Wonder Showcase Plus Cammy
Review by Omni Existence
This is a review for the 1/6th Scale Wonder Showcase Plus Cammy figure.
Cammy, is one of the most popular female game characters around, not to mention one of the most fantasized 2D characters ever made. The Wonder Showcase Plus Cammy figure was taken from the "Streetfighter Zero 3" game for the Playstation. For more information about Streetfighter Zero 3, you can visit this site:
Also, the Wonder Showcase Cammy was originally sculpted by Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (Reflect). You can view some of his works from this website:
The Wonder Showcase Cammy box measures 5.5" x 5.5" x 13.5" (L x W x H), and covered with some stunning Cammy artwork by Akiman.The front of the box can be flipped to reveal the Cammy figure through a plastic window. Cammy is posed with her back facing the window. An excellent way to attract collectors!
The only differences on the boxes for these versions are the costume colors worn by Cammy in the artwork, and the colors of the inner panel of the box. The Black version Cammy has the red panel, and the White version Cammy has the light blue panel.
The box contains two plastic trays. One for the Cammy figure, and the other one for the stand. The inside of the box contains a foil inlay card, and information about the figure written in Kanji appears on the backside of the lid.
The Cammy Figure
The Cammy figure is fairly impressive, and one of the best Cammy sculpts I've seen in a great long while. She stands at approximately 10.5 inches (260mm) tall from the soles of her boot, to the top of her beret. There are two variants of the Cammy figure, the Black version, and White version.
Cammy's got some very good details sculpt wise. She was likely to have been made with all of the best female "assets" in mind. The body sculpt is 'just right' in my opinion. Built like a brick, but without the rough edges. Her costume also looks good. Simplistic but effective, and compliments the detail on the Bracers on her forearm.
The head sculpt, particularly the face, is just beautiful. The eyes, the cute little nose, the slightly opened lips were all done very well. She looks like she has her back turned, but is actually just waiting for you to make a move so she can hand you your butt on a platter.
The detail on the hair is good as well. The pig-tails appear to be separate attachments on the head, rather than just one single piece.
The collaborative work between illustrator Akiman, sculptor Mitsumasa Yoshizawa resulted in probably one of the best 3D renditions of Cammy that I've seen.
This is a static figure. Simply put, it's a statue. No articulation what-so-ever. It doesn't have any other features other than it looks pretty darned fine!
Well, I guess it can't be helped, especially when these figures are mass produced. Although the Cammy figure is a beauty, it's got some ugly bits that came with it.
- "It's the paint boss! The paint!"- If there's one thing that ruined this figure for me, is the paint! You name it, this figure's got it! Paint blotches, over spray, thick paint application, paint bleeds and so on! The paint application on several areas are so thick, it's still wet on two of the three figures I had. This was particularly an issue with the White version, specifically with the 'lightning' paint designs on her legs being too thick.
I didn't even notice it until I saw 'prints' on parts of her legs that didn't have the paint before. Apparently, the wet paint stuck on the rubber gloves I was using.
Luckily, I was able to clean some of them up by using ACETONE. I inspected the same figure after a few days, and it appears that ACETONE was mild enough not to cause any thinning or damage on the paint for the skin.
There's also a problem with 'paint cracks' on one of my White Version's face, and the other White version had paint cracks on her uniform. The paint application on this figure is just plain bad.
NOTE: The Black Version that I have does not have these major issues with the paint. Just a little over spray on the legs, but its manageable.
- "She's falling apart at the seams captain!"- Aside from the paint problems, the assembly is another issue on this figure. Some parts of the toy have not been glued or cemented together properly. This is an issue particularly with the shoulder-to-torso assembly. All three of my figures have ugly spaces on the back of the shoulders because the shoulders were not properly assembled, or doesn't properly fit the connecting area on the torso.
It's likely that the toys were assembled in a real hurry because one of the arms on the Cammy figures my friend purchased, POPPED OFF! He had to glue them back together to fix it.
The other part where the ugly spaces can be seen is the connection of the torso to the hips. The toy has to be posed at a certain angle to 'hide' the seam spaces. Kaiyodo could have done a better job with the assembly.
And I Say
When word got out that the WF2005 Cammy resin figures will be manufactured into more affordable ABS/PVC statues, I was ecstatic because I knew that it was one of the best Cammy figures I've seen. I knew I had to get at least ONE. Now I have THREE. I love the figure, no doubt about that, but the paint and assembly issues just takes away a third of the thunder from this beautiful statue.
I cannot say that I got lemons either because my friend has two, and he has the same issues.
Kaiyodo and Wonder Showcase Plus did a great job in distributing these figures, but I believe they could have done much, much better with the Quality Control. It's a good thing I got the figures for cheap instead of the original price tag, otherwise I'd be kicking myself right now for spending too much on a 'troubled' figure.
For the figure, it looks great. Beautiful sculpt, simple but effective details. Great display piece. Unfortunately, it suffers from shoddy, or just plain bad paint and assembly work.
The Wonder Showcase Plus Cammy 1/6 scale figure gets a 3 out of 5.
|Posted 31 August, 2006 - 15:34 by Omni Existence|