Manufacturer: McFarlane Toys
Recommended Age: 8 and up
Category: Action Figure
3.5 Stars out of 4
Review by Ken
3½ Stars out of 4
You're walking through the toy aisles in your local Toys-R-Us and
almost get yourself trampled by a frenzied group of 8-year olds who are
screaming and running away in extreme terror. Why? Because they
just caught sight of this ugly-assed mother. Yeah, that's right.
Raenius is hands down the most horrendous-looking action figure character
you'll see on toy shelves this year. But don't sweat it,
because this is actually a good thing- especially if your cup of
tea is hyper-cool monster creatures and the like. Taken straight
from the pages of the now-cancelled Curse of The Spawn comic-book, Raenius
is a formidable mass of pulsating scabs and blisters, draped over
with strips of loose flesh and skin; and is the owner of an entirely
exposed and gore-encrusted ribcage. I'm telling you, it takes some
serious creativity to think up something that's this detailed in its
Outward appearances aside, Raenius is one freaking fun toy to play with.
It has 6 bendable snakes attached to its back as well as plastic guts that
you can place in its ribcage to create the effect of them "falling
out". Other accessories include 4 snap-on wings, a large spear
and a tiny, winged fairy that serves as Raenius' guide
and companion. Where articulation is concerned, this figure has
movement of the arms, elbows, legs, wrists and head. Standing almost up to
10 inches in height (with wings attached), this brute should effectively
dwarf almost every other action figure you own.
Now for the complaints- and this is a pretty BIG one: Raenius absolutely
CANNOT stand. Maybe you're thinking; "Oh, but you just have to
pose it in a certain way
etc." Nah. Forget it. I've
tried everything already. The simple fact is that the figure's upper
body is simply too big and bulky for the almost scrawny (by comparison)
legs to support. That's why it falls down every single @#$%*#$ time you
think you've got it standing just right. This is shaping up to be a
constant complaint with most of McFarlane Toy's action figures of
late. Of course, there are holes in Raenius' feet to make the figure
compatible with display stands; but that's still no excuse. Ultimately,
your best bet is to lean the toy up against something.
However, despite the unforgivable oversight; Raenius still deserves
its four star rating on account of the fact that its so damned
awesomely detailed and freaking menacing to look at. After buying
this, you should also go immediately to your nearest comic-book
shop and hunt for Curse Of The Spawn No.'s 20 and 21; for the now
collector's item first appearance of Raenius. Highly recommended.
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