Amazo Toys’ ‘United States Space Force’ Action Figures Have Landed

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A few years ago, Amazo toys launched a Kickstarter campaign for the United States Space Force line of action figures. The original estimated delivery date was February 2021. Well, it’s now 2022, and the figure I ordered has finally arrived.
The campaign only broke a few funding barriers, guaranteeing pledges that we’d get at least three versions of the character: Space Force Blue, Space Force Red, and the Russian Space Agency. As you’d expect, Blue and Red referred to the two major political parties in the United States.
The base figures came with three heads. Blue had Barak Obama, generic trooper, and Uncle Sam. Red delivered Donald Trump, generic trooper, and Ghost of Ronal Reagan. Finally, the Russian Space Agency launched with Vladimir Putin, generic trooper, and Gregori Rasputin. Luckily funding goals were passed, which gave us some different heads.

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Amazo Toys
Amazo Toys
For $25, pledges got to pick one of the three versions. I went with Red because having a Trump action figure was just too good to pass up. We saw a decent amount of updates throughout the past couple of years, and then the pandemic crippled production. This was the case with multiple crowdfunding items I backed. Amazo Toys kept us up to date as much as possible, but it was apparent things would get pushed back.
These types of things will often miss their estimated ship dates; that’s just a risk you have to expect with crowdfunding. So it’s not a big deal. However, after an additional year, I was expecting a better product.
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Space Trump arrived in a very slim plastic canister. All of his interchangeable hands and weapons were rattling around in the case. The heads came in a separate clear plastic enclosure. The whole thing felt sloppy. Considering the heads were in a cylindrical container, you’d think it would fit in the same case as the figure. Nope.
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The heads are great. The Space Monkey, Coco, isn’t, but the others get the job done. I wish Reagan’s head had a wash over it so you could see some of the facial details when he is attached to the body. I can fix that on my own, but come on.
The figures’ body is similar to what you’d find in a newer Star Wars Vintage Collection toy. You’re going to get about the same amount of articulation, 14 points, to be exact. There are two weapons: a laser pistol and a pulse rifle. Both guns are flat silver in color; no wash on these either.
The interchangeable hands vary from open hands, trigger hands, fists, and grabby hands. Each has a joint at the wrist, which brought its problems.
The silver chest piece is removable and is quite flexible. However, the flexibility means that it’s hard to keep the optional clear fishbowl helmet stationary. It’s molded to slot into the harness, but it does not work.
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
The biggest disappointment is the paint on the hands and body. Out of the box, the white paint near the figure’s joints had already started to chip, like it had been fully painted after assembly with a large brush. This was most noticeable on the hands. The joints at the wrist were covered with paint. So, the moment you rotate the wrist, large flakes of paint came off.
This could be solved by spraying these small parts with a dull clear coat, but I shouldn’t have to fix these things right out of the box. The paint application looked like it was done in a single coat with cheap acrylic rather than multiple thinner coats. The lack of a protective coat over the paint meant chips were just part of the issue. The white part of the spacesuit quickly picked up fingerprints.
As I stated earlier, this all feels sloppy even by Kickstarter standards. The novelty of having Trump and Reagan as action figures quickly wore off once I saw large flakes of paint in my hands while taking these pictures. Once you’ve attached your favorite head, I’d suggest putting the figure back in the packaging and displaying it that way to avoid additional wear.
This could have been a great little toy line, but the execution of the paint held it back. However, the body and joints feel durable and could hold many cool poses, primarily if you use the slot on the back with a figure stand. Maybe if the toy line makes it to mass production, these problems will be solved.
[Source: Kickstarter]

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