Bandai’s Chibi-arts line has included some of everyone’s favorite characters from Pretty Cure to Kaimen Rider W. Back in July of 2011 the Chibi-arts line added Eiichiro Oda’s popular Shounen Jump series One Piece into its lineup. The first character released in the lineup was the Empress Boa Hancock. It was only natural after Boa for Bandai to release the Captain of the Mugiwara crew the main character from One Piece Monkey･D･Luffy. Now let’s see if Luffy in chibi-arts form is a bust or a must have for a One Piece fan.
The first thing we are going to look at is Luffy’s box. The box is relatively small compared to a nendoroid box but, it does its job perfectly of securing Luffy and his accessories in place. On the top left hand corner you have the official One Piece logo printed. You can catch a glimpse of Luffy from the clear plastic towards the center of the box. Looking down on the lower right corner of the box you see a picture of chibi-arts Luffy in his “Kaizoku Ou” pose. You will also notice the Bandai logo which is underneath Luffy. The last thing you notice is Monkey･D･Luffy's name written in both English and Japanese along with chibi-arts right underneath it. The Toei gold sticker can also be seen on the left hand side. The sticker has a number 19 printed in the top right corner of it. It’s important to take note of the Toei sticker since there have been reported counterfeits of Luffy’s chibi-arts.
The side of the box has three head shots of Luffy with his three different facial expressions you can pose him with.
Finally we have the back of Luffy’s box. Here you can see the different ways in which you can pose Luffy along with his many accessories. One of the cool features of the chibi-arts figures are the character quotes that come with it.
Luffy’s chibi-arts comes with a lot of different accessories. You have 3 different faces, a plump torso, meat, a wooden tankard, 3 sets of arms, a red captain’s coat, and Luffy’s famous Mugiwara hat.
First thing we are going to take a quick look at is Luffy’s set of instructions. Bandai was very thorough with set of instructions. Everything is fully detailed. Luffy’s chibi-arts includes 2 different stands. One stand is made to display him wearing the Captain’s coat while the other is to display him without it. No stone left unturned as the saying goes.
Here are the character quotes I mentioned earlier. Luffy’s chibi-arts includes with three different quote bubbles and 1 question mark bubble. Among the three quotes is Luffy’s most recognized line 「海賊王に俺はなる！」～ I’m gonna to be the Pirate King!
The addition to the character quotes Luffy’s chibi-arts comes with 2 different sizes quote holders, 2 replacement joints, 1 base for the quote holders, and the pole to hold Luffy upright.
Let’s take a look at Luffy’s base. It’s a circular base with Monkey･D･Luffy. written in white. Along with Luffy's name the Straw Hats Pirates(Mugiwara no Ichimi) Jolly Roger is painted on each side.
Finally out of his box we can see a full 360 view of the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates (Mugiwara no Ichimi)Monkey･D･Luffy. Luffy is posed with his arms by his side but it looks like something is missing from the famous pirate whose bounty is 300,000,000(pre-time skip).
Here is Luffy with his trademark Mugiwara hat. Luffy just isn’t the same without his hat. One thing that did leave me a little disappointed was the lack of detail on Luffy’s hat. The hat doesn’t have any detailing like the MegaHouse P.O.P's do to make it look like it is in fact a straw hat.
With his arms raised in the air he can smell his next great adventure. Luffy is always ready for whatever may be in store for him and his crew.
Here we are going to take a closer look at Luffy’s smiling face. Luffy’s smiling expression is one of the 3 faces you can change him into. This is my favorite expression out of the three. There is just something that makes me melt whenever I see Luffy sporting that giant smile of his.
Moving down here we have Luffy’s red vest. You can see that the paint of his gold buttons does run a little into the vest. The camera does capture everything with its lens however; you can’t easy spot this paint blurb with the naked eye.
As we get to Luffy’s feet you can once again see a little bit of the paint from his sandal straps running into his feet. There is also a dark blue paint splotch on the left side of his jeans.
Here is Luffy with both his hands raised in a fist in his “I’m going to kick your ass” pose.
Luffy’s second expression has him pressing his lips together as if his sucking on something sour. It’s the perfect expression to place the “?” quote next to Luffy.
