Review – Mezco Mortal Kombat X Raiden

“There is no knowledge that is not power…”

RAIDEN is the eternal God of Thunder, protector of Earthrealm. After the second defeat of Shinnok, he ascended to the status of Elder God.

Welcome back to what will sadly be the last in our series of articles examining Mezco’s first series of Mortal Kombat X Action Figures. We’d previously looked at Scorpion and Sub-Zero and were blown away by the sculpt, paint, articulation and accessories Mez has packed into these guys, vowing to collect ‘em all, and being a serial cherry picker when it comes to toys both great and small, this is something I literally hadn’t done with any line of figures since Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends. So to anyone still on the fence about investing in this line, that has to speak volumes to the outstanding quality of these pieces. Without further ado, on to the Thunder God!

As much as there can be one, Raiden seems to be the “peg warmer” of this line. I had a hell of a time finding one at retail, but I actually did find one (unlike Subbie and Scorp that are now long gone from shelves), Raiden was the last figure I did pick up though, always being more of a fan of the series’ multicolored ninjas, so I can’t really blame anyone else for doing the same, though those who skip out on Raiden altogether are making a serious mistake, as he may be the most well executed and accessory packed of the whole lot.

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Raiden doesn’t have a weapon, per se, though he does come with a lightning ball that can be pegged into one of his open hands (and can also double as an ice ball for Sub Zero) , and a pair of open hands with tendrils of lightning emitting from the fingers. These are cast in clear blue plastic and look awesome in a variety of poses either pointing up or forward. Ray also has a regular set of open palms and a flat set. One of the best things about this series is that all the hands are relatively interchangeable, so if you choose to have Scorpion shooting lightning or Raiden wielding his swords that’s up to you. Rayden’s signature hat is also removable and works just as well as Scorpion’s mask did, and makes me REALLY wish Mezco would make a Kung Lao.

The sculpt here is absolutely gorgeous, all the lightning and cloud based filigree and designs on Raiden’s uniform picked out sublimely, and the paint backs things up admirably. Articulation is up to the line’s usual standard, with only the ankles a tad restricted due to the design. Internal scale is excellent and scale between the other figures is also perfect. The guys look awesome together, and I can’t wait until Series 2 drops in October.

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Like I said before, Raiden may be the stodgy old dad type character of the Kombat Klan, not as badass as his series-mates the hellish fire demon or vengeful cryomancer, but Mezco still hits this one out of the park, making another worthy addition to their growing stable to perfect plastic pugilists.

Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.
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