Demon Form Illidan Stormrage World of Warcraft Action Figure Review

Monday, April 12, 2010

It only took a while for the guys over at DC Unltd to realize that the first Illidan Stormrage figure they released looked like a pansy pants figure the more you look at it. I mean just look at the girly violet skin. Now they've released Illidan in Demon "Bad-ass" Form that takes the colors to a whole new level. Too bad they didn't bother to make a totally different figure, so I guess we'll just have to call this a variant. But variant or not I'm still excited to review this figure so check the break for all the dark-colored action.




Before anything else hee's a clip from WoW Wiki:
He was the twin brother of Malfurion Stormrage and was in love with Tyrande Whisperwind. Once an unusually gifted sorcerer, the extent of his powers became difficult to classify due to his powers increasing in large bursts as a demon hunter, sorcerer, and having absorbed the powers of the Skull of Gul'dan.

I guess we have the Skull of Gul'dan to thank for Illidan's great wings and cool horns. Here's a look at the packaging. Everything looks similar to the first Illidan figure except for the back which features the series 5 figures.



Out of the box we get the main figure, two enormous wings and the peg stand. I didn't count the weapons because the main figure's already holding them.


Here's the turn around of the main figure. We just have to remove the horns and fill the holes on his back and Illidan's back to his old night elf self, except for the dark demonic color though.





With Illidan in demon form they also had to improve the color of his weapons and add a little transparency to them which is totally great. Now we can really call this the twin blades of Azzinoth. I also like the improved color of the wings. I'm not sure but I think the paint on the wings feel rough which adds a little bit of texture to the wings.



And the moment you've been waiting for, a look at the complete figure. The wings are so huge that I really had a hard time shooting the whole thing without sacrificing the details on the main figure. I just used a point and shoot camera so I hope you understand.





Here's a closer look at his face. Its kind of hard to get the side view shots because of the huge horns. I like the glowing eyes through his blind fold, neon green on black is now my favorite color combination



They also upgraded the colors of his tattoos. It's amazing how new colors change the entire impact of the figure. I also noticed that the figure goes black the farther away the tattoos are. It's a good thing they thought of that, it gives the tattoos some kind of glowing effect to it. Check out the left arm and you'll see what I mean.




The torso seems to have the same effect with the tattoos. I think they also improved the way the wings attach to the back because this time it's flush to the back and you won't see any obvious or excessive holes.



We also got color enhancements for the legs and hooves. I'm glad they improved the glowing color of the gems on his hooves. The glowing and the brightness are just right.






There you have it, the Demon Form Illidan Stormrage Figure is a great figure with great colors. But I feel that they could've done a better job if they commissioned a new artist to give us an entirely new look or pose. Don't get me wrong, the colors are the best we've seen so far especially with the tattoos and the weapons but knowing that they already released something with the same pose and sculpt really brings it a few points down. For both the demon and non-demon form figures that is.


Posted by Jab Escutin
More info: DC Unltd


40 comments:

JohnnyQ said...

Dude, when I saw this figure, I looked instantly at mine. And I realized mine's face is staring straight at me while yours is staring down. All the details of the figure itself and the package are really good just like yours.

I'm just saying...should I be worried? Or should I be happy that mine actually has a unique pose?

Jab said...

@JohnnyQ - I'm not sure about that. Are the horns soft or bendable? There's really a small chance that it's fake if the details and colors look good.

JohnnyQ said...

The horns aren't soft and bendable. I actually bought this one from toy kingdom because I really didn't want to risk a chance of it being fake. His face isn't that straight forward, but it is compared to yours. And the head is also turned a little bit to the right. I tried moving the head but it's fixed.

JohnnyQ said...

I also compared it to my Illidan Stormrage (not demon form) and it is really not looking at the same direction. I thought that was the only change they made to the figure so I didn't even bother with it. But when I saw your pics and other pics in the internet I realized that mine's different.

Oh well...guess I just have to be happy that mine's unique. :|

JohnnyQ said...

