|Character Design||Hidehiro Tsuchiya|
Review by SpaceRunaway
The Volks Full Action Figure series was released over the course of 2002 to 2010. Initially available exclusively by mail order through Dengeki Hobby Magazine, this line has mostly been forgotten by history, and remains poorly documented even in Japanese. In light of that I offer these reviews as a warning, lest we forget. In case there are terms used that leave you confused and/or angry, take a look at the first review of this series for further clarification.
Ryune Zoldark was the only child of Bian Zoldark, genius scientist and leader of the revolutionary Divine Crusaders. The Valsione was custom made for her after she rejected the Valsion that had been prepared for her; despite her tomboyish personality she turned it down on the grounds that "it wasn't cute". How that comment led to the construction of a giant robot girl with a human looking face and hair is beyond me, but the Valsione is a one of a kind unit that appears semi-frequently in the SRW games, putting in appearances in the classic, Alpha and Original Generation timelines together with its upgrade, the Valsione R. The suit responds based on the pilot's movements; even the Valsione's face changes to match Ryune's expressions, and its frequently happy disposition (combined with the fact that it is a female robot) has cemented the Valsione's status as a fan favorite.
As usual, I've plumbed Youtube for some game footage. This video's quite long, but it's really only the first 1"45 seconds that are pertinent to the review. Maybe just leave it running and enjoy the BGM track?
And since we're already in deep I might as well mention that Japanese idol, cat-taster, neologist and SRW super fan Shoko "Shokotan" Nakagawa cosplayed as Valsione in a campaign to promote the release of SRW: OGs for the Playstation 2, of which you can watch footage here. And now things have gotten too weird, and we need to get back to the toy.
Poseability is passable, mostly thanks to her slender frame.
The "wings" as well as the front skirt armor connect to the body with straight pegs.
These. Pieces. Are. Terrrrrrrrible.
The pegs are infuriatingly short.
The wings tend to push themselves away from the body whenever moved, and the forward movement of the legs frequently knocks the skirt pieces off. IT KEEPS HAPPENING.
The hands also snap in with such force that at least one wing tends to go flying each time the hands are changed. I basically keep the wings in the box so my entire focus can devoted to catching when the skirt armor falls off.
At the very least, the side skirts spare further frustration by attaching via hinge.
Her basic melee weapon is the Divine Arm.
After that comes the Hyper Beam Cannon.
Of course, these are not the attacks one thinks of when it comes to the Valsione. Where, you ask, is the Psycho Blaster? The Cross Saucer, or the Cross Smasher? For those attacks, I respond, please watch the video. I am feeling too lazy to make gifs right now. I promise I will do better next time.
Oh, let's look at the stand and the booklet, since it feels like it's been a while since I last saw one of these.
You might have realized that the Valsione is quite small (maybe not from this review but rhetorically speaking). She is the smallest of the my FAFs by at least half a head, and possibly the smallest in the line. That's nonsense because at 24 meters the suit is taller than most of SRW's real robot Personal Troopers. I am staunchly against robot sexism.
On the other hand her smaller stature puts her right at home in my army of robot ladies.
The Valsione doesn't strike me as particularly a good figure or a bad figure, but looking at it does make me kind of happy. If anything, I like having a Valsione that's more or less figma sized (well, a short figma). The Valsione is one of those relatively easy to find FAFs, and it seems to stay around the 3,000 yen range. Not that you probably want one, but you know, just in case.
Next Time: The Valsione R! (It's different!)
|Posted 24 February, 2014 - 18:17 by SpaceRunaway|