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Shotaro Kaneda


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Wow. Now, normally with 1/6


Now, normally with 1/6 scale figures I can take or leave them. But the fact that they made a bike for this makes this a must-get if you are going to get the bike.

Can't wait to see the bike review!

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JoshB's picture
Posted by JoshB on 14 April, 2010 - 13:28
it might be just cause im

it might be just cause im bitter that i cant afford this figure (let alone the bike! just look at those ebay links...), but his body proportions are those of a toddler with an oversized head and small dainty body. i remember in the film yeah he was still a teenager, but he was taller and stronger than the others in the gang. also his clothes seems to be a bit ill fitting, especially the pants. not that i was looking at his butt or anything. seriously. not gay.

anyway, his head and accessories are sculpted incredibly well, and translate well from the film and manga. that laser is epic awesome! although hes prohibitively expensive (for me), i still dont think i would buy this if i could afford it.

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Posted by Astronopolis on 14 April, 2010 - 14:38
Medicom has always been more

Medicom has always been more about the fact that it's a figure of something nobody else made, rather than it's a good figure for the money.

The scale they use is that of a Japanese man, so they are smaller than other 1/6 figures. Normally it wasn't that big a deal, since up until a few years ago Medicom's stuff was the only game in town outside of custom or micro studio released figures, so there wasn't another version to compare it to. Once people started to see a Sideshow Star Wars guy next to a Medicom guy it was clear something was off.

Medicom is also famous for lousy heads on their figures. They take the old approach of the head being molded in the color of the flesh tone they want, then only painting the eyes and hair. This makes the head look like a Ken doll compared to the fully-painted heads on products from the likes of Hot Toys and Sideshow.(even though Sideshow can't sculpt a proper likeness at all). The sculpt is usually pretty good on Medicom, but the paint job does it a disservice.

The loose clothes issue is something that's always been part of the 1/6 primary problems. You just can't make clothing in a smaller scale and have it look good. The actual material has to be scaled down as well, otherwise it looks like the guy is wearing a shirt made out of canvas. Some companies use a micro-fiber process for the clothes, making them very thin and more realistic in appearance, but simulating leather is pretty tough since it starts to become like rubber. I can't fault Medicom on that, it's something the 1/6 industry still hasn't fully tackled, so they just did the easy thing and made it loose.

There was a release of a 1/6 Kaneda, Tetsuo, and a Laser Soldier from Medicom about 10+ years ago. They were some tiny show exclusive that was all the rage at the time, and they were sold as a set for some un-Godly sum. Oddly enough this Kaneda looks exactly like that release. Leading me to wonder if people are buying a reproduction of a ten year old figure. Time for some detective work to track down those old pics of them.

As far as Akira goes, I'll admit I never saw the reason it was in such high regard. It's boring, the movie cut out a ton of the great scenes in the manga, and the character you were supposed to connect with (Tetsuo) was made the villain and this hump was some kind of hero that had to take him down. In truth the only part of the movie that was cool was the bike.

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Posted by duke togo on 14 April, 2010 - 17:33
Somebody has actually stated

^^^Somebody has actually stated at Mediworld that Kaneda is painted unlike most Medi figs.

Also, Sideshow has some good sculpts, but horrid paint apps. Anything sculpted by the great Trevor Grove for example is phenomenal with repaints (they need new painters). Here's just a few repaints.

Ryu's picture
Posted by Ryu on 19 May, 2010 - 14:45
It's because you're

It's because you're bitter Astro ;)
I compared the photos here pretty heavily to my manga copy.
It looks on point to me.

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 15 April, 2010 - 10:18

If I'm not broke, I'll buy Shotaro Kaneda, the AKIRA bike and Tetsuo Shima.

grendizer1975's picture
Posted by grendizer1975 on 14 April, 2010 - 17:28
Don't Need It.

Nothing personal here, but I don't need this Kaneda toy nor his toy bike b/c I'm capable of creating them on my own in accordance to my own specs.

Nice presentation by the way, but I'll pass on this. I got the DVD movie & the manga & that's as far as I'm gonna go with this franchise.


