Dec 042012
 
Corki, the Daring Bombardier
Corki, the Daring Bombardier

Corki, the Daring Bombardier is hardly a common yordle: not only does he not look like one but he also is unusually infatuated by his copter; or copters. What he lacks in clothes variety he tries to make up with copter choices making for all kinds of results. When the time comes for a sortie, you can be up to snuff with this skins’ review so as not to look like a nugget.

UFO Corki
UFO Corki Splash Art UFO Corki Model
Category: Promotional (given when signing before January 14th, 2010)
Price: Not Applicable
Concept: Corki flying on a stylized dish UFO.
Model: New textures for Corki and new model for his copter.
Particles: New trail particles for the copter.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background may pretend to have an astral feel but it’s actually just a patch of black with a some air-brushed colour. It could pass for the copter’s fire trail but a portrayal shouldn’t require much imagination to interpret. Corki looks alright and the UFO copter as well; though much greener than they do in-game. Yet, the copter is just a screenshot of its 3D model as its curves are made of straight lines. In the end, it’s a piece that barely does its job as it conveys the general look but not very faithfully.
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Conclusion: UFO Corki is a interesting skin that gives new colours and a new aircraft to the pilot. Corki doesn’t look much different as his clothes just get new colours but keep the same style. The UFO, for lack of a better denomination, is stylized past the point of comicality and well beyond into the absurd. Such an extreme design has its merits but pushes the meaning of the name well into the metaphorical. At least, the new particles are a fine addition that adds some visual flare to this peculiar skin. In conclusion, UFO Corki is a nice skin but it can hardly be called impressive or extraterrestrial.

Ice Toboggan Corki
Ice Toboggan Corki Splash Art Ice Toboggan Corki Model
Category: Legacy, Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Corki flying an ice toboggan.
Model: New textures for Corki and new model for his copter.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A sky with some snow and flags is what the mess of white points and diffuse effects seem to aim for. While the idea is realized, to an extent, it looks rather rough and disappointing. Corki’s depiction isn’t much better as the shading and even lines looks awkward. Moreover, the toboggan looks like a screenshot of the 3D model; due to how the curves are done. Overall, an unprofessional splash art that should have no place in League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Ice Toboggan Corki gives the helmet a new coat of paint and firmly plants him on a toboggan. The result is hardly amusing as we end with a floating toboggan with some sort of machine gun attached to the front. Not only is the skin quite a stretch but it also isn’t particularly witty or even attractive. Add to this the high price and we end up with a product that has no answer to a simple question: why buy it? Ice Toboggan Corki isn’t just a victim of League of Legends evolution, it’s also an idea that seemed good in theory but isn’t in practice.

Red Baron Corki
Red Baron Corki Splash Art Red Baron Corki Model
Category: Legacy, Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Corki flying a biplane-inspired copter as a tribute to Manfred von Richthofen.
Model: New textures for Corki and moderate model changes for his copter.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Some shades of grey try to make a dark sky for a background but simply become filler. Corki’s portrayal is simple yet passable with adequate shading and a bit of style given to his moustache. However, both Corki and copter show that they’re simply a screenshot of the 3D model with some paint over them: the rough lines, simple elements, mismatching shading and lack of a propeller are quite telling. Overall, this piece is just another example of a quality that is way past its time.
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Conclusion: In theory, Red Baron Corki is a fitting and interesting concept for an ace aviator. Moreover, in practice the skin doesn’t look that bad in spite of the huge re-use of assets from the base model. The propellers on the front gun are nice while the design effectively recreates the feel of a biplane; though the Red Baron preferred a triplane. Regardless, it’s a skin that, while nice, had no place at such a high price point. The idea is good but the changes so minimal that it’s simply unable to fill the legendary label. It could be said that Red Baron Corki reflects the quality of times gone by, but even then a little more could be expected from something that calls itself legendary.

Hot Rod Corki
Hot Rod Corki Splash Art Hot Rod Corki Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Corki as a pilot with a knack for hot rods.
Model: Moderate model changes for Corki and new textures for his copter.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background may be considered a sunset but the fact that darkness seems to be advancing from the left of the piece seems a strange choice. Corki looks alright as a simple caricature. The copter fares a bit better with fine lines and nice shading on its upper-left. On the lower-right, the smoke coming from the missiles, which propel the copter in hot rod style, make the colours more diffuse than they already are. To sum up, it’s a passable depiction with obvious uneven quality but with an attractive composition.
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Conclusion: Hot Rod Corki is an unusual skin in that it centres the changes on Corki instead of the copter. The result is rather lacklustre but, at the very least, reasonably priced. Corki gets a younger and fresher image to match the flame job of the copter and the net result is different from his classic incarnation; to a point. The copter essentially looks the same so while the skin refreshes the visuals it doesn’t improve or modify them much. To sum up, Hot Rod Corki is marginally different and hardly innovative. However, if you’d like a lively alternative that keeps most of Classic Corki intact then this is your best choice.

