Accessories - Bupkis
Zippo. I suppose there's only so much you can do with a character
that has no arms in terms of accessories, but still, at full price I would
have wanted something more.
Uniform - ***
Nice detail, and excellent quality. In particular, the solid plastic
face mask is excellent, although I suspect the thin, elastic string
holding it in place won't last through too much use. The shoes are
As best I can tell, this is the servant of the Oriental Hero, sort of a
Kato knock off. I found him fascinating, and quirky, and when I saw
that he had "hideously deformed face", I knew I had to check it
Packaging - ***1/2
Terrific packaging, like you've come to expect from Dragon. The
package can be opened up, and the figure removed, with absolutely no
damage whatsoever. Then, if you decide you'd like to put him back
sometime, he slips right back in, none the worse for wear. I'd like
a little more text on the packaging - there are a couple lines on the back
(in Chinese) but that's it.
Sculpting - ***
The hideously deformed face isn't bad, if a little unimaginative.
I'm assuming he's a burn victim, and their sculpting from the source
material, so they were limited. But still, this is a little too
Night of the Living Dead. The pony tail is part of the sculpt,
rather than rooted, and is flexible so it can be posed in any position.
Articulation - ***1/2
It's a Dragon figure! Terrific poseability, particularly due to the
unique double joints at the knees. He'd have them at the elbows (and
would have gotten ****) if he had lower arms. Another limitation of
the source material, but since most people won't be familiar with the
character, the lack of arms will hurt his popularity.
A scene from the failed T.V. pilot "Hogans
Overall - **1/2
So why the average score? If this was a standard Dragon figure, it
would have gotten a much higher score. But it is VERY specific, and
I can only recommend it if a) you are a fan of the source material, b) you
have a quirky thing for martial arts figures c) you have a quirky thing
for the unusual. Since this is a secondary character from relatively
unknown (in the U.S.) source material, the body is pretty much useless for
any other custom, and their are no accessories and little in the way of
costume, this figure will only appeal to a very select group of
folks. But if you're one of those folks, now is the time to buy on