Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mystical Warriors of the Ring: Kayin Kungaa, Sheldon Sabre, & Widowmaker PVC figures

Last month I posted on the exciting news that certain figures from Fantastic Plastic Toys' indie mini figure line Mystical Warriors of the Ring were going to be produced in PVC instead of their typical harder resin material. Since then, they've been released and are now invading mini figure collections all over.

This set consists of the three animal-wrestler characters Kayin Kungaa (an ape), Sheldon Sabre (a tiger) and Widowmaker (a spider). The sets have been released in two different colors of plastic: a pink/flesh reminiscent of the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. color, and a vibrant candy apple red. Each three pack sells for the very affordable price of $9 via the True Cast Studio Store.

I received a flesh set, and I've got to say, if you are a fan of M.U.S.C.L.E. (or really, mini figures in general), you are going to want to own these toys. The amount of detail in the figures is superb, and the softer, more flexible PVC makes them more fun and a better fit among other mini figures.

Here's a closer look at the three debut PVC characters:

KAYIN KUNGAA, the ape, is definitely the hulk of the set. This ornery-looking dude is huge, especially when compared to the tiger character, Sheldon Sabre. In that way he reminds me of Goliath, the crocodile character from the very first MWOTR set, who also towers over the rest. It's cool to have this type of size variation in the line. It keeps things more interesting and just adds en extra element of fun.

SHELDON SABRE is the smallest figure of the set, but that doesn't mean he's not a cool figure. Sheldon's a welcome addition, for sure. I like his dynamic pose and his tail, which is fun to play around with in the flexible PVC material (one of the big reasons why PVC is so much cooler; if you tried to move around a part of a resin figure such as Sheldon's tail, it wouldn't move and would likely crack off). Because of Sheldon's pose, you can easily put him in wrestling positions with the other figures (see the photo at the end of this post).

WIDOWMAKER, the spider character, is my personal favorite. The detail on this figure is just amazing, and again, the PVC makes it really fun to play around with his six arms. I think this is the one that reminds me the most of a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure, since it's so outlandish and brings to mind the multi-armed characters from that line. Just an incredibly eye-catching mini figure all around!


I truly admire what the guys behind MWOTR have going on with this line, and always look forward to following its developments. It would be great to see more figures from the line produced in PVC, so be sure to pick up your sets to help make future releases possible.

What about you? What do you think of these figures?

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