|Character Design||Mori Katsura|
Review by Prometheum5
Real x Head is a small Japanese vinyl company started and run by Mori Katsura in 2003. Mori’s first figure was the Oni-Head, but he saw much more success with his second figure, the Mutant Head, the start of the iconic Mutant Zone series. The Mutant Head sculpt was borne out of Mori’s love of classic 80’s toys, especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Taken from the Super 7 Mook, the Mutants are an invisible race that lives in the forests and mountains in natural harmony, existing outside the realm of human perception. Led by the militaristic Akro-Kaiser, the Mutants dislike humanity because of the damage we do to their natural habitats, and so the Mutants cause accidents and natural disasters to punish us. During an engagement, Mutant Head is injured and loses his ability to stay invisible. Mutant Head is found by a young boy and nursed back to health, showing Head that not all humans are evil. When Mutant Head returns to confront Akro-Kaiser about their aggression towards humanity, a schism erupts within the Mutant world over how to deal with humans, leading to what amounts to a civil war among the Mutants, with the human-defending Mutants being lead by Mutant Head.
Mutant Zone 4 is the latest evolution in the main Mutant fight figure line. We don’t have any real story or background to it yet, but what we do have is a blisteringly cool new figure.
Nextman is the latest evolution in both Mutant characters and Real X Head toy design and aesthetic. He takes the Kamen Rider heroic cues from the Adult sized line and combines them with the Mutant-sized figure design philosophy. All that adds up to make him really neat.
The Mutant Zone 3 sculpts I previously reviewed are all very ‘wild’ and chaotic, as expressed in their backstory and overall look. They were significantly more detailed than most of the earlier sculpts, a little bit chunkier, and brought something new to the table for RxH fight figure design. Nextman builds on that new ground by being more detailed than earlier Mutants, but he evolves the look one step further. He is still asymmetrical, but more cohesive than the MZ3 figures. He is heroic and stoic, and combines visual cues from multiple previous sculpts across all sizes.
Nextman is also the first Real X Head mutant to feature fists instead of open hands, adding to that staunch, ready for battle look. There are both organic and armored visual hooks across the figure, so there’s something for everyone. This was one of the first versions released, so the paintwork is simple, letting the sculpt do most of the talking. It is on black vinyl with autumn colored sprays and silver details.
Nextman is only articulated at the neck and shoulders, but has enough poise to look cool however you present him. There have been a number of versions released, some with other heads, so keep your eyes peeled! Nextman is the kind of figure you want to throw in your coat pocket or backpack and bring everywhere. Simple, clean, loaded with detail, and fun.
|Posted 23 January, 2012 - 09:33 by Prometheum5|