Review by JoshB
Hoi Hoi-San is the cute little girl with a machine gun. But all is not what it seems at first.
She comes from a series of Manga / Anime / Games called One Shot Bug Killer Hoi Hoi-San. In this series set in the near future, insects have become immune to pesticides. A Japanese company creates a series of pint-sized robots that live in your home and kill the insects for you. Of course, lonely otaku obsess over these little bots in their apartments.
Up until this point, the only way to get a toy of Hoi Hoi san was to track a limited edition, very expensive figure down on Yahoo Japan Auctions.
Well, Kotobukiya has come to the rescue with this affordable kit of the titular character, Hoi Hoi San.
The figure is an unassembled model kit, but the build is relatively easy. Most of it is snap fit, but there are some points that require glue, such as the pegs on the hair parts. However, I recommend that you just glue everything except for the face and the hands. You will want to handle this like a toy and it just can’t stand up to it without glue.
To get the kit looking just like the images on the box, you will need paint. I suck at painting and the toy is molded in color with painted parts, so it is good enough for me. However, should you decide to paint it, Kotobukiya included a set of decals to replace the detail that will get painted over. Great idea!
The finished assembled kit is actually 1:1 scale, so this is the size Hoi Hoi-San would be in real life. There are some nice touches that add to the realism, such as the USB port on her back, and the removable headband that has a headphone jack inside.
The kit is fully articulated, but due to the design, she can only hold so many poses. This would have been better with a stand, but there are so many aftermarket stands out there now that you can just get one of those. She has jointed ankles, knees, hips, torso, shoulders, elbows, wrists and head. The hair has three movable joints.
Three sets of eyes are included, looking left, right, and straight ahead, but just barely. There really isn’t much difference between them, but I appreciate the effort.
Two sets of hands are included with the figure – open and closed hands. The open hands feature removable fingers so that you can hold the weapons.
Included weapons are a small machine gun, ninja sword and a broom for clean up. Of all the parts, these could use paint the most.
In Japan, Hoi Hoi-San is a popular character, and as such, they sell out quickly. These kits have been no exception, selling out at popular retailers. For only 3,000 yen you get a great kit of a hot character. What’s not to love?
|Posted 13 February, 2009 - 14:08 by JoshB|