The new Robocop movie is set to hit theaters February 2014. Jada Toys is popping things off a bit early with their main line Robocop toys, hitting Toys R Us stores now (December 2013). Jada is releasing 2 versions of Robocop in 3 sizes – 4 inch, 6 inch, and 12 inch – Version 1.0 (Silver, classic style) and Version 3.0 (Black, stealth style). Version 2.0 in new-movie terms is a beefed up Version 1.0 so we assume they skipped it for that reason, too visually similar. We’ve got our hands on the 4 and 6 inch figures, and will be shooting them over the coming days. We start things off with the 6 Inch 3.0 version. Read on to check out our thoughts and over 20 pics of him in action!
The Jada Toys Robocop 2014 figures are here, and they are, um, toys. I say that as an adult collector, sometimes forgetting that these things are not meant for us. With all the awesome 6/7/8 inch figures that companies like NECA, McFarlane, Mezco, DST, DC Collectibles Bandai Japan, Square et al put out – when you get a figure off the shelf designed to be a toy, for a kid, you get all whiny and complain-y. Well, I’ll try not to do that here, let’s look at these figures for what they are – kids toys. Or at least I hope they are.
The 6 inch figure features 9 points of articulation – neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees. No wrist articulation or swivel. No ankle articulation or swivel. Shoulders and elbows have limited range. Arms and legs do swivel at the cut point, along with about 30 degrees of bend. Head you also get about 30 degrees to each side, can’t fully look to the left or right. No up/down on the head either.
Paint – for this guy, there isn’t much, but that’s movie accurate from what we can tell. Version 3.0 is a black batman/snake-eyes like armor, head to toe. They went through the trouble of painting the human parts Caucasian skin tone – but, on every figure I saw in the stores over Black Friday weekend, none had the mouth painted. So, we are left with a strip of peach paint and a slight bump in the mold where the mouth should be. If you have a steady hand you might be able to get a line in there with a thin sharpie, but it’s ripe for messing up if you don’t have skill.
The 6 inch figures come with a light up visor, which is cool. It functions as it should. Chest button, on-off. No delay, doesn’t stay on. Hold it in, it’s on, let go, it’s off.
The mold overall is pretty well done, showing an armored out cyborg as it should be. There is a nice crisp OCP logo on the chest as well. Plastic quality is above bootleg, but not as thick and heavy in the hand as some other 6 inch figures can be. Middle ground there.
As a toy for kids, who may see Robocop in 2014 and want a representation to battle his other toys in a battle royale, this guy does the job. It’s got the visuals down, some movement, and an easy to use light up function.
As a figure for collectors, this doesn’t really do the job. I can see this as shelf filler – you like Robocop, but don’t need a 35 dollar masterpiece. You can grab this guy for 12 bucks, throw him in the 2nd or 3rd row of a display, and it’s good to go. But you aren’t getting any epic poses, and he doesn’t have the quality to display as a centerpiece or by himself. For me, especially this 3.0 black version – that’s what I’m doing. As the movie gets closer, hopefully we will see some additional versions of the modern Robocop hitting worthy of collector’s attention. For now, this guy will be guarding the bottom shelf along with the Cylons and Tron bikes.
We’ll be shooting Robocop 2014 6 inch 1.0, and both 4 inch versions over the coming days, so stay tuned!