The Eternals' Kingo
By Hervé St-Louis
October 3, 2021 - 08:02
$22.99 USD, $33.99 CAD
Release Date: September 2021
I must add this important detail, which inspired me to start my review with Kingo first. I have never had nor bought in my recollection, an action figure featuring a Desi character, unless one counts Black Adam as one. It is certain that I have never had an action figure of a Pakistani nor an Indian before. Therefore, Eternals is important. This figure is important for all the collectors and the kids out there who finally have a toy that looks like them. The fact that 90% of my action figures are white men is problematic.
There is another Kingo action figure by Japanese toy make S.H.Figuarts (Bandai) but that one retails for more than twice the price of Hasbro’s Kingo. While the S.H.Fiiguarts Kingo is very nice with detailed and careful paint applications, for most regular collectors, the Hasbro version will do just fine. It’s quite a figure and of those that I own from the Eternals, wave, it is the best male action figure yet.
I know that I should not compare them too much, but I find Kingo’s sculpt to be much better than Ikaris. He does not have noodle legs and his feet are smaller, thus better proportioned. Kingo is slender with beautiful proportions that make him look human and finer than the usual Marvel Legends action figure. I have had other Marvel Legends figures based on actual people but find that the Eternals’ wave is one of the best. It has the same sculpt quality as the Star Wars Black Series. I wish that the quality of all my Marvel Legends was as high as Kingo’s. My main criticism of the sculpt is the back of King’s hair. The hair should cover the back of his head totally and not leave an ugly skin gap.
The figure is stable, but it is so slender and lean that it can topple easily if the weight is not well distributed on both feet.
The Eternals have no butterfly articulations. His shoulders can move up to 80 degrees. He has bicep curls, and pinless double elbow articulations which gives him a lot of range. His wrists bend at the palms, but they are limited in their motion by the edge of his sleeves which point in an angular shape and limit possible motion.
All Eternals come in a gorgeous box with their name. There is a nice photo real painting of Kingo on the side and the back, as well as a short biography in multiple languages. Images of the other non-exclusive Eternals from the wave are included. The inside box has a gold and sky back cover that highlights the celestial nature of the Eternals.
The Eternal wave is available everywhere. Kingo will be very popular with Southeast Asians as he has his own following across the world that may not have registered with mainstream audience. I’m saying that Kumail Nanjiani is quite popular, and many will rush to buy his action figure. Because he is part of a build-a-figure, the toy will always be popular with folks trying to assemble Gilgamesh. Once people see these figures in person and realize their quality, they will sell. Don’t wait too long.
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