Today, a lone figure showed up on my doorstep. His chest bears seven scars, a sign of death. He is a master of a 2000 year old Chinese assassination art, the Divine Fist of the North Star. He strikes vital pressure points, disrupting his target's chi energy and violently exploding their bodies.
So I noticed that Fist of the North Star was put on Hulu a while ago, and not having seen it I decided to see what the fuss was about. It turns out to be pretty much the manliest show ever. The best part is how they establish Ken as being totally invulnerable early in the show. In one episode he is pierced through the chest with darts allow his blood to pour out of his body, and he pops them out of his flesh by flexing, leaving no trace of a wound behind. At that point I knew he was the baddest dude around.
He's getting mad!
The figure is quite nice, and is my first from the Revoltech line. It feels very sturdy, and I like the way the joints snap into place. It has a lot of points of articulation, and this is a mixed blessing. While this allows many pose options, it's easy to knock one or more parts out of whack when you're trying to pose an entirely separate part. I'm also not too keen on how the extra parts come loose and without a bag, unlike Figmas. However, I can't say I prefer one brand over the other, and this is a really, really cool figure.
I do wish that Revoltech flying stands had a point of articulation like Figma stands...
The sculpt is really nice. You can't see in the photos but if you look closely at his chest you can see parts of some of his scars. His shoulder pads do this really cool thing where they swivel up and down to allow more articulation in his arms. He comes with a calm face, an angry face, a separate upper arm without a metal shoulder pad, several alternate hands including the all important pressure-point-jabbing fingers, and a pair of nunchucks.
The paint job is nice as well. There are a few points where the browns used for shading look a little muddled, but I'm not sure if this is good or bad. He comes from a pretty grimy world after all.
Normal Revoltechs cost around the $25 range, but this was almost twice that because of rarity. They have actually released three Kenshiro's, and this is the earliest one. The later ones have either no shirt or silly goggles, and I just wanted plain old Kenshiro as he appears for most of the show.
After seeing the quality of this figure and really, really liking the show I'd gladly pick up another Revoltech to round out the collection some time in the future.
To restate my previous conclusion, this guy rules. He will have epic fights with my other figures as soon as I get some more close to his scale :D read