Review Bandai Tamashii Nations Marvel Manga Realization Samurai Captain America

I review @TamashiiNations Marvel Manga Realization Samurai Captain America

Marvel has a history of importing its characters over to Japan. In the 1970’s, Spider-Man saw the most success, with a Japanese version of the character in both the comics and in live action shows (he even had a giant robot!) The 90’s saw the X-Men gaining popularity there, with the Japanese dub of the X-Men cartoon getting an all new opening sequence. The 2000s saw anime adaptations for several characters, including Blade, Wolverine and Ironman. Of course, there are the toys. Many Japanese companies have made action figures, statues and such for the Japanese market, with some of it being imported to the West.

Bandai, through its Tamashii Nations brand has been putting out Marvel products for a while. Similar to what it did with its Star Wars Movies Realization figures, Tamashii Nations have released figures of Marvel characters reimagined as samurai. Despite less of a connection with Japanese culture than Star Wars, these figures perfectly capture the essence of the characters while presenting them in a uniquely Japanese way. These Review is on Samurai Captain America.

The box features a picture of the figures included, with effects painted behind him. The box has mostly Japanese text, with the only English being the characters name on the box. The back has pictures of the character in various poses and showing off some accessories.

Standing at around 7 inches, the figure itself is very nice. The armour’s colour reflects the look of the original character. The helmet is mostly blue with some gold accents, with the wings and the “A” being in silver. He has a mouthpiece that covers where the face would be visible, to make it look like a samurai helmet.. The armour itself is mostly in metallic blue, it being sculpted similar to Captain America’s chainmail costume in the regular version. There is a silver star in the middle of his chest, which is removable and doubles as a throwing star. There is a waist piece that is used to mimic the stripes on his original costume, though on this one they are red and gold. He does have white on his arms around the elbow before being covered by red gloves and arm guards.. The armour extends below the waist, with some dull, dark purplish-blue pieces being underneath. Below that, he has dark blue pats on, matching the blue on the sleeves underneath his shoulder guards. The outfit is rounded off with red armoured boots.

The star on his chest is removeable
Sword and shield fit in his gripping hands. The shield can also plug into the forearm.
extra hands.

He does come with several accessories. Besides the closed fists that are attached, he has two more sets of hands, with one set being gripping hands for his weapons and one set being open hands. Being a Samurai, he comes with a katana, that has a star design in the handle, and a sheathe that attaches to the side. Being a Samurai Captain America, he also comes with a shield. The shield has a Japanese design to it, but reflects the source material with a silver ring near the edge and a blue circle with a star in the center. The figure can either hold the shield by the handle or it can plug into a hole in either arm. It can even be stored on his back.

Shield can plug into the back.

The articulation is good, and is much like the Onmitsu Shadowtrooper I reviewed in January. joints are easy to move but tight enough to stay in you desired position. The figure can stand well on his own and in more action oriented positions. The sword and shield fix in his hands well and the overall figure feels sturdy, which is often the case with import figures.

With Marvel Select Spider-Gwen and Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow.

Overall, this figure is really well done. He is a more visually appealing character than the Shadowtrooper, but that is due to the nature of the characters. He is one of several figures released over the past few years (including Iron Man, War Machine, Spider-Man and Deadpool), all or which look good. Having a patriotic American character such as Captain America done up to look like a samurai may seem a weird fit, but this figure works.

Bandai Tamashii Nations Samurai Captain America is available now from various online retailers and at some EB Games stores in Canada, Figure retails for $109.99 CAD. See stores/online for availability.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bandai, Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel, EB Games, or any person or group for this review This item was purchased by me with my own funds. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me for review purposes.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1: Afterlife Spartan and Gorgon

There is no respite, even in death, with @BossFightstudio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Afterlife Spartan and Gorgon.

In a battle between mighty warriors, mythological creatures and the forces of the Greek Gods themselves, even death would not end the fight for many. Some would refuse to leave the battlefield after their death and fight on as ghost. Bossfight Studio explores this idea with this Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 1 two figure set, Afterlife Spartan Vs Gorgon: Ghosts of the Battlefield.

