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Drax is played by Dave Bautista in the 2014 live-action movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.  Drax’s family was murdered by Ronan the Accuser, acting on the instructions of Thanos. Drax has vowed revenge on not only Ronan but Thanos too. Drax made his first comic book appearance in 1973.

 

Name: Drax (the Destroyer)
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS355
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2017
Price: $200 USD – $220 USD
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Various accessories and display stand.

After what seems like forever, Drax is finally here to complete the original Guardians of the Galaxy team, for a long time, it seemed like Hot Toys weren’t going to release him, or there were rumours of him being cancelled etc. But, the waiting has finally paid off and he is now here and ready to be reviewed! But Drax’s release is still not without controversy as many of Hot Toys fans have still found plenty of things to nit-pick about, some warranted, some not. I’ll try my best to cover all the issues and more in my review.

LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Drax figure
Seven Interchangeable hands
One rocket launcher
Two blades
One pair of red Ravagers pants
One figure display stand

 

SCULPTING

This was another one of those figures where fans were very vocal about the likeness or lack of likeness if you will or even lack of emotion in the sculpt too. I feel most these complaints are a bit of a bridge too far, as it looks just like Dave Bautista and it looks just like Dave Bautista dressed as Drax. Think, however, with the expression, the complaints are justified as he does need just a hint of emotion in his brow or mouth.

The main problem is, Drax’s character was a bit blunt and emotionless at first and opened up a bit over the course of the movie. With that in mind, I think the head sculpt works well, but it doesn’t work too well for action poses. It would be nice if Hot Toys at least changed the head a little bit for the figure from the next movie, but either way, I’m still happy with it.

The body is the other big talking point for this figure. I wouldn’t say they have started from scratch 100% but the chest is definitely new, but the proportions are a bit off, his pectoral muscles are a bit elongated when compared to photos and even his torso in general.

I don’t know if the arms need to be made bigger, but maybe a little more definition in the biceps would be nice and at least some sort of lat muscle would have helped the overall look of the torso immensely. Needless to say, the detailing on the tattoos is outstanding and  looks very cool, in person.

PAINT

Hot Toys have done a pretty outstanding job with the paint application on this one. The intricacy of the tattoos made it a real challenge to mass-produce this figure with consistent results. With that in mind, I feel Hot Toys have produced this figure as flawlessly as they could. It’s definitely that high level of quality everyone has come to know and love.

A number of people weren’t happy with the skin colour of Drax, claiming he was too gray and not green enough. Well, there’s a video on Youtube, that show’s Dave Bautista having the Drax makeup applied and in that more natural lighting, it looks just as grey as the figure. So, no complaints from me, it looks great, it looks realistic and it matches the source material in my eyes.

ARTICULATION

Drax has the following articulation: Ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Ball jointed waist, swivel/hinge hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles. It’s a little less than the normal Hot Toys figure would have and that’s due to the torso having a lot less articulation than you would normally expect, Hot Toys sacrificed articulation for looks this time round.

I’m pretty happy overall with Drax’s articulation, I could get him in enough poses, I felt looked good once photographed. I did find the arms a little lacking more than I would have liked and even the torso a bit too and while we are at it, the hips are a bit restricted by his pants and underwear as well.

Even with all these limitations, I still enjoyed posing Drax quite a lot, it made it more of a challenge for me and I’m pretty happy with the results. For my display, he’s going to be in a museum pose, so I’m happy. I tried to push Drax’s articulation as much as I could for the photos and even with the trade-off in joints I’m still happy with the posing potential you have with Drax, you just might need to be a bit creative.

OUTFIT

It’s not very often these days you get too many extra items of clothing with standard release Hot Toys figures, IMO. So, it’s nice Hot Toys included an extra pair of pants to go with Drax, so you can have some choice. Both pants fit quite snug and look excellent.

The best part of the outfit for me, is Drax’s boots they are not only quite detailed, but very chunky as well with the right amount of articulation at the ankles, more so the joint is quite stiff and couple that with the large size of the boot, makes Drax very steady on his feet and during the photo shoot, I never felt like he was going to fall over on me.

Technically, he also has a pair of black padded underwear to fill out his lower body and thighs a bit better, it’s a nice touch but can make it slightly difficult when changing over pants.

 

ACCESSORIES

Drax comes with decent amount of accessories, Hot Toys pretty much gave him everything they could from the movie, outside of prison pants. If they had done that, that would have definitely been going above and beyond in my eyes.

