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Click to see!Hasbro's Xevoz
by Mr. Stinkhead

Don't like to read? Skip to the boat load of pics!

Now that we've had some time to catch our breath after Toy Fair, one new action figure line has really stuck in my mind, Xevoz, the interchangeable, collectable, fully playable game series. Xevoz are the first set of "trading card game" esque action figures where I didn't feel like the figures were second only pawns for the game play. I do not play collectable games like HeroClix, or Yuh-Gi-Oh, those games have action figures, but they're really meant to up the play value of the game. I love these figures, and I haven't even thought about rolling the oblong dice yet. These are great action figures that happen to have a collectable type game associated with them. You don't miss one aspect by just playing with the other.

Click to see!Stikfas, Xevoz, que?
You're familiar with Stikfas, (the Mechana robot won our Toy of the Year award); Xevos are built on the same principles of an action figure you can assemble and customize any way you want. There are some differences, good differences that will make the Xevoz more accessible to the general toy buying population. The first thing you'll notice is that Xevoz parts are much more solid and durable. Stikfas are wonderful, wonderful toys, but they're pretty much meant for an older, model-building audience with gentle hands. You customize em, pose em, and they look great, but they're not sturdy enough for being shot off your deck with a Red Rider BB Gun (with a compass in the stock). The pieces also pop together and apart easily, yet the figure won't fall to pieces during normal play.

The Look
These things look great. They don't look like your average user-assembled action figure. (That old school two-headed MOTU comes to mind. Bionicle, as well). The individual pieces look like pieces of an action figure, and the joints fit naturally together. The sculpt even sometimes cleverly hides some of the joints. I also have to point out here that they all look cool. I know we're daunted by a world of variants and repaints, but honestly, I love the whole line up. Each figure is an understandable archetype, and they're executed faithfully. Allow me to delve.

Click to see!Skull Jack™, The Skeleton/Pirate
You're all familiar with pirates, and with skeletons. So you're familiar with the concept of a skeleton pirate. Actually there's a dash of robot mixed in— BAM! Anyway, this was the first figure I picked at Toy Fair. Good looking figure too, you get two heads, and—I gotta point this out—the naked skeleton is pretty good looking. Without any of the armor or accessories, this is a pretty sweet little skeleton. Under 5 inches tall, he's got a ball jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles. About the ankles... at first, I didn't like the Stikfas style of ankle, but I've found the stylistic approach, and the resulting articulation is growing on me rapidly. But after you build the basic skeleton, you can start switching out pieces and applying armor. And, all of his weapons, armor and body parts are completely compatible with other Xevoz figures. You can switch out his hand for a hook, his leg for a peg leg or large boot, he's got a great looking samurai-type flag thing that fits on his back. A pretty sweet figure for the $8 range.

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Click to see!Inferno Fury™, the Flaming Guy
After getting hooked on Skull Jack™ I had to venture out and pick up more. The first that caught my eye was Inferno Fury™, the guy on fire. With a nice use of translucent plastic, Inferno is one of my new all time favorites. Slightly larger than Skull Jack (he's in the $12 price range), he has a few more pieces, and a launching arm projectile. He came with two interchangeable heads, and they great big flaming wings. Another feature I like are his hands. There is a finger piece that plugs into this stick piece, that then joins to the wrist. At first I didn't know what the Hell I was doing, but then once I had it together, it's a hand with an opposable thumb that allows him to grip things, or make a kinda fist. Sweet! If there's anything I like more than opening and closing hands (that look good), it's opening jaws on an action figure. OOH! Or a head in a plastic bubble helmet... ooh! Or an exposed brain! I love brains! Or an exposed brain inside a plastic bubble helmet, that is definitely my favorite... Anyway the paint job and the plastic used make a really impressive figure. The firing, uh, fire ball is a great touch.