One thing Luffy’s loves to constantly do is eat till he becomes a plump gomu gomu boy. I love the fact that Bandai included a plump torso that you change Luffy into. Of course Luffy wouldn’t be Luffy if he wasn’t eating his meat. The quote just says it all. “Food!!! Meat!!!”
Here is a close up of his wooden tankard. The water looks as it is about to spill over.
Now we take a closer look at the stick of meat that Luffy is holding in his right hand. There is a little brown paint that spills over to into the bone of meat.
This is the face of someone who is very content. He just looks so adorable with his checks full of food and that silly grin.
Last but not least Luffy’s “I’m gonna be the Pirate King!” pose. Here you see Luffy wearing a red captain’s coat over his shoulders with his arms are crossed. This is my favorite pose from Luffy’s chibi-arts set.
Overall, I am very happy with the way that Luffy came out. There are a little bit of paint issues here and there on the figure but it wouldn’t stop me from buying the figure. The most noticeable paint issue is on the buttons on Luffy’s vest. Since I have him posed with his arms cross you can’t really notice the problem. This was my first chibi-arts and I can say he won’t be my last. His retail was 2,940¥. Although he has sold out in most retail stores he is currently available at BBTS for 33.99.
It’s no secret that my favorite show of 2011 is Sunrise’s hit series Tiger & Bunny. Anything that is merchandise related to TaiBani I want to instantly buy. Whether, it is a Figuart, chibi-arts, books, mouse pad you name it I want it. With the immense popularity of the series any merchandise associated with the show instantly sells out as soon as it goes up for pre-order. Luckily, I was able to snag a set of Bandai’s Deformeister Petit which was released back on October 26th. This adorable set comes with all 8 of the heroes from Tiger & Bunny in chibi forms. Now let’s take a look and see if our heroes in chibi forms are a hit or a miss for Bandai.
Let’s take a quick at the box. The outer box has all of the heroes pictured in their deformeister chibi forms each with their unique hero pose. Inside the box you have 10 tiny boxes which each hold one of the 60mm petit figures. Since there are 8 heroes and the set comes with 10 you will have to 2 extras in the set. In my box my extras were Origami Cyclone and Rock Bison. I was hoping to get an extra Wild Tiger and Bunny but unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky.
Our first hero is Wild Tiger the “Crasher for Justice”.
Each petit comes with a base that is about 1.2 inches in diameter. Tiger’s base has his employers name “APOLLON Media” in the center.
「ワイルドに吠えるぜ」 ~ “Let out a wild roar!”
Here is a complete view of our Wild Tiger in his chibi form. Tiger’s pose is reminiscent of one of the early promos for Tiger & Bunny where he was pointing to himself. While you cannot move his hands you do have the ability to move his head if you’d like. The paint job on Wild Tiger was near perfect for such a tiny figure. Even his eyes are painted with a metallic yellow paint as his Figuart was.
Here is a quick peek at Wild Tiger’s 2 sponsors which are painted on his chest and shoulder armor, Soft Bank and SHFiguarts.
Barnaby Brooks Jr.
バーナビー ブルックス Jｒ。
Next we have Wild Tiger’s partner the super rookie Barnaby who was given the nickname “Bunny” by Kotetsu.
Bunny’s base also has “APOLLON Media” written in the center.
「僕はバニーじゃない！バーナビーです！！」～ “I’m not Bunny! It’s Barnaby!”
Bunny’s front and back view. Bunny is in one of his familiar poses with his right hand pointing up. There is a tiny paint scuff on the left small booster pack on his back.
Bunny has 3 sponsors that are advertised on his hero suit. However, the only sponsor that made it to his chibi form was Bandai.
「さあ...行きまつよ、おじさん。」~ “Come on. Let’s go, Old man.”
「そだな、バニーちゃん。」~ “You got it, Bunny-chan.”
I couldn’t resist. I just had to take a picture of these two together. I am a little sad that I can’t pose them in the “Hime carry” pose but this is still adorable.
Our next hero is Rock Bison the “Bull Tank of the West Coast”.
On Rock Bison’s base we have “Kronos Foods” his sponsor company.