Rodimus78's picture
Posted by Rodimus78 on 15 April, 2010 - 00:32
^I'm not denying that you

^I'm not denying that you can make one, but I'm curious to see if you have any links to your work.

Ryu's picture
Posted by Ryu on 19 May, 2010 - 14:47
Sour Grapes

Sounds like you guys are upset that you either can't find them for cheap, or can't afford it to begin with.

I side with Rodimus78 on this one- I have the manga and the DVD and have had a few toys in the 90's- but I don't need this. I am glad to see Bandai+Medicom team up on more figures though...

I can't find any real flaw with this toy that you guys are complaining about. The bike+figure is awesome and like Hot Toys Dark Knight Batmobile, it's expensive and I think the hate is all about wanting one/can't afford it.

Obviously Duke's comments seem more about "AKIRA" in general than this specific figure. Why the hate man? Did Akira steal your girlfriend? Beat you out for a promotion at work?

Even if you can't get behind the movie, the manga is still amazing. I hear what you're talking about with the character's role reversal in the film, but after I watched it again recently it's more of a situation where if you're not paying close attention (just like the manga!) you miss how picked on and defeated Tetsuo is, and how much of a prick Kaneda is. I know it's something "everyone likes" but that's no reason to get so negative on it.

I've had no problems with any of the Medicom figures I've owned. Again they are smaller scale (japanese company = japanese man base, duh?), but that only matters really if you're collecting the Star Wars line, or are one of those "it must be exactly 1 to six scale" guys, and then, you're not buying Medicom to begin with, you're buying mostly custom hand-made stuff at that point as most companies (especially Sideshow and Hot Toys) aren't doing *exactly* 1:6 scale product anyway.

And this set is amazing. It's expensive and has cross over appeal (1:6 collectors will get it, as will sci-fi fans, so it will sell fast as do most Akira high-end merchandise) - if you're into Akira then start saving!

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 15 April, 2010 - 10:18

Yeah, the thing with Akira for me is that Akira's just a dystopian, socio-politico, Japanese arthouse cyberpunk story with a beginning, middle, and an end. That's it--story's over. It's incredibly serious to the core of the viewer's conscience. It's saying "This is what's happening around you or might happen or could happen. Now move on and do something important for yourself and your fellow man before it get's funked up."

It's the same thing as I feel about Watchmen, Kubrick Flicks, Asimov's Robots Novels, Planet of the Apes, Twilight Zone, & Gilliam flicks, etc. It's not as franchise-driven as Star Wars, Star Trek, Macross, & Gundam, etc. The idea of exploiting this Akira thing as a "fast-food moneymaking machine" is just compromising the integrity of the story that Otomo was saying.


Rodimus78's picture
Posted by Rodimus78 on 15 April, 2010 - 10:51

Nicely put... even the franchise examples you mention all have major themes and overtones that directly contrast with the merchandising blitzes that followed their releases. It always fascinated me how different in tone the 1st Gundam series is compared to all the others which followed after the model kit success.

I laughed so hard when they announced Watchmen Action Figures. It's pretty obvious that DC Direct didn't even actually read the book, where they even directly lampoon the very idea of Watchmen toys.

You know, I never really even thought about how Akira toys are somewhat contrary to the themes and idea of the story. The irony of this toy's high price high quality doll of a poor street gang member character. With other comics and movies it often comes to mind, but I never really thought about Akira that way. And Kaneda is always the one who gets the cool action figure. There aren't very many Tetsudo toys, despite being the main character of the story. The McFarlane one I had back in the day was trash.

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Posted by The Big R on 15 April, 2010 - 13:48
Yuck McFarlane

Even if DC & WB read the book, they wouldn't understand it, but they understand it's strong appeal so they exploited it, abused it, & compromised it as a means to an end just for sake of promoting their absolute power. That's why the best of artists w/ the strongest integrity became outcasts so they won't be further victims of creative compromises, but anyway...about McFarlane:

Yuck, I loathe McFarlane figures. I owned 2 Manga Spawn figs, Samurai Spawn & Mecha-Freak to serve as Robeasts to fight with my Trendmasters Voltron Chogokin toy. & the funking limbs broke off! I should've bought the B.B. Beetleborg transforming Beetle Bot & Toys'R'Us in 1999 cause that was cool and diecast.

