Sea Horse Baian
Review by Atom
Next up in my series of reviews for the Saint Cloth Myth line is Sea Horse Baian, one of the seven Generals of Poseidon and Bandai's latest release in the series. Baian guards the North Pacific Ocean Pillar and fights our main hero Pegasus Seiya.
He is (in my opinion) a forgettable villain in the TV series but turns out to make a beautiful addition to this line of collectibles.
I was fairly ambivalent towards the character and the promo pictures for the toy did not change my mind, but when I got the figure out of the box and put it together, I was very impressed.
As with all of the Saint Cloth Myth line the figure and parts come in a book style package with the figure and pieces packed and presented neatly in a vacuform tray.
Included in the box are :
- Baian figure
- alternate face
- 3 pairs of hands
- chest armor
- shoulder armor
- bicep armor
- forearm/hand armor
- thigh armor
- leg armor
- waist armor
- Sea Horse object
In the series the color of Poseidon’s Scales (armor) is heavy in orange which I think is kind of ugly, the toy is more gold, while not accurate to the cartoon it looks stunning on the shelf. It also has a ton of diecast, with only the helmet, shoulders and wings being plastic.
The figure features both a cape and a wing pack much like Seiya’s Pegasus Cloth (armor) in both a closed and open form. In the series we only see him with the wings closed but the extra pieces make for some nice variety when you throw in how different the character looks with and without his helmet on.
Personally, I like him best with the wings out and the helmet off.
The figure itself is plastic with diecast feet. The figure itself features 40+ points of articulation, though with the design of the armor his middle can't really be moved.
Finally, when the armor (Scales, Cloths, Robes, etc, etc) is not being worn it forms a statue of the constellation the armor is based on, in this case, Poseidon’s finned horse that pulled his chariot.
Bear in mind these are collectibles for adults with their volume of parts and pieces combined with the shiny armor parts make for something that would not stand up to playground beatings and all but the most OCD afflicted children would lose parts and pieces in no time.
With that said I continue to be floored at the quality and sheer presence of these figures on the shelf. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you may not want to watch the series but with the top-notch quality, generous amounts of diecast and sharp armor designs there is bound to be one that appeals to you. I’m here to say they're well worth the money.
I have as usual included a video review as well. Enjoy.
|Posted 22 February, 2008 - 00:39 by Atom|