@jab - I saw some reviews of the two Illidan figures. All of them say that there is indeed an articulation at the joint of the neck: a ball-and-socket. Can you confirm this jab? I believe that's why my Illidan isn't facing the right way. Thank you!

Oh and by the way, I would also like to ask how you keep the color of the wings of the old Illidan from turning yellow. Mine's already yellow and often fall off from the main figure itself. Thanks Jab! :)

Jab said...

@JohnnyQ - yup, there's a ball and socket but it's movement will be kind of restricted by the hair. As for the wings your biggest enemy is sunlight and heat. The falling off part is part of a miscalculation in production. It will fall off because it's too heavy for the main figure. You can also expect it to deform because of the weight.

JohnnyQ said...

Oh man...that sucks a**. haha. Thanks anyways man!

Archie said...

@Jab

Can anyone confirm if the wings of the Demon Form are made of a different material from the regular version? I just got the Demon Form and I immediately noticed that it seems to be made of a stiff and brittle plastic as compared to the hard rubbery plastic used in the original.

Jab said...

@archie - both the wings feel the same for me so I'm guessing they're made out of the same materials.

Archie said...

@Jab

Really? Hmm, then that might mean my regular Illidan might be a fake... But it doesn't seem like it. Everything else about it seems like the real deal (box, manual, Illidan figure himself without the wings). I'm almost 100% positive the wings are made differently between my regular Illidan and Demon Form. I can bend my regular's wings. If I try to do the same with the Demon Form's wings, I'm sure they'll snap. Also, when I slap the wings together, the Demon Form's wings make that plastic thump. Slapping the regular's wings together doesn't make a sound.

Wah!! I'm confused...

Jab said...

@Archie - I'm not sure what to tell you man. If you got your figure from a trusted source then I guess you have nothing to worry about.

tenjou said...

If I can only get one which one should I get, Normal or the Demon Form version?
I dont like buying identical figures, could use the money to buy the other figures instead.

Archie said...

Okay, I've confirmed it. My regular Illidan is a fake...

So sad... I guess I'll have to buy another one from a source I know sells original WoW figures.

To save other people from suffering the same fate as I have, here's how you can tell a fake Illidan from the real one. Please bear in mind that this is just based on my own observations. I do not claim that this is a 100% foolproof way to confirm if an Illidan is a fake or not, but I am confident that there are indeed noticeable differences between my 2Illidans.

Here's how you can tell:

1) The wings are made of a different material. The real one is stiff and brittle plastic. The fake one is a more malleable plastic that can be bent without snapping it. Problem with this method is that you can't test this while the figure is still in the box.

2) Again with the wings. The pegs of the wings on the real one are smooth with one vertical ridge that allows the wings to lock into place when inserted into his back. The fake one has several horizontal ridges on the wing peg. This method you can use just viewing it inside the box. You just have to tilt it a bit to see the wing pegs.

3) For the Demon Form Illidans, the body of the real ones have brighter paints around the green tattoos before going completely black. The fake ones are almost entirely black around the tattoos. This method is hard to use if you've never seen the original before.

So those are the 3 methods I have found out so far.

Right now, I will say that Data Blitz and Greattoys sell original WoW products (Greattoys is limited in stock though).

2Rats, JAE Collectibles and Black Dragon sell the fake ones. I've visually confirmed them in person for their Illidan figures. I'm not 100% sure if their other characters are also fake but I will assume they are all coming from the same source.

Jab said...

@archie - thanks for sharing. That's why I only buy from trusted sources... Druid's Keep and Comic Quest are also great sources.

Archie said...

@tenjou

I have both and even though my regular Illidan is a fake (I'm going to replace it with an original though), I can still use it for comparison.

Demon Form Illidan looks more badass and menacing. I like the way his eyes are glowing beneath the blindfold. The green of his tattoos are also more pronounced. However, since the figure is mostly painted in black or dark colors, it's harder to see the details of the statue.

