Wave 2 - Blob Series
Does the Blob Build-A-Figure live up to his hype? Is it worth buying eight figures to assemble the Blob? Keep reading...
Sculpt / Design
Getting right into it, Blob's sculpt and design is great. Now, many of the fans initial reaction was "Gross!" and that the fatty rolls were just too detailed and excessive. Upon searching many different artworks, I found that every artist is different, some draw the Blob very round and smooth, others draw him with disgusting detailed fat bulging down his legs, arms and neck as we have gotten here. Kudo's to Hasbro for making Blob so disgusting. They didn't play it safe and keep him basic. Now look at the photos, yes this BAF is HUGE. Now this feels like more of a value than the previous BAF, Annihilus. Forgive me for not going into extreme details on sculpt here, I don't feel like vomiting right now. I will tell you that all the fat rolls look pretty real, whether in or out of the costume. The hair is finely and intricately sculpted and goes right along with an excellent and believable face sculpt with kind of an "get in my belly!" expression. I love the hands on this thing, nice and fat, stubby fingers with indentions sculpted in the right places and some nice finger nails to boot. The figure is very solid and stands with ease. What I was impressed with was that I was actually able to completely assemble Blob, disassemble and then reassemble again without breaking or loosening any parts whatsoever. I'm not OCD like that, I forgot a piece in my original disassembled photo. Despite my mentioning that different artists draw Blob in varying degrees of disgusting in regards to fatty detail, the norm is more often the smooth rounded arms and legs, so for this only, I will take away a point.
Paint / Color
Color choices for Blob are perfect. I initially thought the hair was too light but upon further research, I found that for the most part, it is about right. There is some variation from image to image, book to book. I am most of all pleased with the skin tone, thank goodness it's not that awful pale, opaque flesh tone that has been used for figures like Banshee, Quicksilver, Thor, etc. The little brown splatter all over the flesh parts, although logically inaccurate, take a little getting used to which happens pretty quickly and adds a little more texture to the figure's skin tone overall. The dark blue looks good, the yellow trim lines on the shoulders, waist, wrists and boots are all clean and solid. The only problem in paint application is a bit of a mess on Blob's right wristband. Just looks like a little mess up at the factory. I just know noticed that Blob's bottom teeth and eye color are pink. Doesn't look bad, you probably didn't notice before I said anything, did you? It's still... odd though.
Blob features a surprising 28 POA (Points of Articulation). Pretty limber for a fat guy. Could have been better, but honestly, I was expecting worse. When first announced and shown at 2006 SDCC, my immediate reaction (after "Gross!") was, "how the heck are they going to split this guy up?" Well, if you don't already have him or the pieces, I'll let the photos in the gallery tell the story. It would have been nice for some knee articulation, however I'm sure they decided to leave this out so we can get Blob to stand with ease, if so, hey it's working. Individual finger articulation could have been squeezed in easily with such big hands, but at least there is the mid hand hinge. Blob features true ball-joint shoulders and hips, which are key to just about any super-articulated figure and I'm pleased and surprised to see them in this figure.
You can look at Blob's value in two ways. One way is to accept the fact that yes, he is free when you buy the other eight figures in this wave. The other way is to think, okay well, I had
to buy (blank) figure and (blank) figure, so it cost me this much... I guess it depends if you're a completist or not. Or if you don't mind trading with fellow collectors in person, online, or using ebay to get those extra parts. In the end, no other competing line right now
is giving you a free piece of another figure with every purchase.
Sculpt / Design: 9
Paint / Color: 8
Overall: 32 out of a possible 40
The Blob is worth getting. You won't be disappointed when you finally put him together whether that means buying all eight figures even if you hate a figure (Ultimate Wolverine) or if you have to go through some trouble to buy or trade for the other parts needed. The figure is huge and will look great along side your Magneto, Mystique, Mr. Sinister, Pyro and other X-Men villains.
Check out Blob in the Database