Revoltech Geno Breaker – Review

Introduction:

This time around we have something a little different on the tabletop. Coming up next, we have the Zoids: Geno Breaker by way of Revoltech. Courtesy of the Zoids Wiki: Zoids (Japanese ゾイド (zoido)), short for Zoic Androids, is a franchise based around a series of plastic toy models designed and produced by Japanese toy company Tomy (now Takara-Tomy). First released in 1982, the models resemble a range of creatures including mammals, dinosaurs, and insects. The majority are in 1:72 scale with a wind-up or battery-powered motor to power moveable features, and feature snap-together construction and precolored parts. The original line of toys was released in Japan, Europe, and the United States in the 1980s.

Geno Breaker base model

The Geno Breaker (EZ-034) is a Tyrannosaurus-Type Zoid, and one of over 200 species of fictional biomechanical lifeforms depicted by TOMY’s Zoids model, toy, and media franchise. Based on the Geno Saurer, the Geno Breaker was first released in 2000, and the Zoid plays a significant role in both the Battle Story and the Zoids: Guardian Force anime.

Roar!

First Impressions:

It does come in quite a large box and some assembly is required, but once completed it comes out to be quite a large figure – a bit larger (and longer) than most Revoltechs. The Geno Breaker is quite literally armed to the teeth. It seems like everywhere you look around its body you can find some sort of armament. The colour scheme consists of plenty of red and black, broken up with metallic silver and grey highlights . It feels a bit heavy, and the clicky/ratchety nature of the Revo joints mean that it can hold a pose, but since there’s a fair bit of give between clicks it makes it feel kind of floppy. The Revoltech Geno Breaker might not be as detailed as a model kit but it’s still a pretty good representation of the character.

Attack Mode

Accessories:

Apart from the standard weapons, also included in the package is a pair of Revo-pliers (to help with moving and removing Revo joints), 2 Revo coins/chips, a little storage box, and a rod that attaches between the forearm and a claw to mimic the claw being launched from the forearm. There’s nothing really interchangeable here. Everything attaches where it’s supposed to and I’m not sure how compatible the equipment is with other Revoltech Zoids figures – apart from the things that are attached with Revo joints that is.

Geno Breaker’s Gear

Articulation:

Now here’s where it gets interesting. Although the Geno Breaker is a bipedal figure it has the standard ranges of movement that you would expect. The head can rotate well and has a decent tilt left and right as well as being able to look up and down pretty well. The jaw can open and close and inside the mouth you’ll find a small particle cannon muzzle that can be moved around and adjusted. It’s a bit odd that the horn doesn’t swing into a forward position as it’s sometimes depicted. It’s an easy enough joint to do, it could have even been a simple hinge/swivel joint, it’s just disappointing that it wasn’t included. It doesn’t harm the overall figure itself, but it would have been nice considering all the other added features present here.

Loaded up and ready for battle

There’s small Revo joints at the shoulders and elbows that allow for a good range of movement and the claws can open and close. The wrists peg in to the forearms for easy removal to add the faux “cable” to show the claws being launched. The larger Revo joints in the waist and hips offer added stability and provide plenty of movement. The knees and ankles also have the larger joints and it’s here that the “clickyness” of the Revo joint may prove to be annoying when trying to get the legs into the “right” position. The large feet make standing easy and there are “stabilizers” that can fold down at the heels. The calves have panels that can open up to reveal more details behind the legs which is also a nice touch.

The large blades can stow away nicely behind the shields

The tail is pretty interesting in itself. The segments are connected by Revo joints and each segment also has additional joints for the “vents” to open, to mimic the effect of a charged particle beam attack being fired from the mouth.

Charged particle laser ready to fire

The “backpack” holds two very large pincers/claws and also a booster. The vents from the booster can lift up and down and the claws are mounted on two long arms that can move about pretty freely. The “clicky/ratchety” nature of the Revo joints is really useful here as it helps to keep the arms where you want them. The claw blades have a nice, sturdy swivel and are finished in a nice metallic silver. When not in use they can swing back around and be stored under the big red shields.

Shields up
Blades out, ready to pounce
Or you can have a combination of both

Conclusion:

The Zoids: Geno Breaker by Revoltech has been a welcome addition to my collection. I missed out on Zoids the first time around and it’s good to see action figure versions of popular Zoids being made. There are also non-motorized model kits available that sacrifice motorization for greater poseability.

The Revoltech Zoids: Geno Breaker can be found at the links below along with other figures in the Revoltech range.  You can also find more Zoids figures and model kits here.


