Poseidon (Royal Ornament Edition)
Review by Atom
I'll be honest the Poseidon Arc was not a part of the story I was overly interested in personally but as my Saint Cloth Myth collection grows I AM interested in collecting the various Gods as they become available so I did get my hands on the Royal Ornament Edition of Poseidon which runs almost double the price of the Standard release.
"Poseidon was introduced by Masami Kurumada in vol. 14 of his manga Saint Seiya, as a young man named Julian Solo, and he first appeared in the anime adaptation in episode 100, in the same manner. Julian, the vessel chosen by Poseidon for his soul, is a young, very handsome man, with blond hair. In the anime adaptation, his hair color is blue, to represent the seas.
Although Masami Kurumada presented Poseidon first in an antagonic role in his manga, it was revealed that in fact Poseidon never wanted the destruction of mankind out of whim or pure evil. He is in fact, an honorable and benevolent deity. He wanted to punish humans for their evil deeds and corruption of Earth.In the third act of Kurumada's manga, Poseidon awakens briefly from his slumber, to assist Athena and her Saints in a moment of desperate need, in stopping the evil scheme of the god of the underworld, Hades."
If you must know every detail of this characters appearances in the series then by all means click here. For everyone else, on with the review.
The package is the book-style package we have all come to know and love in the Saint Cloth Myth line. A double window box that opens like a book but this one is the larger size (much like Thanatos and God Cloth Pegasus) being wider than the standard release.
That is to be expected as this is the “Royal Ornament Edition” release of Poseidon. This release features more manga accurate colors for the armor and hair color as well as including a rather sharp looking throne for our enigmatic God of the Sea.
Also exclusive to this set is the robe for Julian Solo, the physical host of Poseidon. The detail is excellent with all of the parts and accessories permanently attached so you don't have to spend a lot of time fidgeting with “dressing” him. Looks good but I don't think he will be getting much display time this way.
The Poseidon armor itself is probably one of the easiest of the God Cloths to assemble as most of the pieces are large and, it also has a lot to do with the way the original character was designed in the manga I suppose but once together it feels nice and solid. Die-cast content is high but the figure does feel a bit light.
The detail is excellent and of course, it shines, shines, shines.... a signature of the Saint Cloth Myth line.
The dormant Poseidon armor is seen in two forms in the series, with legs and without.
Of course you can display it either way and if you do opt out of displaying it with the legs you can remove the seat of the throne to store the legs underneath.
Yep, this deluxe set also includes the God of the Sea's Throne, the real reason I wanted this version of the release and it doesn't disappoint. The detail is excellent with lots of sculpting and nice cracks painted into the simulated Sandstone. Also included is a stand for his trident should you want to display it as well.
The figure looks good but I think this might fall under “fans only” as the design is a bit more basic than more recent God designs. If you just love all things with die-cast armor or are a fan of the show then yes Poseidon is worth picking up. Which version to get depends on how you collect, the standard release will match the colors of previous Sea Generals in the line and also look like the cartoon. Personally, I like the blond hair and richer bronze color of the Royal Ornament version myself but your mileage may vary.
To get a better look at all the details, be sure to check out the video review below.
|Posted 14 October, 2008 - 20:40 by Atom|