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Midori Washio
12" Cy Girls Kerberos Panzer Cop

Jeff Parker is back tonight with another very cool sixth scale review - Midori Washio!  Take it away, Jeff!

Thanks as always to our gracious host Mr Crawford. Now, I'm a big fan as is Michael of the Takara (BBi in the US) Cool/Cy girls figure range. And, though I only own three (Aurora, Destiny and A.J. McCloud....well four if you count Joanna Dark) I've always admired a company that can make good quality, high play value and 'all importantly' affordable toys. I also happen to own the Dragon produced 'Jin Roh', her male counterpart. There were three Panzer Cop partners in the story, hence the name 'Kerberos' from the Greek myth 'Cerberos' the three headed demon dog that guards the gates of Hades and the land of the dead (who said you don't learn something collecting toys!) . So when I saw this baby I knew I just had to have it to go with her comrade. If you'd like a little back story try this link:- www.jin-roh.net. Like Fatherland, Hellboy and now Dust (see Michael's Unsmench review) it deals with an alternate future after WW2, hence the heavy use of German firepower and that distinctive helmet shape. This figure was produced exclusively for the Far East market in "I'm assured" very limited numbers. And let's face it unless you're a big Anime/Manga fan not many people will have heard of this series anyway, though it did spawn multiple comics, Anime films and two live action movies. 











Packaging - ***
A nice sturdy, slightly oversized flap fronted box. Lots of pics of the figure retouched to be put in different locations/scenarios. Open it up and there's that annoying sealed tray common to all Takara/BBi 1/6 figures, not very collector friendly and it means you have to have the flap open to slide out the main tray holding the figure. You also have to carefully try to pry the tape off, cut with a scalpel or totally wreck the inside front flap of the box. Once you've opened the flap it becomes apparent why her box is oversized (I won't use a gynecological joke here...though I'd like to!) she comes with a wealth of weapons and armour that you have to dress her in, you'll find no instructions but the picture on the back, coupled with a little common sense and it won't take you too long. And only one twisty tie is used (round her legs) and in my opinion that wasn't needed, but if it's anti theft I suppose you can't blame them. 

Sculpting - ****
If you have any Cool/Cy girls, you'll know what to expect. The face is 'nice' but a little bland, falling into that 'Stepford wife' look I've mentioned before. But in this case it's really not an issue as part of her uniform/armour is a rather nifty gas/respirator full face mask. The sculpting on her armour is great, crisp, snug fitting and strong, and as the armour covers pretty much her whole body it also enters into the 'outfit' section and, to a degree, accessories.

Paint - ***
Not a lot of paint is used here but where it is it's done well. The face is tightly done with eyes and lips having no over painting, the only other area being the weapons. Both gun handles are a plain flat colour and the Mausers slide on stock, which also doubles as its holster ( it opens with a hinge so the gun can be slid inside, the stock can then be attached to a holder on her right thigh armour panel) is painted with a wood grain effect...and very nice it is too! She comes with rooted hair rather than painted and sculpted. There are pro's and con's to this, but on the whole it works, especially as she has a balaclava, helmet and gas mask to put on ( a tip here is to keep the clear plastic band that keeps her hair in place when packaged, as it does a good job of keeping everything in place when you put the balaclava on).

Articulation - ****
A definite 4 stars. Even though she has a lot of leatherette and armour it doesn't seem to restrict her movement at all. She comes with all the articulation you need from a modern 1/6 scale high end figure (admittedly some come with more, but this versin 2.0 body can get into pretty much any position a person can).

Accessories - ***1/2
Pretty good, but as her armour kind of straddles so many areas I'll just cover her spare hands, two guns and stand. For those who know their weapons she comes with two signature German infantry weapons 'achtung baby!' the Mauser Shunelfoiar pistol with stock/holster and a machine gun MP 40/1. Both are superbly detailed with loading magazines, articulated elements and on the machine gun, a spring-loaded recoil. She has three spare hands, one right, at rest and two left, a fist and the now familiar (kind of cy girl signature pose) fingers splayed, both the fitted hands are in a gripping position. The stand is a hexagon in shape with a green honeycombed effect, three pegs to slot into her boot heels and a CG logo with 'Protect Gear, Midori Washio' written underneath.

Outfit - ****
As I've already said above this is outstanding. I was impressed with both Cy Girls Aurora and Destiny but this by far outstrips them both. Apparently the production was overlooked by Oshii Manoru (Film director) and Camui Fujiwara (Manga illustrator) so the detailing, use of hinges, straps and buckles lifts this high above the usual 12" fare. And like the Destiny figure I mentioned earlier if you do decide to disrobe her you'll find the attention to detail on the layers of garments that aren't even visible is quite fantastic, check out this link for pics that do far more justice than I can.

Fun Factor - ****
Another 4 stars, great outfit, great accessories, solid sculpting and all importantly super-poseable...what more could you want...OK it could be cheaper and its rarer than a bat at an Ozzy Osbourne convention, so lets get to that. 

Value - **1/2
I got mine for $125 as part of a deal on a couple of figures, which is expensive even for a licensed figure, but as there are (I'm told) only 1000 being made, and they sold out on pre-order faster than tickets to Star Wars premiere. Her quality is right up there with Medicom's recent Star Warsline, and they wade in at up to the $200 mark. That said Star Wars has a slightly bigger following than 'Jin Roh Panzer Cop' so at the end of the day it's down to how much you want it, and comparing it to other figures I've paid more for, makes her seem pretty good value to me. It's worth mentioning here that because of the demand they are bringing out a second version in gray armour (and as the Manga and Anime also show them in a camo version) I guess that might follow.

Overall - ***1/2
Well she's shot straight to the top of my female 1/6 scale figures in terms of quality and I look forward to displaying her with the Dragon 'Jin Roh' when I've finally moved house.....sigh!

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ****
Painting - ***
Articulation - ****
Accessories ***1/2
Outfit - ****
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy - 
I'd advise eBay, I got mine from Charlesay (always reliable) as even with international shipping most US suppliers seem pretty steep, that said Action HQ's price isn't bad, so shop around. action HQ have on pre-order for $149.95 (even though I've had mine for over a month).

Keep scrolling down for LOTS more photos!




Figure from the collection of Jeff Parker.

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