Here is a picture of Rock Bison from behind as he sits in the seiza position to eat his food.
Here we can see Rock Bison enjoying his dish of yakuniku. My Rock Bison has a really noticeable paint scuffs on the top of his helmet. There are a couple of other paint boo boo’s on him however, you really won’t notice them once he is on display.
On his should armor you can see the sponsor logo for “Gyu-Kaku” which is a yakiniku restaurant chain.
The “Super Celebrity of the Heroes”, Blue Rose is our next hero.
Blue Rose’s base has “Titan Industry” written in the center.
「私の氷はちょっぴりCOLD、貴方の悪事を完全HOLD！」 ~ “My ice is a little bit cold, but your crime has been put completely on hold！”
She does look adorable as she leans on the Pepsi bottle.
Out of all the deformeisters poor Blue Rose has the most issues. From the front you really don’t notice any visible issues. From behind you can easily spot the blue paint cracking on her bikini bottom. My other issue is with her white rose thorns that are attached to her lower back. If I touch her too much they instantly fall off of her.
Blue Rose’s sponsor is the zero calorie zero Pepsi drink “Pepsi NEX”.
Up next is popular “King of Heroes” who is known for his catchphrase “Thank you! And again, thank you!"
Here we have “POSEIDON” written on Sky High’s base.
「スカーイハーイ！スカーイハイハハーイ」 ~ "SKYYYY HIIIIGH! SKYYYY HI H-HIGH!"
Sky High is posed in his memorable hero pose with his arms up in the air. He looks absolutely adorable in his chibi form. There are only two issues that I had with my Shy High. First one is his antenna; it’s always bending no matter how hard to try to keep it straight. He also has a tiny black paint mark on his helmet.
Onto Shy High’s sponsors Ustream and Tamashii Nations. On written across his chest is Ustream™. Ustream is a website that offers live casting and video streaming services. The Tamashii Nations logo is on both of Sky High’s wrist armor.
My favorite ninja who’s knack for photoboming is top notch.
“Helperidese Finance” is written on Origam’s base.
「ばっちり企業名アピールするでござる。あっ、いや、しますから」 ~ “I’ll try to bring the spotlight onto the company name de gozaru! Ah, I mean, I will.”
Origami is just so cute in his pose. There is so much photobombing that can be done with his chibi. As you can see written on his giant Hira-shuriken on his back is .Anime which is one of Origami’s sponsors. Origami has three other sponsors on his hero suit but they are not visible at all on his deformeister.
Fire Emblem is the hero who has the ability to control fire and sees himself more as one of the girls.
Fire Emblem’s base we see “HELIOS ENERGY” written in the center. Helios Energy also happens to be the company which Fire Emblem (Nathan Seymour) owns.
「無事に帰って来たらキスしてあげる」 ~ “Come back safely and I’ll give you a big kiss.”
Here is a quick look at Fire Emblem’s diva like pose as he holds a laptop on his hand.
Fire Emblem’s sponsor happens to be the brand of personal computers by Fujitsu “FMV”.
Dragon Kid is youngest hero who has a Kung Fu fighting style and the ability to produce lighting.
Dragon Kid’s base has “ODYSSEUS Communication” written in the center.
「ごめん、ボクがボーイッシュだから」~ “Sorry, is it because I’m a tomboy?”
From the front Dragon Kid looks so adorable holding her Calbee chips with her sweet smile. A peek from behind you can see her hair styled in a ponytail.
Of course, we are going to take a look at Dragon Kid’s two sponsors which adorn her head piece. On the right side Calbee the popular Japanese maker of snack foods. And on her left we see DMM.com the online DVD & music rental store.
Overall, I am very happy with Bandai’s Deformeister petit set. There are tiny paint imperfections here and there but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment the chibi heroes give. The set is still available at AmiAmi as well as Hobby Link Japan for anyone who may have missed out on them. Individual characters are also available at mandarake. The prices may vary from character to character. Of course, the popular characters will be a little bit more.
「いつか、虎徹さんに僕のチャーハンを食べてもらおうと思って、練習してるんですからね」 ~ “I’ve been learning how to make fried rice, so you have to try it someday!”
