Act 12: Figure Type 2 (Brown)
Review by Showapop
Spiral Zone Act 12: Type II Brown
SFG Bandai’s Spiral Zone toys can be split into four categories:
Deluxe Figure Kits (Acts 1-3)
Coating optional Clothing sets (Act 4-7),
Vehicles & Optional Backpacks (Acts 8-10)
Super Real Action Figures (Acts 11 & 12)
This review will focus on one of the two optional figures and last Spiral Zone release Act 12: Figure Type 2 (Brown).
Two Spiral Zone figures were created to be paired with one of the four Coating Type extra armor uniform sets. It is interesting to note that the last two figure releases are of a different ethnicity than the other three figures. While the other three figures looked Japanese in their face sculpts, Bandai choose to release two figures with an African ethnicity and European ethnicity.
Like the previous three Spiral Zone figures they are anonymous characters and are not named. Act 12: Figure Type 2 (Brown) have features exactly like the other three figures in terms of mobility but molded in dark brown plastic with a new face sculpt.
Like the other Spiral Zone figures the Type 2 (Brown) figure has a top-notch face sculpt. In my personal opinion these Type 2 (Brown) figures look their best in Hyper Boxer type uniforms.
Act 12: Figure Type 2 (Brown) originally cost $15.00 in 1986 but today they are still quite easy to locate and usually cost between $10-25. I actually found another figure this weekend NOS in the box for $5.00 at the Model kit Show in Buena Park. Keep in mind although these Spiral Zone figures do not come with a file card it does come with a one sided instruction sheet that is usually missing from most examples. It is always best to make sure the package has the instructions in the box if you are going to pay a premium.
Figure Type 2 (Brown) was the last release of the Spiral Zone line. The beautiful planned 1/12 Spiral Zone prototype toys would never be produced, whose designs would only see the light of day as exclusive small scale Model Magazine club model kits and gashapon figures. It is a shame as this line is one of Bandai’s finest. With the hint of what could have been, with Kamen Rider Black and Saint Seiya Spiral Zone sets, Bandai discontinuing the Spiral Zone line has left a huge hole in Japanese Toy collecting. We can only hope that the line will be revived and will continue where it left off but after 25 years I have my doubts.
Leonardo Flores “Modcineaste”
|Posted 21 July, 2008 - 01:01 by Showapop|