Front of Box

edThe figures come in a sold box, with black and white printing and artwork. The back has the story behind the figures, explaining how they are lock in eternal battle against an equally stubborn, and undead, foe. A bit more of the overall H.A.C.K.S. storyline is revealed in the Temporal Log, were the time travellers seem to think that theses spirits could have information to help repair their timeline.

Back of box with the bio

The figures themselves are that of a male Spartan Warrior and an humanoid Gorgon female. Both are molded in a yellowish green, glow in the dark plastic. Their accessories are not glow-in-the-dark, but are translucent, with the Spartan’s in yellow and red and the Gorgon’s in light and dark blue.

Armed with sword and shield
There is a smaller sword for the scabbard
He must axe you some questions
Armour removed.

The Spartan is male form the typical series 1 male buck, with little paint applications except for the black eyes. The articulation is the same for the series so far with a full rage of movement. His armour, molded in yellow as previously mentioned, consists of a breastplate and skirt in one piece, arm and leg pieces and a helmet with a plume. He also has a strap with a scabbard that you can put over his chest. His weapons are red and includes a sword for the scabbard, a larger sword, a shield and two hand axes.

Figure with sword and shield, no helmet. That skirt pieces looks a little…exposed.
Armour parts, save the bracers and skin guards.

The Gorgon is made from the typical female buck, again with minimum paint save the black for the eyes and mouth and white on the top two fangs. The armour is two pieces molded from a transparent light blue. The top piece is a spiky breast place, similar to the one in the woodland elves accessory pack, with the bottom pieces being a skirt oven in the front. She has bracers on her arms and shin guards on her legs. Her helmet is the usual snake skull helmet the Gorgons love so much. Her weapons include a curved sword, a shield with a Medusa head design and a spear, all made with a dark blue transparent plastic.

Spear.
Armour removed.
Get your glow on!

These figures come with a good amount of accessories and articulation. Like all Bossfight figures, they come with spare hands and the black Bossfight Stands. They are pretty sturdy, but I would always suggest caution when handling any female figure in this line. The plastic seems sturdy, but sometimes the glow-in-the-dark stuff can be a bit more fragile.

If you are interested in this set, I would highly recommend it as a buy. For a price of $34.99 USD, you get two figures for $10 more than a single one. With both a male and female figure, you can see how most of the line would be like . You definitely save on the less paint apps for the figures and they still look awesome.

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series 1: Afterlife Spartan Vs Gorgon 2-pack is available at the Bossfight Studio Store and at some online retailers through eBay. Prices may vary.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Aiyana, Elven Archer, Autumn Guard

Meet the sharp end of the Elven Army: Aiyana, of the Autumn Branch.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series two has covered many of the fantasy tropes we have come to expect. Knights, wizards, cave faires, orcs and the undead are all represented in this line. Elves are too and through these figures, Bossfight Studios sets the world they created from the ash of the Greek/Gorgon war. This figure is one of the Elf Kingdom’s warriors; hunting down enemies outside of their lands. This is Aiyana, of the Autumn Branch.

Shots blurry. Sorry

According to the bio, the Autumn Branch are the offensive fighters of the Elven Army. They patrol outside their lands in small groups, identifying threats and eliminating them. Aiyana is a leader of one of those groups and has a fierce reputation amongst the orc warlords.

Bio
Aiyana out of package

The figure is almost the same as Aspen, the Spring Branch Archer I reviewed in January. Aiyana has a more darker skin tone than Aspen , with brown painted on underwear underneath her outfit. Her outfit is in autumn colours, literally; her top, bottom leg and arm guards are all in brown with reddish-brown and orange highlights. Other than the colour, her outfit is the same as Aspen’s. The head sculpt is what’s new. Her face shape and reddish-brown hair gives Aiyana a unique look compared to the blonde, pale Aspen.

The head sculpt is the only thing not borrowed from the Aspen figure.
Bow at the ready.

Her accessories are similar as well. Aiyana comes with a bow, quiver and two knives, much like Aspen. They are all a lighter brown, matching the Autumn theme of the figure. Unlike Aspen, Aiyana does not come with an extra head, but does have six arrows compared to Aspen’s four. They have brown tips with brown feathers at the other end on a light brown shaft. Not all can fit in her quiver at once, but you can have her hold one at the ready like with Aspen

About four arrows can fit in the quiver. Knives fit on the sides.

