Thursday, May 31, 2012
Import Monsters News
The First S.H. Monsterarts King Ghidorah preorders appear.... At Toyfreakz? Now I don't know much about this site, but it lists that Ghidorah ships in September/October. It also has him listed at retail. I'd recommend people shop around for a discount ( www.amiami.com often offers over 25% off), but it was worth noting. The site is here, for those interested: http://www.toyfreakz.com/shop/index.php?_a=product&product_id=304
A few interesting facts about SHM Ghidorah:
* At around 10 inches it towers above the previous offerings in the line.
* A preliminary seam count puts the points of articulation at 60+!
Keep tuning in for more news on preorders for what I'm predicting will be Figure of the Year!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Stay tuned for full reviews!
Introduction: In all of pop culture, few monsters have endured quite as well as Godzilla. Through 58 years, 29 films, two cartoons, and countless pop culture references, the King of the Monsters has remained in the public eye against all odds. Even so, the S.H. Monsterarts line by Bandai/Tamashii caught even the most diehard Goji fan by surprise. Including yours truly. Super Articulated Godzilla figures had been a dream line of mine for years. Kaiyodo's Sci Fi Revoltech had fans hoping we'd finally get highly poseable figures of the Big G with their releases of various Toho kaiju. Alas, the announcement was made that Godzilla and Ghidorah were not going to be made. Fans' hopes were dashed. Little did they know, but Bandai had something BIG in store...
Sculpt (4.5/5): This figure is meant to represent the 1994 incarnation of the Heisei Godzilla (Moge Goji to the initiated) from the film Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla. It s a dead on likeness, and there's no denying which version they were going for. There are a ton of sculpting details on this figure, many of which make it very much its own character. The scales and folds are flawless, as if the beast himself stepped right out of the film. The head contains a lot of interesting details as well. The face is sculpted in a vicious snarl, with one side lifted slightly. The mouth is filled with rows of individually sculpted teeth. There are several rows of intricately rendered dorsal plates all the way down his spine Only one detail slightly mars what would be a Perfect score: His right hand is sculpted in such a manner that it appears to be anther left hand. Upon closer inspection it is a proper right hand, but it appears awkward at a casual glance.
Paint (5/5): The paint on my figure is perfect. Everything from the eyes to the frosty looking spines is faithful to the monster's color scheme. The eyes are on center and convey an animalistic rage. There is no slop apparent.
Articulation (4/5): S.H. Monsterarts Godzilla boasts 29 points of articulation, most of it ball jointed. His tail alone has ten joints! Unfortunately, much of his articulation is rather restrictive. The ball jointed hips move fine sideways, but are extremely limited with back and forward motions (such as taking a step). The ball jointed torso joint doesn't move very much either, and the dorsal plates make it hard to turn the joint from side to side. On the upside, S.H. Monsterarts Godzilla's arms have a much larger ranger of motion than the actual movie monster's arms did! The head/neck/jaw articulation allows head tilts and other motions that add a lot of character to the figure. Overall the articulation is the best we've ever gotten on a Godzilla figure. Despite some restrictions, it really is awesome to have such a poseable Godzilla!!
Accessories (3/5-0/5): Depending on which version you purchase this figure's accessories range from okay to abyssmal. The first production bonus was Godzilla's Atomic ray along with a custom stand depicting what I can only assume is a radiation shockwave. There is a Tamashii arm that holds the beam up to Godzilla's mouth. I like the beam (though it does resemble a water blast rather than an Atomic ray), but the stand is a bit distracting. It's too bad Tamashii didn't figure out a better way to allow Godzilla to be displayed with his beam. Now, if you didn't get the first production version the figure comes with NOTHING. This is very disappointing, especially considering Tamashii's tendancy to include amazing accessories.
WATCH OUT! The only thing I would advise is to look at the paint on the figure before you buy it. I've heard horror stories about paint slop and off-center eyes.
Overall (4.5/5): Despite some negative points, this is indeed the type of Godzilla figure I've always dreamed of owning. It is incredibly detailed and highly articulated. I recommend it wholeheartedly to any Godzilla figure collector.
Monday, May 28, 2012
We present the newest Tamashii Web Exclusive
Sayaka Mika pre-order: AmiAmi / HLJ
S.H. Figuarts Double Chaser
Good Smile Company recently had a vote on which Figmas should be re-issued. The winners are:
Review: D-Arts Zero (1st. Version) By Drew
|How do I stack up?|
Intro: With the release of D-Arts Zero (type 2), lets take a look at Bandais attempt at Zero (1st. version)
Sculpt: (4/5) Everything is pretty accurate to the source material. The hair is somewhat of a soft sculpt, but very passable and acceptable. Give Bandai extra scores for sculpting the blue triangle on Zeros' head and the green dots on his chest plate. Nice little touches. One thing I noticed was that the red portion of the helmet on the head is die cast, which is a blessing and a curse. More on that later.........
Paint: (4.5/5) Solid paint. All the tampo stamps and decals are nice and clean. As well as the red, white and black, no paint bleeding. A nice bonus, all the white parts of Zero are painted in a metallic pearl white.
Articulation: (3.5/5) Zero has the standard points of articulation. Ball jointed head, shoulders, and hips. His waist moves 360 degrees and the chest moves ever so slightly for more dynamic poses. Elbows and knees are double jointed and have a nice range of motion. Now to the bad. Zeros' hair is articulated on a small ball joint, careful cause the joint is very small and could break easily. I don't know if its just me, but there isn't any wrist articulation, making it very limited how the wrist can be displayed. His foot/shin joints are relatively useless due to the design of the character. And that die cast helmet? If not the neck joint isn't "locked in," due to the weight of the helmet, Zero will have the tendency to look up.
Overall: (3.5/5): While I gave the review generally positive reviews, this Zero just isn't the iconic Zero I had hoped for. As a figure, while having flaws is a decent figure. For any fans of Rock Man X, pick this guy up. If you are waiting for the iconic Zero, get the type 2 release.