Sculpting - ****
The armour is sculpted
fantastically. it is clean, crisp, precise work, with smooth surfaces,
sharp lines, varying angles, lots of grooves and details and perfect
symetry. amazing work.
The head is nice too. some great
work on the hair, while the ears and
nose have alot of character. the many hands are also very detailed,
with some very natural poses and realistic creasing.
Paint - ***
There isnt much to paint on this figure, but where it is, it is good.
The armour has only one painted
part, the left shoulder armour flap.the paint lines are clean and
crisp, no smudging whatsoever. The head is not particularly detailed
paintwise, but it works well especially for the slightly anime look. It
has painted lips, which actually look very nice, not like some figures
where it appears as if they are wearing lipstick.
The eyes are glossy, and
centered very well (he isnt looking in odd directions) while the brown
hair has some little highlights that help bring out the sculpt.
Articulation - **1/2
The genx core body is absolutely amazing, maybe not the best, but right
up there! in particular, i like the natural elbow bump that so many
bodies dont have...
But anyway, it is pretty darn
articulated HOWEVER, the uniform does restrict movement somewhat
(though that is kinda unavoidable) and some areas have multiple layers,
such as the arms for instance, where there is the sleave of the jacket,
the pleather wrist glove, and the many straps for the arm armor. This
results in loss of articulation, but with a little fiddling you can
still get many interesting poses. a unifor swap might allow better
articulation, particularly since the german officer pants tend to
Uniform - ***1/2
The uniform is where most of the small issues lie (restricted movement
being the main one).
The pleather material is very
nice, but doesnt look quite as durable as the male panzer cop or
midori, and it feels a little thinner, so keep and eye on it, as
breakage may be an unfortunate possibilty (i hope it it wont, as ive
had no problems with takara so far). However, its the armour, vest and
boots where this figure really scores! The armour is fantastically well
sculpted to fit the body. Some parts such as the chest/collar/back
armour are multiple parts that clip together perfectly to fit right on
the body, not too tight, not too loose over the uniform. The boots are
fantastic also, as the soft pleather looks and functions very well,
allowing natural articulation of the ankles. The shin/foot armour is
very nicely done too, fitting well together without impeding moving
much at all.
there is also the vest, fits nice and snug on the figure, and straps
together with velcro.
Accessories - ****
This guy is loaded. not counting his armour, mask, helmet or helmet
guard, he has: 7 spare hands (thats 9 in total!), 14 plugs to put in
unused attatchment holes, 4 removable stick grenade clip holders, 4
stick grenades, 2 ammo holders for rifle bullets, attatchment clip for
said ammo boxes, 4 sets of 4 rifle bullets, 4 individual bullets, luger
pistol, holster, pzb 39 rifle, pzb 39 rifle holder, breathing tube,
antenna, backpack and spare dummy head. i may have missed something out
Basically he is loaded. having a
total of 9 hands is just great! this figure a serious loadout!
The rifle itself is very
detailed, and has folding stock, slots to put the spre ammo boxes,
folding carry handle, functional bipod and loops to put a strap.
General Comments -
This figure is interestingly customisable. there are 18, yes18,
attatchment holes located on the body, with some on the shin armour (2
each side) hip armours (4 each side) belt/waist boxes (1 each side) and
wrist gauntlets (2 each side). This allows you to mix and match
attatchments such as grenade holders, ammo boxes, tubes, the antenna
and whatever else takara makes with plugs. the backpack also has 2
holes either side, while the mask has 1 hole each side (two of the
plugs are breathing filters), and the back armour has two holes for the
breathing tube. so in total, thats roughly 26 holes! if you get
multiples of this figure, you could load out one figure with 2 grenades
each shin, 4 each hip, 1 each side of waist, 2 on each wrist, 2 on each
side of the the backpack and dual breathing tubes! thats 22 grenades or
whatever else you want to add!!!!!!
The pzb39 rifle holder can be
put either side, as can the tube, antenna and mask filter cap.
The backpack can be swapped with
backpack from midori, or the backpack from koshimaru, or the ammo
barrel from koshimaru, or even the jetpack from the cool girl CG13
rocket girl eris figure.
With the fully removable armour
and uniform, interchangable hands and head, this is
definitely customiser friendly.
No doubt the extra holes will be utilised by the future versions takara
will release, obviously at least one will include wrist shields.
The one draw back is that all
this interchangabillity, removable parts etc makes this figure somewhat
fiddly, and a little top heavy with the attatched rifle, so take care,
and do not give to kids.
I like this figure alot, and
hope for more from takara. its just so darn awesome that the small
issues it has kinda seem to dissappear. I'm giving it 3.5/4 (this would
be 4/4 were it not for the uniforms minor problems. Swap out for a
different uniform and you can put it up to 4/4).
The only other factor is price, but im leaving that out as this is a
collectable for adult collectors, so value will differ between
individuals dependant on how much they want it. Also, i expect the
price on the secondary maket to drop a little over the next couple of
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