Izanagi No Okami
Review by The Enthusiast
After reading the Persona 4 wikipedia article three times, I’m still confused. The PS2 game seems like a combination of a high school drama, police procedural, Silent Hill, and The Ring. Characters manifest Persona, or virtual manifestations of themselves, in an alternate “TV World” reality. It’s totally inscrutable to me.
Izanagi No Okami, I believe, is the protagonist’s ultimate Persona, a final-boss level bad-ass.
Please God somebody elaborate in the comments. I’m out of my depth on the interpretation of the source material.
D-Arts is Bandai’s high-end video game figure series. I’m not a big gamer, but the figures seem pretty solid and the Nagano-esque character design intrigued me.
Packaging is typical modern Bandai collector fare, a blandish but crisp window box with generous amounts of handsome foil detailing.
Inside, a two-tiered plastic clamshell. Also the base for the stand. Accessories include (4) variant hands, some blade-like attachments for his feet, and a large sword.
Out of the box, the figure is a respectable if unspectacular piece. One of the head-spike appendages was detached in the box, and the head came off immediately. Not great for a 50 dollar low-frills action figure.
Izanagi is entirely dependent upon a stand. His pointy feet, even without the blade-attachments, are not intended to support his weight. So we have a permanently floaty figure. I’m a little bothered by the proliferation of such figures. Why design characters which must forever float with the assistance of a stand? Maybe one or two would be interesting, but enough already. A toy which requires a base to stand is not a toy, it is a statue.
So Izanagi floats very attractively. The fit and finish are nice. I like the high-quality opalescent paint on the coat. Paint apps are crisp. Little details like the coat buckles stud the sculpt.
As I mentioned, what drew me to this figure was the Nagano-inspired design elements.The angular, elegant proportions are terrific. The addition of the foot-blades brings everything together. There is decent articulation in the arms and chest but the legs are largely immobilized by the soft rubber coat. And of course the floating limits the kinds of poses you can execute, creating a boring, samey quality to the positions.
The giant sword is neat, though.
Maybe if I was better acquainted with the source material I’d be more excited. As is, this is a pretty underwhelming toy.
|Posted 6 January, 2013 - 17:02 by The Enthusiast|