I finally got the Shogun Warriors Bender off of Amazon, and I figured I'd share it here for those who haven't grabbed one.
He came in a really
nice looking box which has a lot of cool artwork and images. It also has the standard Bender description on the back, along with a couple specs and the very fitting quote, "Bite my Colossal Metal Ass!".
Onto the actual toy; Above all, it's just cool. I mean, it's a huge Bender - what more could a fan want?.... other than Morbo, Lrr, the Mafia, Flexo, and the talking Robot Devil.
His head rotates at the neck, his door swings open, and his arms move at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists - though, the wrists only turn so that the hands can be shot out. The legs don't move at all, and actually look like they have posts going through them.
The firing hands work just fine, and can actually cover some ground. Interestingly, the left hand is shot out by being pushed, while the right hand is simply sprung out. That, of course, makes the lefty shoot much further. They are released by a small tab on each elbow.
The overall look of the figure is spot-on, and matches with past benders pretty well. The choice of expression was well done, and though interchangeable eyes would've been cool, in this case it wasn't necessary. The mouth's lines are actually sculpted on, instead of simply painted - that's a good small touch. The hands fingers are close together, making it seem he only has two from some angles. But hey, rotating wrists, easy solution!
There were a few issues; Most noticeably, mine came with a bent antenna. Now, this isn't that big of a deal, as most Bender toys suffer this anyways, but it's a problem nevertheless. Another is that his door won't stay closed - Tape, to the rescue. The last one is one that doesn't irk me at all, but is something to be acknowledged - there is no space behind the door. Just more gray. Anyone planning to use this as a piggy bank might be disappointed.
One funny thing I noticed is that on Bender's lower back, where Matt Groening's name is, it says Copyright 2011; and yet, this was released in 2014. This guy's been hanging around for a while, hasn't he?
Overall, he's really neat, and is certainly a great buy for collectors. I'd move a little fast if you're planning on buying one, though, because there's only 500
, and Amazon seems to only have one left. He's worth the price (assuming you pay under
$200), and really stands out from the plastic (or in his case, vinyl) crowd!