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Click to see! Hasbro's Xevoz: Wave 4 — Franken Punker, Infil Traitor and Hyper Guardian
by Mr. Stinkhead

Sweet Salvation (or is that salivation?) I finally have in my articulated hands, the final three Xevoz. As you're most likely aware, in the last 16 months we've been introduced to Xevoz, fallen in love with Xevoz, mourned the loss of Xevoz, and given a glimmer of hope. From the illustrious Wave 4 of the Xevoz line, Thunder Shaman (the gorilla), and Rune Slayer vs. Firedrake (two pack) were limitedly available through online retailers. The boosters, Franken Punker, Infil Traitor, and Hyper Guardian were only spotted over seas. Primarily Singapore, and only made it to US shores through clandestine deals and overpriced eBay auctions.

Click to see!Then just a few weeks ago, there was a small glimmer of hope. Hasbro opened their HasbroToyShop.com direct store, and listed these final remaining Xevoz... however they had no "add to cart" button, and simply bore the ominous words coming soon. Every day, practically every hour, Xevoz fans watched the clock for these sought-after gems to become available. Like waiting for the bikini top that just won't fill out... you think they're never coming, and then when you least expect it, they appear overnight. June 22nd, sometime mid-morning the buttons appeared. We were all instantly washed over with feelings of relief and urgency. At this time we don't know how many units Hasbro had available for purchase that morning, but we do know that less than 10 hours later, they were all gone.

So now you know the conditions under which these arrived, let me tell you why it was worth the wait. I'm not going to waste your time discussing their detail, paint applications, or interchangeability. This set follows in the footsteps of high quality, and great play value as previous Xevoz sets.

Franken Punker
This monster, styled loosely on Frankenstein's Monster, comes with some great accessories and sweet customizing options. My favorite goodies are the sturdy rubber tubes you can plug in all over the place. Connect the arms to the back back, or the chest to the forearms, or the thighs to the biceps... go crazy, they're easy to connect and move around. I also love the head with the moveable jaw, and the executioners mask. How sweet is that? Now I have two action figures with executioner's masks. He also comes with a "squished" I-beam. (it's pinched in the middle to show how strong he is), an axe (choppy thing), an axe (guitar), and a wrench. Now yes, he's got gears all over him, so he'll need a monkey wrench to "fix" himself every now and then... however, I think it was included so you can reenact A-Ha's Take on Me video.

Click to see!He also comes with a boulder on a chain (which is similar to Moon Stalker's chain), an open hand, and an extra "coil" piece.

When I first saw pics of the Frank, it wasn't sticking to my radar as a favorite. I had to get it because it was a Xevo, but I didn't think I'd love it. Well again, the Xevoz line surprises, and this figure, although far from my favorite, is a decent figure, better than I imagined. I love the wires you can plug in all over the place, and I love the "on/off" switch on his back. The executioner's mask is another nice touch.

Click to see!Infil Traitor
Like Franken Punker, when I originally saw this one on Hasbro's site, I didn't think I'd like it nearly as much as I do now that it's in my hands. I love robots. I really love robots, but I couldn't wrap my head around the disc head and "winged cape" type thing that this robot sports. But again, it's a Xevo, and I knew I should try it out.

First off the body is simple, elegant, and everything it needs to be. A little more skeletal than robotic in sculpt, it's very clean yet deviates from the look and feel of the previous Xevoz robots. The disc head didn't bother me nearly as much as I thought it would. When I take photos of toys, I need the figure to look at the camera (or away from the camera) in a way that can convey emotion. Even with their streamlined features, I can seem to capture an "expression" from most Xevo heads. I thought this would be impossible with two chevron shapes on a disc. But surprisingly, I could see the "face" and it doesn't bother me at all.

Click to see!Secondly, once you get his soft rubber cape on, it opens and closes (around him) pretty nicely. It also looks decent in both modes. In "closed" mode, it's more for lurking, as you won't be able to move the arms or legs as much, but it does look cool. In open mode, it adds a nice dimension that beefs up his wiry frame a bit. I do want to mention it also looks just as cool without his cape on, but he does look a little more spindly.

Click to see!Then there's the chest compartment. Like Iron Spectre, the "rib cage" can swing open to reveal a skull-face within his chest cavity. (You can also pop this head on top of the neck to replace the disc if you don't like it.) But, instead I opted to plug in what I have found to be the Second Greatest Xevoz Accessory Evar! (click the pic to see). That's right, it's a miniature Sledge Trooper sitting in a chair. Making Infil Traitor like this massive-Gundam-style-robot that another robot can drive. Sweet! This accessory can be plugged onto many other Xevoz figures, making them massive-Gundam-style-robots to be driven around. (For the uneducated, the Greatest Xevoz Accessory Evar! is the brain in a jar accessory from Transscorcher.)

