But there are delightful decisions to be made even before you prime them, right from the moment you take them out of the box. So let's take a look, shall we?
All right, so here's the box. It contains 1 leader, 2 different Guardling figures, 2 different Underlings, and 1 Spawnling. That's 6 ten dollar figures in the box for $49.95, or one free space squid for buying them as a box set. By the way, that's 178 points of models, in a game in which a small battle is about 100 points, and an average one is 200. So, a decent starter box- not the biggest they make, not the smallest. If you don't believe me, check the stat cards- they offer them up for free on the Bombshell minis website.
I'd like to point out that the box comes with all but 2 of the official Edo figures. The only other Edo figures released thus far are the Trappers and Eyespy. So you are getting pretty much all there is for official minis with this set. The two that aren't included are ones that have specialized abilities that not everyone will want, so they are the logical ones to leave out of a starter box.
Now, onto the review of the figures themselves. I'd like to start with a few general comments.
- These are very cool space squids. They have a lot more detail than you'd expect. The skin is textured, they do have suckers, and they have exposed brains, because, you know, pulp sci-fi. A couple of them are even wearing... uh, clothes? Jewelry? Well, something, anyway. The higher ranking ones are adorned with things. Point is, Patrick Keith didn't skimp on the details. He made sure these guys could be just as interesting as other races that have, you know, limbs and stuff.
- You are going to want to do some posing. In order to require less assembly (thank you), most of the tentacles are molded along a flat plane. But here's where you become ecstatic that they are made in metal- they can be bent! This has the added benefit of allowing the pose of each model to be at least somewhat unique, even if you have multiples of the same model (which could happen, depending on how you build your force).
- You know how I said there's not too much assembly? Yeah, that's a good thing. Because gluing on scrawny little metal tentacles holding big, heavy ray guns scares me. Getting that to stay is going to be a <censored>. This is your warning. Break out your green stuff and/or glue accelerant, because you are going to need them.
Since we're talking about squiddies here, it might be easy to get them all confused, so let me take you through them one type at a time, help you ID their parts, and highlight some special features.
Then we come to the Guardlings. Now we're starting to get serious. Did someone say space squids with halberds? Yup. And they have some nice adornments, too. One of the two of them looks like he must be the Captain of the Guard, because he's all decked out in a sturdy helmet and gorget. Pluses: no assembly, little posing required, and, you know, halberds. Minuses: little pose-ability, not as much tentacle-flailing action.
And last, but obviously not least, we have the one they call the Prime Leader. He obviously got the title because he has the biggest tentacles. He really does stand taller than the adults of most other intergalactic species. He even has two tentacles with flared pads at the end that I believe are the stingers listed on the character card- no one else has those. Another tentacle (already attached) grasps a scepter that I think is supposed to be his weapon, since he has one called an Arc Rod. You only have one tentacle to glue on here, and three nice, long tentacles with lots of poseability.
So there you have it. Six Edofleini. Six 25 mm slotted bevelled bases. One box, $49.95. Tons of fun, and a more than adequate starter force.