Sci-Fi Revoltech Gamera
|Toy Design||Matsumura Shinobu|
Review by JoshB
Gamera is friend to all children, but apparently not a big friend of action figures. Most renditions of Gamera are soft vinyl with limited posability. Some have moveable arms and legs at best.
The Sci-Fi Revoltech changes all that, for better or worse. I have conflicting feelings about this release. I really want to like it but it’s just so… small…
Gamera arrives courtesy of Angolz.com
This Gamera comes from the 1995 reboot entitled Gamera: Daikaijū Kuchu Kessen aka Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. Gamera comes in the typical Sci-Fi Revoltech box – classy dark design with a Velcro cover. These would look great all lined up on a bookshelf.
Accessories are sparse with this release. You get:
- Gamera figure
- Alternate waist piece
- Mouth blast effect
- Rocket launch effect
- 2 alternate fists>
- Revoltech Coin and Case.
The Gamera figure is nicely sculpted, but small. The whole thing is only a few inches tall. It does have a good bulk though, largely due to the shell.
Most of the figure is the typical Revoltech ABS plastic, with the exception of the chest cover – that’s rubber. It reminds me a little of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles action figures actually. The reason for the rubber is so that the figure can move around a bit better.
There is more articulation in this Gamera than any other Gamera toy released (except for Microman Gamera, and that sucks, so it doesn’t count). However, Gamera as a character is not known to be the most acrobatic of Kaiju, so you can only do so much with it.
The head is on dual Revoltech joints, with an additional Revoltech joint at the jaw. The head has a really great range of motion.
You can attach a fire blast effect in the mouth.
Each arm has joints on the shoulders and elbows, with swivel joints at the wrists. The figure comes packaged with open hands that can be swapped out with fists.
There’s a joint in the waist behind the rubber cover, but that’s mostly there to facilitate swapping with the other waist piece. Legs have Revoltech joints at the hips, knees and ankles.
The tail is jointed in several places, but a flat part on the bottom denotes how it’s supposed to lie.
To enable the launching effect, you need to remove the waist and legs from the figure. Just pull the crotch area out and down and replace with the alternate part. This plugs into the Revoltech joint, and a tab fits into the back of the shell. From there you attach the rocket blast effect into the figure. It’s a nice effect, but I doubt I will display it that way.
Overall it is a nice enough figure with a sharp sculpt and decent articulation, but too small for me. I like my kaiju BIG, like the imposing monsters they are. This seems like gashapon to me. Sci-Fi Revoltech is available at Angolz.com
|Posted 6 December, 2010 - 13:46 by JoshB|