Figma Kirito and Asuna (Sword Art Online) – Review

Coming up now, we have a double feature starring Figma Kirito and Asuna from the anime series Sword Art Online.  I figured it would be easier to do a combined review of the two since they are from the same show and it would save me from repeating myself too much.  Also, don’t they make a lovely couple? 😀

First Impressions:

Kirito
Kirito

Starting with Kirito, he’s decked out in all black gear (which gets him the nickname “Black Swordsman”).  His black coat makes up much of his shape and is broken up with various lines and grey buckles. The bottom of his coat is split in two pieces which are jointed at the waist area.  He looks like a bit of a scruff compared to…

Asuna
Asuna

The lovely Asuna who looks elegant in her mostly white outfit with red trim and skirt.  A stark contrast to Kirito’s all black motif. Asuna’s dress is similar to Kirito’s in that it is also split in two with joints, however, the joints sit a bit lower on the hips.  She carries a certain air of regality about her.

Accessories:

Asuna comes with 3 interchangeable faces – neutral/happy,  serious,  and grumpy.  She comes with 2 swords – Lambent Light and Silveric Rapier,  each with its own sheath), but only one can be equipped on her left hip at a time.  An assortment of interchangeable hands are included – left and right open hands,  left and right closed fists,  left and right splayed hands, and left and right weapon holding hands with different holding angles.  She also comes with an effect part for her sword to represent a series of rapid thrusts – typical for her choice of weapon which earned her the nickname of “The Flash”.

Asuna's Gear
Asuna’s Gear

Kirito also comes with 3 interchangeable faces – neutral/happy, shouting, and a worried/lazy face (to compliment Asuna’s grumpy face).  He comes with 2 swords (Elucidator and Dark Repulser), each with their own sheath and both of these are able to be worn on his back with a special attachment.  A set of interchangeable hands are included which contain left and right closed fists, left and right splayed hands, and left and right weapon holding hands with different holding angles.  Kirito has single and double sheath holding attachments so he can wear one or both of his swords on his back.  Also included are 2 effect parts to represent a slashing motion from his swords.

Kirito's Gear
Kirito’s Gear

Both figures also have a flexible, clear plastic stand and a snap-lock bag to store all their accessories in.

Articulation:

Both figures offer about the same range of movement overall.  Kirito’s head movement is hindered by his hair so he can’t look up too well (if at all).  Asuna’s head however, despite having a lot more hair to contend with, actually moves a lot better that Kirito’s due to having a softer plastic and an extra joint at the back to move the hair out of the way if need be.  Both can turn their heads left and right to a good degree and have a good left and right tilt, but again Asuna edges out Kirito in these departments.

Crossed Swords
Crossed Swords
Double Slash
Double Slash

Arms move freely but I’m afraid to lift Asuna’s too high due to the straps that drape over her shoulders.  I’m worried that the straps might break if stressed too much, even if they are a flexible plastic.  Both figures have a joint in the chest area to allow for body twists and have flexible plastic around the hips to allow the legs to move more freely.  They can pretty much do the splits, and are able to sit down, even though you wouldn’t think so given the amount of plastic back there.  You do sort of have to “cheat” and have the coat/dress trailing out the back though.

Ready...
Ready…
Attack!
Attack!

Both are able to pull off some pretty nice poses, dynamic or otherwise and it’s a lot of fun to pair these two together.

375 mL Drink Can for Scale
375 mL Drink Can for Scale

Conclusion:

Both of these figures would make a worthy purchase, and it’s hard to own just one of them.  I had purchased Kirito first and after seeing pictures of Asuna I realised I had to get her as well (that grumpy face was too much to pass up 😀 ).  They can be found at the links below along with other figures in the figma line.  Also worth mentioning is the release of other figures from Sword Art Online now that season 2 is out there.

Piercing Thrust
Piercing Thrust
Low Stance
Low Stance
Dual Wielding
Dual Wielding
"Why aren't you training?"
“Why aren’t you training?”
"Get up and train, damn you!"
“Get up and train, damn you!”

Figma Link (The Legend of Zelda: Skywward Sword) – Review

Here we have my review for Figma Link as he appears in the game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Having never really played any of the Legend of Zelda games (Blasphemy, I know!) it allows me to review Link with an unbiased view.  I can take this figure at face value and not be affected by any sort of nostalgia.  So on with the show!

First Impressions:

Again, having never really played any Zelda games I can’t really gauge how accurate it is to the source material, but I’ve seen and heard enough about the Zelda games to know that this is most definitely Link.  He doesn’t have an overly intricate or detailed design which is good to see.  The plain green tunic and cap provide a nice backdrop for his more detailed items, namely the Master Sword and his Hylian Shield.  He’s not an overly large figure and it would seem that he scales well with other Nintendo figmas such as Samus Aran from the Metroid series and Pit from the Kid Icarus series.

