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Name: Metis
Allegiance: Acroyear
Series: Magne Force
Designation: MGA-03
Accessories: sabres, armour, magnetic L-connectors, spare hands, stand



THE TOY

   As with all the Magne Force toys, Metis is largely done in chrome plastic with some colour interspersed throughout. He has a transparent yellow chest, this plastic is also used as the core of his head and the centre of his thighs. The knees, elbows and ankle are deep yellow while his hands and feet are black. The lightpipe in his head works, although not in the usual way - you have to stand him underneath a lightsource rather than in front of one. The transparent yellow eyeplate contrasts very well with the chrome of his face anyway, so Metis looks great with or without a lightsource. I was initially unsure how the black would work on a toy dominated by yellow but Metis's black extremities work quite well - especially when he's wearing his armour. There are three yellows used on this toy (The armour is a lemon yellow), and all three come together nicely.

   Like all the Magne Force figures, his head is robotic. Metis has a simple mouthblack and a sort of u-shaped eyeplate - not a humanoid face but still an appealing one. There are attachment holes for his armour on the thighs, shins, forearms, chest and shoulders, none of which stand out too much since there's an overall robotic look to the figure.

ACCESSORIES

   As is standard, Metis has a choice of six sets of hands ranging from tightly clenched fists to spread fingers, and all are black. The stand is a lemon yellow rectangular piece with a metal plate hidden underneath, with no posts for him to clip onto - but then with magnetic feet, Metis has no need for posts.

   There are nine pieces of lemon yellow armour - two each of shinpads, thighpads, forearmpads, shoulderpads and a single chestplate. They all fit snugly, although the right shinpad on mine comes loose somewhat easily. The blended yellows work well and the armour suit looks quite natural on Metis. As with most of the Magne Force toys, Metis looks much nicer with the armour attached, and I plan to keep him that way. You can attach his sabres to his hips or outsides of his thighs if you like - there are sockets which allow this. There are posts at the back of the sabre handles allowing them to hang off him, which is nice - I'm not sure that sabres sticking out to the sides make a lot of sense.

   You can detach his arms or legs and attach the L-connectors with the saws plugged into the L-connectors, although I much prefer Metis wielding a sabre in each hand (or with one on his hip, even). Still, the versatility is appreciated. The forearm guards have three-pronged blades covering his hands (think Wolverine), which is a great touch.



ARTICULATION

   Metis has the standard 30 point articulation of the New Microman toys - ball jointed neck and turning head, twin waist joints, twin ball jointed shoulders, shoulder rotators, double elbows hinges, rotating wrists and palm hinges (on the default hands), ball and rotator hips, double hinged knees, hinge and ball ankles. As with all six Magne Force figures, the waist is actually a large magnetic steel ball, while the balls that plug into his body on the shoulder and hip joints are also magnetic balls, albeit smaller ones that directly attach to the limb-side balls rather than being a completely separate piece. For some reason Metis seems to have slightly softer hands than the other Magne Force toys I have, although I suspect this is just a batch issue, and it doesn't bother me.

   The magnets add a lot to the poseability of the Magne Force figures. Metis will happily stand himself on your fridge - and the magnets in his feet are strong enough for Metis to stand straight out or leaning back against the fridge (or whatever steel surface you like). The strength of the magnets are also sufficient for him to stand on one leg on his stand.



MY IMPRESSIONS

   The three yellows are very well combined and the sabres are probably my favourite of the Magne Force weapons. The yellow somehow makes Metis look distinctly evil - probably for aposematic reasons. The base and magnetic feet make him fun to pose and it's not hard to find cool poses based on swordplay. Both a great display piece and fun to play with.

OVERALL

   Metis is a really nice figure with surprisingly effective colours. The sabres are very cool and give him so many awesome poses, and his face looks great despite a slightly difficult lightpipe. The poseability and magnetic gimmick bring a lot to an already good toy, and other than the loose shinplate I can't really complain. I almost feel like singling him out as the best of the group is unfair to the other Magne Force figures, but he just shades Phobos for me - 9/10



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