Review by JoshB
You've seen these cool little powered suits all over the place. Sometimes
they're called SAFS, sometimes they're called Ma. K, and even sometimes
they're even called SF3D. So what's deal with these battle suits?
Maschinen Krieger (aka Ma.K) (formerly know as SF3D) is a series created by
Kow Yokoyama, a designer from Japan. It first appeared in the 1980s in Hobby
Japan magazine, and has evolved into model kits and toys over the years. There
is a huge cult following for this series, and the original kits are rare and
SAFS are powered suits that humans ride inside. Yellow Submarine of Japan
recently released a series of SAFS toys in 1/35 scale. Some were blind boxed
(trading figures) and others were marked as to what kind you would get. These
are the most common SAFS toys out there, along with the Medicom Kubrick toys.
Along with the regular battle suits, they offered novelty versions. Halloween,
winter, and even construction suit versions were produced. Some versions were
store exclusives, available at places like the convenience store LAWSONS.
The SAFS shown here are but a small sampling of the full line.
- 1/35th SAFS
- 1/35th Screaming SAFS (6 colors available)
The figures themselves feature no articulation. Depending on what figure you
get, you may have to attach an accessories. The tubes are often not connected,
and might require glue to hold them in place. They are very top-heavy, and
like to tumble with the slightest jolt.
Maschinen Krieger - the name of the entire series
Ma. K - Maschinen Krieger abbreviated
SF3D - The original name of the series, before it was known as Maschinen
SAFS - this particular model of powered suit. There are several different
suits in the series.
|Posted 8 April, 2004 - 21:38 by JoshB|