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OZ-06MS Leo and Leo Option Set

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some intolerable nitpicking

That shot of the three variously-equipped Leos together is great. Is it based on an illustration or anything? The composition looks really familiar. Though... I may just be thinking of this scene, or possibly this unrelated image >_<

I think the not-quite-straight elbow joints on the Leo are actually accurate to the original design. If you check out the line art, it appears that the forearms are curved forward and slightly inwards when held in a neutral pose. The RD figure is obsessively devoted to replicating that original design (thus the head being a big solid chunk melting into its mounting plate), so I suspect they interpreted that angle of the arm from the line art, and designed the joint to take advantage of it.

Given how thorough this review is, I'm surprised that when you ran down the hand options you didn't mention that, while it comes with gun-handle-holding fists for both sides, the more open handle-grabbing hand comes only in a left variety. This is a little frustrating when it comes to things like the ambidextrous design of the Dobergun and shield (the Dobergun mount and shoulder clamp come apart to allow for it to be reassembled in a left-side configuration).
It also comes into play if you want the Leo to hold anything other than its own weapons, as the left-side grabbler hand is molded with the fingers separate from the thumb - and therefore can hold things like a Zaku machine gun - but the regular trigger hands are molded as a closed block with a rectangular slot through it, and can only hold weapons with slender handles like those Katoki favors.

Speaking of things that annoy me way more than is reasonable:
Did you find that your Leo had some unsightly marks where the parts were clipped from their molding sprues? On mine, there was some sinking around the sprue scars on many of the parts that are big chunks of PVC, and several hard plastic parts had significant whitening where they were clipped, most notably the ankle armor and the green bands that clip onto the shoulders. I've seen this on RD figures before, the marks of mass production, but even on dark figures like the Falke it was never quite as ugly and obvious as it is on my Leo.

I still like the figure... it just has lots of tiny flaws that, when added up, prevent me from being really excited about it.

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Posted by recognizer on 17 December, 2012 - 18:03
The power might be

The power might be subconsciously inspired, but I just wanted to fit everyone in the frame. The problem with the hands did not occur to me because I don't really mix parts, but I can see how that would be annoying. I think the sprue marks did actually stick out to me when I first opened the figures, but they're all just do green I hardly notice now. The elbow thing is kinda funny, tho. Line art be crazy.

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Posted by Prometheum5 on 17 December, 2012 - 18:29
Temjin from Virtual On also

Temjin from Virtual On also has those weird always bent forearms. Maybe that was just something Katoki thought was cool back then.

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Posted by VF5SS on 17 December, 2012 - 20:15
Nice review. I admire your

Nice review. I admire your dedication to the design by buying a whole squad of Leos.

Personally, I'm not too hung up on the option parts given that they're not Web Exclusive, but the base figure really should have come with the shield and beam saber while the Option Set would have one of the beam rifles.

The vanilla version is like one of the most spartan grunt RS releases ever.

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Posted by ArshadAA on 18 December, 2012 - 07:20
OH MAN, I'm droolin'! Always

OH MAN, I'm droolin'! Always loved those poor explodable grunts. I always wana compare them to the Zaku, but I think you put it best: "Leaner and more explode-y cousin." These poor suckers blew up so easily and without much time to really do anything that it's no wonder that they've been mostly ignored all this time. I managed to snag three of the classic MSiA ones (and a blue and purple one) but I am GEEKED for this version! Kinda sucks I need to get that extras set, but at least it looks totally worth it. You got me wanting to get three of these as well...

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Posted by Alexx on 18 December, 2012 - 19:34
 
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