Boss Borot 1901
|Character Design||Yasushi Nirasawa|
|Toy Design||Yasushi Nirasawa|
Review by AJProDie-Cast
The Fewture Getter Series has been the most exciting modernization of the classics I have ever seen. They inspired me to change my collection, increase my price range of purchases, basically now I go for quality not quantity...imagine my dismay of this tale of worry, woe, and weirdness involving the company that led the revolution.
I bought a silver version of Boss Borot awhile ago, very little die cast, kind of ugly, so I sold it, with the intent to never see again until...one day on eBay I saw the color version for half price so I bought to "round" out my collection. It was shipped fast and I took the sealed Fewture shipping box and put it away. Come almost a half of year later I opened to do this review and display. I cut the tape, undid the bag on the Fewture box, and opened for the first time. Here is where it gets weird, wild, and worrisome. When I looked at the robot in the tray, nothing, I repeat, nothing was damaged about the packing materials...HOWEVER...every piece of chromed or silver metal was oxidized... otherwise known as rust!
Think of this review as a warning, OPEN your robot boxes even if they are factory sealed...not the trays per-se, but at least look at it. Of course I got paranoid, crazy, Freaked Out!!!...and checked the rest of my untouched collection ( I have some displayed some stored because of space)...sigh...thank God they were perfect and I made sure I when I repackaged them, that any plastic bags have some movement/space and no "new" major temperature change in their future....only thing I could think of that caused the mace, the chest, the pins in the claws, and the silver screws to be rusty was sealed bags with extreme temperature change. Also, for the x-file that is this robot a leg nut was missing...yes in a factory sealed box...maybe it was repackaged...that is just too paranoid:(
Well, after sadly accepting the chogokin was now worthless and honesty I am sooo anal about my collection, it was now on my "hate list", I set around to taking apart, sanding clean the rust, painting all waist posts, and wd-40ing any rusty screws.
It came out pretty good and silver poles instead of chrome matches the plastic silver parts...so now that drama is over I can get to the review....
I can see why this robot has been collecting dust on sellers shelves and even now Angloz.com has Boss Borot for 50% off what was originally asked. I did have the Doublas (all plastic...yes it is long gone) and the same "quality" as with Boss Borot...allot of plastic, very little die cast and poor construction. The pink head had to be adjusted to fit (and still falls off with a minor breadth) and one arm was frozen/glued at two joints...so I had to take apart unfreeze and then reassemble. Yes, I had to do a heck allot of fixing for a brand new chogokin.
Boss Borot comes with the normal stand (does seem thinner/cheaper that the other Fewture stands I have...) two plastic claws, plastic hammer, and metal like mace (coolest part)
Overall the joints are stiff, Borot does not move at waist and arms legs really move more like a person drowning in the ocean than a dynamic chogokin. I admit it does looks cool, but the normal Fewture type poses are impossible. Also the stand while screwing into the back lacks the tension and strength to hold him well. My other Fewture robots you can have them kick or fly with the stand holding them...with Boss's he just slowly flops back to a standing position (no matter how you tighten the screws this still happens)
Fewture is company that while overpriced, makes figures I truly enjoy...the size, the die cast, the poseabilty...all lead me to hope and pray that Boss Borot and Doublas are the exception to the rule. Even on clearance...really really think about buying, they look cool but just seem cheap. I do have to say, there is the strong possibility I am just bitter.
Finally, if you learn anything from this review...is even if it sacrifices some resale value...look at all figures the same day you receive, store in cool dry place, and make sure the robot is not in a sealed plastic environment in which moisture might get trapped ( I use to wrap the stored boxes in shipping plastic to protect product boxes, now I use tissue paper to keep off the dust.)
Take care, and I hope you never get a brand new, sealed robot that you have to nick name rusty???
And Yes, I will buy Fewture in the future...lets hope Gatchaman (G-Force) is not like Boss Borot!
|Posted 13 May, 2009 - 08:40 by AJProDie-Cast|