Jul 052012
 
Talon, the Blade's Shadow
Talon, the Blade’s Shadow

Talon, the Blade’s Shadow is a Noxian assassin but his aspect and reliance on daggers, which look like shurikens, bring him closer to a ninja than a classic killer. In fact, he even plays like a ninja as he’s able to jump in and out of a fight in a flurry of shurikens. If you want to choose the best outfit to assassinate your targets, read more on this skins’ review.

Renegade Talon
Renegade Talon Splash Art Renegade Talon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Talon dressed in casual clothes with made at home equipment.
Model: New model for Talon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece makes use of a mute palette to display Talon in a less threatening and more casual way. However, the overall quality of the piece is quite disappointing. The background is quite blurry and lacking any sort of detail it barely sets a frame. Talon is posing adequately casual but the proportions of his body are strange. Moreover, the depiction isn’t appealing and doesn’t show depth; he looks quite plain. Actually, that could be said about the whole piece: the drab colours, non-existent lighting and simple designs make it look like a sketch. Consequently, this is a splash art with sub-standard quality and a complete letdown.
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Conclusion: Renegade Talon is quite clear about its intention: it’s a casual based attire for Talon, to the point of having his cape made out of kitchen knives. On the one hand it’s a quite different take on Talon. On the other hand, his clothes appear pedestrian and unsuitable for a fantasy realm. It’s true that the clothes are well defined and detailed. However, it’s not simply casual Talon it’s Talon’s uniform adapted into a casual style. As such there’s the need to fit his basic outline which forces the blade, shoulder pad and cape into a whimsical design. If you are looking for a casual style for Talon the skin delivers; but it comes with a forced execution. After all the skin’s concept is, ultimately, not very exciting.

Crimson Elite Talon
Crimson Elite Talon Splash Art Crimson Elite Talon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Talon wearing the Noxian Crimson Elite uniform.
Model: New model for Talon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A minimalistic background doesn’t have to be irrelevant as Crimson Elite’s splash art shows. Even though the piece would benefit from a more elaborate background, the logo is an apt frame for Talon’s pose; which is dramatic though a bit overacted. Talon is well depicted with a complex uniform that ends up being drawn in a simple style that doesn’t capitalize on it intricacy. Furthermore, lighting is appropriate but plain; especially considering that the dramatic pose asks for a flashy portrayal. Strangely enough, Talon’s helmet is well designed and shaded; as if it came from another piece. Therefore, this is an adequate and uneven splash art that also demonstrates the shortcomings of its technique.
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Conclusion: Having Talon as a Crimson Elite member is quite an interesting concept. Unfortunately, the execution leaves a few things to be desired. As a Crimson Elite uniform the outfit is well designed; particularly the helmet: the colour and aggressive lines make it stand out. The cape follows Classic Talon’s capricious scheme which is a letdown. Actually, a traditional cape would’ve been more fitting and elegant as the current one feels forced to accommodate this scheme. The blade is lean and simple, which may represent Talon’s effectiveness as an assassin; but still doesn’t make it very appealing. The rest of the uniform has a few decorations but it generally looks plain; though it hints at something more elaborate that didn’t come to fruition. Crimson Elite Talon is a disappointing skin, as a concept it’s quite nice but the execution falls short of making it as relevant as what it tries to represent.

