By Marc Wasserman
As a young video game warrior in 1986, I was easily amused by playing Mario and Duck Hunt. There would be other fun no nonsense games for the Nintendo that would capture my time, however, there was one arcade game that stuck out that and got me sucked in for hours at a time. This game was RAMPAGE! The whole nonsense style of the game made it even more entertaining to me. I did not understand the backstory to it, but the mere thought of being a giant gorilla or lizard creature breaking buildings and vehicles was more than enough to entice me. I would later end up playing RAMAGE WORLD TOUR. Once again, I was more than happy snagging helpless humans from buildings and munching on their poor bodies.
As time moved on I had forgotten the joy and fun this series brought me and as an avid video game collector, I do have to admit this game has alluded me from adding it to my collection. However, when I saw there was a movie titled RAMPAGE coming out (arriving April 20, 2018); once again my interest had been sparked. As watching the trailer (seen below), I told myself, that this movie would be phenomenal if it was based on the Midway classic. Well once the trailer was complete, I knew my hopes were coming to fruition. I decided to write a review of the Lanard Toys Big City Brawl Series: George, Ralph, and Lizzie.
Let the destruction begin!
Big City Brawl: George
While we know George is the main creature that was experimented on. He is the first figure I decided to purchase. Based on the trailer he is identified being a “friend” of Davis Okoye; portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This is a stocky figure, measuring in around 7 inches. He strikes a typical, powerful ape pose. For a small figure, I can see him intimidating other figures. The coloring on him is an off-white/grey exterior, he has a pink like underbelly as well as the inside of his arms. His body is extremely detailed, with great muscle definition and facial detail. He does have a moveable jaw in where he can be posed in some nice shots to show his rage. He does come with an articulated solider and helicopter, as well as a barbed wire fence of sorts. His left arm is hinged to provide smashing action. Overall, I think he would fit in nicely even with NECA Planet of the Apes figures.
While George does have arm smashing capability, his left arm only moves outward and up and down. There isn’t a whole lot of flexibility. So, if you’re looking to pose him in different angles you won’t have that ability. Also, the rest of his body is set in one position, there is no way to give him a “King Kong” like of appearance of beating his chest or taking on more of a dominate appearance. He should have arm and leg joints, as well as his body, should be able to be posed in different positions. The soldier is nicely articulated in his arm joints; however, the helicopter is small, and it took me a few times to position him in the small opening of the cockpit.
The packaging is nice, it provides a clear window to see the action sequence of the figures as well as what is included. The outer box is nicely photographed as well. The back of the box does provide a little backstory to the figure. However, there is a decent amount of zip ties holding the figure in, which isn’t the easiest thing to cut. I had to use a snip to free my ape.
Big City Brawl: Ralph
Based on the trailers we don’t know much about Ralph. I do know that he is an awesome sized wolf figure. He measures 7 inches tall and is easily 12 inches long from head to tail. He is greatly detailed to look ever so intimidating. He is greyish/brown in color but has some muscular color on his rib cage, obviously indicating his ribs are stretched out as well. He has an articulated jaw as well to provide “Jaw Chomping Action”. He possesses poseable front feet and legs which is a nice touch, this will provide some great action scenes. He comes with another articulated soldier with some weapons, as well as a broken bus piece. The bus door comes off as well, Ralph can provide “chomping” to the bus. He would fit nicely in with other figures as well, perhaps he can be used as a “hellhound” of some sort as well.
As with George, Ralph has some areas that can be improved. Even though he does come with poseable feet. I had a hard time standing him up and keeping him standing. For a big figure, he is also thin. I am not sure if he’s supposed to be emaciated looking, however, I get that feeling from the figure. I would like him to be bulkier and fuller feeling. Adding a little weight wouldn’t be a bad thing either, may help him stand easier. His back is spikey but detailed, kids might not like the feeling of his back though.
The packaging is nice, it provides a clear window to see the action sequence of the figures as well as what is included. The outer box is nicely photographed as well. The back of the box does provide a little backstory to the figure. However, there is a decent amount of zip ties holding the figure in, which isn’t the easiest thing to cut. I had to use a snip to free my wolf.
Big City Brawl: Lizzie
Now, what can I say that isn’t awesome about this figure!?! This is perhaps my favorite of the line, I always wanted a detailed crocodile that just looks awesome. This bad boy is easily close to 2 feet long. He kept his dinosaur look as well, he is an off green exterior with a pink underbelly. His spikes have some pink in them as well. His spikes ascend down his back all the way down to his tail. He provides “Jaw Chomping Action” as well. He is fully articulated; all four legs do move. Lizzie's tail is an add-on piece add at least 6 inches to his enormous body. He is also quite hefty, a well-designed figure to this line. He comes with an articulated soldier who includes weapons. Lizzie can easily chomp on his foes, providing excellent photo scenes. Lizzie would be a wonderful addition to any collection and would look great going against Lanards, King Kong.
As much as I really enjoy this figure there is a couple of things that can be changed. His tail was a little bit of a challenge for me to get it to stay in. For a child, it may be challenging and thus cause them to not want to get the full Lizzie experience. Also, his legs are limited in the front due to his neck stopping them. I would like a little more flexibility from my crocodile. Other than that, I am happy with this figure.
The packaging is nice, it provides a clear window to see the action sequence of the figures as well as what is included. The outer box is nicely photographed as well. The back of the box does provide a little backstory to the figure. However, there is a decent amount of zip ties holding the figure in, which isn’t the easiest thing to cut. I had to use a snip to free my crocodile.
I am pleased with this line of figures, for $14.99 at Walmart you honestly can’t go wrong purchasing these. As you’ll be able to have some great setups and photos if you’re into action figure photography. I would, however, like to get a building diorama (to destroy) for these figures, it would have to be a decent size, but I think that would be a nice touch.
Packaging: *** ½
Collector Value: ****
Marc’s OVERALL SCORE:
4 ½ out of 5