Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pros and Cons of the SOTA Street Fighter figures !!!

The Pros and Cons series continues with another toy line that is discontinued. The Street Fighter Sota Toys series . There are quite a few companies that have made or are currently making six inch scaled Street Fighter figures . Among them are Neca , S. H. Figuarts , Storm Collectibles , and Sota . Out of all of the companies to make Street Fighter figures in six inch scale I think that Sota has done the best job and I'll explain why as of now.

                                         The  Pros of  Sota Street Fighter figures
                                      (  The  Positives ) 

( 1 )  THE   FIGURES  COME  WITH  EXTRA  HEADS  AND  EXTRA  HANDS  -   I know a lot of today's toy lines do this same thing . However when it comes to an extra head , nine times out of ten the pair is almost always a masked head and an unmasked head . Whereas with the Street Fighter Sota figures you get different facial expressions with the alternate heads. For example , Balrog comes with one head where it seems that he is displaying a sinister grin , and the other head looks as if he is angry . This is a nice luxury for toy photography, just in case you want the figures displayed with a variety of emotions .

( 2 )  THE  FIGURES  COME  WITH  SOME  COOL  ACCESSORIES  -   Lots of today's figures do also. However with the Street Fighter Sota figures , for example, Guile . Not only did Guile come with his dog tag and a comb for his hair, but he also came with his famous " sonic boom " attack beams. So not only do you get a character's regular accessories, but also some of their powers in plastic form also . Not to mention animals too, because Ibuki comes with her pet raccoon and Thunder Hawk with his eagle. Also not considered an accessory , but the figures also come with a poster like sheet showing other toy lines and figures that are not Street Fighter made by Sota Toys . So overall some nice bonus goodies to go along with the alternate heads and hands .

( 3 )   SEVERAL  CHARACTERS / FIGURES  HAVE  VARIANTS  OF  THEMSELVES -  Although I'm not a big fan of variants myself , this is good for those that are . For example you can purchase three different versions of Cammy . Not only can you get her in her original green outfit, but also in pink and blue .

( 4 )  NO  SHARED  BODY  PARTS  OR  BODY  MOLDS  -  In most toy lines, both old and current there will be characters / figures that share the same torso, the same arms , etc . However this is not the case with the Street Fighter Sota figures . Each figure is designed with their own original parts .

( 5 ) EVERYONE  IS  IN  SCALE  HEIGHT  WISE  AND  STATURE  WISE -  All of the figures are proportioned correctly just like they are in the famous video game franchise .

( 6 )   THE  PACKAGING  OF  THE  FIGURES  -  Other than different colored packaging for different figures , there are some that display drawn arcade buttons on the front , and on the back there are some with what resembles a character selection menu . I think this is a nice nod and sort of like a tribute to the video game franchise itself .   This is great since Street Fighter's true roots are video games , and not toys and action figures .

( 7 ) THE  FIGURES  SEEM  TO  BE  MADE  OUT  OF  A  NICE   HARD  PLASTIC  WITH  TIGHT  JOINTS -   Although not  all figures  have " super " tight  joints but at least you don't have to worry about " bobblehead type looseness" with ab crunches , knee joints , etc . Plus is it just me or does the plastic seems like a nice hard plastic that feels different from other toy lines ? The plastic feels right and the figures have a nice sturdy feel to them without any signs of being fragile .

( 8 )  THE  FIGURES  HAVE  BETTER  ARTICULATION  THAN  A  LOT  OF  TODAY'S  FIGURES -  Including Hasbro's Marvel Legends . Excellent all around articulation exists in these figures .

( 9 )  THEY  FIT  IN  WELL WITH  MARVEL  LEGENDS  AND  OTHER  SIX  INCH  SCALED  LINES  -  However I'm putting more emphasis on the Sota Street Fighter figures fitting in well with Marvel Legends more than I am any other toy line . The reason why is because of the " MARVEL  . VS . CAPCOM " video game series . Thanks to a combination of Sota Street Fighter figures and Marvel Legends collectors can now display half of the characters from that popular video game series upon their display shelves .

( 10 )  TONS  OF  MULTIPLE  DISPLAY  OPTIONS  - Because of all of the extra heads and hands, along with the accessories allow for various multiple display  options  .

That's  it for the Pros. And now for the Cons .

                  The  Cons  of the Sota Street Fighter figures 
                               ( The  Negatives ) 

( 1 )  NOT  EVERY  STREET  FIGHTER  CHARACTER  GOT  MADE -  Unfortunately Sota did not get around to every single character . Hopefully one day soon all of the characters will have six inch scaled figures of themselves if not by Sota than maybe by some other company .

( 2 )  A  LOT  OF  THE  FIGURES  ARE  NOW  VERY  EXPENSIVE  -  This occurrence however happens with all toy lines as they age, especially a discontinued one .

Alright folks that's it for the article . But before I go let me leave you with some Street Fighter Sota figures in fighting action . Thunder Hawk versus Balrog . For your entertainment .

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