REVIEW: IWG – Candace and Burnum
Rocket World introduced Series 4 of their Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo (IWG) line earlier in the year. The four piece rotocast vinyl series was broken into two releases – Makutu and Oishi were released around March and Candace and Burnum have recently been made available.
With a temper to match her mass, Candace will rampage poachers' campsites without quarter. Very protective of her loved ones and her I.W.G. team members, Candace is considered to be the group's mother figure and loved equally in return.
No stranger to being hunted, and sometimes overly sensitive to his unique nature, Burnum is quick to start a fight with offending humans. Burnum often kicks it with Irra and Makutu, not just because they have all have beaks or bills, but they share a love of home decor.
All of the packaging in Series 4 is similar, however the size of the box varies due to the different sizes of the figures inside. The vinyl toys are secured in a plastic tray that makes it easy to remove, while the window front box will please those folks who like to keep things mint in box.
Candace the African Elephant is 7” in height with 7 points of
articulation (that has to be lucky, right?). She is armed with an RPG
(rocket propelled grenade) that is two separate pieces. The figure is
limited to a run of 500 pieces.
Burnum the Platypus is 5” in height with 5 points of articulation. He
comes equipped with a titanium boomerang. The figures' run is limited
to 500 pieces.
Both Candace and Burnum are made of soft, rotocast vinyl. Each piece is stamped on the bottom of its' foot with the corresponding number (out of 500).
Luckily for Patrick Ma, he continues to know how to outdo himself. Due
to the animal’s popularity, an elephant probably would have made sense
way back in Series 1. However, who knows if it would have turned out
the way it did. There has been a lot of refining of the figures as the
series has gone on. Just look at how Patrick redid the look of his
Titus and Septimius bears. So the Candace you see now might not have been what we would have seen in the initial IWG series.
Burnum is my favorite release since the original Titus (which happened
several years ago). He’s just very simple, and has been scaled down to
size…sorta. Of course, a platypus isn’t one 5/7 the size of an
elephant, but it’s nice that all of the animals aren’t the exact same
height. It's also nice that he stands without any problems (it might take a little to find
Candace’s center of gravity). The great thing about the IWG line is that it's the only vinyl line where you'll see some of these exotic creatures.
Remember…a portion of the proceeds from these figures are donated to various non-profit wildlife groups.
You can pick one up at the following:
Cardboard Spaceship: Candace - $39.99 Burnum - $39.99
DesignerToyStoreUK: Candace - £23.99
Fugitive Toys: Candace - $34.99 Burnum - $29.99
Fun1: Candace - $39.99 Burnum - $39.99
StrangeKiss: Candace - $34.99 Burnum - $34.99
Yoyashop: Candace - $38.95
Candace Grades: Burnum Grades:
Quality: 9/10 Quality: 9/10
Paint: 9/10 Paint: 9/10
Durability: 8/10 Durability: 9/10
Hype: 8/10 Hype: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10 Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 7/10 Value: 7/10
Overall: 9.0/10 Overall: 9.4/10