Battlestar Galactica Minimates Review: Cylon Raider with Cylon Commander

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Thanks some recent sales, I managed to pick up a handful of sets I had been ignoring for ages on the shelf. One of them was the Cylon Raider Minimates set! While most of my time has been going to LEGO recently, there’s something appealing about these little guys.

The Cylons were created by man. They rebelled. They evolved. They look and feel human. Some are programmed to think they are human. There are many copies. And they have a plan.

Join the crew of the Battlestar Galactica as they flee the relentless Cylons in search of the mythical 13th Colony and Earth. With the hopes of an entire species at stake, these survivors won’t give up without a fight!

The rumored Cylon Centurion Commanders act much like their retro-era counterparts – serving as advanced tacticians and strategists during high-risk missions unsuitable for human model Cylons. These units have never been directly observed by Colonial Forces yet were reported by civilians during the initial assault on the Colonies.

The Cylon Centurion Commander is identical to the Cylon Centurion with one notable difference – he’s gold! Thanks to multiple special pieces like the extended claw hands, the waist extender and the clawed feet, it’s hard to tell that he is just a Minimate in disguise. It is a little weird to get this retro-inspired figure since there were no golden modern Cylons to my knowledge.

The overall look is a solid representation of a Cylon, though the proportions aren’t quite right but that’s a limit of the style. The paint is minimal with some black accents on the legs and feet and the red “eye” in the visor.

Articulation is the standard with the Commander having ball jointed shoulders, hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball jointed hips, hinged knees and cut ankles. The Minimate head is ball jointed at the neck, but the Cylon armor renders it immobile.

The self-aware Cylon Raiders act out of a combination of instinct and programming due to its bio-mechanical makeup, amplified by the repeated resurrection of destroyed units. With an FTL drive, Kinetic energy weapons and nuclear missiles on board, caution should be taken with any encounter.

The vehicle in this pack is a Cylon Raider. Much like the Minimates figures, the raider has been slightly stylized with a bulkier design to accommodate things like having space for a figure to sit in it. But even stylized, there’s no doubting this is a Raider.

Cast in dark gray plastic, the ship looks pretty good (and reminds me of the Rebel Alliance emblem). Twin pointy wings give the ship a wingspan of six inches which is a decent size. The whole ship is covered in plates making it look like it was actually assembled. Small guns rest under each wing, but the sculpt really excels when it comes to the “face.”

The front of the Raider is made to look like a Cylon face with the visor and blinking light. The top part is a simple hatch cast in dark gray, but still translucent, plastic. The Cylon Commander fits well in the seat but takes a bit of work to pose right given his long claws and toes. To help remind you this is a toy, the base of the vehicle has three small wheels that make way too much noise.

A sheet of stickers were included but no directions as to where they go. Plus, the sheet was bent and several stickers had dried out. also, the packaging is a bit excessive with the Raider being twisty-tied in place with one that goes up and inside the vehicle itself!

Like most of my recent purchases, I grabbed this set when it was on clearance at Toys “R” Us after having my eye on it for a while. The golden Cylon Commander is an interesting, though inaccurate, take but visually looks great. The Raider isn’t as exciting but at the end of the day this set includes a mean looking robot and a spaceship. When it comes to toys, you can’t really ask for more.

Written by jestergoblin

July 8th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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