|Character Design||Takao Saito|
Review by VIR
Alias Duke Togo; alias Tadashi Togo; alias Togo Rodriguez; alias Goglo 13. Mysterious and violent, Golgo 13 is a professional assassin, a hired killer. Aided by his trusty (and miraculously accurate) M16, he kills.
And he kills good.
I remember the first time I was exposed to Golgo 13. It was at Dkun’s anime club and all I can remember is the sheer ludicrousness and extreme energy of it. Golgo 13 was blood and violence and impossible shots and, well. . . just plain coolness. Needless to say, I enjoyed myself.
With this, Sega gives us the new High Grade Golgo 13 statue from Golgo 13. Being a crane game prize, Golgo 13 isn’t gonna win any awards but his price point makes him a winner in my book and overlooks any of his shortcomings.
Golgo 13 comes in a perfectly dark box, one to match his outfit and personality. I enjoy Golgo’s logo plastered on the side, especially its placement near the bottom.
Golgo 13 is a pretty boss looking fellow.
His sculpt is simple but effective, capturing his no-nonsense stature, his morose grimace, and emulating the flow of fabric on his suit; the aura of the character emanates through this statue, and that’s great:
There is plenty of mold flash present on this statue and the seams where it has been put together are visible; this does detract from the statue overall and give it a cheapish look (but, hey, you got it from a crane game, c’mon!). The paint is also equally weak with overspray and not being very tight around smaller details and borders.
Golgo 13 has great heft and a dense feel about him; he doesn’t feel cheap at all. He’s made out of a softer plastic with some give to it. This is especially nice at Golgo’s coat bottoms; they move and react to pressure which feels nice. It reminds me of figma plastic for equivalent pieces.
Golgo 13 stands at 6 ½ inches tall by himself and 7 inches with his stand.
Speaking of his stand, it’s a solid black tapered cube. Golgo cannot stand without it as he has peg feets.
Overall, the new Golgo 13 High Grade statue from Sega is good. It doesn’t impress with its subpar paint and lack of clean sculpt, but for the price it is more than adequate. Despite its poorer quality, it sports an effective sculpt, great heft, and fantastic emulation of Golgo’s character and presence. This coupled with its cheap price point (they are as cheap as you are good at the skill crane, and aftermarket prices are usually 1500 yen) makes for a satisfying statue.
|Posted 18 August, 2014 - 22:53 by VIR|