Regular Illidan is probably the look most people know of. If you want the original look, this is the one to get. There's also more color variation so the details are more visible. One thing I really don't like about it though is that his armpit hair is really noticeable on his right armpit. I don't like seeing armpit hair, especially if it's only in one of his armpits (the left one doesn't have any). One the Demon Form, the armpit hair is hardly noticeable because both it and the body are the same color.

Again, it boils down to your preference. Hope that helps you decide!

Jab said...

@tenjou - they're basically the same just with different colors so it depends on what color scheme you like. Either way you're gonna get a great figure.

@archie - great one on the armpit hair = LOL!

tenjou said...

@archie
Does your Fake Illidan show a Blizzard and All Rights Reserved text underneath the base?
I think that's one way to tell since I saw a fake Vindicator with just a Made in China text underneath the base.

Might as well just get Demon Form since the normal one is hard to find and your not even sure if its original.

Archie said...

@tenjou

By base, you mean the stand? If so, then yes, it has that wording. It says:
(c)2007 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Made in China (s07)

I just came from Data Blitz again today and compared my Vindicator Maraad with theirs and guess what? My Vindicator is a fake too it seems. But it wasn't the base that was different, it was the other details. If anyone is interested in knowing the differences I saw, I'll write them here too. You can use them to determine if the item is a fake or not.

Archie said...

@tenjou

I'm not sure what happened to the reply I posted but here it is again just in case. I apologize in advance if this becomes a double posting.

Anyway, when you say base, are you referring to the stand? If so, then yes, it has those words also. To be exact, it says:

(c) 2007 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Made in China (s07)

So that means that fakes can have them too. Speaking of fake Vindicator Maraads, I just confirmed that mine is a fake too. I got it from 2Rats during the weekend. There are more noticeable differences between the fake and real one that can be seen while it's still inside the box. If anyone is interested in knowing what these are, I can share them too. Just let me know.

Archie said...

@tenjou

Darn, there might be something wrong with the website because my replies aren't showing up after I refresh the page. I've tried writing my reply twice now and it still won't show up.

Anyway, the base of my fake Illidan has those words also. To be exact, it says:

(c) 2007 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Made in China (s07)

So in other words, the fakes can have those also and may not be the best way to identify if something is original or not.

Speaking of fake Vindicator Maraads, I just learned that mine is a fake too. I bought it from 2Rats last weekend. I compared it with the one in Data Blitz and found a couple of noticeable differences between the two. The good thing is, you'll be able to determine if the item is a fake or not without needing to open the box. If anyone is interested in knowing what these are, I can share it with you. Just let me know.

tenjou said...

@Archie
Please do share. It would be a great help to other collectors.

Archie said...

@tenjou

Okay. Sure thing. Again please bear in mind that these are just my own observations. They may not necessarily apply to all fakes.

Here's how you can tell if your Vindicator Maraad is a fake:

1) The purple crystals on the hammer, the bottom tip of the hammer and the purple diamond crystal on the cover of the book. On the original, these crystals are clearer and have a shinier look. On the fake one, these crystals look more clouded/translucent. It's a bit hard to tell unless you've actually gotten the chance to compare both. But believe me, once you've seen how clear it's supposed to look like, you'll know at a glance.

2) This one is more obvious. The color of the wings on the left shoulder armor. On Maraad, you should notice that the color of the lining on his breastplate is gold, while the lining on the leg armor has a darker gold, almost bronze color. I'm referring to the part with all the engravings. It's also the same color as the lions on his knees. On the real one, the wings on the left shoulder armor have the same color as the darker bronze color on the legs. On the fake one, the shoulder armor has the same gold color as the gold lining on the breastplate. So basically, you just need to compare if the shoulder armor matches the colors on the breastplate or on the legs.

3) Another obvious one. On his left shoulder armor, there's an insigna of what I think is a lion. It's inside a diamond at the base of the "wing". On the fake one, there's a black border around the insigna (or between the two concentric diamonds). So basically it alternates between gold-black-gold. On the real one, the entire diamond insigna is all gold.

