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Monkaarian Lord of War - Weaponeers of Monkaa
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Monkaarian Lord of War action figure by Spy Monkey


As I said earlier this week, one of my favorite aspects of San Diego Comic Con is all the cool little companies that are there. I've covered a few of the products from the small start up Spy Monkey before, but it was great to meet them in person and see some of their upcoming plans.

They had a cool figure there in their Weaponeers of Monkaa series, a dude in tightie whities and an animal skin cape. Around my house we call that Saturday night.

This is the Monkaarian Lord of War, and like other Weaponeers he comes with a variety of plug and play accessories that can be used as heads, hands, weapons, decorations, etc. This set came as a bagged figure, plus a baggie of extras that makes him the most dangerous Lord of War.

Packaging - **1/2
These are simply bags, although they are very sturdy, and very thick. No worries about them breaking open and losing anything, and they did include an nifty card insert with the cape and extras.
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Monkaarian Lord of War action figure by Spy Monkey
Monkaarian Lord of War action figure by Spy Monkey
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Monkaarian Lord of War action figure by Spy Monkey
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Monkaarian Lord of War action figure by Spy Monkey
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Monkaarian Lord of War action figure by Spy Monkey

Sculpting - ****
Like the first wave of Weaponeers, the overall design is very creative, very interesting, and very functional with lots of play value.

My favorite aspect is the swappable parts. Everything you see is swappable - the figure can be broken down into its components, and others put in. You can get as creative - or not - as you'd like, making these figures really your own.

For example, this figure includes several white 'heads' that also can be used as hands, or weapons, or...whatever you might come up with!

The smaller parts can be swapped too, like the center chest piece, with pieces from other Weaponeers figures.

The figure stands about 4" tall, but he's much bulkier than the usual 4" figure, taking up a lot more volume. He stands great on his own, although the limited articulation doesn't allow for too crazy of stances.

Paint - ***
The paint work isn't sloppy, but there are some choices here that don't work for me aesthetically.

While white is often the color of good guys - just ask the Lone Ranger - it doesn't do a lot for me in this context. The work on the heads is clean, and the white silver combination isn't terrible, but I think other colors would look that would work better.

That's particularly true with the shorts, which really do look like underwear. He also has chest hair (at least that's what it looks like to me), further cementing the overall appearance of hanging out in his skivvies.

Articulation - ***1/2
There are cut joints everywhere, where every piece connects. For example, each leg has four cut joints alone! While a cut isn't the best joint for a wide range of movement, they do work with the assembly/ disassembly process quite well.

Accessories - ***
The base figure comes with a wide range of extras that can be swapped for various parts, including heads, and the extra pack includes more weapons and the very cool animal print cloth cape.

The cape looks terrific, and fits over the neck post cleanly. The post isn't super long though, so take a little care when swapping the heads.

Fun Factor - ****
With a cool building feature and a terrific design, these are excellent toys. Give these to some kids and you'll see just how foolish the concept is that a toy must be licensed from a television show, movie or video game to have any chance.

Value - **1/2
While the Weaponeers aren't cheap by any means, around twelve bucks is a pretty decent deal these days for your average Weaponeer. There's a lot of re-use of course, but there's enough extra here to make it worthwhile.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!

Overall - ***1/2
I'm a sucker for creative unlicensed figures like these. But stay tuned - that 'unlicensed' thing might not last forever. When cool toys with a transformers/robot feel to them come along, television and books are rarely far behind.

Score Recap:
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
This guy was available at SDCC, and they don't seem to have him available on their website right now. You can always search ebay for one.

Related Links -
I looked at the first wave of Weaponeers as well.

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