|If that trademark cowlick doesn't give away the "mystery" figure, then I don't know what does.|
Monday, February 17, 2014
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destinies Rubber Phone Strap Collection Review
Packaging: The box is colorful and attractive. While you likely won’t want to keep these little guys imprisoned in their boxes very long, the set comes nicely—and securely—packaged for storage and selling purposes. Each figure is stored in a smaller “blind” box, meaning that you don’t know which figure is packaged in each one. Don’t worry, though—each collection contains one of each figure, meaning that you get the full set.
Phone Straps: There are six figures included in the set: Phoenix Wright, Athena Cykes, Simon Blackquill, Bobby Fulbright, Apollo Justice, and Miles Edgeworth (the not-so-obscure “mystery” figure). These little guys have a rubbery texture, making them soothing to the touch. If literally used as phonestraps or keychains, they could eventually become soiled by fingerprints and pocket lint, however.
Each character is rendered adorably and the attention to individual character detail is—simply put—charming. Simon has a chibi-fied Taka perched on his shoulder, for instance, and it’s hard not to smile at mini-Worth’s cute glare of lawyerly severity.
Negatives: If I had to nit-pick, I could only say that most of these guys look pretty unhappy. Phoenix is wearing a rather dangerous expression, which is a bit out-of-synch with his easy-going attitude. As this is meant to capture the spirit of Dual Destinies, however, I can see why the crafters chose to lose the potential smile in favor of his new character artwork.
Overall: It’s a bit trite to say “what’s not to love?” about these little guys, but that’s the fact here. These phone straps are solid, Dual Destinies collector’s items for fanboys and fangirls of the game. It goes without saying that if you have the other sets, then these belong in your collection too. They aren’t exactly the line of action figures I was hoping to see spin from this title, but they work quite well as a substitute. Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars (NOT GUILTY!)