Hands-On with the Bandai Tamashii Nations Predator Wolf Action FigureJune 9, 2014
For fans of the 2007 movie, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, the Bandai Tamashii Nations Predator Wolf Action Figure stands out as a detailed and feature-rich collectible thatll likely be worth stalking.
Introduced as part of the Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts line, the 7 tall reproduction of the Predator Wolf achieves its screen-accurate aesthetic in part from the combination of components from which its fabricated. While the majority of the body is comprised of hard and soft PVC, many of the armor plates (like those on the knees, chest, and shoulder), are actually made from diecast metal. The effect is subtle, but the assortment of materials lends the figure more natural and lifelike textures.
Articulation is another impressive attribute of the Bandaii Tamashii Nations Predator Wolf Action Figure. Adding to over two-dozen joints in the arms, legs, torso, and neck, the left forearm computer has a panel that can be open or shut and the back-mounted plasma caster can be raised or stowed behind the left shoulder. The end result is an action figure in the truest sense of the term with far more posing options than most users are likely to take advantage of.
Bandais Predator Wolf figure also ships with a lengthy list of accessories. There are retracted and extended versions of the staff, whip, and forearm blades as well as eight interchangeable hands, two sets of mandibles, dual (masked and unmasked) head sculpts, an acid vial, med pack, and syringe. It takes patience and careful determination to avoid breaking the tiny fragile pegs while swapping components, but the end result is well done overall.
For fans of the relentless Alien hunter, the Bandai Tamashii Nations Predator Wolf Action Figure is an easy must-have. With a sculpture and finish that are meticulously faithful to the big-screen, and a retail price that hovers in the $50 USD price range, its likely to have a wide appeal among enthusiasts and casual collectors alike.