If there is one thing that makes me an extremely happy girl is the release of a male figure. Now if said male figure just happened to be samurai clad character my happiness points would increase to over 9000. Kotobukiya along with Movic revealed in Winterfest 2010 that they would release 1/10 figures of Saitou Hajime, Souji Okita , and Hijikata Toshizo gassen (battle) versions from the popular otome game by Idea Factory “Hakuōki ~Shinsengumi Kitan~” . The story follows Chizuro Yukimura as she heads to Kyoto to search for her missing father. Along the way she witnesses a fight between members of the Shinsengumi and demonic beings called Rasetsu’s. Chizuru is immediately taken into custody by the Shinsengumi after witnessing the events of the night. Once the Shisengumi learn that Chizuru is searching for her father who happens to be the doctor they have been looking for they decide take her along for the search.
As much as the announcement of the figures had me jumping for joy the realization they would be Animate and Movic Japan exclusives instantly shattered that feeling. Since the figures were listed as exclusives it meant contacting a proxy which would make a figure retailing from ¥7140 to ¥8500 due to proxy fees. Nonetheless, I had to try to at least get my hands on at least Hijikata Toshizo the Fukuchou (Vice-commander) of the Shinsengumi. Hijikata was the 3rd figure released in June of this year from the Hakuōki ES line. Now let’s see if Hijikata Toshizo was worth it.
The Gassen version figures were based on this beautiful illustration from the Hakuōki 2010 calendar.
First thing we are going to look at is Hijikata’s box. You instantly see Hijikata through his clear plastic window. The box is painted with a light purple and decorated with falling sakura flowers. Vertically on the right side written in Kanji is Hakuōki (薄桜鬼). In the center bottom written in Kanji as well is Hijikata Toshizo Gassen ver (土方歳三 合戦ver).
The back of the box has a portrait of Hijikata dressed in the Shinsengumi Haori uniform.
Inside his packaging you have Hijikata along with a Katana and his base. There are no instructions needed to put Hijikata together.
Hijikata’s base is very simple. It’s black with a gold design on the left hand side along with the Hakuōki name on the right side. It also has two pegs so that you may place Hijikata on top of the base and he’ll securely stay upright.
Hijikata’s lone accessory is his katana which, you place on this left hand.
Finally out of the box we have Hijikata in his stance. The colors perfectly match the original illustration. The movement of his long black hair along with the swaying long straps from his forehead protector gives Hijikata that animated feel. Hijikata looks as if he has just finished his cut and he is about to perform chiburi.
Here we see a full 360 view of Hijikata. You can see Hijikata holding his katana’s saya with his right hand. You can also catch a glimpse of his wakizashi against his left hip underneath his obi.
First let’s start off with taking a closer look at Hijikata’s beautiful face. I promise I shall try my best to not to go into full otome mode.
Hijikata immediately draws me in with his beautiful purple eyes. The arch in his eyebrows really depicts HIjikata’s serious battle mode face.
I honestly could not resist and I had to take a picture of Hijikata’s ear. I know I promised not to go into otome mode but I could not help it.
A quick view of Hijikata’s head from above you can see the pesky seam line however; you hardly notice it when you display the figure.
One of the things that I really like about this figure is the little details that have been given to Hijikata’s jacket. On the back of the jacket in the center there is a lovely circular design that is painted in gold.
The jacket is very detailed starting with the gold seam that goes around the shoulder. On the arm there is number 8 design with a line through it in silver. Underneath there is a silver and lavender band around the arm. There are also two rows of six gold lines underneath that.
Hijikata has a firm grip on his kanatana. I separated his hand from the tsuba a little so you can get a better look at it. You can also see the continued detailing on the jacket’s forearm.
Moving down to HIjikata’s chest you can see his lavender gi underneath his jacket and taupe top. You can see a black belt come across his chest. The taupe top has the familiar white peaks on the fabric that are usually on the Shinsengumi Haori uniform.
Here we see Hijikata’s brown hakama along with the white obi around his waist. On top of the obi there is a gold bow. The bow is painted with a metallic paint which makes it pop.
