The line has vehicles and "role playing" equipment (like swords and stuff, including the Dragon's Breath Daggers shaken out by the death throes) a-plenty, but with a few exceptions I'm only covering the action figures. Here's one of the exceptions, a Castle of Kells Micro Playset I snagged on auto-clearance at Kay Bee. If I find any other micro playsets, I'll review them too.
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The first batch of regular figures includes all four principals and one of the villains, or "Sentinels."
Deirdre, Mystic Knight of Air. The first figure I bought, so my
comments on things like packaging and so forth are in here. A few notes not
in the review: her wrists do turn, but also break off easily. Oops. A
pretty good female figure, and they actually seem to be staying in stores
fairly well...guess they stopped short-packing her.|
Evil Deirdre! An action figure I rebuilt a little and repainted in a more "evil" color scheme. Note the freaky black "whites" of her eyes. Go to my Miscellaneous Gallery for information on her construction.
|Angus||Angus, Mystic Knight of Earth. Second figure I bought. He has this really nifty hammer, but on the show they gave him one of the secondary weapons instead, sigh.|
|Ivar||Ivar, the Mystic Knight of Water. He kicks ass, probably the best figure in this assortment. The character is black, but the toy, strangely, is white. Note: seems to be short-packed, so might be harder to find.|
|Rohan||Rohan, the Mystic Knight of Fire. He's the leader, but the toy's a bit floppy. As the leader, he's the most common in the boxes, so don't worry about grabbing him right away.|
|Ice Lord||The Ice Lord of Temra, the main general of the evil Queen Maeve, and the only bad guy in this assortment. Slightly short-packed.|
The second wave of figures includes the Mystic Knight of the Forest and the remaining three Sentinels. It seems to be shipping in two sub-waves of two figures each, probably intercut with the first wave figures to keep those on the shelves for Christmas.
|Garrett||Garrett, the Mystic Knight of the Forest. Not, as I earlier suspected, Draganta (turns out Rohan is Draganta). Comes with a lot of axes and nifty pop-out blades.|
|Rock Wolf||The Rock Wolf of Temra, the final Sentinel to be faced as the Mystic Knights quested for their armors. Nemesis of Angus, and much better looking as a toy than as a character on the TV show.|
|Sea Serpent||The Sea Serpent of Temra, opponent for Ivar. Ugly and orange, only get if you're a completist.|
|Lightning Bat||The Lightning Bat of Temra, opponent for Deirdre. Easily the best of the Sentinels, buy him on sight.|
The Power Rangers-ization of the Mystic Knights starts with this line of
variant figures, at the 5" size but two dollars more expensive thanks to the
gimmicks they have. Hitting stores as of January 1999, I'll probably buy
these up slowly rather than all at once. Deirdre seems to once again be
shortpacked initially, or just scalper-nabbed, since in the piles of Battle
Rage I saw today (1/15), I saw no Deirdre. Note that while at first glance
they may seem to just be the original figures with different accessories,
they have all been extensively remolded. As of 10/11, the line is dead, and
Deirdre's finally showing up at Kay Bee as warehouses shed their stock.
Note: I refer to them as Battle Rage in some reviews. This is a viral meme. You will submit.
|Deirdre||Deirdre, Mystic Knight of Air. In the Battle Fury assortment, she comes with a hang-glider backpack that resembles a dragon. Late-shipped. This review also includes capsule commends on Rohan, Angus and Garrett.|
|Angus||Angus, Mystic Knight of Earth. The Battle Fury version has a bulky dragonhead arm assembly and a pair of dragon's claw catapaults on his back. He also has a bulked up leg.|
|Ivar||Ivar, the Mystic Knight of Water. His main weapon is, um, a vase on a stick, but his wings and spinning water shield more than make up for it. This was the first Fury assortment Knight I bought.|
|Rohan||Rohan, the Mystic Knight of Fire. Covered in dragon heads, some of which launch fire missiles.|
|Garrett||Garrett, the Mystic Knight of the Forest. Covered in thorny vines, his axe launches its head...but not very well from his own hands.|
|Lugad||The first big and bulky figure of the line, he towers over the other 5" figures, but isn't up to the 8"ers. Less poseable, as is the norm for big and bulky figures, but has lots of nifty gimmicks.|
There's no current hint of a second wave, but I presume that if these sell
well that Bandai will churn out more. Only the three hero boys are featured
in this set, no gurlz or villains. Sigh. Figures have just as much
articulation as the small ones (which is to say, loads), plus removable armor
and more coloring.
I've seen no reports of a second wave of 8" figures as of 1/15/99, unknown if they'll continue to make that size.
|Ivar||Big Ivar! Best looking of the three, I think, but also the hardest to find, being short-packed. Being able to remove the helmet confirms that the toy painters didn't know he was supposed to be black.|
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