Amazingly, it’s a non-Japanese figure for a change. This is DC Unlimited’s
Marine Tychus Findlay, from StarCraft II. He’s available from Blizzard’s online store for $32, but I purchased mine from Amazon because free shipping.
This is also my first chance to do a post like this using the crude light box I put together, and it’s working out quite nicely.
Quick crappy box shot. The box is pretty sturdy and relatively nice, enough that I’ll actually keep it around, for now.
Tychus out of the box. Normally, I’d be using one of the Nendo Playset backgrounds for action figures like this, but Tychus is about twice the height of one, so I decided it’d be pointless to have. DC Comic’s in-house figure production mostly makes un-articulated figures for Blizzard’s games, so I think Tychus is the first one that’s been articulated (though they’ve done plenty of normally-articulated figures for other lines). Anyways, I’m a
girl man that enjoys a good suit of power armor, and I quite like StarCraft II’s new design for their Terran Marines. It’s way better than the original design from the first game.
Rear shot. Perhaps the most important aspect of the new design is that there is no more inexplicable fire extinguisher on the back! Since the design was introduced, I’ve been pretty fond of the two exhaust ports/whatever they are up on the top-back of the suit. Gives it a bit of a unique touch (as far as I know, though it does seem a bit Movie Iron Man-flavored, but I’m not sure which came first) in a galaxy filled with giant shoulders.
The only accessory Tychus comes with is a rifle. No Riot Shield, sadly. Getting him to hold it with both hands takes a bit of work, though. The right hand has articulated fingers, one for the index finger and one more for the three remaining fingers, to make it easier to get him to hold the gun (I think), but unfortunately the gun has a habit of falling out of his hand.
However, he can also hold the gun in his left hand, and it actually works a bit better than in the right, since the gun stays in place better thanks to the left hand being un-articulated.
Such a bulky power armor design would naturally have a limited range of movement in some areas, but Tychus actually has a decent amount of flexibility. Even both the helmet, and Tychus’ head inside, can rotate independent of each other. The main limitations are at the elbows and knees, which can’t even get to 90 degree bends.
He can even sit! Though one of the hip joints on mine was frozen at first, so I had to stick him in the freezer for a bit before I could do this.
The feet have multiple joints, allowing Tychus to go tippy-toe. No ankle rockers, though.
The helmet’s visor can slide up, revealing a fairly decent Tychus on the inside. Though it’s hard to see much of him, and I’ll probably be keeping the visor closed most of the time as I use Tychus for the “Marine” character in the comics.
Attempting to do a close-up of some of the torso detail. It’s probably the most curious bit of the design, as it apparently involves sticking a car engine on a person’s crotch.
Attempted close-up of the art on the left shoulder pad. Unfortunately, the decals aren’t very solid and look like, well, water-slide decals, instead of actual paint. The paint job on Tychus is pretty good, for the most part. I think my only real complaint about it is that the “scratch” marks on the armor don’t look like scratch marks at all. Just…strokes of silver paint.
A comparison of Tychus with the original Marine action figure on the left, and a Firebat action figure on the right. The Marine is easily a decade old by now, and I think the Firebat dates to just a bit before SC2 was first announced. Tychus is easily the best of the bunch. I used to have a Hydralisk, I think the second version of the action figure, but it broke to pieces. Zerg defeat.
Another comparison, with a Generic Figma. After taking this picture, I thought to myself, “I paid over twice as much for the little girl.”
A final comparison, with my cat. Though I already posted this picture around.
Build more supply depots!
Build more supply depots!