Temjin (DNA Side)
Review by JoshB
In the hit video game Virtual On, Temjin was developed by the DN corporation for stability and performance. What it lacked in technology, it made up for in reliability. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the action figure version.
This is one of the most brittle action figures ever made. Most of these figures arrived already broken in the box; so if you have an unbroken one, consider yourself lucky. See, all the Virtual On toys use a shaft system for the joints. The problem is that both the shaft and the hole are made of a soft plastic, so the two tend to stick together. When you try to turn a joint, you just end off ripping the shaft in half. It has happened with every virtual on toy I have ever known. Repeated quality control concerns actually kept certain toys in this line out of the US!
This particular Temjin escaped with only minor QC issues. But lets talk about the toy itself. Temjin stands about 6" tall, and has a whopping 31 points of articulation. It includes 9 different hands, a gun and a sword, a display stand, boosters, and even a mini Dreamcast with disk attached to his back. The sculpt is amazing and the detail is impressive, as usual with Kaiyodo toys. This version of Temjin uses translucent blue plastic to give it a fantastic unique look. The Joints are mostly shaft-type, and are prone to snapping. The poses you can achieve with this toy are exceptional, but are restricted due to the way Kaiyodo designs the joints. On a normal action figure, the left hip joint is the same as the right. Not so with Kaiyodo - they tend to make them different to achieve some fantastic poses, but it limits the figure for poses other than what they had in mind.
The variant hands are used to hold the assortment of weapons, and can be configured in many different ways. The Dreamcast on his back can be opened to reveal a mini game disc. His boosters on his back can be opened and positioned freely. This particular toy was missing a clear pin that held one of the booster fins in place. The stand is a great idea, enabling Temjin to achieve some great flying and action poses.
Kaiyodo has some beautiful designs, and this could have been a truly beautiful
figure. But the quality control makes this a figure to avoid. The same problems
plague all versions of this figure, including the orange RNA side, and the
limited white-out version.
|Posted 12 April, 2004 - 21:19 by JoshB|