Dragonblade Talon
Dragonblade Talon Splash Art Dragonblade Talon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Talon in light armour with a dragon-inspired blade.
Model: New model for Talon.
Particles: New daggers for Rake and Shadow Assault.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Dragonblade Talon has a dynamic splash art that meshes two different techniques with surprising effectiveness. The background is uniform and cartoon-like. Still, it shows quite a bit of scenery: a good part of a city is shown in fitting eastern style. Additionally, the foggy and dark night alleviates the contrast with the impressive depiction of Talon. Talon’s impeccable portrayal is highlighted by ample attention to metallic surfaces and lighting. Besides, the running stance and flying daggers, or shurikens, help the piece arrest the eye. However, the composition may give too much weight to its right side; the left side seems a bit empty. In spite of its few shortcomings, this is an excellent splash art and one of League of Legends’ best.
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Conclusion: Dragonblade Talon is an interesting skin with an unfortunate compulsion to follow Classic Talon’s style. In particular, the cape which is, arguably, the most forced aspect of this skin. Dragonblade Talon is a clear homage to Strider Hiryu; in his Marvel vs. Capcom incarnation. The futuristic ninja facet is nicely adapted into a more suitable fantasy take. However, the body armour looks plain and the plates cumbersome. The scarf, gauntlets, trousers and boots are alright: they’re reasonable but not especially attractive; at least the blade has a distinct style, though it seems difficult to wield. Sadly, the cape is simply unfitting: it forcibly carries Classic Talon’s style and prevents the skin from having its own flavour. Perhaps a set of scarves flowing behind Talon would’ve been better. The new particles for his abilities alleviate a bit of the model’s shortcomings; yet only the daggers are actually different. Overall, it’s a nice skin, especially for Strider fans, it has its flaws but it’s still a good purchase.

Samsung White Talon
Samsung White Talon Splash Art Samsung White Talon Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Talon wearing modern, casual clothing.
Model: New model for Talon.
Particles: New daggers for Rake and Shadow Assault.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a straightforward splash art that sets out to portray the champions in a simple but dynamic way. It’s effective but that’s all that can be said about it. The background is, apparently, a patch of sky mixed with Samsung White’s logo. The logo is understandable but it receives too much emphasis, mainly because there’s no setting.
The champions all appear in daring action but they are only posing. Their stances hardly tell anything related to their personalities and merely appear for show. They seem to share the piece with unequal levels of importance though they all have their place. That means that for some it’s easier to get an idea of their new look than it is for others.
All things considered, this is the corollary of what previous shared splash arts have announced. This minimalist or even simplistic approach manages to present the champions in their new look with uneven success. It may be a serviceable splash art but it’s also plain.
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Conclusion: Perhaps without intention, Samsung White Talon makes a better job at offering a urban assassin than Renegade. It’s a fancier, more elegant kind also: if Renegade is the struggling one then Samsung White is the established professional. Regardless, Samsung White Talon manages to convey an attractive aesthetic that, without ignoring the requisite SSW tribute, accomplishes more than that.
The trousers might a bit too tight but the coat presents a different style. The new blade on his hand also incorporates a refined design that follows the general feel. Summing it all up, the clothes feel both modern and still useful for an assassin like Talon while respecting his personality and the intended tribute. Regardless, one gets the idea that form has been prioritized over function.
The new blades used for a couple of Talon’s abilities certainly help establish a distinct identity for the skin. The design is aggressive yet still reasonable even if a pinch showy. Nothing more is added but at this price it makes more expensive skins stutter to justify their price.
In the end, Samsung White Talon is an effective skin that succeeds at presenting a tribute to SSW as well as offering a different style for the Blade’s Shadow. For those uninterested in tournaments the skin presents a polished, contemporary assassin with a unique aesthetic. The classic base is still noticeable but at its price Samsung White Talon does enough to be a good skin.

Conclusion

Talon’s skins show possible aesthetics of an assassin: street, elite or ninja. Some are a better concept for Talon than others, yet all have less than perfect execution.

Dragonblade Talon is the recommended purchase due to an interesting concept coupled with an adequate execution. Still, one would expect more at it price than, mostly, a re-model. For fans of Strider and fantastic assassins the skin does deliver though.

Crimson Elite isn’t a bad idea still its execution falters. The general lines are good but the details are messy and so the skin doesn’t result in a convincing style.

Renegade Talon is a curious idea with a passable but forced execution. It offers a re-model at a low price but the concept is forcefully implemented in a less that belivable way.

Samsung White Talon is a reasonable way of showing the Blade’s Shadow as a modern and refined assassin without forgetting the SSW homage. The style is attractive and manages to offer quite a bit for a reasonable price.

