| Included in set:
Eddie, Elise, Sonic, Violet, Sinder, AiAi/MeeMee, Shadow,
Akira, Lau, Link, etc.
Gamepro Magazine and Joyride Studios have managed to work
with certain game companies (Sega and Nintendo are two of
the bigger names) to create a series of figures and vehicles
based on videogame characters. Each figure/vehicle comes in
a special fold-out blister pack with tips and information
on the game that the character is from.
The first series of figures that came out in July includes
Eddie and Elise from SSX
Tricky, Sonic the Hedgehog, Violet and Sinder from Cel
Damage and AiAi/MeeMee from Super
Monkey Ball. In September, be on the lookout for Shadow
from Sonic Adventure 2:
Battle, Moby from SSX Tricky, Akira and Lau from
Virtua Fighter 4, GonGon/Baby
from Super Monkey Ball and Axle from Crazy Taxi.
The third series, slated for November 2002, will include Jacky
from Virtua Fighter 4, Psymon from SSX Tricky,
Link from the Legend of Zelda series, Luigi from Luigi's
Mansion, Mammoth and Flame from Command & Conquer Renegade
and Slash and Angel from the Crazy Taxi series. Each
of the figures comes with their own base for display.
is the kind of series that definitely plays towards fans of
the games. I will commend Gamepro and Joyride for doing a
series for games that might not get their own figure lines
(Cel Damage, Super Monkey Ball) and also including
some big names (Sonic, Link) to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately,
though, I found most of the figures to look okay. While you
can tell who each of the figures is supposed to be, most lack
a good amount of detail. In fact, some look to be modeled
plainly and have only a decent paint job. Even worse is the
fact that they have very little in the way of poseability
and accessories. Some of the figures have the basic joints
(arms, legs, head), while others, like Sonic and Shadow, have
no poseability outside of turning their heads. The vehicles
on their own look okay, but just aren't done well enough to
Each of the series is out in limited quantities and Joyride
has announced that they plan to release limited prototype
and 1st production versions. Also, expect sometime down the
line for Joyride to do a series of figures based on the Gamepro
editor's cartoon personas.
To be honest, unless you're a fan of the games that this
series includes, you'll want to skip on it. The series is
okay, but compared to a lot of the competition, it has neither
the detail or playability to make people want to rush out
and hunt for them.