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Name: Theseus
Allegiance: Microman
Series: Magne Force
Designation: MGM-02
Accessories: guns, armour, magnetic L-connectors, spare hands, stand



THE TOY

   As with all the Magne Force toys, Theseus is largely done in chrome plastic with some colour interspersed throughout. His chest and thighs contain a colourless transparent plastic, along with the centre of his head, the latter leading down into his eyes giving Theseus a lightpipe. The lightpipe isn't as successful as those of the other Magne Force toys. His feet and hands are white as is standard for the Microman Magne Force trio, and this white fits perfectly with the colourless plastic on this toy. His knees, elbows and ankles are a menthol green, which roughly matches some green paint applications and the armour that comes with Theseus. While the white and colourless plastic work well together, the green hints that Theseus is incomplete in naked style (let's face it - he is). The colours make a good base for the armour.

   Like all the Magne Force figures, his head is robotic with a squarish helmet and well defined facial features, and Theseus's face is more human that most of the series. 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, Theseus has a choice of six sets of hands ranging from tightly clenched fists to spread fingers, and all are white. The stand is a bright transparent green rectangular piece with a metal plate hidden underneath, with no posts for him to clip onto - but then being Magnetic, Theseus doesn't need posts.

   There are nine pieces of transparent green armour - two each of shinpads, thighpads, forearmpads, shoulderpads and a single chestplate. All attach quite firmly and even under artificial light the green has a glow about it that gives Theseus a radiant look. The colour scheme is great with the armour attached, the chrome and bright green play off one another well. You can attach his guns to his forearm armour, his hips or outsides of his thighs if you like - there are sockets on all three, and of course they can be held in his hands. They combine to form a compound gun that Theseus holds with both hands, and this is probably the best configuration.



ARTICULATION

   Theseus 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, 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. Theseus will happily stand on your 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 stand - I have mine in a kickboxing pose as I type this.



MY IMPRESSIONS

   Most of the Magne Force toys use solid armour colours to offset the shiny chrome, but Theseus uses a bright transparent colour and this alone makes him stand out within the group. Admittedly, he's not going to appeal to everyone, and the colourless colours make the naked style rather underdone, but the distinct armour makes him memorable. The lightpipe fails but he has a good set of guns, and a great compound gun. While the new Microman toy line is aimed at a collectors market (and I'm a collector who displays rather than plays), Theseus's magnetic feet make him an awfully fun toy to fidget with, and pose over and over. His bright transparent plastic gives Theseus dynamic lighting effects that the other Magne Force toys don't have.



OVERALL

   The most ambitious of the Magne Force toys in my opinion, and for the most part Theseus works. The lightpipe is a letdown but the dynamic colours and simple yet effective compound gun make this an interesting toy. Of course the magnetic feature is a lot of fun, and the feet provide a lot of options. While he's not my favourite of this set, Theseus is certainly worthwhile - 8/10



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