Link at the Ready
Link at the Ready
Looking for Adventure
Looking for Adventure

Articulation:

Starting from the top, his head can turn left and right to a decent degree and the back of his cap has a swivel so it makes it easier to turn his head while he has his sword’s sheath equipped to his back.  Up and down movement can also be hindered by the sheath but it’s mostly his hair at the back that gets in the way.  He’s also only able to manage a slight left and right tilt.

Arms offer a good range of movement and he’s able to turn and bend at his upper torso since there’s no joint in the waist area.  There’s a reasonably good range at the hips due to the bottom of his tunic being made from a softer plastic so it bends and flexes more freely.  The knees work well and the joints at the ankle and toes help to create added flexibility with posing.  It’s not difficult to get Link into some pretty good poses – dynamic or otherwise.

Stand Guard
Stand Guard
Defend Yourself
Defend Yourself
Take That!
Take That!

Accessories:

Link comes with his trusty sword and shield combo, 2 interchangeable faces (neutral and shouting), and a “slashing” effect part for his sword.  He also comes with an assortment of interchangeable hands including left and right open hands, left and right closed fists, left and right splayed hands and left and right hands for holding his sword and shield.  Also included is an extra front hair piece for action poses or for that wind-swept look.  The Master Sword is nicely detailed and has a metallic finish to the blade.  The Hylian Shield is also nicely detailed and offers metallic accents and has the added bonus of being able to store the sheath and be equipped to his left or right arm.  Purists will prefer to equip the sword on the left and the shield on the right, but others (or noobs like me) have the option to equip them the other way around.  The sheath features some nice detail as well and easily stores the Master Sword.

Also included is the customary clear plastic stand and a snap-lock bag to store all the accessories in.

Link's Gear
Link’s Gear

Conclusion:

As with Figma Samus Aran, fans of the series should pick up their very own Figma Link because in my opinion this is the best representation of the character so far.  I may not know much about The Legend of Zelda, but I do know that this is a quality figure that comes with the usual figma flair and polish.  He doesn’t come with a lot of accessories apart from his normal combo which is a bit of a shame.  However, with his sword and shield at the ready he’s able to do battle with the forces of evil (or a decent Ganon figure if you have one).

Figma Link can be found at the link below as well as many other figures in the figma range.

I Have the Power!
I Have the Power!
375 mL Drink Can for Scale
375 mL Drink Can for Scale
"Can I borrow that?"
“Can I borrow that?”
"Am I doing it right?"
“Am I doing it right?”

(*Note*  In order for Samus to hold Link’s sword, it had to be modified.  The sword’s grip was meant to be removable in some way to allow for easier interchanging between hands.  Mine had been glued together so I had to modify it myself.  It is not something I would recommend anyone do unless they knew what they were doing and had the proper tools available.)

Figma Samus Aran – Review

Coming up next is my review for Figma Samus Aran.

From the Wiki:  “Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo. She was introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid.

Samus Aran is an ex-soldier of the Galactic Federation who turned into a Galactic bounty hunter, usually fitted with a powered exoskeleton with weapons that include directed-energy weapons and missiles. Throughout the series, she executes missions given to her by the Galactic Federation while hunting the antagonistic Space Pirates and their leader Ridley along with the parasitic energy-draining organisms called Metroids.

Samus has appeared in every Metroid video game and has also been featured in media outside of the series, including the comic book version of Captain N: The Game Master and the Super Smash Bros. series. She is well known as one of the earliest female protagonists in video game history and has remained a popular character over a quarter-century after her first appearance.”

The particular suit that she’s sporting here is the Varia Suit design that features in the game Metroid: Other M.  Now on with the review!

First Impressions:                          

The first thing that catches my eye is that the suit makes her a rather large figure – much larger than most female (and male) figures that feature in the figma line.  Some people prefer a flat finish over the metallic finish to her paint job seen here, whereas I don’t mind the metallic finish.  It makes sense to me since it is supposed to me a metal suit after all.  Despite sporting a large metallic suit, she is able to show off quite the feminine figure.  It’s not an overly intricate design, but it has nice clean lines and comes with the usual figma polish.

Here she is.
Here she is.
Yay!
Yay!

Articulation:

She has a fairly decent range of motion and is able to recreate some of her more iconic poses.  Her joints are sturdy and are able to hold poses well.  However, you won’t get a whole lot of range of movement from her head due to the helmet sitting so close to her torso.  Left and right movement is drastically hindered and there is very little up and down movement.  There is also very little in the way of a left and right tilt.  The shoulders move well, but care must be taken when posing to minimise the large gap that can appear between the torso and shoulder armour.  Having an extra joint in the feet for toe movement is a nice touch – something that a lot of the more recent figmas seem to be doing now.