From here you can see Hijikata’s wakizashi which I mentioned earlier. As you can see the wakiszashi is against his hip and the light blue sageo is wrapped around Hijikata’s obi.
Here we have a closer look at the wakizashi’s handle as well as the silver tsuba. There is a little paint scuff on the hakama under the obi. I honestly, did not notice that until I took the picture.
We move onto to Hijiakta’s right hand which is holding his katana’s saya. I love how light blue sageo just wraps around the saya.
As we get to Hijikata’s hakama you instantly notice the dreaded seam along the sides. There is also some notable paint scuffs on the white portion of the hakama. I do like how they blended the brown with the lavender on the hakama.
Here is a look at Hijikata’s waraji.
Naturally I had to take this shot. Sadly, there is no fundoshi underneath the hakama.
Overall, I really like this figure. There is a couple little paint issues here and there but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the figure. The sculpt really does a great job of capturing the original illustration and bringing it life. The figure is a 1/10 and also an exclusive which makes it a little hard to instantly pull the “must have” trigger. If you are a fan of the Hakuōki series Hijikata is definitely something you might want to add to your collection.
Back in April when the Tiger & Bunny anime first aired who knew Sunrise’s original television series directed by Keiichi Satou and written by Masafumi Nishida would be the smash hit it is today. The story takes place in Sternbild City where people with special abilities are called “Next”. In Sternbild there is a popular reality television program called “Hero TV” where 8 superheroes with their “Next” abilities compete for the title of “King of Heroes”. In order to earn the title of “King of Heroes” the heroes must stop crimes in Sternbild to earn hero points. Each hero works for a different company and they each wear sponsor logos on their suits. The veteran hero of the group Kotetsu T. Kaburagi whose hero alias is “Wild Tiger” is forced to take on a partner Barnaby Brooks Jr. once his company “TopMag” is taken over by “Apollon Media”.
As with all series there are always figures to look forward and Tiger & Bunny was no exception. Since one of Wild Tiger’s sponsors on his hero suit is S.H.Figuarts Wild Tiger would be the first character in the series to get his figure released. Wild Tiger’s pre-order surfaced six months ago and needless to say he was sold out within minutes. Wild Tiger’s initial release date was slated for September 23, 2011. Bandai quickly realized the immense popularity for Wild Tiger and added re-release dates for October and November. Even with the re-releases Wild Tiger was a very hard figure to obtain. Every time his figure was available for pre-order it would sell out within minutes. I was determined to get my hands on Tiger one way or another. Missing out on the October restock I decided to obtain my Tiger from Mandarake not knowing that within days I would somehow get lucky on AmiAmi and order a second Wild Tiger. Now let’s see if this sought after figure was worth all the stress.
First let’s take a look at Wild Tiger’s box. On the left side of the box we see in a large black and green font with the name Wild Tiger. Towards the bottom we see the Tiger & Bunny logo with a picture of Kotetsu on the left and Wild Tiger on the right. You also have a glimpse of Wild Tiger through the F shaped clear plastic. One thing I like to mention is the fact that you can see the Bandai and Tamashii Nations logos on the bottom right hand side of the box.
On the side of the box we have a picture of Wild Tiger standing in his hero pose.
Here we have the back of the box. First thing to notice is Masakazu Katsura name on the top left corner who is the original Character designer for the series. Pictured on the left hand top corner is Wild Tiger with his one of his wire guns “Wild Shoot”. Underneath we have Tiger in the famous GOOD LUCK Mode. Toward the center of bottom of the box written in a yellow bolded font is Wild Tiger’s nickname “Crasher for Justice” which he earned by constantly destroying private property in his attempts to catch criminals.
Inside Wild Tiger’s packaging are a set of instructions that show you how to add and remove his hands. You also have the instructions on how to put on Tiger’s GOOD LUCK mode along with his pair of wire guns. Last but not least, the instructions for putting together Wild Tiger’s stand.
A closer look at Tiger’s packaging which includes Wild Tiger himself, 2 wire guns, GOOD LUCK mode arm, and 2 extra sets of hands.
