|Toy Design||Masaki Apsy|
Review by StarSaber
Solid Snake is possibly one of the most famous video game characters of all time, yet there aren’t too many toys of him. This latest one is from Max Factory’s Figma line, depicting the character in his Metal Gear Solid 2 Sneaking Suit. It’s pretty much everything you could ask for in a Solid Snake.
Snake comes with a whole bunch of equipment, including:
- tranquilizer gun and machine gun
- an awful lot of hands
- the ever-distinctive Box
- muzzle flash effect part for the machine gun
- four cigarettes, three of which I immediately lost upon opening the box
- clear grippable piece for hanging poses
- the standard figma accessory bag, stand, and spare wrist joint
If you ordered Snake directly from Good Smile Company, you could also get a handgun and another box.
Snake’s likeness is spot-on, down to his legendarily well-sculpted behind.
Two faces are included, and if you pop them off you can move the eyes any which way you want.
The headband can be turned 360 degrees.
Snake is as flexible as ever, about the only thing he can’t do is a split.
Which means he can crawl across any terrain with ease.
Among the many included hands is one to recreate Snake’s codec calls to his trusted partner Otacon.
The box requires some assembly, it must be glued together. If you’re wondering whether Snake can fit inside, the answer is yes, just not all in one piece.
Snake’s cigarettes are some of the smallest accessories you’ll ever see, or completely fail to see, and lose track of instantly.
Of course the silenced tranquilizer gun, a Metal Gear Solid player’s best friend, is included.
I feel like the handgun should have been included and the machine gun the Good Smile Exclusive weapon, but the machine gun is quite nice too. But of course, the real draw isn’t just the accessories, it’s how good he looks pulling off action poses.
Max Factory just released a Figma of a Gurlukovich grunt soldier to go with Snake, which I don’t think I’m going to buy. So here instead is some alternative cannon fodder.
For hanging poses, Snake gets gripping hands and a clear piece with grooves to keep them in place. Snake’s instructions state that you shouldn’t do this on anything thicker than a centimeter, which doesn’t give you a lot of options. Not to mention, if the piece isn’t weighed down, he’ll probably just fall over. Not perfect execution, but still a neat idea.
Snake is definitely a solid addition to the Figma roster. If you didn’t already get him then he’s only gotten pricier on the secondhand market, but there’s always a chance he’ll be re-released. If he does, I’d absolutely recommend picking him up!
|Posted 8 September, 2016 - 16:09 by StarSaber|