Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Action Figure Review: Assemblage Juggernaut by Valerobots (Confirmed: Epic)
this excellent interview from Infinite Hollywood which in which Newton Gimmick interviewed Mr. Valero and soon found myself hitting up his Etsy store to pick a robot up for myself. Recently Valero put quite a few new creations on his Etsy store and I knew I had to buy some. I ended up purchasing three. I considered buying them all, but didn't want to deprive everyone of the joy of these excellent customs. And seriously, whether you're looking at these figures in hand or in photographs, they are extremely impressive. Today I'm looking at one of the newer Valerobots, the Assemblage Juggernaut. I've never reviewed a figure quite like the Assemblage Juggernaut before, so I'll do the best I can to use the traditional categories of articulation, sculpt, paint, etc. Just realize that this is not a mass produced item but a one of a kind custom art project. Check him out after the break........
Coming in at a little over 7 1/2 inches, the Assemblage Juggernaut is made from a hodgepodge of different materials. The base body appears to be a frankensteined 6 1/2 inch action figure of some sort with custom made clothes, a head made from a DCUC Imperiex figure, and a helmet made from various scraps like bottle caps, googly eyes, an applesauce container, and paracord. I'm not sure whether this figure is intended to represent someone wearing a helmet or if the giant gold head and googly eye are the Juggernaut's actual head (that's my preference) but it does give you multiple display options. The Juggernaut comes with a little friend, also, who is made out of a chess pawn. He's a great companion to the Juggernaut, a character that strikes me as being a somewhat lonely and misunderstood being.
The helmet is removable, so you could consider it a accessory if you wanted to. I own the piece, however, and I'm considering it the creature's actual head. The little companion I mentioned earlier also counts as an accessory. He's made from a wooden chess pawn, has arms made of wires, and fits nicely on in the Juggernaut's hand. I imagine the Juggernaut as being a rather shy creature, largely ignorant of the goings on around him. His little friend, with his large, open mouth painted on, is more vocal and motivated member of this duo.
If this were a figure I had purchased off the shelf or through an online toy store, I would give it every bit as much praise as I've given it in my review thus far and confirm it: Epic. If I'm being honest, it is easily one of the best action figures I've purchased this year. It captures the eye of anyone who sees it in my collection, it's really fun to play with, it's incredibly photogenic, and fires up your imagination with little details that hint at a larger story for this creature. I'm really thrilled to own this figure and eagerly await to see what cool stuff Valero comes up with in the future. If you're interested in owning this figure, unfortunately for you it's one of a kind. If you'd like something else comparably awesome, check out Valero's Etsy store, Valerobots.
Barbecue17 tried his hand at customizing once. It involved a Power of the Force Greedo figure, a drill, and a lighter. It resulted in a crude, but effective "blasted" Greedo figure and some minor flesh wounds. He posts pictures of plenty of non lame toys on his Flickr account.