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Click to see!UB6IB9, The Sledge Trooper™
Sorry, his name really isn't UB6IB9, but if he needed a car, that would be his license plate. Whatta robot. I love robots. This robot is in the same league as the Inferno guy in that he was a little bit more than Skull Jack. He comes with all kinds of interchangeable parts, and as far as being the token robot in this new bevy of characters, he's a pretty sweet robot. Even if you're not getting into collecting a whole new line, and you just like robots, spend the $12 and get this one. Not only does he have a chainsaw hand; not only does he have two firing missiles—he has a removable face plate that reveals, you guessed it, a brain! I love brains! Ok, I'll calm down. Ok, let's say you are one of the new die-hard Xevoz game players and you're trying to decide which figure to buy next... pick up this figure at least for all the cool weapons he'll add to your arsenal. C'mon, use your brain...I love brains!

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Thanks to Lando for allowing me to connive him into letting me pick up the last one of these puppies.

Click to see!Razorclaw™, the Panther Beast
I like pirates and ninjas and bugs and robots, but not as big on anthropomorphic jungle cats (maybe it's my fear of furries). Anyway, I took a chance, and I really dig this figure. He's got an opening jaw, really sweet looking design, and he's in the $8 price range with Skull Jack™. Speaking of Skull Jack, you mix and match their pieces a bit, you can do this! Anyway, he's got some great pieces to add to your mix of figures.



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Click to see!Bone-Cutter™ vs. Shadow Blade™—Bug vs. Ninja
So I was very impressed with the toy that $12 fetched me for that flaming guy, but then I spent $15 and picked up this two-fer. Holy damn. I love ninjas and I dig bugs (anthropomorphic plastic bugs, not real bugs, ewww). In this set you get Shadow Blade™ the ninja, and Bone-Cutter™ the praying mantis looking thing. First off the ninja is beautiful. He comes with swords, these things that are supposed to be nunchucku, and, you can put flippers on him, change his head, and poof he's a SCUBA diver. Actually, I prefer the goggle head to the regular ninja head. They look like sweet night-vision goggles. I know, I know, real ninjas didn't have night vision goggles, but they would have used em if they had em. I love that all of the ninja-y poses look good too.

Click to see!Bone-Cutter™ is huge! With four legs, he stands around six inches tall, and that's with his wings down. He has two heads, but each head is comprised of two pieces you can mix and match. It took a little while to get the legs together from the diagram, but he's very impressive. He doesn't come with much in the way of weapons. He has two shield type things, but his slashing forearm things are pretty imposing. He also has two gripping claw hands incase you want him to hold someone elses sword. Bone-Cutter™ just like all of the other Xevoz have slots all over their body for plugging in armor pieces from different sets. I want to take this opportunity to mention that they really don't cut into the overall look and feel of the figures. This set is the best one for your money. Two sweet figures, and a nice hard game board is included.

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Click to see!What's Left
Ok, I'm going to end on the extra bits. One thing I really like is the packaging. The packaging is blister card style (unlike the impossible to open clamshell fad), it uses a transparency under the bubble to show you what the figure looks like, especially since the figure comes unassembled. There were also no twist ties. The figures are snapped into place on the plastic tray, and easily removed. The packaging is also very eye pleasing, and hard to miss on the shelf. But believe me, you're going to want to bust these open and play with them. What didn't I particularly like? The stickers. The stickers are really sweet, don't get me wrong, but they don't fit at all. There are clearly marked directions, but the stickers do not fit into any of the grooves which leaves them exposed and getting caught on things. I love the designs on the stickers. If you're a fan of Stikfas sticker sheets, you'll love these. They're printed on clear stickers (like Stikfas ones) so that they look really nice on the figure, if they fit.

Click to see!Overall
I can't believe this is also a game. Each figure comes with a battle-die that you roll and when your figure takes a hit, you remove a body part. The dice are constructed from one plate for each piece of armor or weapon. So when you add the chainsaw from the robot, to your Skull Jack, you can easily put the chainsaw die piece into the Skull Jack die. Again, these are amazing figures in addition to being part of a fully integrated game you can play. Even if you're not a game player, you have to check these out.

Wave 1 Xevoz available on Amazon.com

Be sure to check out our complete Xevoz Coverage with pics of all the waves and where to buy.


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