Urfrider Corki
Urfrider Corki Splash Art Urfrider Corki Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Corki flying on Urf the Manatee.
Model: New model for Corki’s copter.
Particles: New particles for critical hits and Missile Barrage.
Animations: New swimming animation for Urf when moving and new dance.
Sounds: New Urf grunt for Valkyrie and critical hits.
Splash Art: Another background, another disappointment: the shades of grey show dark sky with explosions of gunpowder but it does little more than fill space. Corki is depicted with a fitting cartoon style but Urf appears in watercolours so the difference is noticeable. Furthermore, the gatling gun’s perspective makes it look flat. Still both Urf and Corki look adequate and make for a useful portrayal. On the whole, it does its job but not with flying colours.
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Conclusion: Urf Rider Corki is a joke skin that fares better than most due to a few extras that make up for a questionable execution. That is, Corki is completely lifted from Classic Corki, pure and unadulterated. Maybe Corki’s model was finally completed, as it isn’t usually shown in full, but even in that case it doesn’t change the stated fact. Fortunately, Urf manages to take centre stage being as faithful to his classic image as possible: only the missiles and Corki stand in the way. Moreover, Urf throws his spatula on critical hits and moves his flippers as if swimming when moving. As is often the case, the mount does all the job but this time also takes all the credit. Urf Rider Corki is a good skin solely because of Urf so if you’d like a silly but fun manatee to take for a ride you have a perfect candidate here.

Dragonwing Corki
Dragonwing Corki Splash Art Dragonwing Corki Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Corki piloting a copter inspired by the dragon dance and equipped with fireworks.
Model: New model for Corki and his copter.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and critical hits.
Animations: New laugh and recall animations.
Sounds: New fireworks sounds for his abilities.
Splash Art: The background is too diffuse but still manages to display the celebration in all its splendour. The city, or town, feels rather empty due to the perspective yet the setting is well presented. Corki and his copter are very nicely depicted with ample use of lighting and great shading. The copter shows dents and scratches proper of use and there’s good use of blurriness on the missile to the left. The copter seems a little too short and small to carry Corki and certain parts are too dark and empty in comparison with others. Regardless, it’s very good portrayal backed by a fitting background so it feels like a nice piece, overall.
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Conclusion: As far as the model goes Dragonwing Corki seems like a good but unimpressive skin. Corki is fittingly dressed and the copter has an appealing but brief dragon design but nothing else really catches the eye. That all changes once he gets to the action: his particles are an amazing spectacle. Not only are the bright sparks and stylized explosions attractive but the sounds perfectly complete the picture. Thus, the skin attracts thanks to a fantastic amount of visual flare. On the whole, Dragonwing Corki is an incredible skin that catches the eye and doesn’t let go. Unless you deem fireworks an ill substitute for missiles and bullets this is a skin that you shouldn’t miss.

Conclusion

Most of Corki’s skins seem to have been left behind in terms of quality, especially considering current releases. Therefore, it’s quite satisfying to count with Dragonwing Corki: a skin with a fantastic display of style that is by itself a spectacle.

Additionaly, Urf Rider Corki is a unique skin that remains fun thanks to the manatee’s hard work; though it will remain comical for only so long. Finally, Hot Rod Corki is the remaining available alternative and while it’s certainly cheaper it also shows much less work and desire to shine.

Image Credits

Red Baron Corki model screen-shot taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

Rating Criteria

Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: horrible skin, do not buy.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: not very good, buy only if you really like it.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: all right skin, not bad but there’s much better.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: very good skin, could’ve been better but it’s still worth it.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: excellent skin, recommended purchase, don’t miss it.

  20 Responses to “League of Legends: Corki Skins’ Review”

  1. He has 2 legendary skins that change nothing but the model. Poor Corki. I’ve been looking foward to buy a skin for him, guess Urfrider is the best option.
    BTW, could you review Galio? He is one of my favorite champions. Thank you.

    • You’re right, yet not only do those legendary skins only change the model but they also aren’t even full re-models: one replaces the copter and the other just modifies it a bit; Corki remains mostly untouched. Truth be told, Corki is in dire need of a good skin though Urfrider isn’t a bad option.

      Galio added to the list, we’ll review him as soon as possible.

  2. urf skin has new dance animation too

  3. Urfrider has an urf sound for the w

  4. Urfrider also has different autoattack particles. Urf grunts on his W and on critical hits, as well.

  5. what is the best skin for ziggs.? I like the satchel jump of pool party is like swim…. :) better to hear your opinion

    • In Corki, is he a OlD OR just a Yordle?

    • Snow Day Ziggs is the best in our opinion but you have to wait until Snowdown to get it. That aside, Pool Party can be quite fun though it’s also a bit expensive and definitely better bought while on sale. The remaining skins, Mad Scientist and Major, aren’t bad but they aren’t as satisfying either.

      In theory, Corki is a yordle. However, as you surely noticed, there’s quite some variety in terms of looks as far as yordles are concerned.

  6. I play Corki a bit more than I play Tristana, however I have heard that Rocket Girl Tristana is better than any Corki skin.

    Can I have your opinion on which skin I should get, Dragonwing/Urfrider Corki or Rocket Girl Tristana?

    Keep up the good stuff :)

    • Dragonwing Corki is quite a good skin but so is Rocket Girl Tristana. Urfrider is nice and has some appealing additions but it doesn’t provide the spectacle that these other skins do.

      Both Dragonwing and Rocket Girl are great skins and if you are patient you might catch them on a sale. Urfrider is better as an extra if you really want something different for Corki.

  7. I play Corki a bit more than I play Tristana, however I have heard that Rocket Girl Tristana is better than any Corki skin.

    Can I have your opinion in whether to get Dragonwing/Urfrider Corki or Rocket Girl Tristana? Thx for ur help!

    • As said above both Dragonwing Corki and Rocket Girl Tristana are great. Urfrider is something different that can appeal to Corki fans.

  8. Doesn’t UFO Corki have new sounds?

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