I like what Bossfight is doing with their elves, and the bio help to piece together the world they inhabit. Currently there are four elves figures, the other two being Withered Branch (think dark elf) and Sakura branch (I think some sort of royal guard or special ops). All or them are female, which is fine, but that will change later in March when they release the male Elven Ranger, Q’Al Varis

She’s a fall right down to her underwear.

These figures are beautifully done, posable, fairly sturdy and are great in hand. It is good to know that Bossfight is continuing the figures with four more this year, at least along with more Bucky O’Hare, plus zombies, Sam and Max and more. With the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. alone, Bossfight has a line that many collectors will find something that they like.

The girls of…before and after Summer.

All the Virtuvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are available through select online retailers, EBay or through Bossfight Studios themselves.  They are priced from $25 USD (about $34 CAD) but prices can vary by site. Thanks for reading my review.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Bossfight Studios, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review.  The item was purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Knight of Asperity – Chaos Agent

The evil Knights of Asperity roam the land in Series 2 of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. from @BossFightStudio

One thing that is a staple in any modern fantasy series is the evil, mystical and/or undead knight or army of knights that plague our heroes. The Lord of the Rings had the Nazgûl; the Prydain Chronicles had the Horned King; and the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) have the White Walkers. Bossfight Studio’s evil army in their Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 are the Knights of Asperity; knights dressed in black, some bearing painted skulls on their faces and some with skulls for faces.

The work Asperity means harshness of tone or harshness of conditions. This is reflected in the actions and origins of these knights.

The file card on the back tell us that the Knight come from the Blasted Lands; a desolate area which surrounds Mount Olympus, tying this in with the Greek/Gorgon war from series 1. The Knights attack anyone and everyone, murdering most people in villages and taking those who survive back to the Blasted Lands for an unknown reason. They bring destruction, famine, pestilence and death everywhere they go.

Not someone to encounter after dark…

The figure, similar to Lord Vehemous, has sculpted on armour, with pieces like leg guards and shoulder pads being removable. The body type is shared with at least the Knight of Accord, the V-H.A.C.K.S. foot guard and the blank fantasy knight figures. He has all the standard articulation you find in this line. The head he has on is a while skull with some black shading. He has red dot for pupils in his eye sockets. The skull is nicely detailed, with accurate fissures on the skull where the different bones meet.

Figure comes with a lot of accessories

For accessories, he comes with a lot. In the tray with the figure, he has two helmets,; one with spikes and wings on the side; and a more plain helmet with an attachable visor (though I had a hard time getting it on.) It should be noted that care should be given when placing on the winged helmet. The spikes are a bit sharp and can hurt when pressing the helmet down on the figure’s head. Lastly, he has an alternate head. This head is human, with a skull design painted in red on his face.

A. LOT.

Below this tray is another with his weapons. He gets a large axe, a shield with a dragon design, a sword and a scabbard for that sword. The scabbard has a peg that can fit in a hole on the figure’s belt. Alternatively , you can plug the scabbard in the hole in the figures back. It is not as secure but it does work. Of course he has a stand, which comes in a baggy with a set of alternate hands and leg guards that plug into the side of his legs.

The spikes are really pointy
Alternate human head

Overall, this is an excellent figures. The only issues I have is that the plain helmet’s visor was difficult to get on and make it stay on and it does not seem to fit either head well (it fits the skull head slightly better.) The spiked helmet is infinitely cooler so I will be displaying it with that one. The numerous accessoires and alternate head makes this figure great for army building (with either multiples of this figure or a blank knight body with one of the heads and maybe an accessory pack.). It is a great figure to have display on your shelf with similar figures.

The second helmet does not fit well on the human head. It is a little better on the skull one.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 Knight of Asperity can be purchased at select online retailers, through eBay and from Bossfight Studios’ own store. Look online to find out more. I purchased the figure from Kokomo Toys through eBay.ca.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review.  The item was purchased by myself with my own money.  All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.