REVIEW: The Galaxy Bunch [Virus Series]

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Background

The Galaxy Bunch was initially launched at the Hong Kong Comic Festival back in 2003.  Although no toys were created, the characters were introduced to the public.  Designed by Michael Kwong, the initial group of nine characters (there are currently 60) was turned to vinyl.  Known as the Virus series, the initial run of Galaxy Bunch figures includes monsters, alien, robots and more. 

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Packaging

Each member of the Galaxy Bunch is packaged on the same hanging blister card.  The card slides out from a plastic shell, meaning you won’t need to tear the plastic from the cardboard.  So you can repackage the figures.  There is not much reading on the packaging, but illustrations of the characters and their names are located on the back of the card.

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The Figures

The Galaxy Bunch [Virus Series] is made up of 9 various characters.  Each figure is approximately 3” in height and has 3 points of articulation (arms and head).  The rotocast vinyl series has been limited to a run of 1,500 sets.  Each figure is packaged with a chain that somewhat resembles bracelet.

The list of characters is as follows:

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Alpha – a cycbot with a mechanical body and a human mind.

Poseidon
– a nice person, but he’s a little nosey.

Beta
– Alpha’s best friend.  She is a genius who enjoys reading.

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Longranger – is not as good of a shooter as he tells people.

Octobot
– lives alone on the surface of the ocean.

Supernovo
– can fly anywhere she wants to.

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Doubleheader – is a cycbot who can turn into any machine wants.

Supernova
– is the younger sister of Supernovo.

Omega
– is one of the few kind and considerate Omegese.

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Our Opinion

When it comes to mini figure lines, you often see the same sculpt with
different paint schemes.  The Galaxy Bunch uses the same body for all
of the figures (except Doubleheader), but all of the head sculpts
vary.  There are some slight variations between the figures.  While
most of the paint jobs are glossy, Omega has a matte finish on his
head.  And Doubleheader actually has 4 points of articulation; the rest
of the line has three.

In lines such as these, it’s only fitting to choose your favorite
characters.  If I’d have to list mine from favorite to least it would
be as follows: Octobot, Omega, Longranger, Poseidon, Beta, Alpha,
Supernova, Doubleheader and then Supernovo
.

The quality of the line is about average.  When standing up, the
figures will rock because their feet don’t set flush against the
ground.  It’s fairly minor though.  Overall, I like how varied the
characters are and would like to see more of the Galaxy Bunch released
in a second wave of vinyl figures.

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Galaxy Bunch Grades:

Quality: 8/10
Paint: 7/10
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 7/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Overall: 8.4/10

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