JoyToy is one of those Chinese collector-oriented manufacturers who’s recently become more popular with their Warhammer 40,000 line of figures. But their first claim to fame was their unlicensed Titanfall figures that featured great detail and features. This ultimately led to their Dark Source line of 1/18 and 1/25 scale mecha figures. These made me really curious of their offerings, but not to the extent that I’ll dip my toes into the water.
Well, ToyCon PH 2022 happened, and I had the chance to get one of these figures to see if this curiosity really has some merit. And so, here are some quick unsolicited thoughts on this figure, and the line in general.
This is the Iron Wrecker 07 from the Dark Source line and dubbed as a “Space Operations Mecha” if the astronaut-like design isn’t giveaway enough. The figure isn’t threezero levels good but there are great color applications on this figure, especially with the shading. The box mentions that this figure is fully hand painted and there might be some credence to this claim given the paint work on this guy. Articulation is also okay, which is highly dependent on the design and when things don’t bang against each other. You could put these figures in great poses, and I’d recommend keeping them that way.
My main caveat with this figure, and possibly the others, is the build quality. I bought mine sealed in package and when I took it out, the figure was disassembled (not on purpose) at multiple points and in a variety of ways. Fortunately, nothing was broken, and I was able to reattach all those loose parts, but the build quality and fit aren’t the greatest. For this figure, the main waist joint and the left hip joint connections are weak and could easily pop out. That’s why I’d recommend a pose-it-then-leave-it approach with these figures.
Ultimately, my curiosity for these figures has been satisfied enough that I don’t think I’ll be getting more in the future, unless they do Battletech / Mech Warrior.