On Wednesday 9th of May 2007, a bunch of stuff I ordered from XL-Shop had just arrived.
1. Revoltech Series No. 012 Revy (Black Lagoon)
2. Revoltech 2nd Generation Saber (Fate Stay Night)
3. Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Truetype Figure 01 Male
Total Spending (item + free shipping!):
RM281 or USD82.60
This is probably the first time I actually ordered something that isn't a 1/6 scale item from XL-Shop, and at the same time, also the first time I'm buying action figures from the Revoltech series. I'll kickstart my simplified review/impression of these three items with Revoltech's Saber.
Revoltech is a series of poseable action figures made by Kaiyodo, featuring their trademark 'Revolver' joint which gives the figures a high degree of poseability, allowing for many dynamic and varied poses. All of the figures released under the Revoltech series are non-scale, meaning to say they do not follow actual calculated sizes, so don't be surprised if certain figures seem larger/smaller than others.
Saber from the popular game, anime and manga Fate Stay Night represents the first of the 2nd Generation series of Revoltech figure. While I do not understand the significance of it being a second generation figure (official page's description is in moon language), I guess it would probably mean that the figure has much more refined looks and better, more flexible joints. In comparison to Revoltech's Revy (see below), the joints doesn't look messy or get in the way with its appearance. The figure comes with a stand, Invisible Air (Saber's transparent sword) and Excalibur.
While the headsculpt looks nice and clean, it doesn't seem to fit her current get-up well. Saber's currently set and armored for combat mode with her swords drawn out, thus a more appropriate headsculpt is one that looks a tad more serious and enraged, which would suitably fit her present state. Would've been nice to see this particular headsculpt in her normal outfit though. Nonetheless, I forgive it for looking pretty damn good for a mass-produced figure. My wish now is for Revoltech to do an Archer figure, though chances are kinda slim, since Saber is a more marketeable character than all the rest.
Unknown to most people, what I have in my possession is the Special Edition version of Revoltech Saber, which comes with a secret weapon called Excalidur. See pic.
REVOLTECH SABER REVIEW SUMMARY
- The price is reasonable enough for me (about RM98 in most shops).
- The joints doesn't get in the way with the appearance.
- The headsculpt nice...
- ...but perhaps a tad too cute.
5 out of 5.
Fans of the Revoltech series or the game/anime shouldn't miss this.
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The next Revoltech figure I bought is Revy, the foul-mouthed, dual-wielding, gun-slinging mercenary from Black Lagoon. While the size of the figure's packaging may deceive you into believing that its contents are rather paltry, Revy comes with a great deal of accessories. Revy's arsenal are her trademark Beretta M92FS 'Cutlass' handguns, M79 grenade launcher and an unidentified submachinegun that resembles a Star Z-84 with a foldable vertical grip at its front. Other miscellaneous accessories are a spare head and a stand.
The large number of articulation points, which in my personal view, are far more superior than Revoltech Saber's articulation points, allows a myriad of pose to be made. On the downside to this however, it spoils the looks of the figure, making it look pretty rough.
REVOLTECH REVY REVIEW SUMMARY
- Price is alright (approx. RM85 in most shops).
- Comes with loads of accessories.
- Flexible joints allow creative posing.
- Compatible with 1/12 scale firearms.
- Dolljoints are not delicious. (T_T)
4 out of 5.
If you don't mind the dolljoints, this is a good figure to add to your collection.
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HOT TOYS 1/6 TRUETYPE FIGURE 01
Now onto the last item, it's just another unremarkable stock 1/6 figure from Hot Toys. Here's a short, lazy man's review: 38 points of articulation, has flexible hands, comes with a stand and not much else, headsculpt kinda resembles Michael Wong aka Wong Man-Tak who is famous for his role as an SDU commander in The New Option (2002).
Also typical of Hot Toys, pretty overpriced at RM98 that you can buy almost three BBI stock figure for that price. I got big plans for this figure, so stay tuned in the near future and see what I can make with some extensive kitbashing.
HOT TOYS 1/6 TRUETYPE FIGURE 01 REVIEW SUMMARY
- The flexible hands! You can fit fabric gloves on these.
- Lifelike headsculpt (can be made better if you wanna do a repaint).
- Seriously overpriced.
- Not much else.
3 1/2 out of 5.
Though a good stock figure, consider buying this only if you don't have much of a choice left around you.
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Now I shall end this blog entry with a picture of that same Hot Toys figure getting Excalibowned by Saber.