If only those 2 crappy Manga Spawn figs were $25 each, I would've probably never bought them & just make them my own.

Lucky for me, I got no interest in buying Kaneda's bike from McFarlane Toys, nor the MEDICON version which blows McFarlane Toys straight to hell... literally.


Rodimus78's picture
Posted by Rodimus78 on 16 April, 2010 - 04:24
Funny you mention that, I

Funny you mention that, I found a McFarlane Kaneda and Tetsuo figures at some small flea market sci fi/anime/comic store, complete MIB. I have it standing on my table and... its alright. Its more of a stand up figure and thats all for its time.

I actually still like the Metal Gear Solid 2 toys that came out, and I was pissed when I found that McFarlane wasnt going to do the Metal Gear Solid 3 series, and if i wanted a figure i would (at that time) have to pay uber money for a Kubrick figure which went way more than what i could afford. So far the only MGS3 figure i have is The Boss from the Toys R Us exclusive Metal Gear Solid Collection they have right now. Hopefully ill find a Raiden one, even though he doesnt pose he is still sweet looking to stand up on your table for a measly 13 some bucks with tax.

ZeonicFreak's picture
Posted by ZeonicFreak on 16 April, 2010 - 15:17

"Funny you mention that, I found a McFarlane Kaneda and Tetsuo figures at some small flea market sci fi/anime/comic store, complete MIB. I have it standing on my table and... its alright. Its more of a stand up figure and thats all for its time."

Literally that's the whole point of what those so-called McFarlane toys are made for; they're made to stand & not play. Todd should've called his business 'McFarlane Collectibles' and left the 'toy' thing out.


Rodimus78's picture
Posted by Rodimus78 on 17 April, 2010 - 15:45
I've got both Kaneda and the bike, but...

Only the bike is worth the cost. Medicom's Kaneda figure is not worth the $200 it is going for at most places. $200! It's a relatively simple figure in its construction compared to the outstanding figures produced by Hot Toys which cost a good amount less or pack in way more accessories at an equal price. Not to mention HT is currently leading the 1\6 market in quality of sculpt, tailoring, paint application, and consistency. It's so frustrating knowing that for the same price that I bought this figure for, I could get a Hot Toys DX Joker or Batman or a towering T600 Endoskeleton or Appleseed Briareos for less.

That's not to say Ive always been content with HT's pricing. I paid $250 for their Golgo 13 Duke Togo, but at least that figure was an extremely limited exclusive.

Back to Kaneda -- I can see how one could be impressed with Medicom's work on his outfit at a glance, but upon closer inspection, the tailoring is not impressive. First off, at this price, the jacket should have a zipper, even if merely for appearance. The jacket employs two hooks to keep the front closed, which is fine, but it doesn't keep those silver "clasps" in place. Those clasps don't keep the front lining of the jacket together.

Also, the materials feel cheap. It is really thin vinyl that I fear will dry over time. The stitching around the crotch area of his pants seem like they'll go at any moment I move his legs. On the bright side, I do like the soft, flexible boots and although it sounds like I'm picking the outfit apart, I quite like the way hey look. Just don't touch him and it'll be fine. On a tangential note, I wished Medicom had sculpted the second head with a different expression.

Again, it sounds like I'm eviscerating this figure, but I do like him as the compliment to the bike, but alone he's underwhelming. I know Medicom's previous Kaneda figure (from 10 years ago) is going for a cold 3 grand on eBay, and in that sense I should be happy to be able to buy a much-desired grail for a fraction of that cost, but $200 is not pocket change.

The bike is fantastic. Id like to comment on it, but I'll hold off until the review for it goes up. In short, Bandai, as one part of Project BM, really fulfilled their side of the work.

Icarus II's picture
Posted by Icarus II on 16 April, 2010 - 03:29
This figure is awesome.

This figure is awesome.
Though yes, it is outrageously priced.

raiel's picture
Posted by raiel on 1 May, 2010 - 23:16
Project BM! - Shotaro Kaneda

I'm broke but I still managed to buy both Shotaro Kaneda and the bike. Tetsuo's next!

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Posted by grendizer1975 on 11 June, 2010 - 08:58