Here is a look at Wild Tiger’s stand. The stand is green with WILD TIGER written across it. Underneath Wild Tiger our favorite moe oji-san’s name Kotetsu T. Kaburagi is written. On the bottom right hand corner you have the company Wild Tiger works for name “Apollon Media”. One thing to note although the figure does include a stand Tiger can stand without using it and not fall down. The stand does come in handy if you choose to pose him in GOOD LUCK mode as seen in the anime.
Finally out of his plastic prison we have Wild Tiger. Here we see the full body shot of the hero suit design by Apollon’s engineer Saitō-san. The first thing you probably take notice of is the product placement on Tiger. Across his chest plate armor you see the telecommunications company SoftBank’s name printed. His shoulder blades armor also has logos printed on them which we’ll see in more detail a little bit later on. As you can see Saitō-san's designed hero suit also includes arm and leg armor. As I mentioned above the figure is sturdy enough that you don’t need the assistance of Tiger’s stand to pose him.
Here is a view of Tiger’s hero suit from behind.
At last we get to Tiger’s face. His eyes are painted with a metallic yellow paint which makes them look as if they were Tiger eyes. There is also a black outline around the eyes as well.
Looking at Tiger’s left profile you can clearly see a black a line from his eye which goes down to his jaw on his mask. In this profile shot Tiger’s mask looks like his Wild Tiger logo.
His right profile gives you see a better view of the top of his mask.
Towards the bottom of Tiger’s chest plate we have Wild Tiger’s Logo which is a profile of a tiger’s head. It’s painted black and yellow.
As I mentioned above Wild Tiger is sponsored by two companies. One is SoftBank and the other is none other than S.H.Figuarts. You can see the product placement of S.H.Figuarts on Tiger’s left shoulder armor.
Speaking of SoftBank here they are again placed on the right shoulder armor.
The shoulder armor can be raised which gives Tiger a lot of freedom to pose his arms. Here you get a better look at the green line that goes across his arm. Once Tiger activates his ability called “Hundred power” this part of the suit glows.
Here we see the arm armor that Wild Tiger has. The armor starts at his wrist and has a tear drop shape. It’s painted with a silver metallic paint. There is a clear plastic green used over the silver to give it the look of the “Hundred power” activation.
Wild Tiger’s Figuarts comes with a total of three sets of hands which you can choose from. The joint to change the hands is located on Tiger's wrist. It’s very easy to change his hands.
Here we see Tiger with holding one of his wire guns “Wild Shoot” as it was referenced in the back of his box.
Tiger comes with a pair wire guns which you can choose to pose him with.
The final feature that comes with Wild Tiger’s suit is everyone’s favorite GOOD LUCK mode. This feature was seen in episode 5 in which Tiger & Bunny were fight against a criminal with diamond skin. As Tiger’s power was running out a giant fist was activated on the armor. Though our heroes believed that GOOD LUCK mode increased their strength Saitō-san tells them the flashy effect is just to make them look cooler in battle.
To get Tiger in GOOD LUCK mode you have to remove his forearm from his elbow joint. You can easily attach the giant fist to the joint. I do admit when I first tried to get Tiger into GOOD LUCK mode I was a little afraid that Tiger might break but the figure is very well made. It will endure the pushing that you have to do to attach the fist.
Here is a close up of the full power of GOOD LUCK mode.
GOOD LUCK mode! 3…2….1…. Tiger & Bunny. Over and out!
I do believe that Wild Tiger was worth all the stress I went through to obtain him. There are some paint issues on the figure but it doesn’t take away from the pure enjoyment of the figure. You can pose Tiger in any of the wacky poses from the show and not worry about Tiger breaking a joint. If you’re worried that you missed out on obtaining Tiger there are still a few places you can get him at. He is available on Mandarake. I have seen a couple of Wild Tiger on the site for 5,500yen. He is also available at Anime Power and BBTS. Be warned that the prices at those two shops are very high. Regardless, if you are a fan of the series this is a figure that I think anyone would like to add to their collection.
What would a Wild Tiger review be without including the famous Princess carry picture?
B.T.B ～Natsu no Koi wa Otsukare ~ performance from episode 14.
Before I end this review I believe our hero has something to say:
Hi! I’m Kotetsu, the member of “Tiger & Bunny “who eats the ice in his juice!