Back in May we brought you news of the release of the third Coin Rides Game by Fools Paradise – Darkside K.X1. The guys over at Fools Paradise were kind enough to send over one to The Toy Chronicle HQ for us to review. Thanks guys! So where to begin, well, when we first opened the shipping box we were presented with a beautiful presentation box. Loving the colours used.
The Darkside K.X1 is Fools Paradise take on Darth Vader and his TIE Advanced x1 Fighter from the original Star Wars trilogy. We see the return of Fools Paradise’ Darth Vader Keiko character with this release.
Previous incarnations of Darth Vader Keiko have seen the unmasking of Darth Vader to reveal a fleshy Winnie the Pooh head (read HERE). There was also the Darkside Keiko, pictured below.
Anyways back to the Darkside K.X1 release. Keiko sits inside the TIE fighter, which has taken on the form of those coin ride games outside stores around the world. You know the ones, right? You pop in 50p and get a 30 second ride of going back & forth, side to side etc. The K.X1 also allows you to move the TIE fighter as you would expect with the ride – with their rubber ball joints. Not that you’d want to be moving it a lot, but the fact that feature exists is a great addition.
As I mentioned in my Facebook LIVE video last month, the Darkside K.X1 was a little difficult to assemble. This is more than likely down to my fat fingers. There was a comment from one of our viewers, that mentioned the K.X1 likely comes in multiple parts due to the fragile nature & potential breakages in shipping. A very fair point well made. I was constantly worried that’d snap the couple of plastic pieces that make up the base of this figure.
There is some real weight to the Keiko figure & TIE fighter, which we really like. Beautifully sculpted, which we’ve come to expect from the Fools Paradise team. The paintwork is on point, always great to see.
Darkside K.X1 retailed at around £200 at the time of sale, it was limited to 500 pieces per the Pre-order period. K.X1 is no longer available to purchase.
Overall the Darkside K.X1 is a really nice addition to the Coin Rides Game series. We sadly missed out on the Boba K.Slave and Sand K.Troop Coin Rides Game releases, so happy to have the Darkside K.X1 in our collection. Fools Paradise have since moved from the Star Wars themed releases, to the Joker from Batman – with their Keiko Joker Coin Rides Game in June. It will be interesting to see which character next gets the Coin Rides Game treatment. Who would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments section below!