The seminal Disney musical epic Fantasia is over 80 years previous now, nevertheless it stays one of the vital visually beautiful and iconic films Disney films ever. We all know the line-ups of the primary three Disney ULTIMATES! sequence, and this film is, appropriately, nicely represented. In fact, Mickey because the Sorcerer’s Apprentice is up first!
Fantasia is a kind of early Disney films that I didn’t see till I used to be a bit of older. I believe I used to be 11-12 however I had already seen nearly each different animated film from the studio many, many occasions. So, I didn’t actually know what to anticipate going into it, and that made the expertise all the higher in my view. This one hits otherwise than so most of the others from that period, and it’s rightfully acknowledged as a courageous piece of silent cinema that offers alternative to give attention to the attractive photographs themselves, in addition to the sweeping soundtrack. Selecting the Sorcerer’s Apprentice for this primary U! sequence is a brilliant transfer because it permits Mickey to be included within the inaugural wave, but in addition offers him the chance to be featured in a glance that’s not is commonest, however nonetheless well-known.
We now have coated Prince John and Pinocchio already, and I’ve commented about the dimensions and shapes already on this line. Mickey stands within the center, being considerably smaller than Prince John, however taller than Pinocchio. I point out this once more as Mickey is Disney’s most well-known, and from a merchandizing perspective, most represented character. So, I virtually really feel like he’s the baseline for a way characters are scaled round him. Positive, U! is an (approximate) 1:10 scale line to start with, so PJ hits the highest of that, however there are loads of characters who will probably be judged through their measurement relationship to Mickey, so there may be loads of room to play. That is good as a result of it’ll assist steadiness prices throughout figures in a single assortment, however can even enable for some cool accent choices.
Like Pinocchio, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice has gotten higher by way of likeness and particulars because the unique renders. The portrait likeness on these unique promo footage lacked a sure one thing to them by way of capturing Mickey’s character, however throughout all three heads included with this launch, the Apprentice actually comes by means of. I really feel as if the open-mouthed smile is essentially the most iconic, however I’m personally a fan of the frowning face. His frustration with the brooms comes out so nicely right here, I believe loads of collectors might be recreating that scene of their shows. The plastic for the faces has a bit of little bit of a sheen to it, however it’s not readily obvious underneath regular lighting. Every head does have a hat and they aren’t detachable.
Mickey’s small stature nonetheless homes the standard U! articulation rely, and I believe the joint scheme works higher right here than with Pinocchio. As a result of outfit design and the lengthy sleeves, the joints are in a position to extra extra freely right here, so there may be not problem in getting Mickey to pose with the axe, or an any of the opposite iconic poses which might be aided by the massive assortment of swappable arms. His tail is even articulated on the base, so that may even work an extra assist for standing in a number of the extra excessive stances. I didn’t have to make use of it for something I’ve executed right here, however it’ll work as such. The entire Disney ULTIMATES! have the identical neck peg that acts as a partial ball so the sculpting is retained and an precise peg set contained in the neck will not be used.
Mickey’s tunic is tailor-made delicate items, and very like Prince John, that is helpful to the motion and poseablity of the determine. I believe that it’s COULD have been executed through sculpting, however it’s formfitting and the fabric truly provides a visible and textural degree to the general presentation. There’s a sure sheen to it that helps to catch the sunshine to make it pop a bit, and it contrasts nicely with the blues, blacks, and browns all through. The longer tails don’t intervene with any of the leg articulation (that’s the level of the material), and the sleeves nonetheless enable for the articulated arms beneath to maneuver uninhibited. The belt can be delicate items and does a reasonably good job of recreating the “rope” look. That is the spot the place I might have in all probability most popular plastic as an alternative because the tie doesn’t look fully pure. It’s not dangerous, however I believe the plastic would have appeared higher and would have set in place extra with out adjustment.
Now, the equipment are the place this determine actually shines, and you understand there’s a lot packed in earlier than you even open the field and it’s HEAVY. There are a number of swappable arms that embody open, grip, fists, and pointing – nearly every part you want for the long-lasting Sorcerer’s apprentice poses. You additionally get the spell ebook, and as you possibly can see, it’s open so it may be used as a raft atop the flood. You additionally get and enchanted broom, in addition to two buckets of water. Now, the broom is a non-articulated slug piece, however it’s nonetheless virtually like getting a second character within the set, and it might maintain the water buckets nicely. For those who determine to take concern with the broom, you additionally get the axe, so a runaway spell will be mounted with the correct quantity of frustration.
General, it is a enjoyable determine that represents Fantasia nicely. I in all probability like Prince John and Pinocchio a bit extra, however there may be some film bias speaking there. There’s loads of thought and care put into this launch, and I a lot favor this to the Herocross determine of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Now, as I stated, this film is being offered nicely in ULTIMATES, and Hyacinth Hippo and Ben Ali Gator are on their method within the subsequent couple of waves. I might nonetheless like to see an oversize Chernabog, and even Yen Sid the Sorcerer (with mushrooms). The latter might use a base that might be good for Merlin from The Sword within the Stone, in order that’s a double win. Count on Mickey to begin delivery any day now!
*Thanks once more to Super7 for sending this determine alongside for an early characteristic.