Packaging - **1/2
Unlike the other Cosbaby
figures which have been sold individually and
blind boxed, these are all sold as window boxed double packs. So you’ll
know exactly what you’re getting, and the selection is thus-
Set 1- Goemon and
Set 2- Goemon in Nomunanga’s Red Knight armour and Saizo
Set 3- Goemon Ninja outfit and Nomunanga in full red Knight
packaging here is pretty simple and consists of an oblong cardboard box
with an oval acetate window. Inside the two figures lie in a vac formed
transparent plastic tray alongside their accessories. All three are
identical in design apart from differing stickers on the front, these
obviously have the character names, but they are in Japanese. So if you
plan or re-packaging them at any point it’s worth taking note of which
set came out of which box, and as my Japanese is a little rusty… sorry,
I mean non existent, I just took photo’s of mine as an
overall designs are nice, but by Hot Toys standards they are pretty
unremarkable. However when you consider the main job of these boxes, in
fact ‘any boxes’ is to get the contents to you undamaged and in one
piece, then for that job they’re just fine!
Sculpting - ***
Those of you familiar with
Cosbaby figures will already know
that these are not about accurate face sculpts, instead they are just
small cute figures with reasonably accurate, but stylised
representations of their outfits. The faces are all virtually
identical, even between genders. So the ‘differentiation’ comes from
the hair styles, outfits and paint application.
Each of these
three sets has one figure of Goemon Ishikawa plus one of the supporting
cast. In set 1 he is in his ‘master thief’ outfit, the same one he
wears on the 1/6th figure I
already reviewed, he is partnered by Chacha dressed in her impressive,
ornate red robe.
set 2 he has a bloodied face and wears the red armour of his old
master, Nobunaga, he comes packed with Saizo in his Ninja outfit,
complete with face guard and swords.
Set 3 has Goemon in the same
Ninja outfit as Saizo and is packed with Nobunanga in his full red
armour, this time with the helmet on and a cape over his shoulders,
both are again armed with their swords. All of the sets show some cute
details, with great observation, especially on things like Nobunanga’s
ornate armour and Chacha’s dress.
So, another movie gets
the ‘Cosbaby’ makeover, I know these aren’t for everyone, but if you
did (or do in the future) enjoy the movie… or like me got drawn into
the whole ‘Cosbaby’ world then these are definitely par for the course…
Paint - ***
sculpting, Cosbaby paint apps follow their own unique style. All the
heads (bar the helmeted knight) have jet black hair, and all the faces
are the same flat flesh tone. All the Goemon’s have brown eyes and the
knight version has cuts and streaks of blood on his face. Chacha has
blue eyes while Saizo’s are a striking turquoise. The outfits have lots
of details picked out, with both Chacha and Goemon in his ‘thief’ oufit
being the most detailed.
I guess the best description
be ‘serviceable’ rather than ‘outstanding’. However, considering these
are pocket money collectables that can be picked up for $15 a set, then
the paintwork is still well above average when compared to many of the
figures you’ll find in your local Toys R Us for the same price.
- Chacha ** the rest ***
Cosbaby articulation is
pretty simple, but offers just enough
movement to let you inject just a little personality into your display.
They have push on ball and cup joints, but just be careful how you
stand them up, as those Cosbaby heads are pretty huge in relation to
their bodies. Luckily their feet are also quite big, so with a little
care they can all stand just fine.
Chacha’s articulation is
however pretty limited because of the nature of her hairstyle and
ornate dress. Her arms can move freely, but her head and legs can
barely move at all.
Oufit - N/A
This is all covered in
sculpting, no elements are fabric!
- Set 1N/A, Sets 2+3 **1/2
Factor - ***
For Cosbaby figures these
actually come packing some impressive
accessories. Now when I say that, I’m drawing my comparison against
your ‘average’ Cosbaby, many of which come with nothing. That’s not to
say a few extra goodies are unheard of, as the Predator figures came
with a veritable abundance! But here, the set of Goemon and Chacha come
wi’ nowt at all, where as all the others come with at least a weapon.
In fact Goemon in the red armour has 2 swords and Nobunanga has a
‘Darth Maul’ double ended sword, all of which are held tightly. The two
Ninja dressed figures also come with armoured masks in the Samurai
style that cover the lower half of their faces, these just slide into
position and stay in place pretty well.
don’t really think of these as play things, my kids have been known to
play with them occasionally, but they soon lose interest, and arms and
legs have been known to fall off (quickly and easily snapped back into
These are far more little display items, ideal
for desks and shelves and if like me you’ve been ‘accidentally’
infected by the Cosbaby bug, then you’ll find them just about as much
fun as the others. If however the subject matter is from a license you
have a connection with then you’ll like them even more. As for Goemon,
I’m still undecided; it could potentially go either way.
Value - ***1/2
only available as twin packs, and can be found on eBay for between $14
to $16 a set. So with that equating to $7 or $8 per figure I think
these are pretty good value. I have to admit I prefer this style of
window packaging to the blind boxing and the selection of characters is
good, but also manages to get away with quite a bit of ‘re-use’, with
the Ninjas and Knights having identical body sculpts. But that’s been
the case with most sets so far, and the majority of the time the
figures end up looking pretty unique anyway because of the clever mix
with this set from the perspective of a ‘Cosbaby collector’… there I
said it, that’s the first step towards recovery.
But as I
STILL haven’t seen the movie yet, I STILL can’t comment on how I feel
about them as a fan of the movie… hell, I guess I might not even like
Now that would be a shame!
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***1/2
Outfit - ****
Accessories - ****
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - ****
Overall - ****
to Buy -
So far I can’t find them with any of Michael’s sponsors, but there are
a few on
eBay for prices hovering around the $15 mark.