Review by JoshB
Revoltech can be a mixed bag, and so much of it depends on the character. If you dig the character, you can overlook some of the flaws because of your love for the design. Such is the case with Grendizer.
Whenever a classic super robot gets made these days it's cause for celebration. Even more so when it's not a re-imagining (aka Shin Getter). Grendizer is somewhere in the middle. While the design is true to the original character, the proportions are not.
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Packaging is the typical Revoltech style. Window on the front, action poses on the back.
Lets get this out of the way right now. There is some serious crotch thrust.
I mean, just look at that. It's right in Sanjeev's face.
And look, it can do a neutral pose as well. That settles that argument, right? Nobody said the pose had to look good...
There are some interesting design choices with this figure. The head is really really small. The neck is no longer a Revoltech joint, now they are using these swivel peg systems. The head separates from the neck rather easily. It sits low on the shoulders, and you are tempted to pull it up a bit, but it will just come off if you do.
Paint detail on the head is iffy, but keep in mind, this is REALLY small.
The Revoltech shoulder joints are high up on the shoulders, making for an odd double bump. This is hidden fairly well when the Harkens are attached to the shoulders.
Each Harken is keyed to only specifically fit one side. These fall off rather easily, but look great when they are on.
Normally, the removed Harken's become weapons. In this case, Kaiyodo provides more dynamic Harkens that can combine into the Double Harken. Variant hands are provided to hold the Harkens, including one unique opened hand. The hands are cool because they have a pivot joint at the wrist.
One of Grendizer's signature attacks, the Screw Crusher Punch, can be replicated by an additional set of forearms. These have the blades pointed outward. These forearms feature removable blades that allow you to insert a variant fist. While the arms aren't spring loaded, when you remove them they do have the look of being launched.
Dynamic poses abound, but you come to expect that with Revoltech. To add to that dynamism, Revoltech figures now come with an accent "blast" that can double as a stand.
The traditional Revoltech stand is here as well, but now in clear! A simple idea whose time has come.
But is it good? Well, it's not bad, but old-school fans of Grendizer may scoff at the dynamic take on one of their icons. New fans can enjoy an inexpensive entry into the super robot panthenon.
Revoltech Grendizer is available from Anime-Export.com
|Posted 26 February, 2010 - 23:19 by JoshB|