With that said, in some fans eyes, the price of the figure isn’t justified with the amount of accessories included. But, I feel that’s a bit of an unrealistic view, considering other factors that we the fans aren’t privy to.

All the accessories are up to the usual high standard and look and feel great, the rocket launcher is pretty cool, but the blades are what I’ll be displaying my Drax figure with and they are about perfect. The extra hands are great too and all appropriate for the type of poses you would want to put Drax in.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

With most Hot Toys figures there are always things to watch out for and Drax is no different. Firstly, there’s potentially paint rub if you handle or pose the figure too much, like on the neck, when moving the head, secondarily, you have to watch out for those wrist pegs as well, you don’t want to break one of them if you can avoid it. That goes double for any stiff joints like his arms or shoulders too.

Most of these potential problems can be avoided by reading the instructions and having plenty of experience with Hot Toys figures in the first place. But, even I never skip having a quick read through the included instructions, just in case.

PRICE

I paid about $205 USD from Animarket and as usual, I was not only happy with the price but their customer service as well. I’m going to assume he’s somewhat popular now he’s released, but everyone selling him for a ridiculous price will most likely have trouble moving him. My best advice would be to shop around and don’t always rely on eBay as your source of figures.

OVERALL

Drax is a pretty great figure, however, he isn’t without a few flaws, mainly in the articulation department. However, I think it’s still an excellent effort by Hot Toys and he’s going to be gladly added to my Guardians of the Galaxy display to join the rest of the team. I feel the wait for him was worth it and I’m very happy with him now I have him.

 

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Yuji Nagata is known mainly for his time sent in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He is the longest reining IWGP Heavyweight Champion with a rein of 392 days. He is also the only wrestler to have won all of Japan’s biggest single tournaments and notably, spent a few years wrestling for American wrestling  promotion WCW during 1997 and 1998. He is known for his stiff, shoot style wrestling technique.    

 

Name: Yuji Nagata
Line: Super Star Figure Collection 44
Manufacturer: NJPW/Tohkon Shop
Released:
2001
Price: Then: Unknown, Now: 1500 Yen MOSC
Scale: 5-6 inches in height
Accessories: None

One There’s no particularly interesting story behind buying this figure of Yuji Nagagta. I just bought it online for a pretty decent price, but, I have been a Yuji Nagata fan since he days in WCW, but mainly due to Japanese wrestling video games that I’ve played. Still, if you’re collecting Japanese wrestling figures, you tend to buy your favorites first and normally get sucked in after you find out how bad ass all the other wrestlers are.


SCULPTING

This is easily the best part of the figure, the great thing about these Japanese wrestling figures is that they appear to have 3-D scanned the whole wrestlers body and added minimal articulation, it’s definitely the biggest draw card these figures have as it makes them very realistic  and as close to match thing wrestler in real life as possible, so with all that said, with is a very real looking figure of Yuji Nagata!

PAINT

Paint is kept to a minimum and where it is used, it’s normally very neatly applied, this is one area you will seldom have to worry about for these figures, unless it’s loose as it might have been roughed up a bit. With earlier releases in the series you would get the card backer rubbing off some of the paint on the rear of the figure, but, later releases fixed this issue.

ARTICULATION

A grand total of three points of articulation for Nagagta: swivel joints at the shoulders and waist. That’s not really that much and you can’t do too much with the figure beyond it’s pre-set sculpted pose, but you can get some nice, slight variants to that pose, by simply moving the arms or waist a little bit.

ACCESSORIES

Yuji Nagata unfortunately doesn’t come with any accessories, some different arms would be nice, But this figure is as basic as Japanese wrestling figures  get.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

The only problem you are going to encounter with these figures, is plastic discoloration which can happen depending on how the figure has been looked after even MOSC samples can have problems if left out in the sun in a shop display. So, be very care when buying any of these types of figures.

PRICE

I paid 1300 YEN using a bidding service to get one for myself and a heap of other figures, so it worked out to be pretty cheap, there are a few Japanese websites that sell these type of wrestling figures and there’s also a couple of great stores in Tokyo too!

OVERALL

This is a great figure if you know what to expect from it: It’s going to look amazing, but it will have very limited articulation and you are pretty much buying a realistic statue. There are also a few variants of Yuji Nagata so it can be fun chasing down the others ones, if you are a big fan of the wrestler. It’s a bit of a niche market for westerners, but they are still fun to collect!

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