Stikfas: Gladiator and Biker
by Mr. Stinkhead
More uber-cool Stikfas, courtesy of YouBuyNow.com. Hopefully you checked out our recent article on Astronaut, Phantom and Pirate, and you're thirsty for more. Honestly speaking, this gladiator is one of my favorite Stikfas ever. And the Biker and motorcycle is exactly the direction Stikfas should be evolving in.
By now you should be familiar with the Stikfas look and feel, and know what poses they can be put into. Kind of like that one sorority girl everyone knew. These sets feature cool costumes and loads of accessories for more inspiration. I love all the armor on this gladiator; he's fully protected, but his articulation isn't hindered at all. He even comes with three different styled helmets. I love the clean and simple look, it's clearly gladiator, it's clearly Stikfas.
Two minor complaints, and then I'll shut up. [Ed note: It's my web site, so I won't/can't shut up completely, but I can drop this subject] First, I must be blind, but I could not find the handles for the round shields. I must have thrown them away accidentally, but the L shaped pieces were too camouflaged in my mad Stikfas assembling operation. [Ed note: Next time I'm employing 5 year olds to do this stuff. Plus you can pay them in McDonaldland cookies instead of currency).
Second small complaint is that the round stickers intended for the shield wrinkled to much when applying them to the subtly-domed surface of those shields. I usually don't use the stickers, although I love the designs. I'm a purist and typically prefer the streamlined look. But I wanted to give it a go and it didn't work. The stickers on the full-body shield look teriffic though, and went on cleanly.
So two small complaints, that was it. Really, next to the Stikfas Mechana, this is one of the sweetest Stikfas ever. (And you know how hard it is to top a robot with articulated fingers. That sorority sister would agree.)
The motorcycle that comes with the Biker deluxe set is also pretty sweet. It follows the Stifkas design mentality in that multiple pieces are included for all kinds of customization. You can have a simple bike, or make it a chopper. There's a windshield, and multiple head lamps. (Our friend Blum would prefer attaching tank lights and 18" air horns like he did with his real bike) Also two sets of tires and a great looking engine. There's all kinds of seat mods, saddle bags and things to clip on the back for more customization abilities.
I love the Biker and his fringed vest. Sweet! I did indulge and added some of the decals because they were too hard to pass up. The handle-bar mustache (Fu-man chu?), the chrome belt buckle. There's tattoos and bandages galore. And there's loads of stickers for his bike too. Couldn't pass on the flames.
I mentioned earlier that this set follows exactly what I think Stikfas should be doing. Incorporate substantial vehicles and accessories that can be customized as well. There's a dune buggy that's out now, and I assume that pieces can be mixed and matched for a MadMax vehicular monstrosity. I want to see more vehicles and things from Stifkas. Maybe on day we'll get a tank type thing, or something heavily armed. Sweet.
Thanks again to YouBuyNow.com for providing all these sets for us to try out and report on. If you're into Stikfas, you'll definately dig these sets, if you're just getting started with Stikfas, these may be the sets that push you into full-blown obsession.
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