Nostalgia is an ever-persistent friend. It will always follow you, even subconsciously, and at one point these cherished memories stored are suddenly reimagined in your mind, and those feelings connote something that is forever lost but never forgotten. Am I really giving this much depth and nuance to a piece of plastic I call an action figure? Yes, yes I am. Nostalgia reimagined with modern technology and methods is the bee’s knees right now, and that’s as prevalent in action figures now as it is on the idiot box and the moving pictures. We’ve had the denizens of comic book heroes turned to plastic immortals, but something that also resonated with us in the ’80s and ’90s were video games. What we wouldn’t give to have our favorite gaming icons imagined as a figure, from the roster of Super Mario Bros. to competitive tandem of Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter. For me, one character defined my gaming renaissance, and that was Mega Man X, or just “X” which made him seem even more bad ass. Every stage, every power up, every boss fight were near perfection in my eyes during his SNES run, and his PlayStation tenure had some great gameplay as well. They did have the figures based of the campy 1994 morning cartoon show “Mega Man”, and even back then I realized how ugly and blocky they were, but still, it was freaking Mega Man with projectile power! Also, commend Bandai for trying to create a full, fleshed out wave, that they were making all the characters we’d want to have in our little, sweaty hands. We’re now a spoiled bunch that can’t rely on Mom and Dad to take us to Toys R Us or KBToys (R.I.P); it’s now up to ourselves and our minimal waged jobs to carry that toy burden, and good luck actually trying to find something at a Target or Wal-Mart now. In something I call the “information super high way” that is the internet, we rely on scooping out for the newest and rarest figures, some of them only available online, and with the decrease of collector shops, it has become increasingly more difficult to find what you’re looking for. With that, we were offered Japanese model kits of Mega Man and X over the years, but I’m an American dang nabbit, I’m too lazy to snap pieces of blue plastic together and build it. I want it built already, and built Ford tough. Now, we’ve reached a point where everything is bigger and better, including action figures, and Bandai has stuck with Mega Man for nearly 2 decades now, and have finally delivered the X that we’ve always envisioned.
First impressions can make or break the impulse of buying a new figure that has no established history or credibility, but D-Arts (a specific line from Bandai) has been making a name for itself in a quick, impactful way. They have started adapting Digimon and Medabots figures (met with great applause) and now ventured into the video game character category, with Mega Man X as the first entry. He comes in a blue box, with clear plastic in front to see X and all of his accessories (more on that later). Across the box is a gold “X” and the D-Arts logo vertically on the right side, with “MEGAMANX” on the bottom in all its italicized glory. On the back are different dynamic poses that show just how bad-ass he is going to be when you take him out, so get ready for a robo-explosion! Almost makes you want to leave him in the packaging, but you would be making a big mistake doing so. Out of the package, he is fully stocked and you really see just how sleek and stylish X looks. He comes with 4 interchangeable hands, his traditional X-buster, extra forearm piece, 2 extra faces (angrier & uberpissed) and a three-pieced mega shot and charged shot. Pretty much, anything X did in the first Mega Man X game is replicated in figure form. That attention to detail is such an important aspect to making a figure like this and X is all about detail to the most minute part.
The figure itself is masterfully sculpted, acutely painted, and seamlessly articulated. X has his traditional blue scheme, with the baby blue body, and the darker blue that has a smooth, shiny finish to it that really accentuates his boots and forearms. There are little indentations throughout the figure, such as across his helmet on the back and on the bottom of his boots that just add subtle depth, and red jewels that are on the bottom of his boots, one on each side of his helmet, and inside his cannon. All three of his faces are painted to perfect precision, with no trace of smudges or blemishes anywhere. His helmet is perfectly painted as well, and no issue has come up with interchanging faces. X has an amazing amount of articulation spread throughout, and all of it is sleekly done. Double hinged elbows and knees, swivel head joint, ball-jointed shoulders, wrists and ankles. He also has a slight upper torso that has a slight swivel, and a pelvic joint for his legs that swivel. X is also on the light and smaller side, about 5 inches, but I always imagined X being smaller than most, so I think he fits perfectly among fellow heroes. If there is one negative, it would be the fragility of X. There’s a tendency of his forearms or boots falling off, but that’s because the intention is all these parts are interchangeable with future releases (Armored X!).There is a slight issue of clicking the pieces back together, but just have a steady hand and don’t jam it in, you should be fine.
X is a breath of fresh air in the action figure world. A lot of lines have rehash body parts, lazy paint jobs and have done little in innovation; D-Arts have released a figure in Mega Man X that exceeded all of my expectations. A fully dynamic, expertly made figure that sets a high bar for future D-Arts releases. This doesn’t come cheap though, as it’ll cost you roughly $40 on a site like Big Bad Toy Store, but out of all the figures I’ve collected over years and years of wasting nights at Wal-Mart and online shopping in my underwear, Mega Man X makes it all worth it. Dr. Light would have been so proud. Mavericks beware!