Update: The Gnome Warlock Valdremar With Voidwalker: Voyd Warcraft Action Figure Review

Friday, November 05, 2010

Valdremar Warcraft Action Figure Review

Gnomes are continually making their presence felt in action figure form and even though their size is quite challenging to sell on it's own DC Unltd has managed to package this little race with a couple of additions namely pets or in the case of Sprocket Gyrospring a mount. It's very unlikely we'll see a gnome figure all by itself because it's so small that it will hardly be a good choice for any potential buyer. Except if you're really into gnomes that. This time we have the Gnome Warlock: Valdremar with his pet Voidwalker: Voyd up for a totally rad image heavy review so take the jump and see what we have to say about this seemingly out of proportion tandem.




As always here's a little something about Gnomes care of the guys over at WoW Wiki:

The ingenious gnomes, masters of technology and the former denizens of Gnomeregan, are a race of diminutive humanoids who now live in exile in Tinker Town in the dwarven capital of Ironforge in league with the Alliance.


If you haven't heard or seen yet the packaging of Premium Series Figures have been redesigned maybe because they needed more vertical space to present the figures but hey at least it looks great. At first glance you'd think Voyd is the main figure but try to remember that it's the little guy that's running the show.

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All in all you get five pieces out of the box. Valdremar, two demon wings, Voyd and a peg stand for Valdremar.

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The demon wings look kind of cool because it's transparent and all but I feel that the crumpled wing is a little bit out of my taste. At first I even thought it was a defect because of the pressure of the packaging but looking at the images from the official site it looks like they intended it to be that way. I guess we'll just have to see what it looks like attached.

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Here's Valdremar without his wings attached. He can totally rock without his wings and for such a small figure I'm very happy that they still manged to put in a lot of details with the sculpt and over all look.

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Here's the Gnome Warlock: Valdremar with his demon wings attached. When I actually saw the peg stand at first I thought why the hell does this thing have a peg stand? He can stand up on his own pretty well, then I added the wings and shut up. I'm not sure if you'd share my sentiment but the bent wing looks kind of iffy to me or maybe it's just bent the wrong way. Either way the demon wings look cool on him overall and I'm glad they included it. I'm not actually sure if he's dressed in some kind of armor set so if you know and are sure please hit me a comment so I can update this review.

Reader JohnnyQ has come through with the name of the set:

Valdremar is wearing a typical set of clothes for warlock class as seen in World of Warcraft comics being worn by a human warlock. It's called "Malefic Raiment" set.

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Valdremar probably has a very small head given that it can fit in that skull mask of his. I wonder what kind of animal that is? Small with a head full of horns, must be quite the specimen. The violet theme looks great and consistent but I was expecting more glow from the eyes or maybe something that will allow me to see Valdremar's eyes through it, you know, because it's just a mask and not his real face.

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Here's where things get a little more complicated. Because of Valdremar's small stature it's easy to miss some fine details with the colors and I'm thinking somebody got lazy coloring this figure. If you look closely there's a lot of violet colors spilling all over the place, although it still manages to look good because you can barely notice it, it would've been great to see a little more dedication from the guy that colored this. I'm not even sure why some of the skeleton parts are violet in the first place.

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Valdremar's itsy bitsy hands are probably the best thing I like about this figure. It's so small yet you can still enjoy all the great details and consistent colors.

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Let's move on to the big accessory shall we? But before that I think it's best you know what a Voidwalker is in the first place, again from WoW Wiki:

Voidwalkers are demons created from the chaos of the Twisting Nether. Their touch is misery, and it can momentarily blind a creature's awareness to other threats. These hulking blue creatures look vaguely humanoid. It seems to appear from within a black cloud as dark as the void. A voidwalker’s sole purpose is to unconditionally serve a master.

Now that you're enlightened about our demonic pet here's a look at the Voidwalker: Voyd action figure. The first time I saw this figure I was really excited because voidwalkers are pretty awesome in their own right. Plus Voyd's got all the transparent glowing thing going on. One thing that's bothering me though is that he's made of parts that they probably glued together. Because he's made of some kind of transparent plastic they had to shape everything during production and assemble everything later. The result is you'd see a couple of lines all around him that really bothers me. I wish they could've minimized it by making more big pieces rather than making so many parts. Luckily it's not that obvious when you don't look close enough.

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Here's the face only a Warlock can love. I know it's kind of hard to see in the image given that he's all blue. But there's a lot of details put in to make that monster of a face. If you look at the neck you can see the lines that I was talking about.

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The Voidwalker's bracers are the only thing that enables them to walk around Azeroth if you manage to remove it you'd send him back to the nether realm. The sculpt and details of the bracers are exactly what I expect. It looks just like the one in-game which is great. I just wish they put more a little more glow on the green gems though. The paint job on it is really lame if you ask me.

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The vapor used for his feet look great but again the lines that separate it from the rest of the figure bothers me.

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If I ever have the time and money to play World of Warcraft the first class I'd probably play would be Warlocks and with good reason. You have great pets and spells to use not too mention they're all risky but the great thing is you get to have awesome pets like the voidwalker. It's basically the same thing with these figures, you'd think twice before passing the Gnome Warlock: Valdremar because of the great voidwalker figure that goes with it.


Posted by Jab Escutin


5 comments:

JohnnyQ said...

Valdremar is wearing a typical set of clothes for warlock class as seen in World of Warcraft comics being worn by a human warlock. It's called "Malefic Raiment" set. Researched that one for you jab!

Jab said...

@JohnnyQ - Thanks man! Great work!

JohnnyQ said...

@Jab - Great review! I got the same problem with valdremar, the purple color spilled on the bone accessories on his chest. bummer...

Anonymous said...

What didn't you like about the bracer painting? They look nice on photo.

Jab said...

I was kind of hoping the paint would make it glow a lot like a gem instead of looking like a piece of dry wall. Just my opinion though.