4) The gloves. Both of his gloves have a part that's supposed to look like leather I guess. It's the part with the strings on his right hand. On the fake one, the leather has a dark and glossy finish. On the real one, it has a brighter matte color (looks more leathery to me). The same is true for the leather covering the fingers on the left hand.

I've seen other minor differences, especially on the eyeliner and the gold rings around his tentacle beard, but I have not confirmed yet if this is the same for all. For now, I think the 4 differences I've listed above should suffice.

Although I must admit, this fake Vindicator Maraad is not bad. It's got the same heft as the original, and the eyes on mine are actually better painted than on the originals I've seen so far (so he has a better face). But being an OC collector, I'll only feel comfortable if I know I have the authentic one.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Should I post this in the Vindicator Maraad review as well?

Jab said...

@archie - thanks for the interesting pointers man! If it's okay with you can I post your observations on a separate post?

Archie said...

@jab

Okay, you can use them in a separate post if you want. Just credit me somewhere in there :P

But again, all my observations are based on the fakes that I have (which seem to be the same as the ones carried by 2Rats, JAE Collectibles and Black Dragon) compared to the ones that Data Blitz and Greattoys carry. There may be other versions of the fakes running around as indicated by tenjou, so the differences I noticed may not apply to all fakes.

Also, I want to make it clear that I am not trying to discredit the stores that sell fake WoW figures. They're probably not aware that their WoW figures are fake because these are VERY HARD to tell apart from the authentic ones unless you take a VERY close and long look between the two of them. I, myself, didn't realize they were fake until I checked the ones in Data Blitz. And to think I spent about 30 minutes checking out these fake items for quality control issues before purchasing them, not knowing they were actually fake. They look that good.

Jab said...

@archie - thanks! Of course we'll credit everything to you. If you have a twitter or facebook account people can follow we'll be glad to post the link.

Archie said...

@jab

Thanks. No need to have people follow me. I don't have a Twitter account and I don't really use my Facebook page much except to accept friend requests. I'll just be glad if I can manage to help out fellow collectors.

onehj said...

how much does the demon form cost this days?...thx

Jab Escutin said...

@onehj - it's usually around PHP 1.9K... but since it's the holidays you might find some on sale... if you're lucky...

onehj said...

@jab
thx men...saw one on filbars @ 1.3k but having doubts that its a fake one

Anonymous said...

datablitz has it on sale for 1000 only..

Anonymous said...

are the weapons really detachable? does anyone have a picture of the figure without the weapons?

Jab said...

@anonymous - check the images I posted above. It's got a 360 view of the figure without the weapons...

Anonymous said...

the weapons are attached in the pics.. am i not seeing some of the pics?..

Jab Escutin said...

@Anonymous - sorry about that... check here instead... it's the non-demon form figure but it's basically the same thing...

http://www.geekpinoy.com/2009/11/world-of-warcraft-illidan-stormrage.html

Anonymous said...

I don't think that the everyone of these as you people say fake figures, can have the blizzard license on them so i think they are just manufactured on differrent places so that's why there's a litlle difference between them on the color and material on some for example Illidan's wings sorry about my english i'm from Croatia...

Jab Escutin said...

@anonymous - thanks for the comment... that can be possible... but sometimes the difference and quality of the figure is too ugly to pass Blizzard's license...

Croatian said...

I saw a fake figures on net with the same poses like the originals and similar colors,but thesse figures don't have the Bllizard license on them and they ar not produced by DC unlimited but they are very similar...

Jab Escutin said...

@Croatian - if you just like how the figures look that's okay to buy fake figures... but if you're a true collector you really have to buy the licensed authentic figures...

Croatian said...

No way nothing but original =D but i just say that anyone who say that the fake figures have a Bllizard and a DC unlimited license on them lie because that's not true it's just confusing the collectors. And i don't like the Illidan at all they should do better with the wings and pose and he should had a base like Arthas and Thrall(they are great figures to me the best of all wow figures by DC unlimited )because he is a very important charachter...

Jab Escutin said...

@Croatian - Yes, I agree that the base should have been improved...