Monday, May 7, 2018

LEGION TOYS: Chameleon Boy (Mattel 12-Pack)

by Derek William Crabbe
The Brandon Walsh of the 31st Century! The Durlan Shape-Changer who puts the 'N' in nepotism! It's Reep Daggle a.k.a. Chameleon Boy!

Beyond the original head sculpt of his alien ear lobes and Durlan antenna, Chameleon Boy's upper torso piece is also unique to his sculpt. The yellow shoulder pads are solid plastic which extend over the shoulders. Reep has a pretty chipper expression on his face, along with beady little alien eyes that possibly betray the inner most thoughts of this shape-changing Legionnaire. Otherwise, he is on the 'tween' and somewhat thin buck, which he shares with Matter-Eater Lad and Kamandi.

There are 24-points of articulation that I count on Chameleon Boy. Head moves from left to right, and slightly up and down,  Arms can move up and down, as well as rotate in a semi-circular fashion. However, the shoulder pads do limit a full 360 degree rotation. There are bicep cuts that swivel, joints at the elbow and the fists can rotate as well. He has an ab-crunch that moves in an approximately 30/70 ratio. He has a waist swivel. His legs move up and he can also do the splits. Swivels are just above the knee. Knee joints and ankle rockers complete the standard articulation.

"Look Ma! I'm a Triceraton!"

The paint application continues to be top notch. From the various shades of Orange on the expressive face, to the purple and yellow hues of his costume, there is very little bleed. The base layer of the costume on the torso is most likely the purple, and there is a very minor chip in the yellow paint overlay on the right pectoral muscle. The eyes, as well as the eyebrow paint is nearly perfect and is a great combination with the sly-looking sculpt of the head piece; making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Even though perhaps the Red and Purple costume is more well-known, I still enjoy this figure and its costume choice. Some folks might even make the argument for additional pack-in accessories to adequately display Cham's shape-changing abilities, but I guess that's what other animal pack-ins and Photoshop are for!

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