Storm Collectibles has had an interesting approach with its Mortal Kombat license. They’ve focused more time on the color palette swap ninjas and some of the major bad guys without many of the heroic characters to fight then. We needed a hero and finally we get one with the thunder god himself, Raiden. Let’s see if he brings the storm or is just a summer breeze.
Packaging: I always like the Storm Collectibles package setup and the Mortal Kombat presentation is one of my favorites. It starts with the the wide window to showcase the figure and the first batch of accessories, a big brand logo and the portrait that starts on the front and carries over to the side. The other side features a shot of the figure.
The back features action shots of Raiden showcasing the accessories and his bio. There’s a minor misspelling in it, but it does a very good job of explaining his backstory.
Likeness: I always struggle not to immediately think of Big Trouble in Little China when I see Raiden so it’s fun to see him in his classic early attire as opposed to the newer, more intricate models. Raiden is rocking his vintage attire that matches up with his look through the first three games.
His default head sculpt has that calm, peaceful expression I most often associate with Raiden.
The most distinguishable element is his straw hat and it features the layered pattern like it was hand crafted. Next is his torso cover, which offers some protection. Most of Raiden’s outfit was the traditional karate gi with some wraps around his wrists and shins. Strom Collectibles did a nice job giving that baggy, comfortable feel while not skimping on the details like the armbands.
Scale: Unlike the early Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile figures, is a little thicker and taller. He’s more in line with Cyrax and Shao Khan.
Paint: Raiden is mostly in white with his tunic in blue and some black accents. That’s not going to give Storm Collectibles paint crew fits and the figure doesn’t have any glaring paint issues.
Articulation: I don’t have any complaints about the figure’s articulation. Storm Collectibles sets up a firm center of balance with their figures making it relatively simple to pull off the poses from the game. Except for his big teleportation moves. That one was a little tricky.
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Raiden comes with two additional face plates — one with gritted teeth and the other like he’s yelling. These pop on and off without any trouble and make for terrific extra display options.
There’s also four other sets of hands: a gripping, chopping, sprawled and meditating.
Additionally, he’s got two different sets of lightning bolt effects — one as a small stream stemming from his fingers and another is a long trail of lightning. These are fun options and well executed (ha!) accessories.
Raiden also has a tremendous head electrocution effect head that can be placed on various other Storm Collectibles figures. That’s an awesome piece and I like that SC is incorporating fatalies in the figures now.
Worth It? Raiden is going for $70. That’s the standard price for Storm Collectibles figures, but don’t delay as these guys can double in price in a blink.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Storm Collectibles did a great job with Raiden. He features the expected terrific articulation and with the fun display options posing him won’t get boring any time soon. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer to get a Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage and Jax.
Where to Get It: You can get Raiden now from Amazon for $69.99.