As one of the millions of children who grew up in the Age of Toonami, anything that shows up from that period usually brings back strong feelings. Such was the case when I saw that Max Factory and Good Smile Company would be making figma Roger Smith from The Big O, one of the many shows I watched in my high-school years. In this case, strong feelings meant jumping up out of my chair and screaming "YES" over and over again while running victory laps around my apartment complex.
I was a bit disappointed, though, to see he'd be a Wonder Festival 2011 Summer exclusive, which perhaps meant I wouldn't get him or that I'd have to pay out the nose to do so. Well ... that's almost what happened, but I managed to get him, and for this week's Show and Tell, I'm proudly going to share him with you.
Tomopop, it's showtime!
Figure name: figma EX007: Roger Smith
So, here's the box, done appropriately enough in a grayscale scheme. Not just because Roger's suit is black and white, but because The Big O itself is in part homage to film noir. It is, otherwise, a pretty basic figma box. Apparently, the stand-in for Paradigm City and its big clock tower on the box is a file photo of the Parliament Building and Big Ben in London, because that's what they've used as a backdrop.
Now, getting a hold of Roger was no easy task on my part. His pre-order window coincided with an incredibly busy period in my life last summer, and long story short, I completely forgot about him being available until it was too late. I ended up getting him via Big Bad Toy Store for a slightly higher price (but not unreasonable, given he was an exclusive and the yen was pretty low against the dollar at that point). Still, I'd rather pay a little more to have something I really wanted than to have to chance it and hope to find him on Mandarake one day.
One of the things I do like about this figma is they've been able to keep the show's character stylings intact, so that it really does look like Roger. And no, I don't mean the slicked back hair or the style of his eyes, but even the general shape of his body, the straight-lined look that calls back to series that came before it and inspired it, as well as that general 1940s noir feel to it. In particular a lot of people say The Big O reminds them of Batman (and with its art style, the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series), which I've always agreed with. But does that big, bulky body get in the way of posing?
Surprisingly, he's quite flexible and poseable. Plus, he holds his pose very well. He does sometimes float above the stand a bit because the figma stand support is a little tight still, but it's fixable. And hey, it's better than being too loose, right?
A like any good Negotiator, Roger comes with a pair of sunglasses and a briefcase full of money. The sunglasses are on an alternate face, though. Honestly, this all pales in comparison to the real reason you probably wanted to buy Roger:
YES. It's Roger with his watch out, calling upon the mighty Big O. Now, the watch-wearing forearm is a separate piece entirely, and a bit of a pain to get on, but it looks pretty good from this perspective, especially with the fist-clenched hand.
But it doesn't look as good up close. That paint job ... come on, Max Factory. Really sloppy work around the watch? *sigh* I knew I had to expect something on the figma wouldn't be quite right, I guess. You could at least make it look like the real deal a little better. I'll just remember not to look directly at it ...
See? Look, you make Roger Smith face-palm. I love that while it was never intended to be used like this, the open-palmed hand of Roger fits perfectly into a face-palming pose.
Oh wait ... it's not about the watch, is it?
Well, I guess the watch does work in calling robots, no?
And of course, like any good Negotiator, Roger makes the best of a bad situation. "Danbo, it's showtime!"
I think even with the watch issue, at the end of the day, I quite like figma Roger Smith. I just wish that he had been a regular release and not a show exclusive so more people could get the chance to experience him and more fans of The Big O would be able to display him alongside the regular release of figma Dorothy ... who speaking of, will be popping up on Tomopop sometime soon herself.
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