Click to see!IT has some decent weapons... not my favorite out of the bunch, but nice. He has two long swords, and two "dagger" sized sword things... the problem with the two shorter blades is that they're actually smaller than his finger-claws... so to me, that's not very useful. But they can be hooked together by the handles (as can the long swords) to make a nice double ended weapon he can carry, or plug in on his back. If anything I wish he came with more random robot pieces. Sledge Trooper came with a claw, a hand, a chain saw, a laser gun... I like stuff like that for plugging into my robots.

I also have to mention the design of the fingers and thumb is very well done. The fingers can close, but the thumb can mimic a lot (but not all) of the human thumb's range. I thought this was a nice design/engineering innovation that works great with this figure.

Click to see!That leaves us with Hyper Guardian
I've been looking forward to the archetypal super hero figure for quite some time. Action figures, the art form, were created for super heroes, and I was dying to see the Xevoz interpretation of the classic form. The overall look and feel is perfect. Bright yellow and blues let you know Hyper Guardian is on the scene, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. He's beefed up quite a bit too. He's taller and more substantial than the skeleton, or army soldier. I also think the two heads he comes with are perfect. They're stoic, and chiseled, and perfectly match the Xevoz flair.

The nicest accessory I've received with a figure is this guy's base. It looks great, and it helps pose him in flying mode when you plug it into the heel of his foot. (The reason why this isn't the "Greatest Accessory Evar" is because this works great for this particular figure, but doesn't automatically adapt to the others quite as nicely.) It took a couple of tries to get it to balance in the position I wanted him in, but it did work nicely, and instead of simply being clear in order to be ignored, it's bright translucent yellow and it looks like a star burst, or stylized explosion that he's flying away from. Nice.

Click to see!His accessories are intriguing. He has two yellow fists that plug into his gripping hands for an assumed "mega punch." He also has one stylized clear yellow hand that plugs into his palm for a "force push." He also has a dumbbell for showing off his muscles. I'll also include his cape as an accessory. Typically I prefer cloth to sculpted plastic, but this soft plastic cape is molded in a pose that looks natural when the figure is in most positions. He also has two pairs of hands. One set is closed fist/gripping hand. The other is open palm, much like Runeslayer that has a hole in the center of the palm for placing "attacks" that will appear to be flying out of his hand. I think these are terrific. So much so, I am beginning to wish a lot more of my figures had interchangeable hands.

Click to see!Overall
Whew... I am certainly glad I got this set. Not only because I now own the complete set of Xevoz*, but these figures were definately worth the wait. Infact, I think they're nice enough to warrant paying slightly inflated prices (like double retail, but no more than that) just because you never know when you'll see them again. Honestly, if you're still looking for these figures, you'll probably have to resort to eBay. However, from what we all understand, a bunch of people bought multiple sets from the Hasbro store, and if there's enough on eBay at one time, the prices can't get outrageously high.

Click to see!We don't know what the future will hold for the Xevoz. We've heard rumors of out and out death, we're heard that Hasbro could be taking a year off to re-evaluate the line, we've heard that Xevoz are organically grown, and not made in a factory like other toys, but actually "picked" from fields by albino space monkeys.

We still hold a torch for Xevoz here at MPb, and I have been collecting amazing custom jobs since the last wave hit stores. So check back soon to see what some of your fellow collectors have been up to in the meantime. Thanks to all of you that participated in our Save the Xevoz contest. We'll keep you posted as much as we can.

If Hasbro is listening; we, the collector community, have two comments—1) SEE? See how quickly they sold out? Let's give you more of our money. We can't wait! and 2) If it helps with production costs, which could in turn lower price, or permit more sets to be made, why not remove the gaming elements and trim down the packaging? If you want to just sell to collectors through HasbroToyShop.com (or online retailers) we don't need fancy packaging to get us to buy these. Plain "mailers" will do.

To see our coverage of all of the other Xevoz, stop by our Xevoz Coverage. For more information about Xevoz, check out Xevoz.com, and to discuss Xevoz with other fans, be sure to visit the Xevolution message board.

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*-fine! I'll pick up the TRU exclusive Neo Sapiens Omega Guard. All figure likenesses, names and properties are copyright Hasbro. All photographs are ©2005 MillionairePlayboy.com. These photos may not be used on eBay (or any other auction site) without permission.




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