Review by Atom
The Gemini Cloth first appears in the Sanctuary storyline from the TV show and is truly a mysterious object with a life of its own when our heroes encounter it. Our heroes in this storyline must journey thru the Twelve Temples of the Zodiac to save Athena from the poison arrow that is slowly working its way to her heart. Each temple is supposed to be guarded by the Gold Saint associated with that Zodiac sign.
No one has seen any sign of Gemini Saga in many years, it’s a bit of a mystery and when our heroes enter the Gemini temple they are only greeted by the statue of the empty cloth. Soon the cloth comes to life and fights to defend the temple with seemingly no one wearing the suit. So here is where I spoil some of the mystery of the show so if your watching it and you haven’t gotten to the Temples of the Zodiac part of the story you may want to stop reading here…..
Gemini Saga suffers from a split personality, a good side (Saga) and a bad side (Aries). It was his dark side that started acting against Athena’s will and challenges our heroes. It’s this complex dynamic that makes for an impressively accessorized toy/collectible.
“The leader of the Sanctuary is Athena in her human reincarnation. But since Athena only descends down from Olympus as a human incarnation only once every roughly two hundred years, the charge was left mainly to the Pope, the highest rank of the Sanctuary, and her second in command, followed by 88 Saints and more soldiers.”
The man pulling the strings and responsible for every conflict our heroes have encountered up to this point in the series is Pope Aries. Aries assumed the title of Pope after he murdered his predecessor (Pope Sion); Aries it turns out is Gold Saint Gemini who disappeared years before.
Pope Aries made for a memorable villain and was a major part of the drama of the series so I am glad Bandai gave us the parts and pieces to adequately display the villain with all of his tools of manipulation in all the stages of his personality and not just the Gold cloth of Gemini.
In the anime series when Saga is overcome by his evil side his eyes turn red and hair to grey. So Bandai includes the alternate hair and head which can be swapped out for the all black head to make the Gemini Cloth appear empty.
The alternate body included for Evil Saga is all black as well so the suit appears to have no one in it.
Included in the box are :
- Good Saga body
- Evil Saga body
- Pope Aries Head
- Pope Helmet
- Pontiff robes
- Pontiff shoulder piece
- Beaded Necklace
- Gemini Cloth pieces - includes helmet, chest, shoulders, bicep, forearms, thighs and leg pieces (all are diecast except helmet)
- Object Statue
Gemini Saga comes in the usual Saint Cloth Myth book style package but it is noticeably thicker than previous releases because this set is loaded with extras since it is two characters in the box. Almost the entire Gemini Cloth is diecast with only the small "belt" on the side of the suit and the helmet being plastic.
And of course, let’s not forget that once upon a time Athena did indeed choose Saga to wear the Gemini Cloth and they do indeed include the “good” version of Saga’s head and regular blue hair.
The Throne was a particularly nice touch as is the diecast dagger included (so you to can re-enact the assassination attempt of Athena.)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the little attention to detail that Bandai gives to this line that makes it a fan favorite. If you haven't tried a Saint Cloth Myth figure you should, they are a quality collectible and well worth the cash.
And lastly I have included a video review as well...
|Posted 28 February, 2008 - 13:10 by Atom