Orichalcum is hunting a very dangerous prey
The Geno Breaker senses danger
Uh oh…
Orichalcum narrowly avoids a devastating attack
No choice but to try and create some distance
An ally enters the fray
Yes! Reinforcements!
We might have a chance if we join forces
To be continued…

Revoltech Deadpool – Review

Oh yes.   Coming up this week is the Merc With a Mouth.  The one and only Marvel Comic’s Deadpool!  I must admit I was pretty excited when I found out that he would be getting the Revoltech treatment.  There have been quite a few Deadpool figures made, with varying degrees of quality, and this may be one of the best so far (keep an eye out for the Play Arts Kai variant version though for something a little bit different).

yay
Yay!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

boxfront
Box Front
Box Back
Box Back
Box front/left
Box front/left
Box front/right
Box front/right

The figure itself features a nice, clean sculpt and feels quite solid.  His outfit comprises of mainly black and red with the occasional green belt or strap to hold weapons and pouches (sooo many pouches…)  It’s a pretty good representation of the character and he has the pointy hood, for those interested in that sort of detail.  The box art has that comic book feel and there are speech bubbles that you can cut out.  The figure itself has been sculpted by Yamaguchi Katsuhisa, who I feel has lent his sculpting and design talents to other Revoltech figures as well.  The pictures on the box show Deadpool in lots of different action poses so it’s pretty apparent where that Yamaguchi style comes into play.

2 guns! Twice as many bullets!
2 guns! Twice as many bullets!
He slices, he dices!
He slices, he dices!

ACCESSORIES:

Deadpool comes with his standard dual katanas and dual handguns.  There are also interchangeable eye pieces and a spare head with a downturned mouth to create various expressions.  There’s also a little tool to help with exchanging the eye pieces. The interchangeable hands that are included in the package are left and right splayed hands, closed fists, weapon holding hands, and “thumbs up” hands.  There’s an effect part that he can stand on for extra stability when posing, as well as an articulated display stand.  He has faux sheathes for his swords in that they don’t really hold his swords at all.  Instead, it’s  just the sword grips that detach when you want to show Deadpool with his swords drawn.  It would have been nice to have that sort of option with his gun holsters as well.  The Revo Mini Snake (in this review) figure had an empty holster accessory so why not Deadpool?  It’s not a deal breaker in any way, but it would have been nice, you know?  It also would have been nice to have some sort of storage bag ala figma to store all the bits and bobs in.

That's right. It's all about me!
That’s right. It’s all about me!

ARTICULATION:

Now that I have him in hand I can definitely say… yep… it’s a Revoltech alright.

That doesn’t mean that it’s a bad figure.  On the contrary, it’s a very good figure.  It’s a very good figure that is extremely poseable and comes with some really fun accessories.  What I do mean is that there are a few characteristics that define Revoltech figures, and (love them or hate them) one of the more contentious features is present here.

Stand back! I got this!
Stand back! I got this!

And that is – the clicky revolver joints that define (plague?) the Revoltech line.  Those clicky joints can make simple posing into a chore.  I’ve often considered replacing all the revolver joints in my Revoltechs for non-clicky ones but alas, I am lazy.

Deadpool can be quite easily distracted...
Deadpool can be quite easily distracted…

The revolver joints in the arms I don’t have issues with (usually) but it’s the joints in the legs that seem to aggravate me the most.  The way the joints click means that they are usually one click too short or too far from where you want them to be.  And when you’re spending a lot of time trying to get a pose “just right”, those clicky joints can ruin the experience and then you just have to settle for “close enough…” (ugh…).

Mixin' it up with a gun/sword combo.
Mixin’ it up with a gun/sword combo.

Enough bitching about the joints, how does he handle?  The joint in his neck allows for some nice turning and tilting forward and back, but not so much in the left and right tilt. He has a revo joint in his upper chest and waist areas which again allows some twisting and tilting back and forward and it takes a bit of effort if you want any left and right tilt. The ball joints in the hips give some nice range, and there is a swivel in the upper thighs.  The revo joints in the knees have a very solid click, as do the joints in the ankles.  It’ll most likely be these joints that you’ll have the most issues with if you want to pose him without his display stand.  The toe joints might help a bit though.  The effect part that’s included will definitely help in making Deadpool stable enough for some dynamic ground-based poses/scenarios.

SHORYUKEN!!
SHORYUKEN!!

He’s got something weird going on with his shoulders.  There’s a smaller double revo joint there that while creating some nice movement, creates a disjointed effect at the shoulders.  It really messes with his shape when he has his arms up and then it becomes all about finding the best angle where it’s not so obvious.  It’ll really test your creativity in finding a good pose while still minimising that disjointed effect.

What's the deal... with these weird shoulders?
What’s the deal… with these weird shoulders?

CONCLUSION:

Revoltech Deadpool is a definite must-have for all you Deadpool fans out there.  A lot of the Marvel figures don’t  really capitalise on his comedic side in the way that this figure does.  It’s going to be a lot of fun getting him into all sorts of scenarios and it’s a good excuse for me to expand on his armoury.  Two handguns and two swords is a good start though.  It will be interesting to see if we’ll get more Marvel Revoltech figures now that Deadpool is out there.  Maybe I’ll finally get that kick-ass Cyclops (Jim Lee version) figure that I’ve been looking for for a while now…

Deadpool can be found at the link below along with other figures in the Revoltech range.

Hey Hibiki, guess who's got two thumbs and a big...sword!
Hey Hibiki, guess who’s got two thumbs and a big…sword!
God dammit, Deadpool...
God dammit, Deadpool…
Didn't I tell you not to come back here after what happened last time?!
Didn’t I tell you not to come back after what happened last time?!
Somebody help meee!!
Somebody help meee!!
...they're so cute when they're angry...
…they’re so cute when they’re angry…

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!!