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Name: Icarus
Allegiance: Microman
Series: Magne Force
Designation: MGM-03
Accessories: claws, 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. His chest and thighs contain a transparent royal blue plastic, along with the centre of his head, the latter leading down into his eyes giving Icarus a nice lightpipe effect if there's a light source above him. His feet and hands are white as is standard for the Microman Magne Force trio, however only Icarus has white elbows, knees and ankles. The blue is a nice shade, I kind of wish he had some blue on his arms though.

   Like all the Magne Force figures, his head is robotic with a squarish helmet and well defined facial features, although Icarus seems slightly more organic than some of the others. 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, Icarus has a choice of six sets of hands ranging from tightly clenched fists to spread fingers, and all are white. The stand is a light grey rectangular piece with a metal plate hidden underneath, with no posts for him to clip onto - but then being Magnetic, Icarus doesn't need posts.

   There are nine pieces of armour - two each of shinpads, thighpads, forearmpads, shoulderpads and a single chestplate. All attach quite firmly and I really like the look of the light grey armour with blue spilling out from underneath. Icarus looks better with his armour on - like the rest of the Magne Force. You can attach his claws to his forearm armour, his hips or outsides of his thighs if you like - there are sockets on all three. They're designed to sit on the forearms really, and work as claws and shields at the same time.

   There are short posts at the back of his claws, you can place them in his hands using the underside posts or these backend posts - the underside posts work slightly better but since they look more natural on his forearms and the opening claw still works as a weapon, I'm happy to leave them there.



ARTICULATION

   Icarus 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. Icarus 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 light grey stand.



MY IMPRESSIONS

   Icarus has the most understated and subtle colour scheme of this series, with the light grey armour and extensive chrome making him quite light, with less contrast than the others. Having said that, I really like the look of this toy, the subtlety appeals to me and makes Icarus stand out within the group. The lightpipe isn't all that effective here, but the claws look good and everything holds together well. While the new Microman toy line is aimed at a collectors market (and I'm a collector who displays rather than plays), Icarus's magnetic feet make him an awfully fun toy to fidget with, and pose over and over.



OVERALL

   Probably the plainest of the set visually, yet Icarus is still a visually appealing toy, the subtle blend is quite nice. The armour fits like a glove and his weapons blend in well. The claws don't really lend themselves to attacking poses but integrate better than some of the other Magne Force weapons do, and attach securely (not always the case). While I would have liked some blue plastic on his arms, I have no other real complaints here - 9/10



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