I recently got to see Big Hero 6 in the theater and honestly, I was not impressed. To me, it was a cookie-cutter type of superhero-movie, something that we’ve seen over and over again before the great comic book movie renaissance of the 2000s. So it is disappointing that I didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I had hoped that I would, especially since it was based on a Marvel comic — albeit, a more recent creation compared than the live action Marvel blockbusters.
But I am not here to do a movie review, but to instead review the Big Hero 6 11″ Deluxe Flying Baymax with 4.5″ Hiro Action Figure Package. Why did I start out with my opinion about the movie? Because my indifferent opinion on the movie ultimately affected my bias regarding the figure.
As a figure, I find nothing really wrong with it. Bandai did a great job putting it together, but please note that the retail price is $49.99, which is a pretty expensive price for an action figures. But because Baymax is so large, and it is packaged also with a smaller Hiro figure, it has prices comparable to those found in a collectable (package) and not in a collectable. But then again, the toy pack is huge, these pair of toys do ultimately warrant the heftier price tag.
The figures are very well-made, with incredible likenesses with their on-screen incarnations. Bandai should be commended with their design work for Baymax, but with Hiro the work is not as spectacular. This may be because Baymax is a larger character and has less of a need for a well-crafted intricate design than Hiro. A much better crafted likeness of Hiro can actually be found in the Disney 2.0 figure, used for the best-selling video game. But again, my indifference to the movie really doesn’t make me gung-ho to purchase any Big Hero 6 products.
As for the specs of the toys, Baymax is 11” tall and Hiro is 4½“ tall. The product features sounds from the movie, which can be heard by touching the product while it is still in its packaging, so you can give it a try before you purchase it. His sounds and quotes from the movie will help kids get into Baymax character. A plus, however, is that the Hiro figure, which when attached to Baymax’s back, unlocks special sounds that cannot be heard by just playing with Baymax alone. In addition, the Baymax toy can light up on parts of his body and also has the ability to fire a rocket fist. There are 20+ points of articulation in this figure, with Baymax popping his wings with 18” span. With such a multi-functioning figure, it’s nice that they provided the AAA batteries already installed.
Young Big Hero 6 movie fans will delight in this very large, standing at almost a foot tall, bright red Baymax action figure. Baymax has an even larger wingspan. He is a top heavy doll but doesn’t have any problems standing upright on smooth surfaces. So get this for your kids, they’ll love it. It’s just not for me.