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Name: Achilles
Allegiance: Microman
Series: Magne Force
Designation: MGM-01
Accessories: wings, armour, magnetic L-connectors, spare hands, stand



THE TOY

   As with all the Magne Force toys, Achilles is largely done in chrome plastic with some colour interspersed throughout. In his case that colour is a transparent orange - almost peach, which works really well for him. The chest, thighpads, elbows, knees and ankles are all peach along with the core of his head, which pokes through as his eyes, giving Achilles a nice lightpipe if you hold him up to the light. His hands and feet are white, thankfully the extensive chrome prevents him from looking like peaches and cream.

   Like all the Magne Force figures, his head is robotic with a moulded helmet and well defined facial features - especially those eyes. 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, Achilles has a choice of six sets of hands ranging from tightly clenched fists to spread fingers, and all are white. The stand is a red rectangular piece with a metal plate hidden underneath, with no posts for him to clip onto - but then being Magnetic, Achilles doesn't need them.

   There are nine pieces of armour - two each of shinpads, thighpads, forearmpads, shoulderpads and a single chestplate. Aside from the shoulderpads which stick out a little more than I'd like they all fit snugly and feel really natural on the figure - to the point where I have no desire to take them off. The shoulderpads are a little loose sometimes, but it's not a major issue. You can attach the wings to his shoulderpads, hips or outsides of his thighs if you like - there are sockets which allow this.

   The wings are also his weapons, and can work as either handheld sabres or blasters. I prefer the sabres because they grasp better - the blasters can only be held by the 'trigger grip' hands, and don't grasp securely at all. You can detach his arms or legs and attach the L-connectors with the wings plugged into the L-connectors.



ARTICULATION

   Achilles 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.

   The magnets add a lot to the poseability of the Magne Force figures. I'll admit that one of the first things I did when I opened Achilles was stick him to the fridge - and the magnets in his feet are easily strong enough to support his weight, either standing straight out or leaning back against the fridge (or whatever steel surface you find). The strength of the magnets are also sufficient for him to stand on one leg on his red stand.



MY IMPRESSIONS

   Extensive use of chrome can sometimes be a bad thing, but Achilles looks great from his tasteful peachy-orange highlights to his white feet. His head looks nice, thanks in no small part to the lightpiped eyes. While the new Microman toy line is aimed at a collectors market (and I'm a collector who displays rather than plays), I find Achilles magnetic feet make him an awfully fun toy to fidget with, and pose over and over.



OVERALL

   Achilles is a great figure. The colours are pleasing to the eye, and the red armour and peach body elements integrate well, while the lightpipe is a nice bonus. The armour suits him well while the magnetic theme brings an awful lot to the figure. Probably the only negative aspect here is the slightly awkward weaponry, but the toy itself is so well done that this is only a minor blip - 9/10



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