  14 Responses to “League of Legends: Talon Skins’ Review”

  1. Thanks!

  2. And a Teemo one please…

    • We haven’t forgotten Teemo. Actually, we’re working on his review but we’ll need some time due to the amount of skins he has. Thanks for you interest.

  3. Could you further explain why Dragonblade beats Crimson Elite? Dragonblade seems to be a reincarnation into a rather rigid archetype; kind of a “Look, I’m a ninja now” idea whereas the Crimson Elite skin offers a theme which isn’t so cliche. The new daggers look barely different, if anything they look a tad too flashy for an assassin. Dragonblade seems to me to present a theme which is so boring. Crimson Elite presents an idea with a striking colour scheme that doesn’t feel out of place, and his helmet (the only skin to fully hide his face) reinforces the idea of that “This is a payed assassin, his personal identity is irrelevant.” If anything, full body armor seems more functional than having an unprotected head. I agree Crimson Elite’s blade looks rather boring, but isn’t that the point of the Crimson Elite theme of functionality? On top of that Crimson Elite has a cheaper price bracket. Opinions?

    • Actually, we didn’t compare the skins against each other to make the reviews. Instead we compare the skins against the classic one. In that respect, we found Crimson Elite a bit too conservative and Dragonblade more refreshing; visually speaking.

      In fact, we agree with you that the Crimson Elite concept is more interesting than Strider-Talon; which is straightforward. The problem is that the execution tips the scales in favour of Dragonblade; so to speak.

  4. Talon has a new blade in Crimson Elite and in Renegade. Just thought I would include that as those skins aren’t very popular and have a little more to them that people may not see.

    • We consider the blade as a part of Talon when we note that each skin has a new model. Maybe it would be a good idea to be more precise but as all skins modify the entirety of his aspect we were brief with the description.

      Regardless, it’s something to take into consideration when evaluating each skin.

  5. Hey Zero, which do you think would be better to purchase, Crimson Elite or Renegade?
    The Crimson Elite armor and helmet look amazing but the whole “Self-made Assassin” theme that Renegade gives is awesome, also.

    Just wanted another opinion :p

    • Between Renegade and Crimson Elite depends on what you are looking for: a commando or a urban assassin. The price also matters so it also depends on how much you’d like to spend. Crimson Elite has a concept that is tied to Talon’s past so it’s more interesting than Renegade; which is just a modern adaptation. Nevertheless, both skins offer something unique.

      Technically, both skins stand on equal ground as each offers a new model. They are adequately done but neither goes above and beyond in their implementation. In this regard, it’s better to decide based on which theme you prefer while keeping the price in mind.

      Don’t forget that Samsung White Talon is coming after next patch so that’s another 750 RP skin that you may like to consider. If in doubt you could wait for a sale on the skins to save some RP. We think that Dragonblade, despite the higher price, is the best choice but that may be another matter.

  6. Despite have extreme dislike of the upcoming SSW skins for Thresh and Twitch, while being indifferent about the Singed and Rengar ones, I have to say one thing about the Talon one: it proves to be extremely cost-efficient. For only 750 RP you get the same features as you get from Dragonblade, a 975 skin. (new daggers for his W and ultimate)
    I do not play Talon or own any of his skins, but I find this ridiculous, as I like the concept and features of Dragonblade, but now a team skin appears which offers exactly the same stuff as it for a lower price.

    • Completely agreed and it isn’t the only time it happens. Truth is that there’s little point in trying to find sense in the making of skins. If things followed a certain logic then a higher price would mean a better skin. However, we find that there’s a lot of variability in the amount features and the executions regardless of the price.

      Consider Chosen Yi: 520 RP for model changes, particles and sounds. There are much expensive skins that do less and worse. We don’t think that Chosen Yi should be more expensive as there can and maybe should be exceptions. However, when setting the price for a new skin they should check what other skins offer.

      If things look like the skins can offer more at a certain price then prices should be lowered if necessary for older skins. At 975 RP a skin should have particles, sounds and animations, perhaps not in equal full doses but some at least. Still, we find skins that charge more for practically nothing.

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