? we were thinking red!
Well people were kind of grooving on white, so they decided to cram in a white and a red cloak, and then stick the Asylum logo on the box to thank everyone for their dedication and feedback.
Anyway, I really love the soft rubber hooded robe this guy wears. It fits around the body nicely, and the instead of dealing with soft rubber arms connected to the torso rubber, Stikfas includes specially sculpted sleeves you use instead of arms. This helps greatly with using the figure with or without the robe on.
And yes, this figure does glow in the dark. It was a stinker to photograph. But I tried. I also personally loved how the glow-in-the-dark pieces popped off its tree a little easier than your typical Stikfas figure.
The accessories on this set are nice as well. You get a really sweet ball and chain you can shackle to his ankle (or wrist!), a candleabra, a crown, a sword, a goblet, even a pumpkin head that pops on top of his neck. I wish more toy companies would "take care" of their loyal fans with "we're listening to you" sets like this.
Pirate & Skeleton The more I play with it, the more I am digging this skeleton. Completely re-sculpted from the ground up, he's clearly a Stikfas action figure, but he's sporting all new pieces (except for the hands). He poses a little easier, and weighs a little less. It's a great figure, but I can't ignore the Pirate either. The pirate has an optional peg leg, hook hand, or eye patch you can put on him to show old battle wounds. My favorite particular accessory is the bottle of rum of course. I love action figures that can get drunk. (All time favorite are the playmobil, naturally.)
This guy is a little smaller than his Xevoz counterpark. Check out this size comparison (the fellow on the right is playmobil).
They come with some great, sea-faring accessories, and you can mix and match the pirate to create that moonlight effect from Pirates of the Carribean movie. This set is great for any pirate fan, and the fact you get two complete figures doesn't hurt in the least. I also liked pairing these guys with the chest from the Stikfas Diver.
If you've got to get your hands on these babies, swing by YouBuyNow.com to pick em up (they also have many of the newer sets!), and please stop back in a couple days as I review the Gladiator and the Motorcycle rider, which are super-sweet.
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