Jun 1, 2010

It came from the Toy Chest: World Warrior Edition

Capcom's Street Fighter had various versions released throughout the years... Now NECA was the last company to give it a try. Unfortunately the NECA curse has struck again. The line is dead after two waves. Luckily I was able to find a Ryu and Ken.
The Ansatsuken "brothers". Unfortunately it's the Alternate Color versions, but I wasn't going to miss out on Ryu (Like I did back when SOTA made Street Fighter toys.)
The poseability on this figures rivals Marvel Legends. YES! Double joints on arms and knees! Their scale is 7" so they match MOTUC. Unfortunately they are larger than the 6" SOTA Street Fighter figs.

They can pull off almost any pose from the games. (Hadoken is not perfect but on a2D perspective it looks just right.) Ken stood like that without any assistance for a little while. He could stay that way on a sturdy, stable surface.

Now for the ratings: Again 1=waste of plastic and cash. 5= Ultra awesome toys!
As I said earlier these guy match Marvel Legends in Articulation; so they get a 4.5 rating.
Why not 5? I dislike the hinge joint/cut on the crotch and thighs. It's an alternative to the ball joint that works, but I find it less aesthetically pleasing.

Accessories: Here they got the short end of the stick. While they have alternate hands for other poses, in Ken's case they're not enough. While Ryu gets two "Hadoken" hands as alternates, Ken gets one Hadoken hand and one Thumbs up hand. They have no Alternate Heads like their SOTA counterparts, or extra accessories like the Flaming Dragon Punch for Ken or the Duffel bag for Ryu. So Ken gets a 4 and Ryu a 4.5.

Sculpt/Paint Job:
Their sculpts are ALMOST similar.
They resemble their Street Fighter IV counterparts a lot. I can say that the upper part of their Gi is different. Ryu's is frayed while Ken's look all nice and crisp. The kanji on Ryu's belt are sculpted. Also the pants legs on Ryu look all worn out unlike Ken's. The bodies have a lot of detail. Now the paint jobs on the other hand leave a lot to be desired. Ryu had some flesh colored spots on his hair. On both figures the paint washes are rather erratic. so Ken gets a 4.5 and Ryu gets a 4.

Ryu gets a 4.33 while Ken gets a 4.33 Draw game...

If I had to pick favorites then Ryu is the better figure. If I had found a Ryu with a slightly better paint job, he would've won.

It's such a shame that NECA killed teh lien so quickly. All we got was Ryu, Ken, C.Viper, Guile, Chun Li, Akuma. Hopefully I'll be able to find an Akuma somewhere.

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