Attack!
Attack!
Single Shot
Single Shot
Rapid Fire ACCESS
Rapid Fire

Accessories:

She doesn’t come with a large amount of accessories, but what she does come with is quite fitting for her character.  Due to having a gun-arm on her right side, she only comes with hands for her left (naturally).  She comes with an open hand, a closed fist, a splayed out hand, a “thumbs up” hand, and a hand that’s shaped to hold things, like staves/poles and other such items/weapons with a round handle.  She also come with an interchangeable part for her gun-arm to show her missile launcher power-up, and two effect parts for her gun to show single-fire and rapid-fire shots.

Also, most notably, included in the bundle is her iconic Morph Ball mode.  The package also includes the customary figma accessories such as the poseable clear plastic stand and a snap-lock bag to store all her accessories in.  The Morph Ball has a hole in it so that you can attach it to the stand to prevent it from rolling around if you choose to display the ball.  The gun effect parts are cool, but it would have been cooler if they included some sort of missile effect to go with the missile launcher mode of her gun.

Samus' Gear
Samus’ Gear
Missile Launcher Acquired
Missile Launcher Acquired

Conclusion:

In my opinion, this is currently the best Samus figure to date.  It’s a very good representation of the character and the accessories included add another level of fun to the figure.  Fans of the series should be sure to pick her up and passers-by should consider having a kick-ass bounty hunter in a powered suit (who happens to be female 😉 ) to add to their ranks.

She can be found at the link below along with other figures in the figma range.


Ready...
Ready…

Here we have figma Archer, figma Samus and figma Caro Ru Lushe and a 375mL drink can for scale.
Here we have figma Archer, figma Samus and figma Caro Ru Lushe and a 375mL drink can for scale.
"What a curious object..."
“What a curious object…”
"I think I can hear something..."
“I think I can hear something…”
"Oh my God, it's gonna kill me!!"
“Oh my God, it’s gonna kill me!!”

Revol Mini Cyborg Ninja and Solid Snake – Review

Introduction:

ninja-and-snake
Ninja and Snake – together at last!

From the smash-hit PlayStation game “Metal Gear Solid” comes the Revol Mini versions of Solid Snake and Cyborg Ninja.  I remember spending a lot of time playing “Metal Gear Solid” (in my younger days of course :P) and to finally have figures of these two is something that I’ve been eagerly anticipating, so on with the review!

First Impressions:

Face off!
Face off!

One of the first things that you may notice straight out of the box is that they’re fairly detailed for such small figures – roughly in scale with G.I. Joes, and their overall look feels more stylised.  The joints move smoothly considering the Revol Mini line is an offshoot of Revoltech, whose figures feature joints that have a “ratchety”feel to them and click when moved. Both of them are able to hold poses very well and feel like figures you might like to have at your work desk and just pick up and play with and try all sorts of poses and scenes.

Accessories:

Featured in Snake’s package are his FAMAS assault rifle, his trusty SOCOM pistol with silencer (which can be removed), left and right closed fists, left and right hands for holding weapons, and an open left hand that’s able to hold his cigarette.  He also comes with binoculars, a claymore mine with trigger switch and cable, a clear disc to assist with standing, and a tool to adjust his eyes.  It might not look like it at first but the eyes are actually adjustable.  He can also equip Cyborg Ninja’s arm laser.

 

Snake's Gear
Snake’s Gear
FAMAS Assault Rifle
FAMAS Assault Rifle
SOCOM Pistol with Removable Silencer
SOCOM Pistol with Removable Silencer
Cigarette Break
Cigarette Break

Featured in Cyborg Ninja’s package are his sword, left and right closed fists, left and right open hands, a gripping hand for his sword, a clear plastic disc for him to stand on, and a laser gun that slips over his forearm (once you remove his hand of course).

Ninja's Gear
Ninja’s Gear
Ninja's Sword
Ninja’s Sword
Ninja's Forearm Laser Gun
Ninja’s Forearm Laser Gun

Articulation:

They both have a reasonably large range of movement for such small figures, and are quite capable of replicating some of their more iconic poses.  The joints at the shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles make posing effortless.  One issue you may encounter, however, is that while they are able to do some pretty dynamic posing, the way that their legs have been sculpted means that they are pretty much unable to stand in a neutral position with their legs together.  In short – they’re bow-legged.  The joints in the neck, torso and hips also have a good range of movement without seeming too exaggerated.  It’s really easy to make them as expressive as you want them to be, and with the added benefit of Snake’s adjustable eyes it helps to create even more possibilities.

375mL drink can for scale
375mL drink can for scale
The clear disc helps with balancing
The clear disc helps with balancing

Conclusion:

Solid Snake and Cyborg Ninja by Revol Mini will be a welcome addition to not only fans of Metal Gear Solid, but to anyone looking to own neat little figures of Snake and Ninja to have at their desk to pick up and play with at any time.  The joint system makes posing a joy and I’ve found myself having a lot of fun with these guys.  Extra care should be taken with Snake’s cigarette accessory (a spare was included with mine) as I can see it being lost very easily due to how small and fiddly it is.  If you like, you can check them out at the links below, or other figures in the Revol Mini line.


 

Gimme back my gun!!
Gimme back my gun!!