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Revoltech Dante

Jin is back tonight with a guest review of another recent release - tell us all about Dante, Jin!

Jin Saotome here again with an import action figure review for you all! It’s Dante from the Devil May Cry video game in a new action figure line out by Kaiyodo called Revoltech, short for ‘revolver-joint-technology’. Before you get all excited about some sort of new articulation, let me burst your bubble off the get-go here. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. In fact it’s basically those universal-click-joints that the build-a-gashapon figures had a while back, only larger and better constructed. The ends of the joint are smooth pegs that fit inside the body sections and the joint goes click-click-click as you move it, kinda like a ratcheting ML joint. With that ‘revolver joint’ definition out of the way, onto the review! 






Packaging - ***1/2
Collector friendly packaging rules! Dante is packaged in a nice little box that opens up to reveal his plastic tray and cover. The cover pops off and there’s no twisty-ties, everything comes right out. On the back of the tray is a little baggie of his accessories taped there, so don’t toss the tray without looking for them. The box is sturdy enough and has nice graphics of the character in various poses on the back and a quick diagram of the new joint system on the side. Why not four stars? It’s green, black, and white, and at first glance I thought I had ordered some baseball figure by accident. Not exactly the coolest design for anime-based characters.

Sculpting - ***1/2
Dante is pretty well sculpted with pleats, buckles, zippers, and all sorts of nifty little details. At this scale some of the detail looks soft especially his belt and pants. Oh yeah.. about the scale… The box states “Non-scale Action Figure”, and they’re not kidding. He’s barely 5” tall, putting him at a different scale that all the rest of the figure lines out there. He’s taller than a Star Wars/Showdown figure, but nowhere near as tall as a Marvel Legends figure. While he looks neat, this scale killed it for many collectors because he just looks out of place on your shelf unless you have him standing next to just gashapon his same size or the Final Fantasy Trading Arts figures.

His design is close to a normal Kaiyodo figure in that he’s sculpted so he can be put into dynamic poses and should look good doing it. There’s a hinge on the back of his coat however that looks really out of place, two circles that poke out on either side that make the coattails lift up and down. Everything else is sculpted quite well and his face is clean-looking, if not a bit on the girly side… 

Paint - ****
The paint job on most Kaiyodo figures is top notch, and Dante is no exception. All the lines are clean and well defined with no bleed or slop. There’s airbrushed shading on his chest and jacket, and all his buckles and zipper lines are painted in well. His eyes are really well done… except he has far too dark of eyeliner on which coupled with his pointy anime features, gives him a girly look. The open mouth head that looks like Sakura cheering after winning a match doesn’t help the matter either. 

Articulation - ***
Hah! With all the hoopla about the new revolver-joint, poor Dante isn’t going to get four stars here. He does have 19 points of articulation however and they move pretty well considering his small size. However he’s missing bicep twists that would allow you to cross his arms over his head and the coattail joint is pretty poorly designed. One thing about Kaiyodo articulation is that they throw in as many cut joints as they can to preserve the flowing sculpt of their figures. While this makes them look good standing still, when you pose them, things tend not to line up anymore and you get the ‘rubix cube’ effect as I like to call it where it turns square and blocky at times. So while being nicely articulated, he looks funny at times.

Now about those revolver joints… they work. They’re sturdy, they click, and they don’t look too odd as long as part of the sculpt is covering them up. However they only come in black so far and Dante has these big black ball knees clashing with his brown pants which is especially noticeable from the back. These joints as cool as they are, just aren’t groundbreaking enough to warrant the hype put on them. Twelve years ago I was putting together a Gunbuster gashapon kit that had joints that did the same thing.

Accessories - ****
Dante has lots of cool accessories here and really shines in this category. He comes with Ebony and Ivory, his twin handguns that fit neatly into the holster on the back of his coat. His giant sword attaches to his back and looks extremely menacing with its dual faces on the hilt. His shotgun is also included as well as an extra head, two-part stand, and an extra Revoltech joint in case one of the main ones break I suppose. The stand is neat because you can either plug his foot into the base or the extra post into it which fits on his back, allowing you to choose your standing type.

Now… of course I saved the best for last! His kick-ass guitar. If you’ve played the game Devil may Cry, you know that Dante here like to wail on his fender (or whatever it is) and look really cool doing so. The toy is no exception and is probably the coolest accessory I’ve seen in a while. It’s airbrushed with metallic blue and purple hues with a red tip at the very end, and the whole thing unfolds to make a giant scythe! The edges are sharp too and I spiked my finger opening it up, almost drawing blood! Can’t beat an accessory that injures you.

Action Feature - N/A
Zip zero nada, there’s no action features here! Maybe the Revoltech Joints could be called his feature, but I consider them just marketing hype.

Value - *1/2
Holy hell he’s over twenty bucks! Plus shipping if you bought him from overseas. Here’s where we run into a serious problem. For twenty bucks I can buy freaking Sepiroth who’s almost ten inches tall and has about as much articulation with the same quality design and paint job! Or some Front Mission 3/Armored Core figures, which are larger and have more accessories…etc etc. At this price the Revoltech figures are far too expensive for what went into them in my opinion. If they were $10, or maybe even $12 like most small-scale import figs, then you could tack on some more stars. As it stands now, I feel like I just shelled out my cash for the hype. That coupled with the fact he doesn’t match up to any current action figure scale is sure to deter some people from picking this series up.

Things to Watch Out For - 
While the joints are very sturdy make sure you don’t force anything to move. He won’t break under normal playing conditions but the joints are just loose-fit ones and can slide out while you’re posing him. Since you’ll probably be buying him sight-unseen it’s hard to check for paint quality, tho mine was perfect and Kaiyodo isn’t know for poor quality.

Overall - **1/2
Dante takes a hard hit in the overall department because of A: Scale, and B: Price. I don’t know why Kaiyodo decided to jump ship and go with something this small, or why they felt the need to price it so high. The figure itself is pretty neat and better than the small trading Devil may Cry figures. The accessories are sweet. The paint is great. The scale and price suck beyond measure. Ok, enough about that, I sound like a broken record!

This is Jin Saotome saying thanks for checking out the review and look forward to more! 

Score Recap
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ****
Value - *1/2
Action Feature - N/A
Overall - **1/2


Figure from the collection of Jin Saotome.

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